View Full Version : Replica/Kit Car show at Carlisle, Pennsylvania 2009

22-06-2009, 12:02 AM
I know that a lot of you guys (and lady...singular) didn't get a chance to make it to Carlisle, Pennsylvania this year -- probably due to some dumb excuse like "It looked like it might rain" or "We live on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean" or other such lame explanation. :laugh:

But for those of you who weren't there, here are three short clips of some of the Sterlings that were present (plus one Sebring),

There were five cars total. and while that might not sound like a huge get-together, It actually might be the largest turn-out for Sterlings and their derivatives ever on the East coast. And we'll see what we can do to top it next year.




23-06-2009, 07:14 AM
Some nicely finished off cars.

Whats the story with the tubular chassis in the video's, looks interesting?


23-06-2009, 10:29 AM
That was developed by the owner of the company at Sterling Sports Cars. He's got two different configurations - one for mid engine and one for rear. He's sold a couple already and I think has orders for a few more.

24-06-2009, 05:29 AM
Nice. Do you have any details on it?

Is it still VW suspension used or something more modern?

24-06-2009, 11:35 AM
Hi Colin - I believe the suspension is all bespoke - custom struts at the back and wisbones up front (I think). Nice tubular chassis, but I did have some reservations about the strength around the scuttle area, certainly on the prototype.


24-06-2009, 12:06 PM
See descriptions here http://www.sterlingsportscars.com/index ... ngine.html (http://www.sterlingsportscars.com/index/Tube_chassis_mid-engine.html)

27-06-2009, 06:24 PM
I like thw look of the mid engine chassis.

That is the 1st Nova I have seen where the wheels fill out the arches without huge spacers.

Is it successful in the States or just a few sold?

27-06-2009, 09:13 PM
Harumph! :nonono: :tongue:

I can't quite make out what type of steering rack is used, but using a Pinto rack my front track is wider than the rear. And that's the key to filling out the arches.

Ric is right, the front end of the new chassis look a lot better torsionally than that first tubular effort. The rear trailing arms are a tad short, but that's just be a minor quibble - keep the suspension travel short and the roll-steer effects will be minimal. Scooby powerplant makes perfect sense and fits a treat.


28-06-2009, 01:39 AM
I'll have to ask Dave what rack he's using, Lauren. I'm fairly certain it's a Mustang II variant, but I have no idea what the rear suspension is based from. I thought I heard him say it's a Corvette front A-arm assembly, but I'm probably wrong on that.
MB: SSC has sold only a few tube frames thus far, but he's only just put out that latest version within the last couple months. Not too many folks willing to invest in toys at the moment with the economy!

28-06-2009, 03:47 AM
Talked to Dave last week and he seemed very happy with the turn out. Actually more like he was impressed and had a great time talking to everybody. Hoping I can make it next year.

02-07-2009, 08:53 PM
Ok - so...better late than never - here are some of my shots form the event:

New Manx Body Kit:


Sterling Booth:


IMP Interior:


Bruce Meyers and VW Bill schmooze:


Bruce Meyers takes a seat in one of his classics:


Lazer 917:

..and a bunch of other interesting kits:


Big Birds Car
03-07-2009, 07:52 AM
Any other photo's of the last vehicle, that looks interesting to me, look at the shape of the screens as well. :cool1:

03-07-2009, 09:28 AM
yeah, but more importantly any more pictures of the Nova's (any close ups). I'm quite keen to see more of the Red Rotray engined one with the pop-up lights. :crossfinger:

03-07-2009, 01:44 PM
BBC: That car is based on the US Chevy Aveo. Very cool concept, you can see more of it at the guys site www.kitcarmike.com (http://www.kitcarmike.com) . That guy is a bit of a hillbilly and performs some of his work somewhat unconventionally (think garage safety first....not good!). But the concept is sound. He's currently listing that car on eBay US for $68K...and can't figure out why it isn't selling. Must have something to do with the lexan windshields...that I told him weren't legal in any US state, but he insisted they were. Oh well....
IM: see this thread viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1803 (http://www.euro-nova.co.uk/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1803) for a full description, and this thread here http://www.sterlingkitcars.com/members_ ... do=ad&id=8 (http://www.sterlingkitcars.com/members_n_forums/vbclassified.php?do=ad&id=8) for some more photos. I have some in house here if there are some angle you'd like to see...I might have them!

Big Birds Car
03-07-2009, 03:00 PM
I have to say I like it a lot, shame about the lexan windows, is there any chance he will ever get a specialist to make a screen for it? Looking at the rest of the finish and fit a hidden wiper would be the easy part. I haven't had time to look at the site but does it give any indication as to what chassis and drive train is used?

03-07-2009, 03:50 PM
It's a Chevy Aveo, which is just a rebadged Daewoo small four-door car. He did say that he had a company working on glass windscreens for the car, but I'm not holding my breath. His company was the first featured build on SpeedTV's "Kit - an Autobody Experience" where they (Speed) went to four different manufacturers to see them build different cars. His car was a Porsche Carrera GT replica on a Boxster chassis. To say they bodged together the car and filled it with mud to hide any discrepancies is being kind...I'm surprised that the business is still holding together. But, to be fair, this kit looked well thought out and finished from what I could see. It may be a different story if the body was pulled from the frame, though!

04-07-2009, 01:07 PM
you know if they are ever going to do a sterling KIT show?
thats really thge only kit car i would buy well that and a cheetah

04-07-2009, 02:19 PM
I was talking with the guy who writes the Kit Car magazine at the show Jim Youngs about that very subject. He and Dave know each other, but it's up to the producer of Speed to pick what cars and builders they profile. Since Dave hasn't built any turnkey cars and has no plans to do so at the moment, it's unlikely that Sterling will be profiled.