Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vilkus VW Golf Hardtop

Okay this isn’t much of a production car more of an aftermarket modification, and what a modification. I first saw a picture of one of these taken at the Elsecar Megameet 2012, I’d never seen anything like it before and with that my interest was peaked. As I’ve mentioned this was an aftermarket hardtop produced by Top Techniks to replace the soft top on a Golf MK1 Convertible, but there’s much more to it than that.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

B Engineering Edonis

Where to start, what happens when you take some of the best engineers (Jean-Marc Borel, ex-vice-chairman of Bugatti, Christian von Koenigsegg, of Koenigsegg fame, and Nicola Materazzi, whos credit include development for Ferrari, Lancia, Maserati, and numerous Formula One teams) and the last hypercar they all developed back in the 1990’s and the Bugatti EB110 oh not only that but make it the SS version.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Clarion C-AVCC

 Firstly yes it’s the same Clarion that makes car stereos, and technically this concept couldn’t be driven as it had no engine or drive train fitted, although it was built to take one. Debuted at the British Motor show in Birmingham in 1986, it was used as a show car to demonstrate the future in car technologies that Clarion were working toward. To give an example of how advanced this was, it was fitted not only with a phone but also a version of in car navigation.

Monday, April 16, 2012

St Asaph Classic Car Show, North Wales

With a clear and sunny day I headed over to North Wales for this great show. This one has been on the calendar since last year. Once again the hospital radio van was pumping out the cheesy music and shout outs. I must admit the reason why I like the show so much is it has the feel of a very large club meet rather than a show due to there being no traders apart from food and “Welsh Cider”. There’s even entertainment for the kids so perfect for the family.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bell Aurens Longnose

Now if you want to be a true British gent and want a vehicle that harks back to the war, more specifically the Desert Rats era then this is the vehicle for you. Based on a Series 2 Landrover, the front has been extended to allow for the 235bhp Rover V8. Originally it was to house the 27ltr 1500bhp Merlin engine out of a spitfire but getting that road legal wasn’t possible!!!!!! (the Beast though managed it, granted it was at a simpler time and was in the UK).

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dekotora (decorated) Trucks

It’s interesting how films can influence car culture even developing a whole new style, who can forget the Fast and the Furious effect back in 2001 on the modified car front. But this wasn’t the first film to start a modifying craze. Back in 1975 there was a Japanese film made about truck drivers called Torakku Yarō (Trucker Guys). I know Japanese truck driving, but the star of the film wasn’t the action or the girls or even the main stars but his chrome laden trucks, with extended bumpers and covered in lights. Since then this style of modifying has grown, as usual, out of one-upmanship resulting in these trucks today.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ascari Ecosse

Would you like a pre Noble Noble???? Then this rare beast is for you. Built by British manufaturer Ascari Cars between 1998-99. In all only 17 of this V8 BMW mid-engined car were produced. Designed by Lee Noble (who would go on to open his own supercar building company Noble in 1999) and based on the company’s previous car the FGT, this has all the hall marks of a great car. Over its short life the car was produced with both the 4.4ltr and 4.7ltr power plants with the latter having 400bhp on tap.