IN TUNE By ...Jim YoungsNKCC INSIDER: 08/15/2003
28 August 2003
A weekly posting of cool kit car stuff you should know about
Plus any Rumor & Innuendo, News, Quick Hitters, Just Spotted, Webwatch
by Jim Youngs
......This week's column will have to last you a couple of weeks as QueenBee and I are taking some well-deserved time off, leaving the country in fact, to recharge the batteries, renew the spirits and refresh the optimism. Rest assured, the phones will be covered, but the emails will just have to wait until we get back.
......We just shipped the Sepember/October issue off to the printer late last week and what an issue it is. It is loaded with lots of useful information, some very cool cars, an interesting event coverage and a whole bunch of kit car news.
......In the last Inisder column I told you a little about Carroll Shelby hanging up the new Superformance Coupe in customs based on a trademark he had been issued. Apparently the trademark office mistakenly issued the trade dress trademark prematurely, as there were still some unresolved protests against giving him the trademark still pending. Well, the trademark folks quickly realized what had happened and rescinded the trademark and the car was ultimately released by U.S. Customs.
......They are calling the car the Brock Coupe because Pete Brock, who also had a hand in the design of the original Cobra Daytona Coupe, penned the car for Superformance. Brock was the keynote speaker at the Art Center College of Design, where the car was to make its debut, but got hung up in Customs. Pete Brock says that the car doesn't have the same lines at all as the original car, but its appearance reminds folks of the original Daytona. The Brock car is scheduled to appear at Hot August Nights this month in Reno, Nevada and at the Monterey Historics. Stay tuned for more developments.
......We've found several new kit cars coming to market recently and one of our favorites is a car we've been anticipating for quite some time now. Thunder Ranch has finally unveiled its Porsche Spyder RSK replica. The car is a beautiful little VW-based sports car based on the company's Beck 550 Spyder tube chassis.
......The model 718 Porsche, also known as the RSK, showed up in 1957 as the successor to the 550A/1500RS and had the same tubular space frame, wheelbase and track as the previous cars, but its body was racer thin.
......Steve Temple got a good look at the finished prototype Thunder Ranch RSK and managed to record some tasty photos. We are planning a full feature story on the car in the next issue of Kit Car Builder, but thought you'd appreciate this first look. We will, of course, be the first magazine to bring you all the details on the car. This first car features sensual lines and a rich silver paint job with red interior. It is powered by a healthy flat four air-cooled mill fitted with two banks of Webers, a 911 fan shroud, alternator and some other go-fast goodies.
We're also happy to report that the Velo Rossa Spyder, based on a Nissan Z car, is back. In 2002 VR Engineering was sold to a company which apparently wasn't a good fit for the kit car and parts. John Washington and Reaction Research once again are at the helm and offering the kits and Z-car parts. Check out www.Ztrix.com for all the products.
We've learned that Shell Valley Companies has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of R&D Design Concepts, builder of a Daytona Coupe replica. This should be completed within the next thirty days. Both companies are looking forward to a smooth and successful transition. The synergies of putting these two companies together will strengthen the entire industry and add a closed vehicle to the SV line-up
If you haven't seen Active Power's Willys coupe which can be built on an S-10 chassis, you should take a look at their website, www.activepowerinc.com. It is so cool, and a budget approach to this hot rod favorite
Did we tell you that V8 Archie is working a very nice GT40 clone for a Fiero? He is, and it's going to be proportionally accurate and ready very soon. Stay tuned for a full report in an upcoming issue of KCB
The first Attack kits are scheduled to hit the U.S. in the very near future. We hear from , of Euroworks Ltd., that production for the car is finally a reality and he plans to build a killer demo car out of the first batch to arrive. The demand is still high too. There is even an electric version going together right now in fact as a student-built college project. More on that later too
We've initiated a couple of new features in KCB, both of which require your input. "Blue Plate Special" will feature NKCC Member-built vehicles that were accomplished on some sort of budget. We want to pass along your money-saving ideas that went into your project. The other feature will be called "My Build," and will feature cool Member-built cars. We already have a couple of the later on hand and I think you'll be impressed. The requirements for contributing to these new features is in the next issue of KCB.
Remember, you read it here first. Talk to you in a couple of weeks.
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