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Nice pics Alex. The GT40's, Stratos's, Cobra's and Ultima's always look pretty good at these shows - proper good looking sexy Kit Cars IMO.

As with all Kit Car shows though, there is usially a flip side with some pretty ghastly creations/inventions as well.

Nice pic of a Nova. Been years since I've seen one on the road. Shame they were largely VW Beetle based with vertually zero power.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk - that will teach us to keep mouth shut!

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Nice pics, concur on the Stratos comments. They are very neat motors.

The Phantom looked interesting. I have to wonder about the nova, that looks very much like a kit once called a Sterling......years ago of course.

Mel Gibson only acted the part

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As some know I built and ran a Nova in the 80's I even ran the owners club for a while. My mate Sam who some of you met at the NEC last year bought the Nova company in the early 90's and sold 12 kits over the next couple of years. He tried to develop the Nova into the car it deserved to be, His own car ran all 911 running gear including suspension and gearbox, and he also developed a spaceframe to take all XR3 mechanicals. Unfortunatly there was no money in it (like many kit car companies) so he sold it on, little has been seen of it since.

For those curious a little history of the Nova. It was designed in 1971 by Richard Oaks and Phil Sayer, and was so sucessfull it sold all over the world under different names most notably the Sterling in the USA and the Eureka in Austrailia. The series 1 was produced up til 1982 when the S2 came out with some body mods to allow taller drivers and more upto date rear lights to be fitted.

Over the years many alternate power units were fitted by owners to get real performance, form highly tuned Beetle engines, through Ford units, Alfa and Fiat units to a couple of V8's. My car had a fuel injected VW type 4/Porsche 914 unit. There was even one with a Lotus 2.2 unit and Esprit dash called the Lotus Laser, this was owned for a while by one of the guys from Black Lace. Unfortunatly it was destroyed by an electrical fire.

I really must dig out some photo's and post, Even today a well finished Nova is still a nice design an a head turner.

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I so wanted to go but knackered my back so spend the week lying on the floor instead.......

The very nice man who built my GTD40 was going and was contemplating taking his (genuine) 355 so he could get in and park for free - how's that for reverse snobbery?

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Thanks for putting up the pics.

:animier:

Went to the stoneliegh kit car show when i was a cub scout in coventry

many years ago. The hustler was on display then and i considered it

to be the coolest most futuristic thing ever, i even had the toy...

:)

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Always been a great fan of some kit cars, like Aristocat and yes, the underpowered Nova.

Thought that you might like to see the Nova that I built in 1983 as a "T Top". I sold it in 1985, but have kept in touch with all the owners as there was a lot of me in that car.

The photograph was taken of the car at a show in Johannesburg, last year. Still looks good and has now a Nissan engine, so does not sound like two crabs fighting in a biscuit tin anymore.

Always been a great fan of some kit cars, like Aristocat and yes, the underpowered Nova.

Thought that you might like to see the Nova that I built in 1983 as a "T Top". I sold it in 1985, but have kept in touch with all the owners as there was a lot of me in that car.

The photograph was taken of the car at a show in Johannesburg, last year. Still looks good and has now a Nissan engine, so does not sound like two crabs fighting in a biscuit tin anymore.

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Just thought that I would share a couple of stories about the Nova that was also manufactured in kit form in South Africa by Bill Badsy and was called the Eagle.

When I took mine on a rather large sports car run in 1984 down to the Wild Coast Casino, I parked it alongside the Ferraris and Lambo's, but it was strange that it was my Nova that was attracting the most attention and was being photographed, not the Italian jobs. One individual came up to me and asked me if it had a V12, I told him that I was 1/3 of the way there and LEFt it at that.

It would be intersting to park a Nova and an Esprit alongside one another and see which one generated the maost interest from the public.

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Love that GTD40 and Stratos. I sat in a Kav GT40 last year and was amazed that my 6ft 5 frame fitted fine.

Here's a nice Mirage replica I spotted a while back:

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