Wow, it is already 6 weeks since I last wrote something for
the newsletter and I can not believe how quickly the time has passed. As I
look back we have been to Speed on Wheels, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Arden
Automotives open day, the new Peterborough Kit Car Show and are now getting
ready for our next outing at Llandow next Saturday (30th August).
In among racing around the country to attend all of these
shows we have finished the build on several factory built Murtaya, completed a
Marlin 5EXI build, delivered kits to customers in Canada, the Netherlands and
the UK, opened the paint shop and even found time for a Sunday morning blast
along the North Coast in the demo cars!
One of the most exciting things for me is seeing our
customers getting on with their builds and it is fascinating to see the way
the Murtaya is customised by the individuals depending on their personal taste
and the intended final use of the car. We have everything from a polished and
understated (relatively!) sportscar from Complete Kit Car magazine to bright
and vibrant in your face colours with fancy in car entertainment (‘pimped’ by
Bruce!) to a stripped out track day special built with only speed in mind
(Chris). Each car is lovingly prepared with many hours being spent over every
detail. Bart the Perfectionist is building what must be one of the most
detailed and beautifully executed cars we will ever see while Paul is up
against a strict deadline having promised his blushing bride that they will
Honeymoon in their Murtaya next summer (no pressure there then Paul!). This is
the wonderful thing that our industry allows - you end up with a car which is
exactly what you want, personalised and an extension of your own personality.
Thank you all, enthusiasts, petrol heads, customers and
friends. I look forward to seeing all of your creations out and about on the
roads and racetracks all over the world.
As ever there is lots of news so read on, until next time
enjoy the summer (!) and your cars.
The Murtaya was recently test driven by freelance automotive
journalist Chris Pickering who submits to many of the mainstream motoring
publications - some of his comments....“Adrenaline describe the Murtaya as ‘an
every day supercar’ and it certainly lives up to that, thanks to GT3-humbling
pace combined with ecent practicality and reliable Subaru under-pinnings.
There are few cars which can match its all round capability. What’s truly
addictive is the way in which that performance is delivered- the Murtaya is
cata-pulted down the road with ferocious pace. The well-telegraphed steering
feed back makes the Murtaya a very exploitable and devastatingly rapid
point-to-point machine. It has to be about the most practical and reliable way
to chase Zondas for £25k” Verdict: 5/5. Don’t think that we could have said it
better ourselves! If you are yet to experience the Murtaya from behind the
wheel then book your test drive now or come along to Llandow on the 30th
Speed on Wheels
Well this event promised much and had all the ingredients to
be a fantastic spectacle. Sally (the event organiser) listened to
manufacturers and members of the public about what they wanted from a show and
put together a format that answered all of the wishes put forward to her. This
has been extensively commented on already in the press so I’ll not go on for
too long about it here but in reality the show was full of promise but nobody
turned up! I think that we all missed a trick here as whether it was the
weather, the British GP, Wimbledon or any other reason that people stayed away
the simple truth is that show promoters will now be very nervous about trying
anything new. Sometimes when you wish for something and get it you have to
show your appreciation – that didn’t happen here!
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Well we all know that Lord March can throw a party and once
again he did not disappoint. We had a wonderful time and the Murtaya received
a great reception from many people who were not aware of it. If you have never
been to Goodwood get yourself there next year, an amazing event and a must for
any petrol head.
Arden Open Day
John and Russ put on a good show at the open day with several
Murtaya on hand (our own hard worked blue car, a rally version, and their own
part completed build), a Toniq R, Fireblade, and a range of cars from the Top
Gear Technology Centre! The weather was wonderful (yes there has been one day
of sunshine this year) and those that came along were offered free food and
drink. If you are ever on the M4 or based anywhere near Oxfordshire get
yourselves along to Didcot to meet the guys and take a look at their
Another show new to the calendar, this time organised by John
Cooke the man behind the established Detling and Exeter shows. Lots of
manufacturers, lots of parts suppliers and a good turn out in total contrast
to Speed on Wheels. We showed one of our customers car on the stand (thanks
Geoff!) and to say that the Kawasaki Green paint grabbed the attention of
those who got within 100ft of it is an understatement. The car even got a
special mention on several websites!
OMEX Trackday At Llandow.
Next Saturday (30th) is the date for the next live action
display of both the Murtaya and Toniq R. We are back at Llandow, this time as
guests of OMEX. We will have demo cars there to offer free rides to anyone who
fancies a high speed experience. There are still places available for the
general track day which is taking place and this is tremendous value for money
at just £95 per car including free lunch. Additional drivers are just £20 and
any car is allowed. Get yourselves along for a play on a great fun circuit
which is run by people who want you to have a brilliant day out - and everyone
should attend at least one of China Johns briefings in their life!
Toniq R Demo Car For Sale
We are selling the ‘Stealth Blade’ 07 registered demo car to
make way for a new for 2009 demo car. The car is in superb condition having
been well maintained by ourselves, fully serviced in the last couple of weeks
including a new clutch, and having some very nice extras fitted. The car has
covered very little mileage since build and is brilliant fun to drive.
Sensible offers based on £13k are invited. The car is available to view at the
workshops and will also be at Llandow next weekend (unless it has sold
New Chassis For Toniq R
The new round tube chassis for the Toniq R is now available
to order. This superb structure has been developed using the latest CAD
software and is truly a work of art. We are just finalising the pricing
structure for the new car and there will be little change from the previous
costs. It looks like demand for this new package is going to be huge so get in
touch now to reserve your winter kits/factory built cars to avoid having to
The Motorsports Association have confirmed that the Murtaya
meets all criteria under their definition of a low volume production vehicle
which means that not only can you use the car in special stage rallying but
also that you can enter the production class in speed events. This means that
those of you who fancy competing in hill climbs and sprints will be up against
the Impreza, Evo, Elise etc instead of running in the Kit Car classes. Who
will be the first to bag some trophies then (Swift Nick from Basingstoke will
be going for it I am sure!). We also have the first serious circuit racing
testing happening at Castle Combe circuit in August with factory driver James
Harrison undertaking the evaluation and development driving ahead of a racing
debut late this year.
More Cars For Sale
We are selling two cars on behalf of clients at the moment -
a Ferrari 355 TS and an Ultima GTR. Both are beautiful vehicles and details
can be found in our E-bay shop. Says something for the Murtaya that people are
prepared to part with these wonderful cars to replace them with our four wheel
drive tarmac terrorist.
And Finally Goodbye to Tim.............
Tim Ashcroft is one of the technicians here at AMS and I am
sure that many of you will have met Tim during your visits to the workshop.
Tim has been with us pretty much from the start and has been an absolute star
helping with the development of the Murtaya from an idea through to proven
supercar slayer. During his time here he has also supervised the build of many
factory built vehicles, both Murtaya and kits from other manufacturers. For
some reason Tim feels that living on the Gold Coast in Australia is a better
bet that staying in Blighty—can’t think why! Thank you for everything Tim and
the very best of luck in Australia.