Newsletter: October 2008

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October, 2008

Neil Says

    Hello all, another month has clicked by and what a dramatic month it has been not just here at AMS but all over the world.

    We have been on the road again, to Castle Combe for Rally Day, to Llandow (again!) for a private track day, hosted many visitors including Dutch magazine GTO (think similar to EVO in another language), spent time running in the engine in Mike Palotas’ black beauty, all the while watching the Western economy crumble and waiting to see if there is an effect on us down in the deepest West Country.

    And the simple answer is no effect to speak of. We have continued to make new sales, received a lot of new enquiries, particularly for competition cars (with the motorsport teams looking at detailed plans for next season), and generally been very busy in both the workshop and paint shop. I am certainly not trying to say that the ’credit crunch’ is not happening or taking its toll, but people are still spending money and ignoring the general doom and gloom being cast around in the media. Perhaps this weekend we can all smile a little, enjoy the falling petrol prices, the best sunshine of the year and let the bank managers feel the pressure for once!

    Lots of news for you so read on and enjoy. Why not join us (in spirit at least) on Sunday morning? Get up at 6am, fill up the tank and hit your favourite roads for a couple of hours before getting home for breakfast and live Grand Prix coverage at 8am! We will be!



Murtaya—Too Fast To Race!
    Following our recent testing time had come to take the plunge and get the Murtaya out competing on the circuits. An entry was placed for the season finale of the All Nippon Challenge, a series with an invitation class for Japanese Powered Kit Cars. Everyone at AMS was really looking forward to heading to Brands Hatch in early November to watch works driver James Harrison piloting the car against some expensive and exotic pieces of race machinery.
It all came to nothing however when the entry was rejected with the following reasoning;-“not let you run with us as we suspect you would win and dominate”. So much like the old Group B rally cars—Too Fast To Race!
So the hunt is on for a race championship that will let us out to play next season.

Another Month Another Magazine
It is always interesting to get the opinions of mainstream motoring journalists as their views are often harsh toward our industry, judging our cars against the mainstream manufacturers and leaving no excuse for being a small business taking on the big boys. A four day trip had seen them drive the Atom 300, Caterham R500, Brooke 260RR and finally the Murtaya. As the magazine is yet to go to print I can not say too much about the outcome but suffice to say it was not a good day for the flyweight and skeletal cars! Drive a Murtaya and change your perceptions of performance motoring.

Chasecam Equipment
We have been appointed as agents for the superb Chasecam in car equipment. This has been used in so many disciplines from the Redbull F1 team to extreme sports and is the best camera system we have come across. Murtaya specific fitting kits now available – the best way to remember your track day or competition fun. Take a look at for details and get it onto your Christmas list!

Toniq R Moves On
    After a year and a half helping Colin develop the Toniq R I am delighted to announce a brilliant next step for the car with Colin entering into an agreement with Phil Squance of Caged and Rainbird Racing which will see the Toniq R line up alongside the Phoenix project. We know Phil well as his Caged business supplies the roll structures and sub-frames for the Murtaya and he has engineered a superb new round tube chassis to sit under the Toniq R’s stunning bodywork. We will be working with the guys in the future, sharing stand space at shows and assisting with the assembly of fully built cars. For more info give Colin a call on 07818 057 643.

Exeter Kit Car Show
    It is almost the end of the show season which means the excellent Exeter Kit Car Show is once again almost upon us. Run by John Cooke we find Exeter to be one of the nicest shows of the year (and not just because it is the closest one to the factory!). We will have an never before exhibited Murtaya on show and we hope to see lots of you here. CKC magazine will be displaying their car and we have several customers who have promised to be driving their cars to the show so expect to find some in the car parks as well.

Track Day At Llandow
    Saturday 27th September saw us once again heading up the M5 and over into South Wales to the wonderful Llandow circuit. This time it was to unveil a new Murtaya built for an expectant customer.  Showing a car at a circuit for its first outing is always a risky business as any issues are very public but the Murtaya ran faultlessly all day and we had even managed to arrange for superb weather. With a collection of very nice cars in attendance a great day was had by all.  And most importantly Bill was very happy with his new toy which will soon be tearing around the Derbyshire countryside. Enjoy it Bill!

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