Newark 10 - A Fantastic Success
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Despite the less than seasonal weather on Show Saturday, the crowds flocked to the 2010 National Kit Car Festival at Newark. This was the 28th year of the show and there was a real buzz and feel good factor about NEWARK 10. The show centres around the manufacturers in the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall and this year it was especially pleasing to the eye with a great balance between established Newark Exhibitors and Manufacturers who were new or returning to the show. There were some exciting debuts of cars never seen before including no less than five companies choosing Newark to make the public launch of new products.
Mills Extreme Vehicles (MEV) had a sea of photographers and public to witness the grand unveiling of the front engined Exocet, which was completed just in time to be debuted at Newark. We were looking forward to seeing the latest creation from talented designer Stuart Mills for the first time and it did not disappoint, feedback was very positive.
MR2 Kits, exhibiting for the first time at Newark, brought two cars based on a 1994-1998 Toyota Celica ST202 and is the only 2+2 re-body of the Celica on the market. The launch of the new GTD model was of great interest. This is the companies first car that is not a replica and also it is a genuine 2 +2. The styling of the car incorporates elements from the best of the supercar design houses. The public reaction was very good. The bodykit is available for £3,950 and it is estimated that a GTD can be put on the road for around £8,000 - £10,000.
The new DNA Automotive 5Scudo made it to the show after much burning of the midnight oil to make sure it was finished. The 5Scudo is based upon the Ford Cougar which are now available for less than £1500. There are no structural modifications required to the donor car. Prices for kits start at £10,500. Alongside were two of their Toyota MR2 based super car 4thirty kits.
There was a warm welcome awaiting for Kit Car returnee John Cowperthwaite. John will be remembered for the Moss marque of cars plus the JC Midge and Husky and more latterly the Mayfair. Kevin Musson, the organiser of the Newark Kit Car Show remembers vividly visiting the Moss premises in Sheffield during the early 1980’s. John was persuaded by Kevin to exhibit his latest venture the Lightning kiddie car. With a set of plans at £15, some MDF and a household pedal bin, a laundry basket and a cordless drill for power, the customer is able to build a n exciting kiddie car for the 5 and under year old driver for less than £100.
Dave Harrison and Clive Dingwall otherwise known as DC Supercars had four beautiful cars forming in our opinion their best ever display of the Diablo Replicas. Including a superb example of their roadster with no less than four turbos! Several engine options are available. DC estimate that a DIY build of the Roadster should be possible for £20,000.
Also debuting at Newark were Roadrunner Racing with their Lotus Seven styled sportscars. We were all expecting one of their cars to be in green as there impressive back drop features a green car but they decided to show just how good the car looks in any colour.
Imperial Motor Company really went to town on there stand perfectly show casing their very impressive classic 20’s style vehicle as the perfect wedding car. The Imperial can also be built as an open backed car.
Triking Sports Cars have not exhibited at Newark before, in fact they rarely attend shows. In fact the last time they did was in 1994. There hand built two-seater, open cockpit, sporting car in the tradition of a 1920s Aero-type cyclecar was a very popular exhibit and one has to say that it was finished to the highest standard.
Another company new to Newark was Vortex Automotive, the car is a truly stunning performance sports car, powerful and desirable, and with racing heritage.
Great British sports cars from Newark featured the Zero, which is their flagship product, which has now sold in excess of 300 kits and fully built cars world-wide. Alongside they had the new parts side of the company called Kit Spares, which has an online shop that can supply all the parts and spares you need for all makes and models of kit cars.
AK Sportscars a long established company and long supporter of Newark exhibited their latest AK 427 demonstrator featuring their new 5” Stainless steel side pipes and LS3 Chevy powered block.
MNR had a range of cars on display, they can provide comprehensive starter kits or complete kits for all models of their cars. They have a very good website: www.mnrltd.co.uk
Blitzworld displayed their on and off road buggies, including The Howie. Steve reporting a couple of sales by the Sunday morning.
Typhoon Sports Cars presented their attention grabbing Typhoon Valdris. From one look at the front of the car you can see the inspiration came from a crossbow. The family run business is based on over 50 years of automotive experience and attention to detail is evident. This was their first appearance at Newark Kit Car Show.
Gardner Douglas made a welcome return to Newark and were very impressed by the Exhibition hall which was not built when they last attended. They had three of their stunning cars in the hall including the GD 427 and GD T70 and used one outside to take people for ‘test drives’. Managing Director, Andy Burrows was delighted was the response vowing to return next year. The comment was also made that “we should have done this show years ago”.
You could not fail to notice the sevenesque two seater from GKD sportscars with its three tone colour scheme, red, purple and turquoise. The reason for the eye catching colour scheme is to link it with the colours of BMW 3 series. This is the first seven replica to be based on a BMW donor vehicle.
Rayvolution a French Company enjoyed their first trip to Newark their beautifully designed exciting modern three wheel car was a real head turner. The kit has been designed to receive the GSX-R bike rolling chassis. A system used in endurance races allows to plug and remove all the lines without any tools and keeping the pressure in the lines.
Hawk Cars manufacture a range of kit cars known as the `The Hawk Collection’. These kits are replicas or re-creations of famous cars from the 60’s and 70’s, developed to allow the home builder to own vehicles with outstanding levels of style, performance and quality. They exhibited three exquisitely finished cars.
MK Sportscars are well known for the MK Indy an affordable Lotus Seven inspired roadster. Launched in 2000 the car has been constantly developed while maintaining a clear focus on affordability allied to quality and high performance. The kit is based on a Sierra and has a lightweight spaceframe chassis.
Mac#1 Motorsport displayed their Lotus-Seven Inspired Sportscar car for road or track. The company supplies all core components required to build at home, or can build a turnkey car to the customers specification. Technical support and advice for all levels of builders and enthusiasts is gladly given.
Looking out of the huge picture windows of the main hall you eyes alight upon a vast array of hundreds of gleaming kit cars proudly displayed by their owners.
The Classic cars on the showground gave an ever changing display, as one car left another different one took its place.
Once again owners of American cars put on an eye catching display of their vehicles in The Lady Eastwood Hall 2, alongside cars for sale and the Model Engineering displays. The winner of the best model stand went to Nicky and Robert Horton with their Wall of Death display.
The show also had an impressive number of very varied trade stands as well as an Autojumble village, the stall holders reported good sales.
The radio controlled 1/10th scale touring model cars, were racing round a stretch of tarmac adjacent to the Exhibition Hall, enjoying themselves an entertaining an enthusiastic crowd. Thanks to RCCC for organising the event.
The East Midlands Off Road Club who organised the Off Road Course event for charity reported on the success of the event and wished to thank everyone for their generous donation to the Air Ambulance.
Lots of people including Kevin & Lesley the organisers enjoyed meeting Hoody the Bear who was helping The Robin Hood Owners Club to raise money for the Air Ambulance charities in the Air Ambulance Association.
The Italian Replica Club celebrated their 10th Anniversary it was first formed at Newark in 2000. The owners enjoyed their driving manoeuvrability ‘Top Gear Challenge’ and improved greatly over the course of the afternoon.
Congratulations to the Robin Hood Owners Club who not only won the Shield for Best Club Attendance but also won the cup for the Car Pull Competition. Winners of the Space Hopper Relay on Saturday were Team Magenta and Sunday winners were (no I do not believe it) Team Robin Hood.
Thanks to Miss Kit Car, Dani, for presenting prizes and posing for photos adding a touch of glamour and an engaging smile.
Newark always attract the one off specials, did you catch this one...
Thanks to The Howie band for their performance on Saturday evening and to David of Forefront Productions for the great disco that got everyone dancing or tapping their feet.
Last but not least, a big thank you to Colin Hornsey of The Country Crafts Association for once again organising a wonderful display of craft stands in the Craft Hall.