Steve Says

STEVE SAYS – FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

WELCOME to totalkitcar online

A warm welcome to totalkitcar online…….. The National Kit Car Motor Show better-known as just ‘STONELEIGH’ is but a few weeks away and although nearly all enthusiasts where it takes place – just in case, the venue is Stoneleigh Park, nr Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ.

It is the world’s biggest kitcar event by a mile and attracts visitors from every corner of the globe.

ANU Dimension will unveil their new version of their GTB, the RS at Stoneleigh.

Hambly Sportscars will be unveiling their newly revised Cox GTM

Batho Sportscars will have their aluminium-bodied MB7 at the show

DMO Sportscars will make More >

STEVE SAYS – FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018

WELCOME to totalkitcar online …

A warm welcome to totalkitcar online…….I was reading a book from Evro Publishing this week, one of their great series taking a decade-by-decade look at Formula One.

The title in question covers my favourite era, the eighties, a period that really captured my imagination with hugely powered turbos, grenade engines in qualifying trim, some rumoured to be packing as much as 1500bhp.

In the wild days of the F1 turbo era it was often said that in qualifying trim Nelson Piquet’s Brabham-BMW produced 1500bhp! Pic courtesy of www.f1since81.wordpress.com

It was also the time when largesse and financial excesses came More >

STEVE SAYS – FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017

WELCOME to totalkitcar online…

A very warm welcome to totalkitcar online ……..Geoff Martin’s event at Aylesford Priory last Sunday was another successful day and had better support this year. I still think it could – and should – be busier though as it gets a good attendance.

For the first time though there was manufacturer support in the shape of Hambly Sports Cars and their Primo GT (a resurrection of the Cox GTM), which is now nearing completion. We also debuted our latest project car, the RPS RPX and its Citroën Karma Purple (with a handful of additional help in the lacquer!) seemed More >

STEVE SAYS – FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017

Welcome to totalkitcar online

A very warm welcome to totalkitcar online ……..Wow, what a great event this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was. Odd thing to say, thinking about it, because every year at FoS seems to beat the previous ones.

Sure, the once half empty – and favoured by me – Friday was rammed once again and yes a GRRC member was heard moaning about the coach-loads of corporate visitors turning up only for the prawn sandwiches, Pimms and to collect autographs of drivers they’ve heard of cos they’ve ‘seen ‘em on the telly’…

GOODWOOD – If it’s Goodwood Festival of Speed then you More >

STEVE SAYS – FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

Welcome to totalkitcar online

WARM welcome to totalkitcar online…crikey, reading the latest press release from Great British Sports Cars this week made me chuckle. Nothing funny about their missive, you understand, but something within it got me thinking about a long ago, very different kitcar industry …

You can now buy a GBS Zero using finance to fund your purchase. Another example for an old kitcar dinosaur like me that just how far this industry has come since I first got involved with plastic cars in the early eighties.

If you mentioned the ‘words’ ‘hire purchase’ to Jem Marsh of Marcos he would have More >

STEVE SAYS – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016

A warm welcome to totalkitcar online

A WARM welcome to totalkitcar online…….big announcement from Ford this week concerns the 1-litre EcoBoost engine.

It features cylinder deactivation that helps emissions and fuel savings enabling the mighty marvel to run as a twin-cylinder unit! When the engine’s ECU senses that full engine power isn’t needed the technology within can deactivate and re-engage cylinder one in an incredible 14-milliseconds.

MEV EXOCET – No real reason to run this photo except that I think it’s a really nice image AND most importantly the Exocet was almost definitely the biggest volume-selling kit in the UK again in 2016…

Ford is More >

IT’S A REAL DRAIN

If you’re planning on changing the engine oil on your pride and joy over the weekend, then make the job easier on yourself by picking up one of these Oil Drain Kits from Laser Tools (part number 6087) when you buy your engine oil.

The kit includes a generous 6-litre capacity oil drain pan made from tough polypropylene that can be used again and again. Also included is a generously sized oil absorbing mat (500mm x 400mm) that will absorb oil, brake fluid and other petroleum-based fluids but repels water-based fluids and keeps the garage floor (or driveway!) tidy, plus a More >

STEVE SAYS – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

Welcome to totalkitcar online

Welcome to totalkitcar online…Regular readers will know that we tip our hats to the world of classic kitcars here at totalkitcar/tkc mag. You seem to love pictures and information of old indiscretions and also of bona fidé great cars that either ‘made it’ or fell at the first hurdle.

Honda ‘Project 2&4 powered by RC213V’ concept could make production. Power comes from a de-tuned MotoGP engine delivering 215bhp…

Just lately, while working on the update for my A-Z of Kit Cars book, I’ve been delighted to hear from owners of cars that I believed to be lost, including, just More >

STEVE SAYS – JUNE 8, 2012

WELCOME TO TOTALKITCAR ONLINE ………I hope you’ve been having a great week and that despite the often inclement weather you had a superb weekend. The sight of 1000 boats parading down the Thames brought a lump to my throat, particularly the Dunkirk ‘Little Ships’. Fab.

SNIPPETS 1…….. SHOW UPDATE – NEWARK – Hopefully building on the buzz from Stoneleigh, this year’s Newark show seems set to be a corker with both Razor and Penguin Buckland B3 Mk2 due to appear at the event, which takes place on June 16/17 at NEWARK & NOTTS SHOWGROUND…organiser Kevin Musson tells me that latest additions to the exhibitor’s More >