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09-05-2010, 08:57 AM
Just a few murky snaps from me this year. Detling once again demonstrated how the fickle Spring weather can affect the turnout at these shows. At least it didn't rain this year, which was something considering how wet everything got at Wheels Day only two days previously. OK, here we go...


As you know I only attended the show on Monday, choosing to attend the breakfast club at Goodwood on the Sunday. Mike tells me that the Purple Pash was the only Nova present on that day, but on Monday there were two!



I just managed to catch this one as it was leaving the site (presumably in disgust at the minimal turn out). It was running a full length VW floorpan with a Beetle flat-4 engine. With a shape loosely based on the Ferrari 250LM, I know this car as the Western Classics 164LM (1.6 litre, 4-cylinder is how the numerical title breaks down), but by this time I think it had already moved to a tubular steel chassis and a transverse mid-mount CVH engine and drivetrain designed by Geoff Jago... Anyone know what this original car was called???

Anyway, I like the clean shape, lack of obvious rear-engine paraphernalia round the back, and the gold finish Revo 5-spokes. If it was originally styled, instead of being a retro-pastiche, I think this would have been a real head turner in the 70s and 80s...


Another Reliant Scimitar SE5a (I do have a soft spot for these cars), sat on the concrete hardstanding. Notice the rear light clusters, which are the same Lucas units used on the later Mk1 Novas, my own included. Always nice to see. They were also used by Aston Martin, but the 1970s AM-V8 is a somewhat rarer sight these days...


The rear panel proudly proclaims it is a Lancia, but the computerised tax disc says otherwise. A nicely turned out Hawk Stratos, with its coffin-spoke alloys shod with the unmistakable pattern of Michelin TB15 trackday boots.


This Sprite conversion is there every year. Somehow I contrive to take a picture of it every year.

And that was about it for Detling 2010 - I wondered through the show hall, past the miserable selection of 7even replicas and exo-skeletal nonsense, had my first meeting with Top Cat, now on the road to recovery after its heyday in the mid 90s, and met up with Jason (Aeon GT4) in the club hall for a quick chat. I knew that the Gilbern T11 mid-engine prototype from 1970 had been there on the Sunday, and Jason had a chance to look over this fascinating piece of history, very much a contemporary of the Nova but with the kind of engineering our favourite kit was crying out for from the start. Oh well, another time hopefully...

In spite of the leaking pipes and bare floorpans in the Green Machine, the heater poured welcome warm air out of the dashboard vents all the way home! Maybe next year will be graced with better weather - you've got to break your duck sometime :D


09-05-2010, 06:24 PM
That 250LM "replica", wow always thought they were great. I heard they were closed down after only a few shells by Ferrari's lawyers, don't know if that's true.

The earliest mention I can find of it in my Kit Car mags is 1983 where it was due to debut at the Lincoln show alongside things like the Albar Sonic, so it was quite a late entry to the kit car boom. The company referred to as manufacturers are "Replicar" and they also list a type 35 Bugatti replica (that rings a bell) - the names County Replicas and Alan Hatswell also mentioned but mean nowt to me.

10-05-2010, 12:18 PM
Hi Mark - you're right, its a Replicar 164LM. The only people I ever heard were shut down by Ferrari were Tom McBurnie who made the Corvette-based Daytona Spider replica for Miami Vice. Admittedly that was a higher profile case than a not-too-similar 250LM replica on a VW chassis :D


11-05-2010, 01:47 PM
IRRC I heard once that a European (Swiss?) gentleman selling rather good GTO replicas was found slumped on his desk with a small caliber bullet in his brain courtesy of a Mafia hit. He had argued successfully that the design was 30 years old and time expired, so Ferrari decided to settle out of court.

God, I love the blood red cars, la passione etc etc etc etc etc etc :puking:

12-05-2010, 07:43 PM
Just remembered, I'm fairly certain the LM replica press car used to run a set of Wellers like yours Lauren, trying to ape the style of Ferrari Campagnolos.