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islandman
01-01-2019, 02:58 PM
Well as itís the New Year so I started the negotiation process with the misses about me making the car show in 2019 only to hear that my Son had told her that he wanted to join daddy at the show this year. Good and bad, good as it now means that Iím bringing the whole family (wife and kids to Stoneleigh), the bad bit is 4 x long haul flight tickets donít come cheap!!

The other bad bit is I canít fit 4 people in the Nova, so Iím now rather embarrassingly going to be arriving with my Nova on a trailer to a show for the first time (Ö.pauseÖ.wait for itÖ.wait for itÖ.Iím sure Mark will comment soon :ermm:)

Anyway, its all booked and Iíve even booked the hotel at Kenilworth too, so here is to hoping we have the same great weather as we did last year.

Dirk
01-01-2019, 10:41 PM
Nice one see you there.

Is the trailer going to be one of those posh covered ones that the "Princes" gets driven around in :coat:

Dirk

islandman
02-01-2019, 01:09 AM
Nice one see you there.

Is the trailer going to be one of those posh covered ones that the "Princes" gets driven around in :coat:

Dirk

No just purely functional open top one....my Nova is use to being wet and driving in the rain, only the "Princess" gets that kind of treatment to save ever having to give her a wash :lmfao:

BlueNova
02-01-2019, 02:12 AM
David & Dirk .......... you're setting yourselves up for a fall here ... and you know it!!

Mark, load yer gun, make sure nobody else is in the way ... and let rip!

Happy New Year everyone!

Alistair

Buffy
02-01-2019, 12:15 PM
Oh, where should I start !! :twisted::twisted::twisted::twisted::twisted:

bushboy
04-01-2019, 07:01 PM
My first time logging this year 2019 & the first post I'm reading is about Stones 2019.

As it turns out today I received in the post all gumph to register the club for 2019.

We will be on the same pitch as we have since time began only This year it will be know as 55D.

I'll scan & post the pre-booking for Camping ETC

Dates this year are Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May.

See you all there.

PS.

Do I need to book an extra plot for all of the trailers that will be making the trip:scared:

Bushboy

Peter
05-01-2019, 12:42 PM
My first time logging this year 2019 & the first post I'm reading is about Stones 2019.

As it turns out today I received in the post all gumph to register the club for 2019.

We will be on the same pitch as we have since time began only This year it will be know as 55D.

I'll scan & post the pre-booking for Camping ETC

Dates this year are Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May.

See you all there.

PS.

Do I need to book an extra plot for all of the trailers that will be making the trip:scared:

Bushboy

You coul always park them on the EOC plot, I'm sure there will be plenty of room as usual. :ermm:

bushboy
08-01-2019, 08:03 PM
Here are the Camping forms & general information for Stoneleigh 2019

https://vgy.me/l5YaDO.jpg


https://vgy.me/yZsQQq.jpg


https://vgy.me/L5pa7b.jpg


https://vgy.me/vxs8M9.jpg

See you all there

Bushboy

Buffy
05-05-2019, 05:32 PM
I am gutted that I could not get there due to personal reasons, so please start posting pics for those that have attended today.
I have also heard some bad news involving one of the flock!

steve
05-05-2019, 08:28 PM
Yes there was some news that put a downer on the day - but I'm not going to go there.

Some off-beat pics of 3 cars I liked...
See the pole-dancer on the Cougar ariel
and the surfboard mirror on on the Buggy, great selection on top-end buggies at the show today.
I liked the colour scheme on the GT40.
You missed a good day mate; enjoy:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/iet3fsj38nnbtrb/IMG_20190505_150538.jpg?raw=1

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zdfylltb4rde0fp/IMG_20190505_151248.jpg?raw=1

https://www.dropbox.com/s/527dqdl86fx9n5o/IMG_20190505_150109.jpg?raw=1

jim73vw
06-05-2019, 07:38 AM
I liked that Tag liveried buggy too. Has the unusual Mel Hubbard bonnet fitted. He created it to allow an opening bonnet, so shifts the mounting points of the lights slightly too, but makes wiring one up, and maintaining fuel tank etc a lot easier.

it was a very tidy build.

Alzax3
06-05-2019, 07:14 PM
Another Stones under the belt. Great to catch up with everyone who attended and meet a couple of new ones ....Arrived to be told the club stand had been moved - disapointing after 15 years next to the gate and pitching the tent under the trees - BUT it was much better where they put us - we were in full view of all the incoming cars and couldn't be missed by any but the most dimwitted visitors. (I hope we can secure that as the new regular pitch even if they fill in the excavations where we used to be!)
The contraction of the show-ground space and shortage of exhibitors was a bit depressing, we can't afford the country's last kit car show to go the way of all the others! I haven't really got any useful photos to post but I think Liz will put some of hers up tomorrow.
Nova had a slight and occasional misfire on the way up (stopped doing it somewhere in Devon) and vapour locked when we filled-up so took a worrying minute or two to re-start. Behaved perfectly on the way back, and we missed all the usual hold-ups to give a 4 hour 50minute trip - an average very close to 60mph...

Dirk
06-05-2019, 09:14 PM
I had a great weekend, the new pitch was fantastic lets hope we can keep it. Thanks for all the great company and a massive THANK YOU to Di for all her hard work keeping us all fed and watered :group:
The car was also well behaved there and back so very happy.

Dirk

BlueNova
06-05-2019, 09:16 PM
I had a great weekend, the new pitch was fantastic lets hope we can keep it. Thanks for all the great company and a massive THANK YOU to Di for all her hard work keeping us all fed and watered :group:
The car was also well behaved there and back so very happy.

Dirk

Excellent Dirk ... you must be well chuffed after all your efforts over the past year. Well done!

.... any photos worth sharing?

Alistair

islandman
06-05-2019, 09:38 PM
Well I was having a good journey back to Chelmsford until I was coming up to my exit on the M25 when all traffic stopped for an accident. And there we and every other motorist stayed for the next 4 Ĺ hours!! Most bizarre experience, people walking dogs between the lanes, kids on scooter, even a cyclist. However the one that takes the prize was a group of lads playing football across all three lanes on the other carriageway as they had closed that also so it was empty.

https://youtu.be/wSW5m3by6Ik

Dirk
06-05-2019, 09:41 PM
Excellent Dirk ... you must be well chuffed after all your efforts over the past year. Well done!

.... any photos worth sharing?

Alistair

Yes I was very pleased. and no I forgot my charging cable for my phone so was trying to conserve power just in case!!! but my phone still died just after leaving Stones so I had to buy a cable at the services.
I am sure there will be lots of photos soon.

Dirk

Phill
07-05-2019, 08:11 AM
Well I was having a good journey back to Chelmsford until I was coming up to my exit on the M25 when all traffic stopped for an accident. And there we and every other motorist stayed for the next 4 Ĺ hours!! Most bizarre experience, people walking dogs between the lanes, kids on scooter, even a cyclist. However the one that takes the prize was a group of lads playing football across all three lanes on the other carriageway as they had closed that also so it was empty.

https://youtu.be/wSW5m3by6Ik

There was a time when the police made it a priority to get traffic moving again after an accident. Nowadays however, they seem the take great delight in closing down the road system for hours and hours (sometimes all day) while they carry out their accident investigation. My wife thinks I'm being callous when I suggest they should simply drag the bodies over onto the hard shoulder and let the traffic start moving again :coat:

Peter
07-05-2019, 09:25 AM
I agree, we get the same thing here, 10km tail back for what turns out to be some year driving too fast, too close, hitting some poor did up the tailgate. Not unusual to see them 2 meters behind at 90kph.

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Buffy
07-05-2019, 06:06 PM
They say that for the closure of the M25 it cost over one million pounds per hour for the country, and that any prolonged delay gets people talking very high up..
There would be good reason for something like that to take so long, for the police work on CLEAR principles to ensure the road network moves !!

Just saying 😜

Now, where are the photos? 👍

pickle
07-05-2019, 08:01 PM
It felt quite weird to be moved from our traditional pitch -
https://i.imgur.com/w3Z9deS.jpg

to the middle of a barren field in the cold wind that greeted us, but once the show was underway many thought it was really brilliant to be on the main thoroughfare and it certatinly brought in a lot of visitors. Ben of course had all we needed for clearing away the great wads of wet grass clippings.

https://i.imgur.com/FT8m4Wr.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/2jrHUE2.jpg

Lineup Saturday night
https://i.imgur.com/HUFNSyL.jpg

great sunset... the rain missed us
vhttps://i.imgur.com/uqrjRAP.jpg

Ben sorted the stove
https://i.imgur.com/mWp5c7q.jpg

Major excavation across the site - here looking back towards the entrance gate, many fine trees cut down...
https://i.imgur.com/8Afbm3x.jpg

AGM in the sunshine
https://i.imgur.com/7WmzhmV.jpg

nice Marcos in the middle field on the way to the halls
https://i.imgur.com/6WldnpH.jpg

Monday 8am breakfast
https://i.imgur.com/hnL3w05.jpg

HAd to rush home for guests arriving so sorry to miss you all on Monday
https://i.imgur.com/uUinS4V.jpg

Heading west is always a good idea
https://i.imgur.com/LUGAv3r.jpg

one of my favourite hills
https://i.imgur.com/yN1EtsG.jpg

chasing a Stag
https://i.imgur.com/DfJLxO0.jpg

Nearly home
https://i.imgur.com/EkSc0V4.jpg

MAny many thanks Di for all the delicious food and for looking after us so well. See you all next year!!

islandman
07-05-2019, 08:29 PM
New Pie Valley Suspension and steering

https://i.vgy.me/IBybea.jpg

The 4 Ĺ hour waitÖÖ

https://i.vgy.me/V9YasI.jpg

A nicely finished eagle where the doors actually fit!

https://i.vgy.me/90Mud2.jpg

Filling up for the ride home

https://i.vgy.me/b0L973.jpg

Trying to locate the missing members of the convoy

https://i.vgy.me/ffZJlR.jpg

https://i.vgy.me/TIpUOI.jpg

A nice looking Dino

https://i.vgy.me/2XiXqT.jpg

Buffy
07-05-2019, 08:57 PM
Like a nice trailer pic 😂
Wished I could have been there.....

BlueNova
07-05-2019, 09:22 PM
Many thanks to Pickle and David for sharing the photos!

Looking forward to the day I can join you with my Nova. I doubt if I'll manage to bring her to 2020, but 2021's a good target for me to aim for :whip:

The new site looks good .... encouraging that it's on the main thoroughfare and hence more likely to raise the Nova's profile.

And Pickle, talking of profile, I love that side view of the Marcos. When I first thought about getting a Nova a Marcos was my 'reserve' choice in case I couldn't find a Nova.

Nice shot of the Pie Valley front suspension & steering David. Looks very professional ... I'm (almost) tempted to paint my new front beam yellow! I love the contrast with the black.

Love the shot of your Nova on the trailer David ... not because of all the ribbing on here about Novas on trailers, but because it illustrates how far you have to raise the Nova from street level to get the roofline to match modern cars!

Nice red eagle ... can't be many left in such nice condition.

.... and of course seeing Dirk filling up the 'Yellow Pheonix' (just my nickname for her) at the petrol station is just great ... I can only imagine how happy he must have felt managing to attend Stones with his Avante so soon after the accident. Much respect! :clapping:

Hopefully there are still more photos to be posted, but if not no worries ... many thanks to Pickle and David for letting us share a 'virtual' Stones with you all :thumbup:

Alistair

Nic
07-05-2019, 10:33 PM
That front suspension is GORGEOUS! So jealous!

Sector
07-05-2019, 11:32 PM
What wheel size are those on blue nova?

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MicksRedNova
08-05-2019, 09:52 PM
one of my favourite hills
https://i.imgur.com/yN1EtsG.jpg



Crooks Peak if I'm not mistaken, I climbed to the top a couple of years back. So close to our house we could have waved as you passed :bleh:

Thanks for the pictures Liz. Hopefully Sue and I will get there next year.

Mick

MicksRedNova
09-05-2019, 09:38 AM
For those that couldn't attend (like me) I found a couple of vids on YouTube of Stoneleigh 2019 'walkarounds' that both show the Club Nova stand.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/9sa_6lliuyE

https://www.youtube.com/embed/I7ZajY0sjRw
(https://www.youtube.com/embed/I7ZajY0sjRw)

and another https://www.youtube.com/embed/hgTh_1jPC-U
(https://www.youtube.com/embed/I7ZajY0sjRw)
Mick

BlueNova
09-05-2019, 08:32 PM
Nice clips Mick ... certainly illustrates what a high profile location it was this year, especially with cars having to slow down to negotiate the speed hump right at Club Nova! :thumbup:

Alistair

islandman
10-05-2019, 09:16 AM
What wheel size are those on blue nova?

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Sector, That car belongs to Ray (he owns the red one too), he doesn't however use the internet so can't respond. I believe they are 18inches but I could be wrong. Hopefully one of the other members know and may correct me.

steve
10-05-2019, 01:39 PM
Sector, That car belongs to Ray (he owns the red one too), he doesn't however use the internet so can't respond. I believe they are 18inches but I could be wrong. Hopefully one of the other members know and may correct me.

Before deciding on my wheels, I took pics of what tyre/rim combinations were in use at Stonleigh last year, I forget I still had this on my phone...

Ray's blue car has 20inch rims with 285/30 tyres (this pic of the back wheel)

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islandman
10-05-2019, 01:50 PM
Ray's blue car has 20inch rims with 285/30 tyres (this pic of the back wheel)

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Wow!

steve
10-05-2019, 01:52 PM
I enquired about the New Pie Valley Suspension (front beam replacement) that Islandman pictured see in Yellow above, as I reckon this product could be a game-changer ...

The front end is a bolt on replacement for a ball joint Beetle beam axle. It uses the standard 4 beam mounting points supplemented by the front four bodyshell mounts.

It uses standard Beetle front knuckles - just disc brake at the moment - and a rear mounted steering rack positioned to eliminate bump steer and maintain the correct Ackermann geometry.

The top balljoint location is moved upwards relative to the knuckle with a tapered spacer, this gives better geometry than the original location.

Manufacture and sales will he handled by Kingfisher Kustoms in Smethwick, and it should be available in 2-3 months. Contact Kingfisher more...

islandman
10-05-2019, 02:35 PM
I enquired about the New Pie Valley Suspension (front beam replacement) that Islandman pictured see in Yellow above, as I reckon this product could be a game-changer ...

The front end is a bolt on replacement for a ball joint Beetle beam axle. It uses the standard 4 beam mounting points supplemented by the front four bodyshell mounts.

It uses standard Beetle front knuckles - just disc brake at the moment - and a rear mounted steering rack positioned to eliminate bump steer and maintain the correct Ackermann geometry.

The top balljoint location is moved upwards relative to the knuckle with a tapered spacer, this gives better geometry than the original location.

Manufacture and sales will he handled by Kingfisher Kustoms in Smethwick, and it should be available in 2-3 months. Contact Kingfisher more...

I had a serious look at this too, and also enquired about being the first customer to beta test (for an at cost price), but understandably Ed wanted someone who was going to fit it immediately rather than months later (I'm in Singapore so that wasn't gonna happen). I did however have one reservation which I voiced to Ed, which was the aggressive angles on the steering couplings given the rack was at the back. I know from experience on my first version of rack and pinion steering that this can make the steering feel "notchy", I subsequently changed the angles. I could feel a bit of that on Ed's version, although he did say they were still adjusting the angles to remove that. I'm seriously interested for my Blue Nova as the current rack and pinion barely made it through the MOT and I know I have to deal with that at some stage. So I will be watching this development with interest.

Sector
10-05-2019, 02:58 PM
Ray's blue car has 20inch rims with 285/30 tyres (this pic of the back wheel)

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Wheels look great my only dislike is how high the car sits. In my opinion, lowered it would look amazing.

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Buffy
10-05-2019, 07:13 PM
I had a serious look at this too, and also enquired about being the first customer to beta test (for an at cost price), but understandably Ed wanted someone who was going to fit it immediately rather than months later (I'm in Singapore so that wasn't gonna happen). I did however have one reservation which I voiced to Ed, which was the aggressive angles on the steering couplings given the rack was at the back. I know from experience on my first version of rack and pinion steering that this can make the steering feel "notchy", I subsequently changed the angles. I could feel a bit of that on Ed's version, although he did say they were still adjusting the angles to remove that. I'm seriously interested for my Blue Nova as the current rack and pinion barely made it through the MOT and I know I have to deal with that at some stage. So I will be watching this development with interest.

I REALLY like that front beam 👍👍

islandman
11-05-2019, 01:07 AM
due to the interest a couple more shots

https://i.vgy.me/AYg5xt.jpg


https://i.vgy.me/cm6kGU.jpg


https://i.vgy.me/adUvFo.jpg

Sector
11-05-2019, 03:56 AM
Thanks for sharing

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steve
11-05-2019, 08:42 PM
Interesting that the display model is LHD.
I take the point that the Rack connection/UJs will be at a steep angle, especially for a Nova, but it appears to be a solvable problem, as the Rack connections are to a cross-member, which can be un-bolted (replaced) so this piece of kit is customisable.

One concern might be the ride height; which is higher than stock for a Nova, will that push the wishbones too far off horizontal?

BlueNova
11-05-2019, 09:43 PM
For those that couldn't attend (like me) I found a couple of vids on YouTube of Stoneleigh 2019 'walkarounds' that both show the Club Nova stand.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/9sa_6lliuyE

https://www.youtube.com/embed/I7ZajY0sjRw
(https://www.youtube.com/embed/I7ZajY0sjRw)

and another https://www.youtube.com/embed/hgTh_1jPC-U
(https://www.youtube.com/embed/I7ZajY0sjRw)
Mick

Further to Mick's links I've found another one. It's about 22 mins long but worth a watch. Around the middle it interviews the guy behind the new "KITFEST" which Mick highlighted in another post. He's really keen to connect kit car owners and support growth in the kit car industry. At 18:26 he visits the Club Nova stand and speaks well about the Nova and Avante :thumbup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgTh_1jPC-U

Alistair

Dirk
11-05-2019, 11:14 PM
Nice find, we did see him filming.

Dirk

islandman
12-05-2019, 04:40 AM
Interesting that the display model is LHD.

That was because the bulk head panel for the display version was significantly cheaper for LHD for some reason. Hence Ed opted for that