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bi22le

posted on 9/5/18 at 08:02 PM Reply With Quote
Stoneleigh - Reviews pictures and news

So?

I have always enjoyed it when I went, but didnt go this year.

What did you see \ like \ buy \ any pics?

From an absent bystander I like the coverage that AB Performance provided, and their cars seem to get better and better. One day ill buy one!

There has been some ok coverage from various facebook groups but other than that I have not seen much.

Inspire me to put my car on the road and drive next year.





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Ugg10

posted on 9/5/18 at 08:07 PM Reply With Quote
Didnít go but would love to hear views on the alloy body batho, is it as good as it looks and is the chassis up to scratch.

[Edited on 9/5/18 by Ugg10]





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AntonUK

posted on 10/5/18 at 01:58 AM Reply With Quote
I visited on the Sunday in the Ginetta.

Personally I thought the show was stale with may stands being the same as last year (many in exactly the same place too).

Spoke to the guys at Simtech about some of their new bits but came away empty handed bar a ham roll and bottle of water.





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907

posted on 10/5/18 at 04:12 AM Reply With Quote
Didn't go but from the pics I've see there seemed to be acres of grass with a few cars dotted here and there.


I remember the days when the MK and the Locost stand were back to back in a prime position and you were lucky to get a space.




I don't suppose there is a Locost stand now ? Didn't it used to get booked by Chris Gibbs ?
AGM in that little caravan, and every one had to stand outside and listen through the windows.




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Stevie_P

posted on 10/5/18 at 07:51 AM Reply With Quote
As 907 says I felt there was a lot of empty space both inside and out..

One of the halls was half empty. I'm pretty sure they could have fittted everything in to two halls.

Most exhibitors were the same as last year (and in the same places too).

Westfields and Cobras were well represented.

I guess it's not as good as in its heyday but then you can say that about the whole kitcar scene.
The cars are much better these days but there's not as many of them.

Steve

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number-1

posted on 10/5/18 at 08:10 AM Reply With Quote
I went on the sunday for my first ever visit. It s a big show with plenty of clubs there showing the cars off in allocated plots. I was there from 10 until 2 ish

There were mainly generic kit car cars there.....Tiger looking etc and a few that id never seen before.

If you want small build bits....nuts, bolts, trim, generic tools etc then there were plenty of pieces to get them.........However.....if you want car parts such as uprights, shocks etc then i didnt see anywhere selling any. A couple of places sold old used stuff but was very disappointed with the show if i compare it to say the MCN bike show. A 150 mile round trip and £15 to get in, for me as a customer who wanted by kit car parts, was an expensive waste.

I was expecting most kit car firms to have an area where they sold loads of parts or had them on show for you to order for delivery.

I would go back for a general day out if the weather was good like it was, but not if i needed to buy parts for the car unless it was trim edging or spade connectors etc.

Im sure its a great social place to go if you are part of a club. I think the best way i would describe it to people is a huge pub car park meet.

I know in a previous post where i asked about the show, i was told its important to go and keep the kit car scene going, however the kit car scene need to give the kit car customer what they need at these type of shows.

There is of course a chance i am the odd one out and everyone that went only wanted what the show offered and not to spend money on bigger stuff?

Im sure i will get shot down in flames by a few

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ianhurley20

posted on 10/5/18 at 08:30 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ugg10
Didnít go but would love to hear views on the alloy body batho, is it as good as it looks and is the chassis up to scratch.

[Edited on 9/5/18 by Ugg10]


The work done by Martin is incredible. I can't understand how he manages to fashion such perfect multiple curves in aluminium. Most of his work is TIG welded and show the work of a real master of his trade. His chassis bears many similarities to other sevens but with extra strength added in a few important areas and now with inboard front suspension units. he is very flexible as well - if you want something different then its no problem. I already have a car but if I were to build another his 7esque car would be in my top 3 and I really don't know which one I would go for in the end.





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40inches

posted on 10/5/18 at 09:02 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by number-1
I was expecting most kit car firms to have an area where they sold loads of parts or had them on show for you to order for delivery.



No flames involved
But. GBS had a full racking of parts of most of their catalogue.
MK had a retail section on the stand, I got a full set of Protech shocks (at half price) My mate got a pair of extra wide front cycle wings from them.
CBS had a stand for you to order from them at show prices.
Rally Design, as always, had a huge stand selling all of their catalogue.
I think all of the manufacturers would take orders for parts, usually with free postage.

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swanny

posted on 10/5/18 at 10:07 AM Reply With Quote
this was probably my tenth or fifteenth year. as others have said numbers are down on stoneleigh of old but its still a good event.

this was the first year i have camped and it made the whole weekend more enjoyable and relaxed. with a couple of mates its a good and pretty cheap weekend away. i'll do the same again next year and plan a royte for a good run out on the sunday afternoon maybe.

i do a few other mixed smaller, local event with classics, yanks and kits but a big kit car show is still worth while for me

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Ugg10

posted on 10/5/18 at 11:20 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ianhurley20
quote:
Originally posted by Ugg10
Didnít go but would love to hear views on the alloy body batho, is it as good as it looks and is the chassis up to scratch.

[Edited on 9/5/18 by Ugg10]


The work done by Martin is incredible. I can't understand how he manages to fashion such perfect multiple curves in aluminium. Most of his work is TIG welded and show the work of a real master of his trade. His chassis bears many similarities to other sevens but with extra strength added in a few important areas and now with inboard front suspension units. he is very flexible as well - if you want something different then its no problem. I already have a car but if I were to build another his 7esque car would be in my top 3 and I really don't know which one I would go for in the end.


Me too, but to do it justice I think I would have a 1.6 ecoboost (upped mildly to around 200hp, the most I think you would ever need in a road biased seven) with an SPC Close ratio semi helical box and a ATB diff, new underneath, classic on top, Oh and it would have to stay brushed aluminium, no paint.





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Stevie_P

posted on 10/5/18 at 11:24 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ugg10
Didnít go but would love to hear views on the alloy body batho, is it as good as it looks and is the chassis up to scratch.

[Edited on 9/5/18 by Ugg10]


I must've missed him if he was there but I agree would love to have seen this in the flesh.

I'd also be tempted to keep it in brushed ali but keeping it clean could be a nightmare..

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number-1

posted on 10/5/18 at 11:35 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 40inches
quote:
Originally posted by number-1
I was expecting most kit car firms to have an area where they sold loads of parts or had them on show for you to order for delivery.



No flames involved
But. GBS had a full racking of parts of most of their catalogue.
MK had a retail section on the stand, I got a full set of Protech shocks (at half price) My mate got a pair of extra wide front cycle wings from them.
CBS had a stand for you to order from them at show prices.
Rally Design, as always, had a huge stand selling all of their catalogue.
I think all of the manufacturers would take orders for parts, usually with free postage.


Ahhhhhh i take it all back and i stand corrected!!! I didnt see any of those stalls! Where abouts were they? Were they there on the sunday? I was after Rally design uprights amongst other items

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40inches

posted on 10/5/18 at 02:55 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by number-1
quote:
Originally posted by 40inches
quote:
Originally posted by number-1
I was expecting most kit car firms to have an area where they sold loads of parts or had them on show for you to order for delivery.



No flames involved
But. GBS had a full racking of parts of most of their catalogue.
MK had a retail section on the stand, I got a full set of Protech shocks (at half price) My mate got a pair of extra wide front cycle wings from them.
CBS had a stand for you to order from them at show prices.
Rally Design, as always, had a huge stand selling all of their catalogue.
I think all of the manufacturers would take orders for parts, usually with free postage.


Ahhhhhh i take it all back and i stand corrected!!! I didnt see any of those stalls! Where abouts were they? Were they there on the sunday? I was after Rally design uprights amongst other items


I think Rally Design were in Hall 2? Right in the middle. Yes, on the Sunday, Monday is usually a bit grim
It is easy to miss a lot of the stands. We have a system in that we walk all the way around the edges of the hall, and then zig zag up and down the isles, 5 hours in total

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number-1

posted on 10/5/18 at 03:23 PM Reply With Quote
Well thats where i went wrong! I didnt know there were things in the halls! I walked past a couple of big warehouse type things on the way in but they were empty so presumed not being used!
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Stevie_P

posted on 10/5/18 at 03:27 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by number-1
Well thats where i went wrong! I didnt know there were things in the halls! I walked past a couple of big warehouse type things on the way in but they were empty so presumed not being used!


So I guess you'll be back next year then... :-)

You missed a fair bit of the show if you didn't go into the halls.

Steve

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adithorp

posted on 10/5/18 at 03:57 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by number-1
Well thats where i went wrong! I didnt know there were things in the halls! I walked past a couple of big warehouse type things on the way in but they were empty so presumed not being used!


Let me get this right... You went all the way there, looked around the club pitches and the few outside stalls but didn't actually look in the exhibition halls? Essentially you missed the one of the main components of the show where manufacturers had all thier products on display plus the main component suppliers had thier stalls.





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number-1

posted on 10/5/18 at 07:24 PM Reply With Quote
hahaha yep!!!! The only things i saw were what was outside!!!

I didnt know the halls were in play


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tims31

posted on 11/5/18 at 08:29 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by number-1
hahaha yep!!!! The only things i saw were what was outside!!!

I didnt know the halls were in play




Did you get one of these at the gate?

Description
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mcerd1

posted on 11/5/18 at 11:58 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by tims31
quote:
Originally posted by number-1
hahaha yep!!!! The only things i saw were what was outside!!!

I didnt know the halls were in play




Did you get one of these at the gate?

Description
Description


I know its a bloke thing but sometimes it does pay to read the booklet


^^ also on the website for free.....

http://issuu.com/grapevine/docs/stoneleigh_showguide_2018_150dpi_we?e=1050305/59874908

the Map:
http://www.nationalkitcarshow.co.uk/downloads/Stoneleigh_Site_map_2018.pdf

as above all the stuff you were looking for was in Hall 1 & 2

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ian locostzx9rc2

posted on 11/5/18 at 01:07 PM Reply With Quote
So funny
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Slater

posted on 11/5/18 at 02:30 PM Reply With Quote
I went for first time, pitched on Rawcus site on Sunday evening and got fed by Andy188 and his family, big thanks to them all and Ian for waiting for me on the Sunday.
Monday I had a wander about the halls and most of the outside stands too.
I found a toilet block with a shower too.

Best car there was the Vanwall replica thingy, looked amazing.

It was my first big trip in my kit, which was just fine, I stopped in off Newport on the way home, did 352 miles with average of 35 mpg, which I thought was pretty good, mostly 60-70 mph on the big roads.

Maybe I need a 3.62 diff to replace my 3.92 as revs at 70 mph were about 3,500 rpm, not exactly relaxed, but these 7 cars aren't supposed to be relaxing cruisers. I'll need an AC Cobra for that.....





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number-1

posted on 11/5/18 at 06:56 PM Reply With Quote
I cant believe i went all the way there to miss the main part!!!! I am absolutely gutted. I need some time out from the kit car world as its doing my head in

Im hurting real bad..... but laughing inside

And yes, i got handed a flyer on the way in and binned it without looking at it! ......... i am now off to drink beer and cry a little more

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tims31

posted on 11/5/18 at 07:05 PM Reply With Quote
Haha, never mind. You'll know for next year 😁





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big_wasa

posted on 12/5/18 at 06:09 AM Reply With Quote


I couldn't make it. The first year I could have gone in a kit and the mot ran out on the Thursday and I had family commitment's Sunday/ Monday.

Still, every cloud. I was sat on the beach on Crete with several long Tom Collins.

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kitman

posted on 16/5/18 at 09:30 PM Reply With Quote
I was there, flew in from Belgium.
It was verry nice, a lot to see.
I thought there will be a stand from locastbuilders, but nope.
I found what I was looking for.
It's a hassle, no bus service on a Sunday or Holliday, when all the shows are on.
It was a long walk around the yard, from 8h30 'till 16.00h.
For us Europeans is this a special event, only in Engeland to see.

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