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ALLARD’S ALLARDETTE FORD ANGLIA CONVERSION

Many specialist car enthusiasts have high regard for Clapham-based Allard Cars founded and run by Sydney Allard. The company was active between 1945-1966 although the last ‘proper’ Allard was built in 1958.

Sydney enjoyed being an underdog and one of his favourite sayings was ‘high performance through ingenuity’ and it summed him and his company up rather beautifully, I think. He first started driving his own ‘specials’ in trials and was a very accomplished exponent.

Allard Motor Company was a subsidiary of Ford dealership Adlards Garage, which had been founded by Albert Brisco and Sydney Allard in the thirties. The company had More >

LET THE BUS TAKE THE STRAIN – THE CAREER OF ALAN PONSFORD THE DESIGNER OF THE AVA K1

PHOTOS TO FOLLOW

Crikey, if this was Total Bus magazine the name Alan Ponsford would be very familiar to you. Much like the CVs of Lee Noble or Jeremy Phillips may have escaped the attention of a member of the Duple Owner’s Club, Alan is the big cheese of bus and coach design. However, he also designed one of the finest handling kitcars of all time in the guise of the AVA K1. Possibly the most advanced in terms of looks, too. Some 36 years after it was unveiled it still seems box-fresh according to STEVE HOLE …

I was reading something More >

IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN – THE STORY OF COSMIC WHEELS & ACCESSORIES

Whenever I used to hear Rodney Trotter say his ironic ‘cosmic’ remark on ‘Only Fools and Horses’ it used to remind me of my dad’s old Cortina Mk3 GT in sunflower yellow that he used to swan around South Norwood and Crystal Palace in when I was a kid. Why? Well, he saved up and bought himself a set of 13in Cosmic RW wheels and a Cosmic Mk2 two-spoke steering wheel.

When I say ‘saved up’, rather he used to pay for them weekly via his mate Dennis’ catalogue. He was the man around town, with his Hush Puppy slip-ons in More >

CLASSIC KIT CARS & SPECIALS – GREEN CREDENTIALS – EVERGREEN ROADSTER

A very underrated kitcar that I always felt should have done better was the Evergreen Roadster, marketed by a Cornish classic car restoration company called Evergreen Motor Company. They were run by Peter Murphy and I think the ‘Evergreen’ name came from his Irish heritage.

The car was a very close replica of the Volkswagen Typ 14 Karmann Ghia, devised by German kitcar manufacturer, Rudolph Perfect Roadsters GmbH based in Mechernich in Germany’s ‘west midlands.’

They were founded in 1992 by Ralf Rudolph and brought its factory shutters down for the last time in January 2018.

The company was one of Germany’s leading More >

THE STORY OF THE MAYA GT AND A TRIP TO CAMBER SANDS

George Holmes was a trained agricultural engineer who had been running a grocer’s shop in the Croydon area before moving to Camber Sands, East Sussex. His friend, Derek Bishop, from Greenwich, had previously run Heron Plastics and had been responsible for the Heron Europa and also for producing the bodies for Don Sim’s Diva operation. Meanwhile, down in East Sussex, George had bought a Nissen hut that was being used as a garage with two petrol pumps outside. A desolate location.

Camber GT – those headlights might not have been, ahem, road-legal!

The Camber was underpinned by a square tube steel chassis More >

FAST HORSES – THE STORY OF MOTOR RACING STABLES

By STEVE HOLE

Actually, there are no, horses here, rather a look at one of the sixties leading racing driver schools, Motor Racing Stables, based at Brands Hatch. Along with Jim Russell Driving Schools, they were the leading trainers of budding Jackie Stewarts in the UK during the sixties.

Motor Racing Stables was always thought of as having been started at Brands Hatch Circuit, with then-owner, John Webb being the founder. That isn’t quite correct. The inimitable Webb was definitely involved but not at the start.

A lovely photo showing Jim Clark with MRS boss, Geoff Clarke at Brands Hatch with a new More >

THE ‘FUTURA’ (SADLY) WASN’T BRIGHT

Jem Developments (they became Jem Cars in 1970) was a division of Robin Statham’s Fellpoint Ltd as he was producing the Mini Jem at the time had taken over the project from Jeremy Delmar-Morgan.

The (over) ambitious Futura was the car that sent Fellpoint Ltd to the wall. They introduced the Mini Jem Mk2, developed it and launched it at the Racing Car Show of 1969. It was going well for the ex-Tornado Cars employee, and by the time he unveiled the space-age Futura at the Racing Car Show in January 1971, he’d sold 180 Mini Jem kits, which was going More >

LOTUS’ JUNIOR SQUAD – RON HARRIS RACING DIVISION TEAM LOTUS

LOTUS’ JUNIOR SQUAD – RON HARRIS TEAM LOTUS – by STEVE HOLE

During the sixties, one of the characters involved in Britain’s motorsport scene was a chap called Ron Harris, running his own teams and also on behalf of Lotus and Lola in Formula Junior, Formula 3 and Formula 2. A total of 84 races with seven victories. STEVE HOLE charts the racing history of one of the paddock’s best-turned-out teams.

Peter Revson racing for the Ron Harris team in an F2 race in a Lotus Type 32

There have been a few famous Ron Harris’ over the years. There was Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris More >

BACK IN THE SADDLE

Saddle clamps are an interesting and very useful product and are ideal for securing items such as brake lines.

Car Builder Solutions unsurprisingly offer a range of them including the one pictured here.

Heavy duty, made from 2mm thick stainless-steel it has a 5.2mm mounting hole and is supplied with an M5 x 12mm stainless steel button-head screw.

The overall size 23mm x 13mm and these 3/16in stainless-steel saddle clamp packs come in packs of 12 and wear part number #SAD316 with more information from www.carbuilder.com or by calling 01580 891 309 ENDS.

THE STORY OF ALEXIS CARS AND THE ALEXIS GT THAT DIDN’T OFFICIALLY EXIST!

THE STORY OF THE ALEXIS GT

I spotted this stunning little GT car in archives recently but initially couldn’t find the notes that I knew should have been with it. It was called the Alexis GT and for a few weeks that was all I knew because I couldn’t find that pesky missing information.

I also looked at my book of words on Alexis Cars but that just confused me more as they only produced trials car and single-seaters for Formula Junior, F100 (single-seater formula for cars powered by Kent Crossflow 1300 engines), FF1600, F3 and F2 between 1959-1976.

They never built a More >