Thursday, 26 June 2014

Cosworth Mini

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



If your first thought on seeing this Mini is, as mine was, 'that nose looks a little longer than usual', you'd be right. The whole front end has been expertly stretched to accommodate a Cosworth YB - the turbocharged 2.0-litre twin-cam that would normally be found in the likes of the Sierra & Escort RS Cosworth. The little poppet has been exponentially beefed up to suit its racy new lifestyle, being converted to rear-wheel drive and packed full of rollcage. To be honest, it's little more than a massive wodge of thrust with a Mini shrink-wrapped around it, and there's something rather magical about that.

Spotted at the 2014 Retro Show - click here for more photos.









Players 200SX

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



On the face of it, this Nissan 200SX neatly follows the Players formula: Rotiform wheels, AirLift suspension, vinyl wrap, Cobra seats... but there's nothing generic about this build. Its primary function is to prove that air-ride isn't just for getting your sills onto the tarmac - this 200SX takes a regular thrashing on track, and that's testament to the quality of the suspension setup. The pursuit of the perfect stance doesn't have to equate to impracticality; scroll down to the photo at the bottom, you'll see it sitting at track height.
It's not the most radical build, but at the same time it's flawlessly executed and very neatly finished. Quite eyecatching too, isn't it?

Spotted at the 2014 Players Classic - click here for more photos.







Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Aircooled 100E

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



When spotted from afar, your first thought on spying this Ford Popular might be 'crikey, that's low'. But the jigsaw thickens as you get closer, when you realise that all is very far from what it seems. Indeed, it's a 100E in body alone (geeks will have spotted the 1969 registration number, the 100E having ceased production in '62); everything beneath is pure Volkswagen. The shell has been dropped over a Beetle floorpan, and peering inside the boot reveals a tweaked, aircooled motor in all its shiny glory.
A brilliantly executed conversion; if it was mine I'd tidy the body up a bit, but hey - what do I know about fashion?

Spotted at the Retro Show - click here for more.








Monday, 23 June 2014

Pro-Mod Rolls-Royce - Update

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



Remember this Pro-Mod Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow? To recap, it was built by WG Racing and Fester Race Cars, and packs a 9.6-litre twin-turbo Chevrolet V8 with over 2,300bhp; it'll accelerate from 0-200mph in 6.9 seconds, and can cover the quarter-mile in 7.94s. Insane, right?
It's had a makeover for the 2014 season; as you can see, the sober cream paint has been ousted in favour of a dramatic blood-and-thunder paint job in black and red, while the tail's gained a retro NASCAR-style wing. It's a brutally noisy thing, spitting flames and making nearby children scream as it was fired up in the pits - shortly after I took these snaps, it went on to run an 8.2s quarter at 170mph+. Astounding.

Spotted at the 2014 Retro Show - click here for more photos.















Friday, 20 June 2014

Players Datsun 520

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



The brilliance of this build is that everybody expects the Players crew to be solely focused on nu-wave Audis & VWs; what Jay McToldridge and Carl Taylor have proved here - as they did with their pair of E36 BMWs - is that they're very keen to surprise people. The idea pool is seemingly limitless, and a Datsun 520 pickup works perfectly as an ambassador for their brand because it's so very unexpected.
The '66 pickup wears a little natural patina, but has been thoroughly reworked beneath the skin, most notably in the bed at the rear: it's been unceremoniously filleted, with a custom AirLift setup exposed for the world to see as the little truck lowers its frame to the tarmac. It's a properly sophisticated arrangement too, with a four-linked, rose-jointed axle, along with four-gallon air tanks and Viair 380C compressors mated to AirLift Dominator Series airbags. The retro signwriting and Chevrolet steel wheels complete the old-skool look for the time being, although future plans apparently include a full body-off resto with crazy paint and Nissan Bluebird 1800 Turbo SSS running gear. Sounds promising!

Spotted at the 2014 Players Classic - click here for more photos.









Sprint Anglia

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



This 105E Anglia is a perfect example of how not to overdo a car - it's clear that a lot of thought has been put into the function and aesthetics without going too far. Based on a 1200 Deluxe, it now sits a little closer to the ground (not show car low - race car low, it's a purposeful stance), while the spotless engine bay houses a very era-appropriate choice of motive power: a crossflow on twin Webers. There's period charm in the red roof that's colour-matched to the side flashes, and there's even a set of blue dots in the tail-lights to tie the build into a cheeky retro outlaw vibe. Beautifully done - nothing superfluous, and it doesn't need a thing more.

Spotted at Motorsport at the Palace 2014 - click here for more photos.