IT’S, IT’S A BALLROOM BLITZ

A new model from Blitzworld made its kitcar show debut at Donington last weekend.

It’s called the Vigilante and is the latest road-legal buggy to join the go-ahead Staffordshire-based company’s range.

Developed from the Joyrider model, the Fiat Punto-based kit is notable for allowing fitment of ANY engine, with the demo car featuring a Honda K20 2-litre VTEC unit, although if you want to utilise the donor car’s engine, you can.

Kit prices start at £2000, which comes with plenty of the items needed to get you on-the-way, with a more comprehensive package priced at £4000. Blitzworld-boss, Steve Malpass, reckons that a DIY More >

ITALIAN EXOTICA

New Bertini looks promising and is shaping up very nicely

No doubt about it, IVA-exempt body conversion kits that use the un-modified platform of a production car are gaining in popularity. Countless MR2s of all marks, Ford Cougars and Mazda MX-5s have been modified into a variety of Italian exotica.

A decade ago, John Barlow’s Veranti came along and did quite well for a time, and was refreshing in that it was an original design. Sport Griffiths has acquired the Veranti project and plans a re-launch but that aside it’s all replica or inspired-by territory.

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NEW HOSES

Leyland Hose & Silicone was at Donington last weekend making their kitcar show debut and the company is a designer and manufacturer of silicone and organic rubber hoses with a specialisation in bus, truck and industrial markets although they have a very large range of automotive hoses.

New range of silicone hoses from Leyland Hose & Silicone includes an OAT coolant resistant range

They actually began life as Leyland Trucks’ in-house hose division…

In addition to blue and black they can also now offer the majority of their range in yellow, green orange, pink, purple and red.

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KEEP IN TOUCH

A welcome new arrival to the kitcar scene is a company called Starcom1 who produce an in car intercom system, which really is an excellent piece of kit and above all else, affordable.

Brilliant Starcom1 intercom system has been designed for kitcar use.

It goes to show, I think, how receptive enthusiasts are nowadays to innovative new products, such as video cams, like the GoPro set-up that really is proving hit within our industry. I think Starcom1 promises to do the same…

They were at Donington show last demonstrating their innovative communications system to showgoers that allows voice activated driver to passenger communication, More >

FACSIMILE

Although running Todmorden-based Carbon Copies Ltd for just a year, company boss, Warren Sheridan, has been involved in the GRP and composites industry for over 20-years and after a few beers late one night with an MK Indy-owning friend, he accepted the challenge of creating a set of panels to ‘fully clothe’ the popular LSIS model.

However, the result, seen here in 1/10th scale model rendering is much more than just a set of emperor’s new clothes as Warren has taken the opportunity to bring in several upgrades while at it. This also means that larger engines can now be accommodated More >

DESIGNED TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

Donington show has always thrown up rarities in the owners field , not to mention innovative exhibitors and one of the most interesting I’ve seen for quite a year was exhibiting this year.

Tallon Systems UK, run by Alastair Badman, markets an ingenious range of mounts and accessories that can be used all-round the home but lend themselves especially well to automotive, particularly kitcar use.

Their line-up includes mini socket mounts and USB sockets that enable you to use, quite safely and hands-free, phones, tablets, satnavs, plotters and all manner of other electronic devices. Seems fairly logical to me for a kitcar More >

MADE TO MEASURE

In order to provide industrial and automotive professionals with the widest possible choice of sensibly-priced, good quality tools, Britool Expert is steadily adding to its growing catalogue. The latest addition is a range of tape measures.

Certificated to the EC level II standard for measurement precision, the new tape measures include abrasion-resistant nylon-coated tapes, with the addition of three-point riveting on the end hooks of the 5M and 8M models. These features combine to offer superb accuracy, strength and durability; a must for any trade professional.

High levels of comfort have been achieved by incorporating a soft, non-slip casing and an ergonomically-shaped More >

KITCAR MANUFACTURING BUSINESS FOR SALE – SEBRING INTERNATIONAL

Sebring International, one of the most respected kitcar manufacturers around, is FOR SALE.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE AN ESTABLISHED AND WELL-RESPECTED KITCAR MARQUE

Producers of an exquisite range of Austin Healey-inspired cars, many hundreds have found homes over the last 22-plus years and the sale is to include jigs, moulds and rights to produce the Sebring range.

Sounds like a cracking opportunity to acquire a well-respected and established kitcar marque.

GENUINE ENQUIRIES ONLY…

Apply in the first instance to Andy Lancaster, mentioning ‘totalkitcar’ in your correspondence, on  01354 638 678 or via www.sebringinternational.co.uk or CLICK HERE to email ENDS.

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PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING

There are quite a few companies around who can offer engineering and mechanical work on your kitcar, but just with specialist painters, it takes extra skills to get a top-notch result on a GRP body, a medium with many different requirements to a standard metal car surface.

An example of some of the work carried out by Irntam Kitz

Similarly, there are only really a handful of build-type specialists around those that can offer a full catalogue of services from helping with registration and paperwork, kit delivery and collection, mechanical work and general restoration or re-build work.

One of these is Warwickshire-based Irntam More >

HELLS BELLS

A car that features in the forthcoming September/October issue of tkc mag is the Lister Bell STR, a glorious pastiche of the Lancia Stratos that eschews all-out at-all-costs replication in favour of practicality and a gentle modernisation such as the larger than original wheels.

The Nottinghamshire-based company is run by Craig White, a man with quite a kitcar CV previously having worked at Litton Cars, Carson Automotive Engineering, Ultima Sports, Gardner Douglas Sports Cars and Great British Sports Cars before founding Lister Bell Automotive in 2010.

The STR came along almost by accident after Craig had meticulously built an old Allora Stratos kit More >