View Full Version : Exeter Kit Car Show, November 15th 2008

02-01-2009, 07:22 PM
Hi everyone - I just got some pictures developed covering this event, so I thought what better way to cheer up these dark grey winter days than with pictures from a dark grey winter day?

As always, apologies for the choice of subject matter, its a personal thing y'see. OK, here we go...


First off, a '66 TVR Grantura. Very nicely finished early example of this enduring specialist car. Even had the vestigial fins at the back, plus the trademark tiny doors :D


Here's a rarity, and not strictly a kit car either (the show seems to be a good excuse for any old classic to have a day out...) - a 1965 Gilbern GT (the only make of car manufactured in Wales). Very smart little machine.


This was impressive - amidst a sea of 7even replicas here is a genuine original. Note the Cortina hub caps. Driven by a real enthusiast (flying helmet and goggles, plus a knitted ACBC jumper), this fine example of the REAL THING was comprehensively ignored all day. Philestines... :confused1:


This buggy was very nice, proper old skool. I'm guessing its a GP original. Beetle tail lights are a nice touch.


There was one other car in the carpark with a hinged canopy - and this was it; a Messerschmitt Tiger, the 26bhp twin-cylinder version of the venerable three-wheel microcar. Notice the 4 wheels necessary to cope with top speeds in excess of 60 mph!!! All this with direct handlebar steering... scary :drive:


There appears to be a familiar green silhouette in this picture... and a lot of badly parked 7evens around it. The one in the foreground was a full carbon shell with a Hyabusa engine.


Very nice replica of the legendary rare and ridiculously expensive Jaguar XKSS roadster (the road-going version of the D-type). The chap in the flying jacket is the owner. The luggage rack with wicker hamper was a nice touch :cool1:


Here's one for BBC, I know you like your hot rods :D

A pair of Ford Pops, plus a radically channelled '34 roadster. Notice the lack of mudguards - illegal but redolent of the Bonneville salt flats...

...And last but not least, straight out of Alex's Uglies, a '70s D&H Mk4 Mini Marcos!


It was a good show, and a nice way to finish off the year. Catch y'all later...


Big Birds Car
03-01-2009, 04:47 PM
Nice one Lauren, cheered me up as I'm trying to get a bit warm having been out in the garage doing brakes on the Jester for most of the day (got to get it SVA'd before the end of FEB when newer more stringent test comes into effect).
Notice the pops are all old skool with wolfies. the 34 front end looks abit strange not sure what is going on there and it too is running old slots, probably cobra supaslots by the shape of the slots. (more rounded/oval than the wolfies).
Well, now warmed up will get back to it. (memo to self, GET SOME GAS FOR THE HEATER!!!!).

04-01-2009, 06:48 PM
Great pictures and love classic kitcars....... :clapping:

05-01-2009, 12:55 AM
Hi Lauren, Nice to see the TVR Grantura was still at the show. Does it still have the Rover V8 installed. I talked the the owners at the 06/07 ??? Exeter show
with Alax, DJ Harry, Paul, and Rabs. The picture takes me back to my Grantura Mk3 ,restored it after finding it in a barn (a home for chickens) early part of the 80s
No rear tinted perspex window, but managed to find a direct replacement, and original paint " Jag metalic blue. From retired Stan Kilcoyne of TVR.
( what a curved screen that was ). Replaced the Coventry Climax FWE 1216 cc with an MGB 1798 cc when i found out that it was one of the first Mk3s to
be fitted with the MGB engine. Fun to find that they used a picture of it 678 EFR in the collectors guide for TVR. Great fun restoring it ... resprayed 3/4 times.
only drove it about 6 miles to the Mot and back ,and sold it..... couldnt resist the cash offer. Ah well.

05-01-2009, 08:38 PM
I didn't realise it had a V8 - as you say, it should be motivated by something rather smaller... should of guessed from the Minilites and wide rubber I suppose...


06-01-2009, 11:18 PM
On reflection, The "Grantura Mk 111" in the picture with its power bulge on the bonnet is probably a Griffith 200 or 400 . the Grantura Mk 111 was fitted with a 4.7 engine by Jack Griffith in the USA. The 200
was 195 BHP and the 400 was 271 BHP from the AC Cobra later called the AC 289. Only a hand full stayed in the UK . So my apologies go to the owners for calling it a Grantura Mk 111.
Letterman do you know any more about the Griffith, which i believe made its debut at the Boston Motor Show in Massachusetts in the early 60s.


Big Birds Car
07-01-2009, 08:55 AM
A friend of mine in North London had a genuine Griffith, (I thought it was a 500 but can't be sure) it was powered by a Ford 289ci engine fed by twin four barrel carbs through a four speed manual box. It was a wild ride, fast as hell but was a bit of a sod as a daily driver due to old style suspension and speed humps everywhere, he was offered big money for it about 8 years ago and eventually let it go.

07-01-2009, 04:59 PM
Letterman do you know any more about the Griffith, which i believe made its debut at the Boston Motor Show in Massachusetts in the early 60s.
Nothing at all, only photos and car's I've seen at events :blushing:

07-01-2009, 07:45 PM
I have a picture of the back as well, it is badged a Grantura, not a Griffith.

Jack Griffith was a NY Ford dealer who got TVR to provide him with engine-less shells made in the UK and the Ford 289 (in either 2-bbl slow-po or 4-bbl hi-po versions) was installed at the factory in NY. I don't believe any Griffiths were made at the TVR factory - any cars that made it back here were exported from the US... I think :confused1:


07-01-2009, 09:36 PM
Hmmm.. I now remember where I at least saw the name. Lauren, you're probably right as usual. Below are photos from a few years ago of a TVR 1800S, according to the window tag. Note the name on the engine...

07-01-2009, 10:03 PM
Hi Lauren,
Just sorted through some boxes packed away for years. Managed to find my copy of the Collectors guide to the TVR. The Griffith should realy be called a TVR
Griffith but Jack Griffith secured the right to market the modified car in North America and mearly called it a Griffith as he reasoned quite correctly that it had been his idea.
It follows on to say that the vast majority of all Griffiths were exported to the states and the writer would be very suprised if more than a handfull of the V8 engined TVRs
are still in Britain. My TVR Grandtura Mk 3 pictured in the same book, unfortunatly doesnt show the bonnet. but it never had the power bulge that the Griffith had.
Some where in one of the many.. many boxes packed away, i think i might still have the guys telephone no that had the TVR at Exeter when i last went there.
Be interesting if i could contact him to find out.
Funny enough the Grantura and the Nova were always the two cars that i yearned to own from my younger days. Even though its been slow going "but good fun" i still
aim to finish the Nova. Even if its just to park it in the disable bay at the super market.

07-01-2009, 10:31 PM
The white car is an early Vixen...... grantura front end and a Vixen rear body work... much larger rear screen. was that the ford rear lights too. Nice example

07-01-2009, 10:58 PM
Stand corrected.. the white one IS a 64-66 Grantura . photos on the net says its an 1800S . But still a "vixen " rear body work and "Vixen" rear window.
compared to the 63 Mk111.