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    Coming Soon - Richard Oakes Autobiography

    I have recently been in contact with a guy called Douglas Anderson who is in the process of completing an autobiography of Richard Oakes.

    Douglas is the owner of ADO Automotive based in Dundee. His company is in the process of producing an MG Midget based Kit car that has been designed by Richard Oakes and he kindly sent me some pictures of the car under development


    From the conversation I had with Douglas it sounds like the book will be a fascinating read. He has some superb photos including photos of the bucks used to produce the original Nova moulds.

    Here is the description of the book he is writing:-

    Richard Oakes Master of Design
    By Douglas Anderson
    (text for inside dust cover)
    Scheduled for publication December 2020
    Enquiries to dglanderson1@yahoo.co.uk

    In many ways Richard Oakes could be considered as the Issigonis of the Specialist Car World with his acclaimed reputation for originality. Unlike Issigonis, however, Richard does not have the luxury of an engineer like Jack Daniels who worked with Issigonis to turn his ideas into working vehicles. To this day Richard does everything himself. Considering what is involved in the design and manufacture of a motor car, this is quite a feat. Apart from the creative process to first design a vehicle, then the physical effort to build it, test it and make the tools for its manufacture, it still has to be marketed and sold. It takes nothing short of monumental physical and mental stamina to see the whole process through. Yet Richard Oakes takes it all in his stride, while at the same time continuing to come up with new and fresh ideas which are always executed to perfection. He is what may be regarded as an automotive polymath – a true master of the knowledge and skills required to bring a new car to the market.

    This illustrated biography of Richard Oakes tells the story of the unique abilities, talents and experiences which have contributed to his success as an automotive designer and constructor. Each chapter demonstrates that Richard is without doubt not only a Master of Design, with a degree from the Royal College of Art, but also a Master of Art, a Master of Engineering and a Master Craftsman. The final chapter, Richard Oakes Portfolio, is testament to these claims. He is justifiably admired for his work and it is a privilege for this writer to tell his story.



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    Publicity photo of Douglas with his prototype car


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    The model for the AD0 11 - designed by Richard Oakes


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    I remember seeing a report in the Dundee Courier about this new kit car. I'd be interested to get a copy of the autobiography when it's published

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    Should be an interesting read..

    Nice design, years go by and what do we get, a new Mini Marcos.
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    That sounds very interesting, I will look out for it.

    Of course the Nova was designed before Richard started his automotive studies, which I think is why the design is still iconic today. Completely impractical and outrageous. Worthy though they are, I simply can't get as excited about a GTM Rossa, Midas or Pimlico HT. Or the Dutton Melos for that matter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacenut View Post

    Of course the Nova was designed before Richard started his automotive studies, which I think is why the design is still iconic today. Completely impractical and outrageous. Worthy though they are, I simply can't get as excited about a GTM Rossa, Midas or Pimlico HT. Or the Dutton Melos for that matter...

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    I have to agree Lauren - but I understand Richard made a conscious decision to design cars for the drivers experience rather than pure looks after he moved on from the Nova.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    I have to agree Lauren - but I understand Richard made a conscious decision to design cars for the drivers experience rather than pure looks after he moved on from the Nova.
    Absolutely! I'm sure there are many owners of his later cars who wouldn't give up their driving satisfaction for anything. Not something that can be said of the Nova, but kit cars in the early 70s were very different to the ones we have today, and that is largely due to the efforts of Richard himself.

    But some of those early cars... Nova, Jem Futura, the Adams Probe series, Siva Saluki, GP Centron, Voodoo... deeply flawed the lot of 'em, but nevertheless utterly wonderful!

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    Oh I did love the Voodoo, saw that at Hindhead show in '81, and would have had that rather than the Nova if I had the chance....
    It's a 52 year old car and everything works, just not always at the same time.......and it's probably about to get jealous!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alzax3 View Post
    Oh I did love the Voodoo, saw that at Hindhead show in '81, and would have had that rather than the Nova if I had the chance....
    One of only 3 made, alas. Says a lot about the design when so few examples can still generate search results today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alzax3 View Post
    Oh I did love the Voodoo, saw that at Hindhead show in '81, and would have had that rather than the Nova if I had the chance....
    I've never heard of it so Google helped me see what the Voodoo was like ... nice!

    It has 'echos' of the UVA M6GTR, which is probably the only other kit car I'd really want .... if I could ever find one ... I suspect they're rarer than a Nova?

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    And the Voodoo was delightfully petite, had real presence though....
    It's a 52 year old car and everything works, just not always at the same time.......and it's probably about to get jealous!
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