February 25, 2006 Building a kitcar can be one of the most rewarding experiences possible and has the added value of making truly exotic performance available and affordable. The UK remains the centre of the motor racing universe, with most Formula One race teams headquartered there, an entire support industry centred there and the largest kitcar industry of any country. The Uk kitcar industry generates UKP50 million annually, with 220 manufacturers selling around 4,500 cars a year. Last year a new type of event emerged when TotalKitCar magazine and motorsportvision staged the inaugural totalkitcar LIVE! event in September at the famous Brands Hatch racing circuit. The unique advantage of holding a kitcar show at a race circuit means manufacturers can exhibit their cars in the circuit’s race garages and the cars can be demonstrated on the racetrack for serious punters. So successful was the event that two such events will now be held annually. The Brands Hatch event will be held again this year on October 14 and there will be a second event at Oulton Park race circuit in Cheshire next month (March 25).
TotalKitCar magazine editor Steve Hole said: “After the huge success of last year’s event, I knew there would be enormous support for an event based in the north and, having been impressed by Jonathan Palmer’s knowledge of the kitcar industry and his willingness to champion it, Oulton Park was the perfect venue. We will have no problem getting at least 45 manufacturers to the March event, including several who were at Brands Hatch and want to come again!”
MotorSport Vision Chief Executive, Jonathan Palmer, said: “I am delighted to welcome the kitcar fraternity to Oulton Park for the first time, particularly under the enthusiastic and professional auspices of totalkitcar magazine. The inaugural event was a huge success and I am glad that it contributed towards the continued growth of the kitcar industry. I know that this event will produce a fascinating array of truly affordable machinery and I look forward to seeing the cars being enjoyed at Oulton Park.” Tickets to totalkitcar LIVE! at Oulton Park on March 25 will cost £10 per adult or £8 in advance by calling 0870 950 9000 or visiting the event web site.
Visitors arriving in a kitcar will be able to take advantage of central VIP parking.
Manufacturers will be able to exhibit in a garage for £550+VAT or in the paddock for £275+VAT. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the show should contact Steve Hole.