Dax Cars is a British sports car manufacturer founded in 1968 and based in North Weald, England. Dax started as a fibreglass moulding company, named DJ Sportscars Int. and became first British company to make a kit based replica of the AC 427 Cobra.. On the 15th August 2017, John Kox acquired the production of the Dax 427 from 427 Motor Company. In 1985 John Tojeiro, the original designer of the AC Ace chassis became a director of the company and the car was renamed the Dax Tojeiro; the Tojeiro has undergone continuous development and now called Dax 427. In 2003 the 427 De Dion became available, beside the 427 IRS, with a choice to accommodate most American V8 and Jaguar engines including the V12. Automatic or manual transmission can be used and power steering is another option. A leather trimmed; the company produced the Rush, a Lotus 7 type car. The main kit is based on the Ford Sierra and can use the four-wheel drive system from the Sierra 4x4. For extra performance large V8 engines can be fitted.
The Rush MC is a lightweight version designed to accept motorcycle engines. Launched in 1985, the Californian was a Porsche 356 lookalike with VW Beetle components; the Nevada was an off-roader type vehicle using a space frame tubular chassis and VW Beetle engine announced in 1985. The Coupe made an appearance at the Stoneleigh show in 2018. While the Coupe is a new model, it’s based on the old underpinnings of the established Dax 427; the Dax Coupe chassis is lengthened by 5in, that extra length being made from a new spaceframe section. Suspension is carried over and the engine options remain the same as on the 427
The Caterham 7 is a super-lightweight sports car produced by Caterham Cars in the United Kingdom. It is based on the Lotus Seven, a lightweight sports car sold in kit and factory-built form by Lotus Cars, from 1957 to 1972. After Lotus ended production of the Lotus Seven, Caterham bought the rights to the design, today make both kits and assembled cars; the modern Caterham Seven is based on the Series 3 Lotus Seven, though developed to the point that no part is the same as on the original Lotus. Various other manufacturers offer a sports car in a similar basic configuration, but Caterham owns various legal rights to the Lotus Seven design and name; the company has taken legal action in the past in order to protect those rights, although in South Africa, it lost its case against Birkin on the basis that it never obtained the claimed rights from Lotus. Colin Chapman had been a Royal Air Force pilot, studied structural engineering and went on to become one of the great innovators in motorsports design and found Lotus Engineering Ltd.
His vision of light, powerful cars and performance suspensions guided much of his development work with the basic design philosophy of, "Simplify add lightness". His Lotus 7 had its debut at the 1957 Earl’s Court Motor Show in London, they were priced at £1,036 including purchase tax but it cost only £536 in kit form as no purchase tax was required. It weighed only 725 lb. Fast and responsive, the Lotus 7 was one of Chapman’s masterworks, an advanced machine that surpassed the earlier Lotus 6 as a vehicle that could perform well on the track and be driven on the road. In 1973, Lotus decided to shed its kit car image and concentrate on limited series motor racing cars and up-market sports cars; as part of this plan, it sold the rights to the Seven to its only remaining agents, Caterham Cars in England and Steel Brothers Limited in New Zealand. At the time the current production car was the Series 4, but when Caterham ran out of the Lotus Series 4 kits in 1974 they introduced its own version of the Series 3, as the Caterham Seven.
The modern day Roadsports and Superlights are the direct descendants of this car and therefore of the original Lotus 7. As with the Lotus Six before it, the original Lotus Seven used an light space-frame chassis with stressed aluminium body panels. Although the chassis has had numerous modifications to strengthen it and accommodate the various engine and suspension setups, this basic formula has remained the same throughout the Seven's life. Early cars used a live rear axle from various Fords from the Morris Ital. De Dion rear suspension was introduced in the mid-1980s and both geometries were on offer until 2002 when the live-axle option was phased out; the modern Superlight employs adjustable double-wishbone suspension with front anti-roll bar and a de-dion rear axle, located by an A-frame and Watt's linkage. The Caterham 7 range was based on this Series 3 chassis until 2000, when the SV chassis was released, aimed at accommodating the increasing number of prospective buyers who could not fit comfortably in the Series 3 cockpit.
The SV chassis offers an extra 110 mm of width across the cockpit, at a cost of 25 kg of extra weight, both chassis sizes are available today in Roadsport and Superlight variants. The SV chassis subsequently provided the basic dimensions for the Caterham CSR; the suspension was redesigned, bringing the front suspension inboard, using pushrods, replacing the De-Dion rear axle with a lighter independent, double-wishbone layout with new coil/damper units. Additional chassis modifications resulted in a 25% increase in torsional stiffness; the CSR was released in October 2004, with a Cosworth Duratec engine and is available from the factory in either 200 bhp or 260 bhp form. Early cars used the Lotus TwinCam engine, followed by Ford cross flow engines; the first Cosworth BDR engines appeared around 1983, in 1600 cc 140 bhp form, followed by 1700 cc 150 bhp versions three years later. By 1990 the top of the range engine had become the two litre Vauxhall HPC, as fitted to the Vauxhall Calibra, putting out 165—175 bhp.
A few HPC "Evolution" models were built with engines developed by Swindon Race Engines producing between 218 bhp and 235 bhp. In 1993 Caterham created the JPE special edition by using a two-litre Vauxhall Touring Car engine, putting out around 250 bhp and reducing weight to around 530 kg by such measures as removing the windscreen in favour of an aeroscreen; the JPE was quoted at 0-60 mph times of around 3.5 seconds and, with Jonathan Palmer at the wheel, set a 0-100 mph-0 record of 12.6 seconds. Around 1997 the cross flow range was replaced by 8v and 16v Vauxhall units which, in various guises lived on until the end of the VX-powered Caterham Classic, in 2002; the Rover K-series made its appearance in 1991 as the 1.4 litre engine from the Metro GTi. This engine became the backbone of the range for the next 15 years; the 1.6 litre K-series appeared in the 1.8 litre a year later. 1996 saw the addition of the'Superlight' range, a range that focussed on reducing weight and subsequently on bespoke tuning of the K-series to ever-higher outputs.
Weight was saved by removing the spare wheel, carpets and the windscreen and doors. Lightweight "Tillet"
The Dakar Rally is an annual rally raid organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris, France, to Dakar, but due to security threats in Mauritania, which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, races since 2009 have been held in South America; the race is open to amateur and professional entries, amateurs making up about eighty percent of the participants. The race is an off-road endurance event; the terrain that the competitors traverse is much tougher than that used in conventional rallying, the vehicles used are true off-road vehicles rather than modified on-road vehicles. Most of the competitive special sections are off-road, crossing dunes, camel grass and erg among others; the distances of each stage covered vary from short distances up to 800–900 kilometres per day. The race originated in December 1977, a year after Thierry Sabine got lost in the Ténéré desert whilst competing in the Abidjan-Nice rally and decided that the desert would be a good location for a regular rally.
182 vehicles took the start of the inaugural rally in Paris, with 74 surviving the 10,000-kilometre trip to the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Cyril Neveu holds the distinction of being the event's first winner, riding a Yamaha motorcycle; the event grew in popularity, with 216 vehicles taking the start in 1980 and 291 in 1981. Neveu won the event for a second time in 1980, Hubert Auriol taking honours in 1981 for BMW. By this stage, the rally had begun to attract the participation of famous names from elsewhere in motorsport, such as Henri Pescarolo and Jacky Ickx. Now boasting 382 competitors, more than double the amount that took the start in 1979, Neveu won the event for a third time in 1982, this time riding a Honda motorcycle, while victory in the car class went to the Marreau brothers, driving a entered Renault 20, whose buccaneering exploits seemed to capture the spirit of the early years of the rally. Auriol captured his second bikes class victory in 1983, the first year that Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi competed in the rally, beginning an association that would last all the way until 2009.
At the behest of 1983 car class winner Jacky Ickx, Porsche entered the Dakar in 1984, with the total number of entries now at 427. The German marque won the event at their first attempt courtesy of René Metge, who had won in the car category in 1981, whilst Ickx finished sixth. Gaston Rahier meanwhile continued BMW's success in the motorcycle category with back-to-back wins in 1984 and 1985, the year of Mitsubishi's first victory of 12 in the car category, Patrick Zaniroli taking the spoils; the 1986 event, won by Metge and Neveu, was marred by the death of event founder Sabine in a helicopter crash, his father Gilbert taking over organisation of the rally. The 1987 rally marked the start of an era of increased official factory participation in the car category, as French manufacturer Peugeot arrived and won the event with former World Rally champion Ari Vatanen; the 1987 event was notable for a ferocious head-to-head duel between Neveu and Auriol in the motorcycle category, the former taking his fifth victory after Auriol was forced to drop out of the rally after breaking both ankles in a fall.
The 1988 event reached its zenith with 603 starters. Vatanen's title defence was derailed. Though it was found, Vatanen was subsequently disqualified from the event, victory instead going to compatriot and teammate Juha Kankkunen. Peugeot and Vatanen returned to winning ways in 1989 and 1990, the latter marking Peugeot's final year of rally competition before switching to the World Sportscar Championship. Sister brand Citroën took Peugeot's place, Vatanen taking a third consecutive victory in 1991; the 1991 event saw Stéphane Peterhansel take his first title in the motorcycle category with Yamaha, marking the beginning of an era of domination by the Frenchman. For the 1992 event, the finish line moved to Cape Town, South Africa in a bid to combat a declining number of competitors, where GPS technology was used for the first time. Auriol became the first person to win in multiple classes after taking Mitsubishi's second victory in the car class, while Peterhansel defended his motorcycle category title.
The 1993 rally entry list slumped to 153 competitors, around half of the preceding year's figure and around a quarter of that of 1988. The event was the last to be organised by Gilbert Sabine and the Amaury Sport Organisation took over the following year. With the finish line now back in its traditional location of Dakar, Bruno Saby won a third title for Mitsubishi and Peterhansel took a third straight success in the motorcycle category; the 1994 event returned to Paris after reaching Dakar, resulting in a grueling event. Pierre Lartigue took Citroën's second win in acrimonious circumstances, as Mitsubishi's leading drivers were forced to withdraw from exhaustion after traversing some demanding sand dunes in the Mauritanian desert that the Citroen crews had opted to skip. Peterhansel's did not compete due to a disagreement between Yamaha and the race organizers over the regulations. Edi Orioli claimed a third title in the bikes category; the 1995 and 1996 events begin in the Spanish city of Granada, with Lartigue racking up wins for Citroen in both years.
Peterhansel returned to take a fourth bikes category win in 1995, but lost to Orioli in 1996 because of refuelling problems. The 1997 rally ran in Africa for the first time, with the route running from Dakar to Agadez and back to Dakar. Citroen's withdrawal due to a rule change paved the wa
The Hornet is a Lotus Seven copy created as a kit car by T&J Sportscars to use components from the Ford Cortina Mk3 and Mk4 or Mk5. This allowed a choice of 1300/1600 OHV pushrod Ford Kent engines or 1600/2000 single overhead camshaft Ford Pinto engines. All the running gear is sourced from the Cortina, although T&J-manufactured front wishbones were an option to replace the Cortina pressed-steel items. Parts needing modification are the propshaft, which needs to be shortened, the alternator that needs to be repositioned; the body tub uses the same concept as the earlier version known as Locust, is built from ¾" plywood, to plans supplied. The wooden tub is skinned with thin gauge aluminium-sheet; the tub is fitted to a ladder chassis supplied by the manufacturer. Unlike the Locust where most other Seven-style body components will fit, the size of the Hornet meant that the builder is limited to items provided by the manufacturer. Specification Donor vehicle – Cortina MK3,4,5 Chassis – Twin rail ladder in Rectangular Hollow Section with suspension points, body outriggers and roll bar plinths Front Suspension – Cortina wishbones with optional tubular wishbones allowing full castor/camber adjustment Rear Suspension - Cortina four-link suspension using donor springs and shock absorbers Engine – Normally Cortina, but other RWD engine/gearbox combinations could be accommodated Build time – Estimated 360 hoursThe Hornet was manufactured by BWE Sportscars and like the Locust can be built using Ford Sierra components.
Bev Evans of BWE died on Thursday 10th April 2014. BWE Sportscars is no longer trading. Locust Enthusiasts Club
Jean-Philippe Léo Smet, better known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday, was a French rock and roll and pop singer and actor, credited for having brought rock and roll to France. During a career spanning 57 years, he released 79 albums and sold more than 80 million records worldwide in the French-speaking world, making him one of the best-selling artists in France and in the world, he won 40 golden albums, 22 platinum albums and 10 Music Victories. He performed 540 duets with 187 artists. Credited for his strong voice and his spectacular shows, he sometimes arrived by entering a stadium through the crowd and one time by jumping from a helicopter above the Stade de France, where he has performed 9 times. Among his 3,257 shows completed in 187 tours, the most memorable were at Parc des Princes in 1993, at the Stade de France in 1998 and at the Eiffel Tower in 2000, which are all regarded as record-breaking performances in terms of ticket sales for a French artist. A million spectators gathered to see his performance at the Eiffel Tower, joined by 9 million more watching on TV.
Working with the best French artists and musicians of his time, he most notably collaborated with Charles Aznavour, Michel Berger and Jean-Jacques Goldman, while his shows were produced by Jean-Claude Camus, considered to be one of the greatest producers in France. Hugely popular in France, he was referred to as "Johnny" and seen as a "national monument" and a part of the French cultural legacy, his exceptional longevity in public life made him a familiar figure for four generations and a symbol of the Thirty Glorious Years when he emerged in 1960. More than 2,500 magazine covers and 190 books have been dedicated to him during his lifetime, his personal life has been exposed to the public, making him one of the persons most covered by the media in France along with Charles de Gaulle and Brigitte Bardot during the 1960s. His death from cancer in 2017 was followed by a "popular tribute" during which a million people attended the procession and 15 million others watched the ceremony on TV. However, he remained unknown in the English-speaking world, where he was dubbed "the biggest rock star you've never heard of" and introduced as the French version of Elvis Presley.
Jean-Philippe Smet was born in Paris on 15 June 1943 to a Belgian father, Léon Smet, a French mother, Huguette Eugénie Pierrette Clerc. Léon Smet, who worked as a nightclub performer, left his son a few months later. Huguette Clerc started a modeling career, which left her with little time to care for her son. Hallyday grew up with his aunt, Hélène Mar, took his stage name from a cousin-in-law from Oklahoma who performed as Lee Halliday; the latter became a father figure, introducing him to American music. Influenced by Elvis Presley and the 1950s rock n' roll revolution, Hallyday became known for singing rock'n' roll in French, his debut single, "Laisse les filles" was released on the Vogue label in March 1960. His first album, Hello Johnny, was released in 1960. In 1961 his cover of "Let's Twist Again" was awarded a gold disc, it topped every European chart, although the track did not appear in the UK Singles Chart. He appeared on the American The Ed Sullivan Show with American singing star Connie Francis in a show, taped at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris.
He staged many appearances in the Paris Olympia under the management of Bruno Coquatrix. For their first concert, The Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for Johnny Hallyday in Nancy on 14 October 1966. Film footage from October 1966, exists of Hallyday partying with Hendrix, his manager Chas Chandler and others, he socialised with Keith Richards and Bob Dylan. At the end of the 1960s, Hallyday made a string of albums with Mick Jones and Tommy Brown as musical directors, Big Jim Sullivan, Bobby Graham and Jimmy Page as session musicians; these are Jeune homme, Rivière... Ouvre ton Vie. On Je suis né dans la rue, Hallyday hired both Peter Frampton and the Small Faces. Amongst their contributions are the songs "Amen", "Reclamation", "Regarde pour moi", which are variations of Small Faces and Humble Pie songs—tracks and they all play on the album. Forgotten is Hallyday's non-LP single and EP track "Que je t'aime" from the same sessions. By 1969 alone, his record sales exceeded twelve million units. One of Hallyday's concerts, 100% Johnny: Live à la tour Eiffel in 2000, attracted an audience of 500,000 and 9.5 million television viewers.
In December 2005, Hallyday had his third number-one single on the French SNEP singles chart since its establishment in 1984, "Mon plus beau Noël", dedicated to his adopted daughter Jade. Shortly before announcing his retirement from touring in 2007, he released a blues-flavored album, Le Cœur d'un homme. In addition to the lead single "Always", Le Cœur d'un homme features "T'aimer si mal", a duet with blues musician Taj Mahal and "I Am the Blues", an English-language song written by U2's lead singer Bono, his next album, Ça ne finira jamais, released in 2008, another No. 1 on the French album chart, its lead single, "Ça n'finira jamais" reached No. 1. Hallyday's album Tour 66: Stade de France 2009 was a live set r
Lotus Mark IX
The Lotus Mark IX was an aluminium-bodied sports racing car manufactured by Lotus Engineering Ltd.. About thirty of the Mark IX sports racing cars were made, it was related to the Lotus model Mark VIII, of which only about seven cars were made. These cars were based on the innovative space frame of the Lotus Mark VI; the aerodynamic bodies were designed by Frank Costin and constructed by Williams & Pritchard Limited. During this early era, of 1954–1955, Lotus Engineering was still a fledgling company, cars were delivered in different states of completion on special orders. Similar to the Mark VIII, the Mark IX was available in various configurations and different engines, including the 1500 cc MG, 1500 cc Connaught and 2-litre Bristol were fitted. However, the Mark IX designation is most powered by the 1100 cc Coventry Climax engine. Two models of Mark IX were offered – the "Club" and the "Le Mans", the latter of which had larger drum brakes fitted; the chassis of the Mark IX was a new design, compared to that of the Mark VIII.
Both were space frames of welded steel tube. The new chassis was an advance over the Mark VIII in terms of the efficiency of its design and avoiding the VIII's need for diaphragm-stiffening panels. However, both chassis still used an oversized lower rail of 1.8-inch tube, a hang-over from the original design of the first Mark VI space frame. Compared to the Mark VIII, the Mark IX was shortened somewhat to a wheelbase of 7 feet 3.5 inches, the body itself was about two feet shorter than that of the Mark VIII. A total of about thirty of the Mark IX sports racing cars were produced in various forms, these were raced in both Europe and the US; the first two examples of the Mark IX were delivered to the US with the 1100 cc Coventry Climax engine to compete in the 1955 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring race and were beaten by a Porsche Spyder. These cars were entered as Lotus Mark VIII models in the G class by Frank Miller of Larchmont, NY and by Bobby Burns and Norman J. Scott of Houston TX in car numbers 78 and 79.
The Lotus Works Team entered at least one Mark IX in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1955, driven by Chapman, which may have been equipped with disc brakes. However, the car was disqualified due to his reversing the car to re-enter the race track after going off course
Dala7 is a taller and wider Lotus 7 inspired design using Volvo parts. The idea behind the design was to make a sevenesque car suitable for Swedish conditions, so it was made taller and wider to make it possible for taller persons to sit comfortably and to make it possible to use Volvo parts that are abundant in Sweden; the chassis is based on the Esther design, but 16 cm wider and 12 cm longer so it's possible to use, for instance, a Volvo 740 as a donor. Production is located in Stora Skedvi, close to Säter in Dalarna. While Volvo is the preferred donor, builds have been made with engines from SAAB, Ford, Mazda and so on. Http://www.dala7.se