Friday, December 29, 2017

One man's meat.....

.........another man's poison.

Kit cars and stuff from around the world No.3 - USA

Willow Sports Cars.
From Wikipedia :-

Brief History[edit]

Eric Seltzer with 1979 Willow Sports Car, April 17, 1979.
The Willow Sports Car was designed and produced in the United States from 1979 to 1981 by Seltzer Motor Industries, Chatsworth, California.[2] It was designed by Eric Seltzer, a mechanical engineer, and former racer in SCCA road racing in the Formula-B and Formula-Ford classes.[3] In the early 1970’s Mr. Seltzer assisted Le Grand Race Cars in developing a new Formula-Ford, the Mk 13B, and a new B-Sports Racing car, the Mk16. His experience in building and racing cars during this period led him to think about designing and building a street sports car kit that would far outperform the majority of kit cars of the time which were mostly Volkswagen based and so were under-powered and had poor handling characteristics.

1980 Willow with removeable top in place, Chatsworth, CA 5-21-81.

Eric Seltzer with wife Melinda, '79 Willow, Los Angeles Auto Expo, L.A. Convention Center, May 11, 1979.
In early 1977 Mr. Seltzer began the design process for what was to become the Willow Sports Car Kit. It took the next two years to complete the design of the frame and body, build body molds, build frame fixtures to reproduce the multi-tube steel frames, and make the kit ready for sale to the public. Mr. Seltzer got the name Willow from Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California, a track that was known for favoring light weight, good handling cars over heavier cars with more horsepower.
The first Willow brochure in 1979 described the vehicle: “The Willow Sports Car Kit is designed for the individual who is looking for a two-seat sports car that has been engineered from the frame up, without compromise, for total performance. All suspension and drivetrain components have been selected for their design superiority and durability.
The Willow’s body design, along with its spirited performance and handling, create the excitement of “Can Am” and European sports car racing, while at the same time offering comfortable seating for two and reliability of components.
The Willow is a totally unique automobile, there is simply no other car from a kit car builder that can offer the engineering and design features that the Willow has. Compare and decide for yourself.” Seltzer Motor Industries had three kits available for building a Willow: Stage I, Basic Kit; Stage II, Completion Kit; and Stage III, Suggested Additional Parts. To build a complete Willow all three kits had to be purchased, although Stage III was optional if the builder wanted to supply their own drivetrain and suspension.[4]

1980 Willow, body removed showing transverse mid-engine & rugged space-frame, 8-7-80.


Transverse, Mid-Engine: Ford Pinto 2000 4-cyl. OHC, 100HP. Transaxle: Ford Fiesta 4-speed. Front Suspension, Disc Brakes, Steering: Triumph Spitfire or GT6. Rear Suspension, Disc Brakes: Porsche 914.[5] Body: Top quality fiberglass construction, mounted by (14) rubber Lord mounts. Frame: Custom multi-tube steel frame with roll-over bar and side-impact beams in the doors.

Curly's resto completed.

I wish I could go from start to finish in that amount of time.
I especially like the speedster windscreen and the brackets. Might be some ideas there for Mark 4s and racing Nagari sports.
You can actually get factory MG speedster windscreen brackets.
Trouble is they're sloped back so far they'll blow your hat off.

Fast moving item at the camper shop.

Nagaris didn't have it all their own way.

Ron and Doug and to a lesser extent John, Frank, Murray and Ken took their Mark 7s right up to them.
Here's Ron MacPherson giving "Hollywood" Clearihan a bit of a hurry up.
This photo was first published in the old ProdSports newsletter.

Nimbus Stratus brochure.

Here's some Stratus photos. You've seen them before.

Variations on the Mini.

Don't ask me why.

It's a Subaru/Volkswagen. It's a flat 8 4WD. The front half is a 1985 Subaru GL with 4 cylinder engine driving the front wheels. The back half is VW with 4 cylinder engine driving the rear wheels.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Marauder on Gumtree.

A rotary powered Marauder is for sale on Gumtree and at $6000 it looks pretty good value.
You certainly can't miss those front blinkers.

The Marauder was made in Wingfield in SA and sold from a place on Port Road, Beverley.
Last I heard, the moulds were housed at Murray Bridge High School.

Bushfire season.

This summer is shaping up to be a biggie. It's no time to be complacent.

This was all that remained of Tony Opie's Mk.7 after a bushfire ripped through his place.
And here's Johnny Szabo's 7 after a similar bushfire in Victoria.
Frank Rushton's Mark 7 was destroyed on the same day.

I'm no expert, so I don't know what you do, but those who live in these fire-prone spots must need a plan of some sort.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Soren's Toron.

The Toron ran at Sandown last month as intended and it went great. Remember this is the Hillman powered sports car built by uncle Kerry Luckins starting with a Bolwell Mk.4 front body.
Lots of people were asking if it was a Bolwell which is fair enough as there are many similarities.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

MARK 7 goes North, far North.

The Mark 7 discovered in the long grass in Yass, outside the shed that housed Col's "barn" find has gone to a new home in Cairns.
Dean G, the new owner, will be flying down for Easter to meet as many "Bolwellians" as he can and to do a bit of brain-picking in preparation for the rebuild. He certainly has the job ahead of him but nowhere as big as the job ahead of Jason with his Mk.7 reconstruction.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Carlos Ramon Lopez - still going strong.

Still getting among the quick sports cars if this Chrismas Card I received from him is any indication.
Feliz Navidad. I wonder if the Bolwell is still under the dust cover.

Shout out to Jason.

From where I sit, Jason Weber is doing the most awesome job preparing for the very first Easter in Queensland (no doubt aided by Vasanthi). I do my best to refrain from using that overworked word, "awesome", but here it is justified. Here he is with Graeme Ferguson following Graeme and Dulce completing their pace notes to get to the event.
Last I heard, there were 40 people and 22 cars locked in. There's room to squeeze in more and I urge you not to miss going to what will be an exciting and unique Easter. The banana benders are on a roll preparing for the 2023 Easter and looking to produce T-shirts emblazoned with "The next thing you know you'll be back in Beaudesert again". Knowing them they'll be getting Ian Moss up there to sing it.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Toyota 2000GT replica.

Uses Mazda MX5 as donor car.
A very good copy said Stevie Wonder.

Favourite 3-wheelers No.30

The Bond minicar.

Time for a new head gasket.

The Bend's bends.

Coming along.

Ikara Miss

3yo filly.
Bound to be a winner.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Making a mould - Spitfire hardtop.

Step by step.
Nice work Eric S.