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A warm welcome to totalkitcar online…Blyton Park founder and creator, Richard Usher, has announced plans for a new car museum in Derbyshire.

Based in an old wire factory in Ambergate near Belper. It’s to be called the Ambergate Motor Heritage Centre and will feature a ten-stage exhibition called ‘The Great British Car Journey – When Britain Ruled The Road’.

Here’s one that Richard usher created earlier! – Blyton Park

Richard plans a 100-car display from the twenties right up until the modern day, with another element of the museum being a ‘Drive Dad’s Car’ driving experience around a defined mile-long route.

Mr Usher’s potential new venture

The old Johnson and Nephew site was in operation from 1876 until it closed down in 1996 and it was responsible for the telegraph cables that were laid under the English Channel during World War II.

Plans have been submitted and it’s claimed that thirty jobs would be created and if approved the idea is to open for business in April 2020. Sounds like an exciting idea.


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We’ve got plenty of good stuff again this issue, dear reader and here’s just a sample …

Icon Engineering 917 Our new contributor, Johnny Tipler, brings us the story of the glorious Icon Engineering Porsche 917 replica. Stunning.
SECMA France For many years, Lens-based Daniel Renard has been waving the flag for quadricyles or microcars for many years. Steve Hole took the Eurotunnel to find out more.
Gardner Douglas Sports Cars Open Day One of the very best kitcar manufacturers holds one of the very best factory open days every year. 2019 was a cracker.
RS Retro B200 The Ford RS200 still turns heads. This new replica on the theme had heads positively swivelling at Stoneleigh this year.
Will Holroyd’s Mazda MX-5 engine rebuild Reader Will Holroyd describes the meltdown of the Mazda NA engine in his GBS Zero and begins his rebuild. Part Two next issue.
It’s all in the Detail More tips and tricks from Nigel Dean this issue and thanks for telling us you’re enjoying his excellent tech tips. ONLY in TKC MAG!
RPS S Steve Hole went to Brands Hatch to find out more about the new MGF-based RPS S from RPS Ltd.
Turismo Avalanche Rob Hawkins went to visit the owner of a stunning MR2 Mk3-based Avalanche body conversion.
Introducing Classic Coachworks We visited Tribute Automotive’s new agent’s Classic Coachworks and left impressed.
Meguiar’s Day in the Bay We took an AK 427 to Meguiar’s base in Northamptonshire for a bit of pampering.
Reader’s Drive – Tim Dunlop’s fabulous GBS Zero Tim Dunlop is one of life’s good guys. He’s also built what we reckon could be the best GBS Zero thus far built.
Speedster Clinic We visited leading UK Speedster replicas maker’s Speedster Clinic to see what’s been going on lately.
Rare Rims A visit to Devon-based Rare Rims

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Peel’s ‘shopping car’ successor to the P50, the Trident was described as a ‘terrestial flying saucer’. Slightly larger than the P50, at 72in long – or short! – and heavier – at a still featherweight 90kg.


It retained the same 49cc Zweirad Union (DKW) engine and three-speed manual gearbox and Peel described the Trident as being: “Almost cheaper than walking” at £190! It could be ordered with one or two seats and came with a detachable shopping basket!

Offered again by a resurrected Peel Engineering, run by Gary Hillman and Faizul Khan, from 2008.

Peel Engineering Company 1965-66

Peel Engineering 2008 to date

Approximately 95 made (82 made in the sixties)

SNIPPETS 1……AP Racing, the world-leading manufacturer of performance brake and clutch systems, has announced a major seven-figure investment in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility adjacent to its current headquarters in Coventry.

The investment follows further sustained growth for AP Racing – one of the most famous names in global motorsport.

The 2700 sq m facility at the Seven Stars Industrial Estate, set to become operational from the end of July, will incorporate leading-edge production line technology for brake calipers, with some of the most sophisticated equipment of its kind anywhere in the automotive sector worldwide. 

A multi-million-pound noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) dynamometer will also be installed to create a truly world-class testing capability.

The expanded facility will allow AP Racing to accelerate its rate of new product development and manufacture, with numerous new brake and clutch launches planned for its key motorsport, OEM road car and performance upgrade markets throughout the rest of 2019, and beyond.

AP Racing managing director, David Hamblin, explained: “Since moving to our current facility in 1990, the company has established an enviable worldwide reputation for innovation and performance across the motorsport, road car and performance upgrade markets. Our products are used widely in Formula 1 as well as other major motorsport series across the globe and have chalked up more than 800 race victories in Formula 1 alone, which we believe is more than any other supplier.

“Our continued success means we have simply outgrown our current space. The new facility will focus primarily on medium volume production for niche road car applications – a rapidly growing area for AP Racing – while niche race car clutch and brake production will continue at the existing facility.

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“As a UK company and a global leader, we are delighted to commit our future to Coventry, in the UK’s industrial heartland with its strong automotive tradition. We have an outstanding team and see the new facility as the precursor to even further expansion and success in the years to come.”

For more information on AP Racing visiwww.apracing.com.

SNIPPETS 2 ……..Our TKC MAG ‘SPECIAL OPS’ KITCAR GUIDE is available via mail order NOW and exclusively via WH SMITH High Street stores NOW.

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Back in 2003, we published the totalkitcar Almanac so this is a ‘sixteen years later’ Mk2 version, I guess. In a nutshell, it’s a round-up of every kitcar you can currently buy in the UK all listed in categories. You can buy a copy HERE (UK), EUROPEAN CUSTOMERS HERE or alternatively, if you live anywhere else in the world (such as Australia, North America and Japan etc) CLICK HERE.

SNIPPETS 3……..The theme of the 35th anniversary Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, has been revealed as ‘Top Trumps’, the iconic card game that has been played across the world for over 40 years and is now more popular than ever!

In a show first, the organisers, along with headline sponsors Lancaster Insurance, are working in partnership with Winning Moves, owners of the Top Trumps brand, to bring the game to life. Motoring enthusiasts of all generations will be able to enjoy the game in a variety of ways as they explore the various displays. 

Plus, to celebrate Lancaster Insurance also reaching its 35th year, the insurance specialist is creating a special edition pack of Top Trumps that will be launched at the three-day show, held at Birmingham’s NEC from November 8-10. The pack will include 30 cards, each featuring a carefully selected classic car that reflects the 3000 vehicles on display at the show. 

Show Director Lee Masters explained: “Top Trumps has been on our wish list of show themes for years, but we were saving it for a special occasion and sharing our 35th anniversary with Lancaster Insurance is the perfect opportunity. It is a game many in our community would have played as a kid and may have passed on to their own children. We’re hoping everyone involved in the show, but especially the vehicle clubs will be just as excited as we are.”

As part of the show theme, the clubs and exhibitors will have the opportunity to create a ‘Top Trumps’ card to act as the vehicle’s info board displaying five key facts. Not only will this create the biggest pack of Top Trumps ever but will also give visitors a potential 15,000 motoring facts presented in a fun way so they can play as they enjoy their visit to the UK’s biggest indoor motoring event. 

Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, commented: “2019 is a milestone year for both the show and Lancaster Insurance, so it’s fitting that the theme this year is extra special. Many enthusiasts will have fond memories of playing Top Trumps as a youngster, I know I certainly do, and we’re excited to help bring this to life for show attendees!”

There will also be the opportunity to play Top Trumps on both the Lancaster Insurance stand and on the Discovery Live Stage throughout the weekend. Special displays dedicated to the theme will also feature in the halls. 

Over the years, Top Trumps has evolved from just being about cars. Packs now cover a whole range of topics including aircraft and battleships, cats and dogs, Harry Potter, football stars, Marvel Superheroes and Dinosaurs!

For those who have forgotten how to play here is a quick recap: Each Top Trumps card contains a list of numerical data. The aim of the game is to compare these values to try to trump your opponent by having a higher number, so you win their card. The winner is the player with all the cards at the end. 

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. The special edition packs of Top Trumps can also be added when booking tickets and be collected from Lancaster Insurance’s stand at the show.

For more information including ticket options and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.


Thanks for letting me know that you’ve been enjoying these fun, little album tips. They are intended to bring you some great music – often, admittedly, of a ‘crunchy’ guitar blues-rock variety – including some stuff that you may not have heard before, or even forgotten about, while also being easy to find on Apple Music or Android equivalent.

Doing this job, I’m often to be found burning midnight oil way into the small hours and it helps me to have some great music to listen to.

Here’s a great album. Doug Henthorn is the name, a killer blues-rock guitarist with a stunning album called ‘The LLC’. All tracks are pretty good but standouts include ‘Walk’, ‘Synesthesia’ and ‘Panhandler’ and this is a cracker. Enjoy.


We’ve been receiving some very positive feedback over this fun weekly beer-orientated item. It’s our real ale recommendation as with over 1750 micro-breweries producing over 7500 beers, in the UK, you won’t struggle to find a local artisan, with some of them truly tiny.

Fact is cask ale drinkers are spoilt for choice. Let us also point out that obviously, we definitely DON’T condone drink/driving rather than enjoying a pint in moderation during your leisure time.

Micro-breweries fascinate me. I guess it’s all to do with loving the underdog – and their products! – but it’s great to see small breweries doing so well.

Great pint this week. I went to a micropub (bloody brilliant ‘Radius Arms’ in Whyteleafe) very near to where I used to live on Tuesday evening and had a pint from a micro-brewery a few miles from my new house. How weird is that?!

Gun Brewery in Heathfield is the micro in question and the beer is their superb and brilliantly named Chummy Bluster, which is a dark, malty and nutty best bitter of 4.4% ABV. On a hot evening, it went down beautifully and is arguably the best pint I’ve tried this year. Crikey, it might even give my hallowed Harveys Sussex bitter a run for its money.

Give this one a try – you won’t be sorry. More from www.gunbrewery.co.uk.

I reckon that’s enough from me for this week, so until next Friday (July 19), I’ll leave you to enjoy the site, pausing just to wish you a great seven days. Enjoy your driving but please take care out on the roads.

Best regards