The Good The Bad and The Ugly, no not a Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western, I'm taliking Kit Cars here...
What is that red thing at the bottom? I seem to remember seeing them in the seventies, some sort of VW based kit, but can't recall the name. Looks good from a 21st century perspective. I think the thing is with kit cars, there is going to a big difference between one that is properly thought out and designed, and one that is just a basic piece of coloured plastic with no worth either in design or engineering. Then there is the builder. Again, a big difference between slapping it together as quickly and cheaply as possible, y'know, buy kit cheap, find MoT failed Sierra, get a mate to help over the weekend and hey presto! Or there are the carefully thought out and engineered ones, maybe even modifying or improving the kit to make a proper car. The latter I suspect are rare though.
Why are you choosing some of the worst examples in the the industry ? don't you like kit cars? are you trying to discourage the the future of the kit ? would'nt you like to go "hooning" in this , classy stuff !!
While mentioning GP Kits in Isleworth I seem to remember they produced some very interesting and value for money kits to build with VW and Ford Pinto/Cortina mk3 components. If I have my facts right I think John was of the opinion that there was a better future in lux-speed boats and sold out. The Madison VW in multi colour gell coat FRG. One hell of an easy kit to build and well priced.
The MADISON COUPE built with Ford pinto motor and Cortina running gear.I had a LHD one to blast up and down the autobahns with,its was a fantastic performer and gave an absolutely phenomenal MPG the only problem was you had to be a 7 stone dwarf to get in & out of the doors. a 7stone dwarf to get in &out of the doors.
Thats an interesting little micro-monster, a cross between a Morgan 7W (3 wheeler() and Marcos mk2 also made out wood. The Marcos designed &built with an aviation heritage by a man that built Mosquito fighters in WW2 to throw things at Adolf Hitler . I upgraded my Marcos from a Ford 1litre engine to a1750cc Alfa-Romero twin-cam with a 5 speed trans. Wow !! What a power to wieght ratio ,made your eyes water !!.
I resigned the rear end , for a number of reasons :- wieght loss, rear view visablity etc and some say that it was in order to give Ferrari something to copy for the Dino ? someone else got a trophy for noval design , I think he should give back !!
Ok, one question Roly; where did you get the back window? I recall similar shape windows in aftermarket hardtops for MGBs, maybe Lenham? Or something called a Sebring comes to mind. Anyone remember those. Coincidentally I saw one recently, a white roof on a pale blue MGB with original steel wheels and hubcaps too, very sixties.
Petty juvenile rants will lead to you relieving yourself on deaf ears !! Work that one out ? Troll
Reply to Duesie :- The rear window idea came from a very obscure customizer in southern California who used the idea on a wayout concept car going the rounds at fairground autoshows, I had to construct the whole job from scratch. If you look at the enclosed photo of an original Marcos it is pretty obvious why the modifications a good idea, plus that rear hatch rattled like false teeth in a bucket. The hard top you refered too was made locally in Wednesbury Staffs, the stock one was "caribbean" and the de-lux version had extra sky-lights in the top which made the MGB very bright inside but unbearably hot in summer .that was known as the " Burmuda "
The Marcos did not always respond to instructions after the various modifications were completed, by increasing engine size, wheel width. tyre size &compound , the wooden chassis started to creak and gaps appeared round the windshield rubber on tight corners , the doors would fly open and scare the life out the driver. This is an attempt to circumvent Curbrough race track by the most stress full route, Backwards ! Curbrough racetrack by the most stressfull route, backwards !