We're just loading the van with the CycleKarts as we are showing our wares at the VSCC show at the East of England Showground tomorrow, 9th August 2014. I'm really looking forward to seeing loads of vintage racers in one place , we should get loads of inspiration for more CycleKart builds. We'll have the Goodwood chassis Austin on display and the new Brooklands chassis (as a rolling chassis) on display too. It's only a fiver to get in and should be a good day out for all the family, we''ll be in the traders hall, so come and say hello. I'll be taking lots of photos so come back soon and have a look..
I've just received this message from Dennis Thomas in the USA. Not only can Dennis build stunning CycleKarts, he's pretty good with the video camera as well.
"Greetings, I have been following your Blog for a while now. Nicely done I must say. Your Cyclekart is beautiful and I enjoy the photos, your reporting and your videos. I am writing you to offer up for posting on your blog some of out Cyclekart activites here on the west coast of the United States. We are an active group of builders and racers who love this new form of motor sports and we are making an effort to promote Cyclekarting purely for the fun of it. I have attached a video from last weekend taken in the town of Tieton in Washington state. We had a great time enjoying our Cyclekarts! In the event you are willing to create a new section dedicated to worldwide Cyclekart activies we have photos and videos.
Dennis Thomas "
Check out Dennis' videos of Tieton 2014 here , watch out for the Go-pro footage on the downhill section, its quite a ride!!!
We arrived at The Eckington Classic Car Show, hosted in the grounds of Renishaw Hall, behind a somewhat lengthy queue of assorted cars and motorbikes from all era's. Our CycleKart was in the back of our van and had to be unceremoniously lifted out of the rear and placed on the soggy turf of the overspill parking area.
As soon as the CycleKart touched the floor we had a small crowd gather around as we removed the boat tail to access the choke and pull start,(an access door will be added later).Rear section replaced, I jumped in and headed towards the main arena. The Hall grounds were packed to capacity, cars parked in every available space and crowds of people milling around them. A couple of "honks" on the horn and a pathway emerged. What I wasn't anticipating was the amount of phones and cameras that suddenly pointed at me and started clicking away, now I know they were taking snaps of the CycleKart, but I now know why Cheryl Cole doesn't like the "Paps".....Head down I carried on to the far side of the show ground and parked up outside the info office. A small crowd gathered and thus started two hours of answering questions about the CycleKart.
The reception was great, people like the concept and the vehicle. Plenty of people sat in the CycleKart, babies, kids and adults too. In the excitement I forgot to take any pics for the album, but when John Noble (founder of Tuning Company Noble's Motorsport) jumped in the car, I was quick to snap a few pics. We left about 9.00pm and I think there's a lot more people aware of CycleKarts now.
So...our CycleKart has been driven around our enclosed private test track, off and on for a couple of weeks now. It has been driven by quite a few different friends and customers and the one common reaction is a smile from ear to ear, like a seven year old on xmas morning. It is quite amusing to see everyone from upper management to hardened car racers beam with exitement normally reserved for the birth of there first child. Tomorrow we're taking the Cyclekart to a local Classic car event,(Eckington Classic Car Show) its an annual event and I've been several times in the past, however this time the general public will be viewing my car or 'Kart. We're wondering what sort of reaction the Cyclekart will get, hopefully favourable, and this show will be a good benchmark for the VSCC show the we hope to attend in August 2014.
As ever a project like this never seems to be finished, things always change or evolve, whether it be adding an Austin badge to the radiator cowl or buying two faux leather belts from Asda for the bonnet straps. Brass mirror screws have been added where necessary, to replicate old school blind rivets. Aluminium trim to the cockpit area and vented louvres (houshold type) have also been added. The boat tail section is curing in the mould tonight, and if all is well it will be removed first thing tomororw morning, trimmed, sprayed Antique White and mounted to the CycleKart. The black boat tail on the CycleKart above is the "original" pattern that was used to create the mould. These Fibreglass Boat Tails will be for sale to help builders compete their own projects.
Progress on our CycleKart has been quite slow, but we've been busy supplying parts and chassis's for some interesting projects. This chassis pictured is going to Jason in North Yorks, Inspiration is the Miller Indy 500 car, but (in his words) "might be totally different once its finished". Enjoy the build Jason and don't forget to upload some pics to the Forum.
The rear hubs have now been machined so we set up the rear axle and started the engine. Everything ran nice and true, so its strip down time....this chassis is off to the powder coating shop...bright red (as per the earlier poll) thanks to those of you who voted.
Came across this Austin 7 the other day, I've put some more pics in the gallery and here is a video of it in action.Currently for sale in Germany I sure you'll agree its a stunning car..the burr walnut effect paint is quite convincing(Although its supposed to look like a cigar!!). Engine size is 858cc but it has the added advantage of a supercharger. A perfect candidate to inspire a CycleKart build.....
The day job got me checking out the 2014 750MC race fixtures today and I took an immediate diversion to open the 750mc Trophy Page. These race car are Austin 7 based, come in various flavours and some even look like CycleKarts. There is a video link here that gives you some idea of the variety of the machinery, all built to series regs . I've put some Austin 7 racer pics in the Gallery page, they do lend themselves very well to a replica CycleKart. The Red no 58 pictured on this page is in the Mclaren F1 building, I believe Bruce's first race car.