A kitcar manufacturer enjoying a very good 18-months is Sammio Motor Company who brought their latest model to Stoneleigh last weekend.

Known as the Cordite it is the latest addition to the Sammio Spyder with this one being based on Triumph Spitfire rather than Herald, which has involved some re-jigging of the car’s layout, with the cockpit moved back 8in resulting in a shorter rear section, which to these eyes gives the car a balanced stance.

The ‘valleys’ in the Spyder’s bonnet are also dispensed with to allow for fitment of the Spitfire’s carbs, which has also resulted in a slightly taller grille section. The kit package itself now features a full GRP bulkhead rather than the bonded panel of old, while the internal metal frame is now in two parts.

The car can now also accommodate taller drivers with new glassfibre floors dropped 3in.

The company also has a Citroën 2CV-based variant available called the Cheveux and Sammio boss, Gary Janes tells me that the plan is to produce a fourth version, a Spitfire donor on a Herald chassis, which will result in a more compact look. Knowing the way Gary works that one will be available at Donington in September…

More information from www.sammo-spyder.com or 07970 636 986 ENDS.