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With the nation looking forward to hosting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, there has never been a better time to celebrate all things British.

So says Caterham Cars, which kicked off its annual Hire-a-7 season recently.

And, with everyone including the Government getting behind a campaign to get more Britons holidaying here in the UK, the ‘staycation’ is set to make a roaring comeback, with sales of UK-based holidays already nine per cent higher than last year, apparently.

With prices from £175 for a single day or £325 for two days’ hire and full weekend hire also available, what better More >


HR Engineering launched their Glamis Pro Truck kit at last weekend’s Detling show and the Saffron Walden-based tuning and engineering specialists, run by Harvey Rice, was very pleased with the reception.

Two versions of the Glamis are available – a rally raid version based on a spaceframe chassis and a more affordable IVA-exempt body conversion that uses un-modified Land Rover Discovery chassis and can feasibly be DIY-built for as little as £8000.

The spaceframe/rollcage package that is pre-fitted to your Discovery rolling chassis comes in at £2400, with the body kit at £1650. To this you need to add the GRP doors More >


Great British Sportscars - Zero

Another big presence at Detling last weekend came from Great British Sportscars, who like Team MEV their fellow Nottinghamshire manufacturer, put on a very big display at the Kent show.

On their stand taking pride of place was the Zero and its Chubster brother, a wide-bodied version officially known as Zero GT in addition to a whole showroom’s worth of parts from their Kit Spares division such as new Ford Zetec Blacktops at just £750 and other such bargains. Much of the Kit Spares stuff is suitable for universal applications, while they also act as distributors for More >


JBA Motors was at Detling with their BMW-based Falcon and it attracted lots of favourable comments from visitors, according to JBA boss, Bill Willcock and the Norwich-based company have announced an open day for Saturday June 2 to be held at their factory at: Willow Barn, Arminghall Lane, Arminghall, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 8SD…see you there.

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Good to see Russ Bost’s Furore Cars exhibiting at Detling last weekend and the Essex-based company impressed many showgoers with their outrageous Formula 1 two-seat, road-legal racer, which is based on Toyota MR2 Mk1.

Power can be inline four-cylinder superbike engine or the Toyota 4A-GE unit that comes ‘free’ with your donor vehicle. Russ reckons that a DIY-build can be completed from around £10,000, with a bike engine variant costing around £3000 more.

The kit package starts with the chassis kit at £4140 inc VAT, with the body pack at £2940 inc VAT.

Furore also has a nice line of parts that have More >


Team MEV, consisting of Nottinghamshire manufacturers, Road Track Race and Mills Extreme Vehicles put on a serious display of power at Detling last weekend with examples of the complete range of models in their joint line-up.


There was the Exocet MX150R displayed on a special rig clearly showing the Mazda chassis thus highlighting the appeal of the MX-5 as a donor vehicle. I must confess to having a fit of giggles when a showgoer mentioned that he thought that the car must handle like a pig due to it being so high off the ground, not realising it was a More >



When one of the industry’s big guns announces a new model it pays to take notice. Got this press release from Gardner Douglas Sports Cars this week:

New GD T70moda will make its debut at Stoneleigh 2012

“Gardner Douglas Sports Cars Ltd. is proud to announce the introduction of the GD T70moda. The well-established GD T70, a car that can boast to be in the top 50 fastest laps of the famed Nordschleife Nürburgring circuit, has been given an all-weather, beautifully-designed panoramic canopy along with other subtle styling revisions for 2012.

The GD T70moda canopy was designed More >


Spire Sportscars enjoyed a brilliant weekend in the first round of the 750 Motor Club’s RGB Championship at Silverstone, with GT-3 racers, in the hands of ‘works’ drivers, John Cutmore and Tim Gray ably backed-up by a 2011-spec GT-R, driven by Nick Morley and the Festive Lights-sponsored GT-R piloted by Matthew Higginson. Sadly, Matt Green’s GT-3 was not quite ready-to-race despite much burning of midnight oil…

Good results for Spire Sportscars at Silverstone last weekend in Round One of the 750 MC RGB Championship, with 'works' drivers John Cutmore (left) and Tim Gray dominating proceedings. Indeed, Gray ended-up with two wins, More >


New from GKD Sports Cars and due for unveiling at Detling show this weekend is a new supercharger package for the BMW 318iS ‘M42’ 1.8-litre or ‘M44 ‘ 1.9-litre engines that use an Eaton M45 supercharger from a BMW Mini Cooper S in addition to a new ‘coil-on-plug’ conversion kit they have developed.

In standard tune the M42 engine delivers 140bhp and 129lb/ft torque although GKD-boss, Peter Lathrope reckons that with a ‘charger added those figures will rise to 200bhp and 175lb/ft. A healthy boost. The real key of this revision is that it retains the standard BMW ECU and injectors, More >


New manufacturer, Rennwagen, has acquired the Sammio 550 Spyder and also produce their own Porsche 911 RSR 1973/74 evocation in metal or glassfibre.

They are perhaps only the fourth kitcar manufacturer to be based in Northern Ireland, Belfast to be precise and the company is run by Porsche 911 racer and enthusiast, Robin Titterington.

The 550 Spyder is an honest-to-goodness take on the classic Porsche theme at an affordable price and Robin has several excellent plans up his sleeve to further enhance the kit package, but it’ll remain a very affordable DIY build project, unsurprisingly using the VW Beetle as its base More >