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tkc mag/totalkitcar SPECIAL AWARD

MEV boss, Stuart Mills, was the deserved first recipeint of the tkc mag/totalkitcar 'Special' award at Donington last weekend. He looks well-pleased with his 1939 hubcap, chromed and plated by the boys at ORA Technologies.

CUB SCOUTS

Really good to see the Andersen Cub at Donington last weekend and of course, the car’s creator, Charles Andersen.

Charles Andersen with his re-launched Cub at Donington last weekend

Charles ceased production first time around, after some 400 sales, in 1997 and went off to do some industrial scale engineering although proving beyond doubt that once kitcars get into your blood they stay there forever, he couldn’t leave it alone and hatched plans to re-launch the Cub.

Being a very thorough sort of chap, Charles set about gaining IVA compliance before re-launching the project this summer and made his (second-time around) debut at More >

MAZDA ZERO; GBS ZERO

One of the stars of the September/October 2012 issue of tkc mag is Great British Sportscars and a test of their Zero model, one of the kitcar industry success stories of recent times.

In addition to the standard Ford-based variant, the Nottinghamshire-based operation offers a wide bodied variant and also a ‘Race’ version. New at Donington last weekend was an option designed for Mazda MX-5 and word from the company is that it was extremely well-received.

The Zero MX, is available now and shares the pleasing looks of the standard model but will cost around £500 more with MX-5 Mks 1, 2 and More >

NOW, THAT’S A SUPER CHARGER!

A kitcar that I really rate is the GKD Legend the BMW-based Lotus Seven-inspired sportscar made in Kent.

Beats me why it isn’t selling in large numbers such is its capability and affordable DIY price-tag in both four and big block six-cylinder forms.

GKD boss, Peter Lathrope has also devised a performance package for those hungry for more in the form of an Eaton supercharger kit that takes power for the four cylinder unit to 235bhp and can also be fitted to people happy with their E36-generation BMW 318s too.

More information from www.gkdsportscars.com or 08709 104 108 ENDS.

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OUT OF THE ASHES

Yet another returnee at Donington last weekend was the Mirach, a car originally designed by the incredibly gifted Chris Field back in the early nineties.

South Brent, Devon-based, Rob Hancock has owned the project since he purchased it from his former employer, Clive Robinson Racecars, although pressures from his main business of industrial glassfibre production in recent years has seen the Mirach take a backseat.

The affable Rob has always intended bringing the Mirach back and took the opportunity to make some slight amendments. I’ve always liked the Mirach, but there was always a feeling that you sat ‘on’ rather than ‘in’ More >

COULD BE STEALTH

MK Sportscars unveiled their new, as yet un-named, trackday orientated full-bodied model at Donington last weekend. Designed in-house with styling input from MK racer, Ian Kempson, the MK features a brand new purpose built spaceframe chassis and bike power.

In addition to searching for a snappy moniker for the car, MK has yet to set prices but as soon as they announce both, we’ll advise, right here at totalkitcar.com.

The prototype, built for Ian Kempson, features chain drive and is designed around 750MC Road-Going Bike (RGB) championship regulations, although production versions will have direct drive courtesy of an integrated differential, although bike More >

XANTHOS RIDES AGAIN

News of another kit re-launch this week, and coincidentally both from Liverpool, in the lithe shape of the Xanthos 23, a car that first appeared in the late nineties when under the control of Henry Twomes.

The car is a very close replica of the iconic Lotus 23 and is now back in production under the control of well-known historic racer, Kelvin Jones who has commissioned Arch Motors to produce nickel-bronze welded chassis for the FIA HTP (Historic Technical Passport) ‘Continuation’ certified versions although kit availability will remain in place via the Xanthos 23X.

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GET THE EDGE

The Ford Duratec engine is fast becoming a firm favourite for transplanting into classic Fords and kitcars, however in some applications there is an engine to frame clearance problem because the starter motor and solenoid are quite wide.

The new Edge Starter Motor for the Duratec engine is not only stronger and more powerful than the OE starter, it also has a much lower profile allowing it to mount much closer to the engine block and fit into much tighter spaces.

The Edge starter has a 1.4kw gear reduction motor and steel gears making it more reliable than other starters on the More >

SNAKE BENDER

Ever wanted to make-up your own brake or clutch lines or bend small diameter metal tubes?

Now, thanks to Viper Performance you can do it at home with this hand held small bore pipe bender. The handle is ergonomically designed to minimise repetitive strain on your hands when you have a whole car brake pipe set to make-up.

It’s tough and light, being made from 6063 billet alloy and the design allows for very tight bend radius, and you can reposition the pins supplied to make 180° bends as often used on clutch slave cylinders.

The Viper Performance Tube Bender is suitable for More >

MAN IT’S A GAZ

The original Lotus Seven has inspired so many look-alikes that it’s easy to overlook the genuine article.

There are still loads of original Sevens around and GAZ can provide uprated suspension for them. The dampers have integral spring platforms and adjustable bump and rebound rates that can be altered by means of an easily accessible knob on the side of the units.

GAZ can set the dampers up for general road use and they will also be suitable for occasional track slaloms and sprint use, or they can be set up for serious classic racing activities.

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