Kit Car Manufacturers Putting kit car designs on the road
Many kit car manufacturers are small businesses operating out of a workshop. But what they may lack in facilities, they usually make up for in friendly customer service and a special personal touch. So don’t be too hasty to write off the smaller companies, after all, you wanted your kit car to be unique, right?
Kit Car Shows Get up close and personal to a variety of kit cars
Pay a visit to kit car shows as this is where you can get up close to the finished vehicles, giving you a fair idea of what your own car could look like. The kit shows are also a great opportunity to chat to other builders as well as getting to know the kit car manufacturers.
Disappointing Donington as Top Names Stay Away
Donington Park Kit Car Show fails to shine as many top manufacturers decided to stay at home. The scene was set with warm, dry sunny weather predicted, yet the Exhibition Hall seemed almost devoid of kit car manufacturers. To fill the gap, the organisers assembled a collection of cars at one end, while a large section of the hall was given over to spare parts suppliers, when previously they had occupied marquee areas surrounding the main event outside. If you are planning to shell out a hefty £15 for admission to the main hall, DON’T expect to see Ultima, Dax, Beauford, Caterham or a host of other high profile manufacturers! Overall, VERY disappointing!
A Quick Overview
UK Show Dates
Kent Kit Car Show, Detling
The Kent County Showground, Nr Maidstone, ME14 3JF
The Detling show marks the start of the UK kit car show season and is always a hit with builders and enthusiasts. Located in the recently completed Exhibition Hall at the Kent County Showground there will be over 35 manufacturers, 30 owners clubs and around 50 trade stands on show. Conservative estimates indicate that over 400 privately owned kit cars are expected, so there will be plenty to see!
Conveniently located just a couple of miles from the M2, it gives kit car enthusiasts a chance to blow off the cobwebs and take their vehicle for an early season spin. The show spans the 7th and 8th April 2012 with free entry for kit car drivers and just £10 for the rest of us.
National Kit Car Show, Stoneleigh
Stoneleigh Park, Royal Showground, Nr Kenilworth, CV8 2LZ
The National Kit Car Show at Stoneleigh lives up to expectations as always, with stunning displays of kit cars, manufacturers and all manner of bolt-on goodies to get first time builders and seasoned kit assemblers salivating.
But my favourite part of a Stoneleigh show is the seemingly endless array of owners clubs and privately owned (and built) kits. This is where you really get to see just how exciting and innovative the kit car scene really is, with outrageous motorcycle engined sportscars nestled next to vintage styled three wheelers. Don’t miss the years biggest show on 6th & 7th May 2012.
Donington Kit Car Show
Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2RP
The Donington kit car show is aimed at kit car enthusiasts. Located at the impressive Donington Park racetrack, kit car owners have the opportunity to take their vehicles out on the track and put it through its paces. Whether you are a driver or a spectator it is truly not to be missed!
The show is always well supported by manufacturers as well as having a large number of accessory stalls and an autojumble. This year the show takes place on the 1st and 2nd September 2012 so check it out and have some fun.
In my opinion, the very first step you take is to get hold of some recent kit car magazines, to give you a bigger picture of just what is available. Most magazines have a good working relationship with the manufacturers who often give them access their latest news and photo opportunities. In exchange for favorable advertising perhaps?
The mags will also usually list any shows in your area as well as any factory open days coming up. As you thumb through the magazines, jot down the details of any kit cars that catch your eye, ready for further investigation later. More Discount Magazines…
For the rest of this site we will take a look at the many aspects of assembling a kit car, from choosing the right kit cars to build, through to getting your vehicle on the road and all without having to enrol on expensive car mechanic courses or spending a fortune on obscure tools you’ll only use once. Enjoy!