The act is headlining this spring's Virgin College Mega Tour. And, because this demographic is critical to mar- keters, tying in with music is fast becoming a top priority for brands. Rob Tonkin, founder of Market- ing Factory, creator and producer of the Honda Civic Tour, says Honda renewed the project for a fifth year because it is reaping branding ben- efits in its target market of to year-olds. A Honda representa- tive declined to comment. Only partial data is available for last year's outing.
The version also features Phantom Planet, the Donnas and the Thrills. The date trek, which begins March 11, has multiple pro- moters including House of Blues and Clear Channel Entertainment. The main Honda branding will be in the venue's lobby, which will display two Maroon5- styled Civics that will be given away. Virgin logos will not be onstage dur- ing performances, he says.
Ann Egelhoff, senior manager of partnerships and promotion at Vir- gin Entertainment Group, says each stop on the 20 dale tour includes a "day village" at a college — Virgin Megastores' target demographic for the tour — featuring sponsored activ- ities from Virgin and other compa- nies such as Dentyne. The Virgin tour, which also fea- tures Gomez and Robbers on High Street, will be individually promoted by each university.
Tours that specifically tie music with sports are now being staged more frequently. Musical acts have not yet been determined. John Galloway, director of sports marketing for Pepsi-Cola North America, says Mountain Dew has "made a long-term investment" in music projects.
The soda brand is the tour's title sponsor. Many brands are still unsure about delving into tours, says Mar- tin Berman, head of Integrate Mar- keting, producer of the Virgin tour. Venues also face their own chal- lenges. At the same time, I need to be cooperative with outside tours," he says.
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So what we have here is basically five execs representing two corporate pro- moters. Where are the independents? The election is by popular vote. Magid is in final negotiations for a new long- term contract with CCE, after many had speculated he might leave Billboard, Feb.
Electric Fac- tory Concerts. That made the fit for me a lot easier. Michael has the ability to change our business, and I can't think of any other person in that position for the past three or four years. His back- ground is primarily in arena opera- tions. The Fixx released a new album last year. That kind of artist is definitely on the rise, as is the infusion of different [artists] like Gwen Stefani, who is embraced by the hip-hop community. Houston is one of the markets "about to blow up," he says.
Leach predicts more collabora- tions between rap and rock, a la Jay- Z's recent mash-up with Linkin Park. The year TVT veteran says radio is a frustrating part of the gig because of tight playlisLs and unwillingness to take chances. Still, the Internet's indie-friendly cli- mate has given TVT a wellspring of tal- ent from which to choose. Leach says. The more real tal- ent that's out there, the better the bar to measure by. People are looking to be touched by music again.
This record touches everybody. Making records about how much shit someone [owns] pretty much stopped selling a year ago. People are now leaving the club, going home and deal- ing with the rest of life. Where's the soundtrack for that?
Among the presenters are Tweet, the O'Jays. Slated to appear on the Ying Yang Twins' upcoming album. Jazze Pha and Jasper Cameron will also be behind the board. The album is due later this year on a label to be announced shortly. Sammie, managed by Malcolm Lee, was originally signed to Austin's Capitol-distributed label, Freeworld. David Porter. Smith formerly recorded for Hollywood Records.
The label released her first solo album, "psykosoul," in He will step in for the morning personality 7 a. Launched Feb. Besides Hayes, those profiled include B. Image Entertainment is the distributor. The year-old died of pneu- monia. He had been in a coma since having a stroke last September. A former chauffeur to blues guitarist Freddie King, Davis crafted a singular style of blues- steeped soul with a distinctive baritone that kept him recording first with Dakar and later Columbia and Malaco Records and performing up until his illness.
His music still resonates today. Endzone Entertainment released his last album, "Legendary Hall of Famer. Gunna's Dirty District Vol. For Always. VNU Business Media. Inc An rights reserved. It's time for a younger gener- ation of rappers, some new energy. The cheaper you can make an album, the more you can sell. Not just general love songs — you've got to be per- sonal, dramatic and detailed. Not everything will be incredible, but at least let us share our visions.
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Paulina Rubio. The stellar roster is in line with Oiose of past years. Vina del Mar has long been regarded as Latin America's pre- mier pop music fest and an important launch pad for new acts.
This year's edition also had its first foreign host. Venezuelan singer Ricardo Montaner. His presence, alongside his co-host, Chilean singer Myriam Hernandez both artists are on EMI , drew even more international press to the event.
De la Fuente plans to add Europe next year. The fest has always provided the best continental exposure for new acts, with an impressive track record of pro- pelling the careers of Julio Iglesias. Jose' Luis "El Puma" Rodriguez. Miguel Bose. Luis Miguel and Soda Stereo. Although the festival sometimes seems synonymous with romantic, soft-spoken ballads, it has 4 put together an intelligent mix of clas- sic crooners, pop stars and popular rock bands.
In addition to bringing a handful of acts to this year's fest. During its six-day run. According to Time Ibope, which measures TV viewers in Chile's major metropolitan areas, nearly 4 million people tuned in to watch Soli's in those areas alone. Beyond the music, the Vina del Mar Festival has a mix of vaudeville ele- ments, including comedy acts and big dance numbers. In the middle of all this is the com- petition. Each night, more than a dozen singers from around the world — most of them up-and-comers.
The folk competition was won by Chile's Camila Mendez. The featured acts also compete for audience response awards. The notori- ously picky festival audience is known as "the monster. Decades ago, audience members lit their programs and waved the torches in approval, demanding an encore.
Thus, the current awards; — silver and gold torches — were bom. Silver Seagull awards are also given out for the audi- ence's favorite performances. This year, no one received a thumbs- down from the audience, although Rubio had to convince a skeptical crowd with her hits and dance steps. Festival highlights included per- formances by La Oreja de Van Cogh.
Most impressive was Soli's' two-hour set to a standing crowd that continued chanting his name for an hour after he left the stage. Josh Groban is working on a new album of romantic Italian- and Spanish-language fare for Andrea Bocelli. Repertoire will include such Latin standards as "Somos Novios" performed as a bilingual duet and "Besame Mucho" penned by the recently deceased Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velazquez.
Gatica is working with David Foster, with whom he has pro- duced and arranged for years, going as far back as the music for the film "St. Elmo's Fire. Gatica's recent credits include Michael Buble: he is also produc- ing the solo debut by Beto Cuevas. Gatica has pro- duced past albums by the group, but he says this one presents a particular challenge.
The album is set to come out on La Ley's label. Warner Music Latina. Mexican singer Fey. This will be Fey's first tour in nearly four years. A full itinerary is yet to be determined. Bermudez said he wanted audi- ences to hear the duet as well. The bilingual site launched earlier this year and focuses on Latin content from independent labels in the United States and elsewhere.
The site is financed by private investors. Gonzalez, who was previously creative manager at Univision Music Publishing, says the site aims to serve a niche market hun- gry for independent product.
In addition to unsigned bands, he says, "there are many acts who at one point or another were signed to a major but were let go because they didn't sell a certain number of albums. But those numbers are good for the indie market. Content from major labels, Gonzalez says, is not a pri- ority, as distribution deals have to be negotiated for each territory. The site seeks to provide world- wide distribution for its acts. In addition to offering tracks and full albums for downloads, the site will include chat rooms and contributions from music writers worldwide.
Other sites that exclusively offer Latin music downloads include emusiclatino. TJL Sira'ia, Moiu. ANDf R. Nina Sky. IS Trorxcal. U Reownal Msncan ate eiectror. Inc An : gtl-,. Hi D1SA. Sublimi- nal, issued the aptly titled four-disc set Jan. The fourth disc — the artist album — contains, like numerous hip-hop ventures, appearances by several guest acts.
They include Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Morillo, who retains all publishing rights, says these recordings were based on relationships. At the same time, by incorporating some power- ful names into the mix. Morillo hopes that "2 Sides" will help make dance music "as big as hip-hop. Subliminal marketing coordinator Robyn Smith, who notes that the album has been consistently selling around units per week, expects sales to rise as Morillo's promotional duties in the United States increase.
A well-known entity throughout Europe. Morillo will spend more time in his American backyard, doing in- stores and touring. Smith says, "it's time for Erick's music to hit in a big way in the U. In underground clubs, several DJs are championing the album's lead single. Brad Roulier. Steve Hulme is Morillo's business affairs manager, while Sarah Varley handles his bookings.
Both are part of the Subliminal family. Kaos Finds Focus On 'Stranger' In the mood for some sweet, smart and stylish sounds for that upcoming party? With what may be the artist's most focused set, "Hello Stranger" does not hit the listener over the head with obvious beats or meandering rhythms. Instead, the Berlin-based Kaos — a former model for Stiissy — has concocted a lively recording that is as delicate as it is powerful.
So, while "Hello Stranger" makes a postcard-perfect soundtrack for a Saturday-night house party, it also works incredibly well as the backing track for the following morning's brunch.
Another must-have release traveling through the Studio distribution system is the latest installment in Defected Records' "In the House" series. Both jams cull from different areas of house music pioneer Larry Heard's very vibrant aural palette. Bananarama Beat Box, Billboard, Jan. A commercial release is forthcoming. Los Angeles-based duo Second Sun — featured on Paul Van Dyk's single "Crush," which was culled from the artist's Grammy Award-nominated album "Reflections" — has com- pleted its debut album.
Yes, that Tiffany. In addition to the previously mentioned duets with Clau- dia Briicken formerly of Propaganda, now one-half of Onetwo , Bell is recording a duet with Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, according to Smith.
This year, much cherished British label Defected will host two distinctly different parties in Miami. His first album for the label, titled "Everything and More," is due May 3.
It was produced by Sandy Linzer. The first single, the title track, has just shipped to country radio. Gilman burst onto the country music scene in at age 11 with his top 20 debut single, "One Voice. The next two albums, "Classic Christmas" and "Dare to Dream" each went gold.
He will turn 17 May The last day coincides with what would have been the th birthday of Wills, who died in Benson is planning to record a soundtrack CD and, possibly, a DVD version of the musical, which could be extended and brought to other cities if successful. The show recounts "the conversa- tion we never had [with Wills]," Benson says. It ends with a minute Asleep at the Wheel "mini-concert," featuring Wills songs not performed during the play, plus such Asleep at the Wheel classics as "Route 66" and "House of Blue Lights.
That night he had a stroke, went into a coma and died two years later. So we never did get to talk to him. And he can build a case for that assertion. The auto maker came onboard after Benson sent it a picture of Wills at a Buick dealership. The company will work Nicholson's existing catalog for new licensing uses and seek out opportunities for him as a songwriter and producer in the film and TV industries.
Nicholson won a Grammy for best contemporary blues album in for producing Delbert McClin- ton's "Nothing Personal. Heddin hails from Carland, Texas, and has been performing in his home state for 13 years. He is in the studio with producer Carson Chamberlain recording an album for a summer release. VtM E i. A Cett. Pacesetter indicates biggest percent- age giowth Heaueeker Impact sticrvw albums removed from Hee seekers this week. No Shirt. TUITH ll. An avowed Tom Petty fan, Alexander gets to indulge herself with the lovely ballad "Everywhere.
But the soulful vocalist can handle the writing part just as well all by herself, as she proves on the forgiving "I'd Run Right Back to You. Out of 15 songs, he reserves his vocals for six of them; the rest are meandering instrumentats that take deft, stylish turns. He clearly grooves in his own vein. She mult it racks vocal layers to represent every' note, riff, solo, bassline and drum beat of the original, including the pirate radio jingles and commercials.
Now he's attempting to spike temperatures on his own with his first solo CD. This promising effort starts off strong with uptempo opener "I Wish" not to be confused with the Stevie Won- der hit. But teaming with such contemporary hilmakers as the Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins and Sean Garrett, Omarion dishes up a healthy helping of repeat-worthy songs. That's immediately apparent as frontman Caleb howls "Eeeeigh- teen, baaaawlding star" on leadoff sin- gle "Bucket.
Nathan on drums and Jared on bass showcase a much-improved rhythm section, and guitarist Matthew reins in his wilder tendencies for a more disciplined attack. The same can be said for Caleb, who doesn't swing for the fence as often as on "Manhood" but remains one of rock's most exciting new vocal- ists. With an opening slot on the U2 tour, expect these Kings to rule. Now, she resurfaces with a new baby, new Capitol deal and new- found maturity as a songwriter.
This is an adventurous, risk-taking set, with O'Neal co-writing most of the best songs. She also cuts loose, backed by strings and piano, on the ballads "When Did You Know" and the title cut. The thumpin' midtempo "On My Way to You" and rollicking "I Love My Life" showcase her versatil- ity, though lesser pieces like the synth-laden "Naive" try a little too hard to sound ultra-contemporary.
On the plus side, O'Neal has soul for days on the sultry "Devil on the Left," written with Lisa Drew and Rivers Rutherford who also pro- duced the song. This, not current trends, should be the blueprint for O'Neal's future direction.
With a keen ear for detail and the persever- ance to capture every nuance of the material, Haden puts her stamp on the story song of burgeoning manhood "Tattoo" and hums the liftoff of the hit single "I Can See for Miles. True to the Roses' signature sound, "Solarized" is a sonically trippy soup.
An ample serving of reversed percus- sion instruments juxtaposed with elec- tric and acoustic guitars and drums frame Brown's ethereal voice. He also continues to explore and incorporate sounds and styles decidedly not from the pop music world, including the vaguely Eastern-sounding title track and "One Way Ticket to Paradise. Plus: The U.
Spear- headed by Omaha, Neb. But Neva Dinova might as well be: The moodiness and sallow skin of "The Hate Yourself Change" fits narrowly into Saddle Creek's history of emotion- ally charged releases.
However, it stands out as a skewed and sour batch of raw guitars and prose about apathy, self-deprecation and bursts of sarcasm. Sound too heavy? Fear not Neva Dinova's lazy vocals and gut-kicking songwrit- ing has its sunny melodies, but even its generally sore temperament is a most-welcome mean streak.
She died seven weeks after the complete performance was taped at what became her final appearance at the Chestnut Room at New York's Tav- ern on the Green. Backed by a glisten- ing trio her longtime arranger Christopher Marlowe's piano is espe- cially exquisite on an unusually melan- cholic reading of "How Deep Is the Ocean" , LaMott shines with her bright singing and stage patter. The artist's fourth studio album, "The Cloud Making Machine," finds him eschewing his signature peak-hour beats and dancefioor rhythms for primarily ambient sounds — with rock and jazz flourishes.
Will it surprise ardent fans? Probably not, as they have been enjoying Camier's ambient embellishments for years, Of course, a winning musical statement like this one — particularly such tracks as "Barbiturik Blues," "Jeux d'Enfants" and more traditional fare like "Controlling the House Pt 2" — is poised to introduce Gamier to a much larger audience.
These clouds are little and fluffy. Beautiful, too. The tunes are an artful blending of elec- tronic, world and Euro-pop ideas. The stylistic range Dierdre embraces here is especially appealing.
The dark, flamenco-like colors of "BACH. Masters of Persian Music — the multi-Grammy Award-nominated titans of Iran's tra- ditional music — provide a profoundly moving glimpse into the soulful, Continued on next page pH jn Q jnnn. Gail Mitchell. Christa L. Christopher Walsh. All albums commercially available in the United Stales arc eligible Send album review copies and singles review copies to Michael Paoletta Billboard.
The hoarse cries of Kalhor's bowed fiddle, the impas- sioned melancholy of M. Shajari- an's singing, the delicate filigreed eloquence of Alizadeh 's plucked lute and the earthy rumble of Homayoun Shajarian's drum leave the listener breathless. Be sure to catch the quar- tet on its current, extensive North American tour. On "In Flux," his debut for Savoy Jazz, Coltrane continues to dig deeper, fur- ther forging his personal voice in the jazz tradition.
He doesn't blow with bravado on soprano and tenor, but muses, romances, ponders, pines and, on the spirited "Coincide," trills with dance-like joy. Half the tunes are penned by Coltrane, highlighted by the heartfelt "Dear Alice" and the poignant "For Zoe.
That sums up the organ convergence of master and mentor, the late Jimmy Smith and disciple Joey DeFrancesco, the top players of the console that during the synth-crazed '80s almost went the way of the dinosaur.
The CD opens with the mystical, sitar-colored title track, where in deference DeFrancesco delivers from the piano chair and spotlights Smith's angular and bluesy gurgle. But it isn't long before the double-B3 assault takes hold, with exclamatory exchanges on the cooking "Dot Com Blues" and the funked-up "I've Got My Mojo Work- in'," which also features Smith on vocals. The sizzle chills momentarily for a tepid reading of Jobim's "Corcovado" but fires on the swinging "Blues for Bobby C" before easing into the termi- nal station with Smith's soulful classic "Midnight Special.
All of the quartets hallmarks are present, from its superbly luminous, exquisitely refined tone to its deep scholarship and thoughtfully presented program- ming.
Not to mention Harmonia Mundi's crystalline, standard-setting production quality. Gorgeously pre- sented with detailed notes and stun- ning illustrations, this album provides a superb entry point for novices just discovering the transcendent pleasures of Anonymous 4; for longtime fans, it is undoubtedly a collection to cherish.
This is one ensemble that will sorely be missed. Harder-edged than contemporaries Oasis, the Manics were direct descendents of the Clash, unapologetically political and far in tone from Brit pop. Like the band itself, "The Holy Bible" is a mass of contradictions.
In performance at the Clastonbury and Reading Festi- vals, Edwards, who contributed the bulk of the album's lyrics, is virtually silent, his guitar vastly overshadowed by the very confident and competent guitar and vocals of frontman James Dead Bradfield.
Likewise, the heavi- ness of the songs' subject matter — anorexia, politics and war — is nonetheless delivered with the raw euphoria of a tight, rocking band. Ten years on, "The Holy Bible" richly deserves a new genera- tion of listeners. Roche, S. This midtempo chugger, produced and co- written by the great Guy Roche, is an ideal antidote to the sameness that has made top 40 a two-trick rock and hip- hop pony: It has enough of an urban vibe to give it needed hipness, but it puts hook and melody at the top of the priority list, even tossing in a key change that is just plain fun — some- thing you don't find in commercial music much anymore.
So good. She is a media darling whose debut album has been certified gold, even though she has yet to score a big hit on country radio. Her first single, "Break Down Here," went top 20, while its follow-up, "The Chance," didn't fare as well.
While it's a no-brainer that rock stations will play this, we hope mainstream top 40 will also come onboard. Harris, A. Harris, V. Davis, C. The theme? The lyrics definitely aren't Pulitzer Prize-worthy. What principally car- ries the charm here is the song's mesmerizing, languid groove.
Penned by Lisa Carver, "Wake Up Older" is one great breakup song, complete with raw, despairing lyrics. Roberts delivers each line like it's a personal manifesto. But that's the mark of a great balladeer — to wrap oneself so com- pletely in the words that they become a second skin. Scott, R. For her latest club excursion, "Whatever" culled from the artist's second studio album.
Club jocks will certainly embrace Mr. Mig's Powerful Love Extended mix. Fortunately, a tight edit is provided for the folks at dance radio. We're rooting that they'll realize its potential, if not, whatever. Flowers, D. Brightside" is put to the remix test with mixed results. Grammy Award winner Jacques Lu Cont, sadly, depletes the song of its energy and intensity.
Of course, underground club DJs will likely eat this up. But those preferring something more, shall we say, bright, look no further than Lind- bergh Palace's remixes — especially the bubbly radio edit, which spotlights the musicianship of bandmates Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoer- mer and Ronnie Vannucci. At APAP. Afterward, he spoke about his commission from the Illinois Phil- harmonic to compose the first har- monica concerto written for the diatonic harmonica — the simple hole instrument that he has revolutionized with his ground- breaking "overblowing" technique.
Levy had "bunches of fragments of melodies in my mind that I hadn't figured out what to do with, that didn't fit in the normal settings of the jazz and Latin styles I'm more known for. I realized many of them were related to each other and started constructing a concerto based on some of them — but only after I fin- ished writing it did I realize how connected they really were.
As the title suggests, the music is gypsy jazz a la Ojango Reinhardt, whom he played in last year's Charlize Theron-starring film drama "Head in the Clouds. But the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, who was a recording artist in his own right, had a significant stake in music publishing, too. He moved to Nashville in after being picked by the great Al Galileo to write and plug songs at Shapiro- Bernstein Music and later worked for Al Gallico Publishing's Nashville office.
Anyone who knew him could extol the humanity of Kilgore, but no one could top Hank Jr. He's the definition of gen- tleman and scholar. I shall never know a greater man. The industry has lost an icon. North Hollywood, Calif. No Doubt Dixie Chicks and Audioslave. President Jane Sco- bie. A castle-themed two-room facility in a secluded and luxurious setting, Royaltone was one of Los Angeles' top facilities for several years.
We opened the doors to pretty cool projects [by artists] like Melissa Etheridge and Don Henley, and there are many, many multiplatinum records on the wall. I con- sider Royaltone one of the best track- ing rooms in LA, so it's a little sad for me that the legacy isn't going to live on under the name of Royaltone.
It's been a great run. But there are certain elements of an album that benefit tremendously by being in a fabulous tracking room. Studio Monitor By Christopher Walsh cwalsh blllboard.
A statement from the company cites a dispute among stakeholders over development funding. The statement says a number of parties have expressed interest, and the shareholders' goal is for a sale to be concluded by March According to the statement, share- holders are "pleased with new rev- enues built through diversification" and that "new investment to boost this activity had been under discus- sion.
Existing shareholders may well re-bid for the business under a new financial structure. Many of the newest licensed products launched at the annual American International Toy Fair, which opened Feb. Javits Con- vention Center. Here is a sampling of products rep- resented by artists in and around this year's Toy Fain Ashanti appeared at the Mattel showroom to introduce her "Diary" Juiceware program for the Juice Box personal video player, launched last October, according to Maggie Dumais.
Brava- do Brands. Mattel also has new Juice- ware from LI. Cool J. Keyshia Cole featuring Kanye West. Ashlee Simp- son. Vanessa Carlton and the Cure. Lindsay Lohari is the latest addition to the My Scene Barbie line.
Within the next year, the big three rental chains will become two. Block- buster's "no late fees" policy may inspire other brick-and-mortar busi- ness-model changes, and online rental companies will offer competi- tive services.
Industry executives say the changes are brewing because a flat rental industry is trying to better compete with the burgeoning DVD sell-through sector. Video Software Dealers Assn. Meanwhile, DVD sell-through sets new records every year. The rental industry will also be dealing with the rise of used DVD sales and experimentation with more subscription plans this year.
New albums from Paint by Numbers and Coretta Scott are due later this year. Victory distributes Undecided Records. It has signed a number of new artists, includ- ing hardcore act With Honor and the Forecast, which is said to incorporate alternative coun- try and pop influences. Additionally, Victory plans to announce three hires in the coming weeks. Founder Tony Brummel says the label is also looking to add an employee in its accounting department. Civen the label's massive success and penchant for dis- covering talent, where it will land has been a subject of industry gossip for months.
The official word is that not all of the samples on the album had been cleared. The label was mum on further info. Thus far, her hype has not translated into sales at online retailer Insound: founder Matt Wishnow says pre- orders have been slow fewer than 50 albums. The year-old label, which focuses on punk and emo, has released albums from the likes of the Appleseed Cast.
The "American Idol" franchise has also signed on with Craig Electron- ics and Kids Station for branded karaoke toy instruments, micro- phones and dance mats: and with Disguise for costumes.
Little Dog Duff is based on the teen star's own dogs, with plush and play pattern toys for holiday Set for March at the Marriott at Vanderbilt University, the event is geared to unsigned artists. McFarlane added, "Starting with our Kiss figures back in , music action figures have always been big hits for us. Brian Goldner, pres- ident of Hasbro's U. Toys division, says the company has "moved on" to music videos with its VideoNow Color personal player.
Raven and Jesse McCartney. Hasbro plans to add others throughout Pink Floyd and Metallica. One of SEG's current projects.
The duo has plotted a tour for April. The Unicorns were one of the more talked-about acts last year. Sesame Workshop anticipates a hit with Shout Elmo, a singing plash doll from Hasbro. High Intencity charm bracelets and necklaces, and Kidorable girls' raincoats, boots and umbrellas. Addition- ally. This year's theme is "indie artists in a digital age. Records Nashville: and Larry Shell.
For more information, go to indiemusicweek. The Indies By Todd Martens tmartens blllboard. The band built a respectable fol- lowing after touring with the likes of Hot Hot Heat and the Arcade Fire. A resurrection of the Uni- corns name should not be ruled out. Alien8 co-owner Sean O'Hara notes, "At this point, the band is saying.
Sony BMC expects that by year's end a substantial number of its U. No matter which technology a CD uses, it will include such extras as photo galleries, enhanced liner notes and links to other features. In all. The albums coming out now and in the immediate future will allow for three copies to be made. Eventually, the pool became so heavy that the roof col- lapsed, dumping water into the store.
While some shoppers were in the aisles, no one was hurt, accord- ing to Wright. The bad news is that the store will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time. However, it has insurance, so the economic blow should not be that bad. Like any merchant, Wright is looking to tum a problem into a win. The com- pany is targeting I.
The new outlet is located about 1. Virgin plans to operate both outlets for the next three years, until the lease is up on the Sunset store. The company will then re- examine the viability of keeping both stores open. Web links, concert footage or lyrics. VSDA's Andersen says the pro- posed merger could have positive results if it requires a divestiture of stores. The deal has, however, raised the ire of the American Family Assn.
In a recent full-page ad in USA Today, the group claimed that the acquisition will bring pornog- raphy to more video stores, since some Movie Gallery outlets offer adult films. Movie Gallery spokesman Thomas Johnson says that is not the case. Thirty-six state attorneys general are looking into whether the program — which in some circumstances automatically charges customers the full price of a title minus the initial rental fee if it is not returned within a designated period — is deceptive to consumers.
I haven 't put 'own or rent it' in an ad for years. Blockbuster is improving selec- tion and adding value with its in- store subscription plan. Netflix will lead the pack this year with a new recommendation program and its entry to the download area. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says the service is becoming more social, with a program that allows customers to share rental favorites with other subscribers.
The company will also be offering movies for download by the end of the year, though it is still working out specifics. Industry' executives hope such programs will keep rental healthy, despite the growth of DVD sales. PG Animateu G It Is the top download at all five providers that offer It. JJl 4? According to figures released last month by the Inter- national Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the number of paid online music sites quadrupled in to a global total of about The content available from such sites rose to 1 million songs, and consumers worldwide responded by purchasing more than million dig- ital tracks last year, more than 10 times the number purchased in Although the number of peer-to-peer users has decreased steadily during the past year, traffic figures remained consistent, as only low-volume swappers stopped using such services.
The R1AA has not backed down from its aggressive legal strategy. In late January, it filed its largest block of file-sharing law- The Recording Academy's latest anti-piracy initiative taps an advisory board of musk tans, pictured with Kanye West Mark McGrath and Earth.
Taking an educational approach, the academy launched the next phase of its What's the Download initiative during the recent Grammy Awards. The academy created an advisory board of a dozen to year-olds to foster dialogue between music fans and industry representatives.
Looking forward, the music industry hopes to use next-generation wireless networks as a distribution chan- nel. Companies may even embrace a paid P2P model for this medium. Actually, it's all three. Nokia has unveiled a line of smart phones that targets the digital entertainment fan by combining support for various types of digital content and interoperability.
The line is marketed prima- rily as an imaging device, with a 1. Bui an integrated music player allows the device to double as an MP3 player. Storage capacity is limited by the 64MB MMC card that ships with tile product, but users can purchase larger storage cards.
Embedded software allows users to create and manage playlisls of stored music as well as pause and change tracks via a five-way directional thumbpad. It supports such music file formats as MP3. Such phones allow users to browse and purchase tracks from carrier-operated wireless music stores. The full-length tracks can he downloaded directly to the phone. Soon, wireless subscribers will have access to Nokia devices cus- tomized for their specific service plans.
Nokia says it will begin designing exclusive phone models for carriers that want to offer customers direct access to custom ringtones and other service options. The film and soundtrack, which both won Grammy Awards, docu- ment the making of Sting's first solo album, released in The "realtone editor," powered by FasPay MobileTechnologies, allows cus- tomers to select tracks online and edit them into a five- to second clip. Once the ringtone is complete, the user pays and downloads it to a mobile phone via a wireless network.
The service is compatible with more than mobile phones worldwide. British act Maximo Park is making its first single, "Apply Some Pres- sure," available as a test song. This is the first time Yahoo has debuted an entire episode of a TV series, and the first time Showtime has aired any episode in its entirety on a medium other than cable, according to both companies.
The webcast will not require a sub- scription or special feed and will remain available for replay through March Yahoo will promote the series by hosting videoclips, photos and a link to the show's Web site. Shahid Khan, Managing Dir. For more info call: Wireless entertainment services are at the heart of two converging industries, each looking to the other for support in equally difficult times.
And the wireless industry is looking to the entertainment business for the content it hopes will compel subscribers to adopt forthcoming high-speed, next-generation wireless phone networks. The result is a highly symbiotic business relationship between these companies that together are forging a new market. And that market is now attracting signif- icant interest from entrepreneurs and investors alike. Like any other nascent business, its opportunity is matched only by its risk. Yet the stream of venture capital dollars has resumed flowing into the wireless content space, largely based on the promise of mobile entertainment, and music in particular.
It's I here," says Rajeev Chand. Where do you play in this space? There are a lot of BH existing players. These 1 include mnnophonic. The popularity of polyphonic ringtones lead flillbudnl last year to launch a Hot Ringtones chart, the first of its kind, based on data from companies including squared. Infos- pace Mobile. Zingy and Ztango. Artists whose ringtones recently have ranked among the top 10 t on the chart include Snoop V Dogg.
Usher JL and Alicia Keys. Some, BBj, like polyphonic ringtones. HBT are actually past their HBl prime, giving way to mas- ter ringtones. According to Richard Tong. Rights to higher-margin content, such as master ringtones. This puts additional pressure on mobile -con tent aggregators — and those investing in them. You can't own the same mar- gins anymore. What value can you add?
To the extent you bring enough value with promotional opportu- nities and new content to the table, you can justify the higher pricing. Relatively few people have access to the financial records of the music industry.
Those who do cannot dis- cuss specific calculation methods because of confidentiality policies. But when it comes to general experiences, some of these experts are willing to provide some insight They tell Billboard that everyone in the chain of music distribution faces challenges in collecting revenue and distributing royalties. For music publishers and collec- tion societies, ensuring that every composition is accurately regis- tered throughout the world in order to track global earnings is a constant struggle.
For record labels, keeping track of sales, licenses and returns, and then calculating royalties according to hundreds of varying contractual terms, is an enormous task. The basics may seem clear — knowing who collects what for whom and how. Yet beyond the basics is where the nuances of the collection and royalty distribution processes lie.
Relying on the single asset of a musical composition copyright, the publisher can generate revenue from a variety of sources. They include mechanical reproductions CDs, digital downloads, ringtones , public performances TV, radio, ven- ues , synchronization deals audio- visual media and print media sheet music. Licenses for these uses come from a number of sources.
American publishers may license their repertoire directly to those who manufacture, perform or distribute reproductions of the songs in the United States. A vast majority of them, however, authorize the Harry Fox Agency to handle mechanical licenses for all or some of the vari- ous formats of recorded music, such as CDs, ringtones and downloads. Outside the United States, the laws of most countries prohibit direct licensing for many uses.
Jahic is betting that mobile networks and devices will, in effect, be as important to music as radio in the coming years. However, much depends on various pieces of the wireless puzzle coming together, specifically the continued roll- out of next-generation broadband wire- less networks, as well as mass-market sales of mobile devices optimized for music playback.
They're less natu- rally attuned to the music market" An additional area of profound investor interest is wireless peer-to- peer services. The popularity of wired P2P networks grew largely by pro- viding free and mostly illegitimate access to music. But many believe legitimate P2P services will thrive in a wireless environment.
According to Jahic, wireless net- work providers enact more control over the use of their networks, and wireless subscribers are more ac- customed to paying for the services they receive. So it's much more valuable to create a monetized P2P model in the wireless space. Much of the mobile music distribution market still needs to be defined, creating an environment ripe for investment.
But the hour is getting late, and the window is closing," Jahic says. Once those become more clear, this space is going to absolutely explode.
All of these sources depend upon accurate identifying information to ensure collection of every penny earned from each composition. Since song titles cannot be copy- righted or trademarked, many compositions share the same or similar titles. Artists and songwrit- ers may also use pseudonyms rather than their legal names.
Even a mis- spelling can result in lost revenue. With inaccurate song registrations, revenue may end up in a foreign col- lection society's "black box" or as unpaid royalties in so-called "sus- pense" accounts. When foreign societies cannot iden- tify a composition's publisher, the money received is held for a period of time and then either used for certain society purposes or distributed to the society's publisher members. Germany, Italy and Holland hold the largest amounts of such funds, sources say.
In other cases, many labels and soci- eties in the United States and abroad hold money to be paid to publishers that cannot be accurately identified, a source says. Unlike identifiable royalty recipi- ents who simply haven't kept their contact information up to date, these rights holders have not been paid because of inaccurate song titles, mis- spelled names or pseudonyms or incorrect publisher listings.
If all the labels and societies would provide the information they have available to publishers, the source adds, these suspense accounts could prove to generate additional revenue for rights holders in amounts much more sub- stantial than black-box monies.
In an effort to integrate accurate song registration throughout the world, many publishers and societies use the Common Works Registration. This system is essentially a standard- ized template for consistently showing information globally. However, some wonder whether foreign collecting societies that claim to support the standard will truly implement it.
The challenges record labels face in processing revenue and royalties are sometimes as difficult as fitting square pegs into round holes, sources say. Through the years, recording con- tracts that govern royalty rights have included a wide variety of provisions requiring multiple calculations.
With royalties listed as a percentage of some price — most often a retail price — each contract includes numerous deduc- tions and reductions from that price before determining the amount upon which the royalty percentage is based. Other provisions include no payment for "free goods" that reflect discounts provided to the distributors' customers, deductions for the cost of packaging, reduction in royalty rates when distribution is through the use of "new technology" and for sales out- side the United States.
Trying to interpret and match terms in contracts — some with more than pages — with current accounting parameters is a daunting task, especially in royalty depart- ments that are running leaner with fewer personnel. The challenge has become even greater with the substantial increase in data received. A further event in the States has still to be confirmed. The iRacer will star in its own one-make grid, while other EVs will form a second grid.
The iRacer will cost competitors. A bhp Hayabusa turbo is in the demo car, but other bike engines can be utilised, along with a Duratec car engine is so desired. Both G50 and G40 race cars were on display, plus an impressive G50 rolling chassis. Sadly no F road car to look over since the company took over the model from Chris Marsh ex Marcos of Farbio, but it will be interest to see how it develops over the next twelve months.
Long may that continue. The editor is whistled aboard the new Dutton Surf to find out. A passer by stops and asks if the car is going to do what he thinks it is And as Tim starts the car and begins to move forward, the onlooker notices the Dutton name on the side of the car Good work.
As his height in. Over Phaetons were sold, and someone challenged his to build a Sierras and a host of other models car that could park there legitimately Some may regardless of the tide! Red rag to a bull, question the quality of what was on offer anyone? No one has used on water, but even this had ever got even close to those numbers, numerous major floors in its design. But either before or after. He come close. Since he launched literally!
And his motivation was wheel drive made life difficult when typically gung-ho. Living on the south exiting the water or driving on sand etc. As a commercial product for businesses that could take advantage of its dual abilities, it had limited value.
One of the most popular and simple upgrades that you can do to your kit car will offer dramtic improvements to its handling. Generally, a more rigid material will control the suspension movement more accurately, giving sharper handling and steering response. But it will absorb less road noise, shocks or vibration, producing a noisier less comfortable ride. Two vehicles commonly used as donor cars for earlier kits demonstrate this perfectly.
The classic Mini gained its reputation for sharp handling and high cornering power partly due to the use of needle roller bearings and bronze bushes in almost all its suspension pivots. Only the lower front wishbone used rubber bushes. On the downside its ride could never. When Rover did eventually fit rubber mounts to the subframes to improve the ride quality, the handling suffered noticeably and aftermarket rigid mount conversions quickly became available.
When new, the handling was acceptable, though never sharp, but after moderate use, driving a Cortina apparently felt very similar to driving a boat. Needle roller bearings and solid bushes, whether metal or hard plastic, will only allow movement in one plane and they have no shock absorbing or noise isolation properties whatsoever.
This severely limits their use in modern car suspensions where linkages are. Bumps in the road are actually absorbed by the springs and their resulting movement is controlled by the dampers, but the way in which the wheels move relative to the chassis depends on the geometry of the linkages which attach the wheels and uprights to the chassis.
This month we look at where the project will be built. There are those who have successfully assembled a kit car on the drive outside their house, with no weather protection whatsoever More regular readers may remember that our very own Ashley Gardiner began his Haynes Roadster build in his garden, before quickly realising that some form of weather protection was needed. He then built an impromptu lean-to on the side of his house, where he successfully welded the chassis together and would have completed the car, had he not then moved house to a place with a wooden framed garage While it may offer you a dry location in which to assemble your car, it will usually come with several distinct disadvantages.
Lock-ups can often come with serious security issues. Will you leave your tools there, and what about all the kit components when they are still in boxes and. While a lock-up may be only a short walk from your house if it comes with the property, if you are renting a garage then it may mean a drive every time you want to pop round and do some work on the car.
Finally, lock-ups are rarely inviting places in which to spent hours. Our recommendation has to be a garage at home either brick or wood built. Basically, the easier it is to pop into the garage, the more likely you are to take advantage of any spare moments you may have. However, it is worth checking the dimensions of the style of kit you are thinking of building, and then.
En bloc garages are far from ideal, usually with no power or light and often reasonably remote from your house, particularly if rented. With the bodywork removed, most chassis even when rolling on wheels are much easier to get around, taking up less room in a confined space.
One way of maximising a small space is to delay delivery of the bodywork until you are ready to fit it. Many kits can be built up to a rolling chassis before the panels need trial fitting, and storing panels which in itself needs to be done carefully can take up a lot of space. Other ways of maximising space may be to mount your trestles on sturdy dolly wheels, so that you can push the chassis against one wall when working on the opposite side.
You can also get dolly wheel trolleys also known as wheel skates which lift the wheels off the garage floor and allow you to do the same with a partial or fully built car.
The latter can often be done with shelving units which keep the floor space clear, and it is also possible to have a folddown work surface, that you only erect when needed. That said, a permanent sturdy work surface that will support potentially heavy components and which is available at all times has to be ideal. This should be possible within a typical single garage. As an example, my garage at home is pretty compact, measuring just 8ft 6in by 16ft 6in. A typical Lotus Seven style kit car fits nicely, although it can still be cramped to get access to all sides.
My Cyclone. Manufacturers have used roller bearings, bronze bushes, hard. This VW arm needs the original bush outer sleeves to be left in place. A voided rubber bush designed to allow twisting. I also tend to have the car closer to the wall on one side to maximise space on the other. This is a great start, but there are things you can do to make your build experience a.
Mainstream manufacturers use suspension bushes made almost exclusively from synthetic rubber. For them this offers the ideal compromise between handling, comfort, cost and service life, but rubber does have some drawbacks too. It will slowly deteriorate when exposed to UV light, water, salt, petrol, oil, grease, antifreeze and other solvents.
The rubber may soften, allowing excess movement, or it may lose its flexibility and resilience. Eventually it will permanently distort allowing the suspension pivots to shift from their ideal position, upsetting the handling of the car and accelerating tyre wear. Ultimately the rubber will break up and the bush will fail completely. Since the vast majority of kit cars are sporting in nature and generally.
The suspension of a car is normally considered to consist of the springs, dampers and linkages which connect the wheels and tyres of a car to its chassis. On a road car the system has a number of conflicting requirements. In order to maximise tyre contact and grip it needs to accurately control the movement of the wheels and tyres during cornering, braking, accelerating and over bumps, but it also needs to.
The Cortina rear suspension, used in a large number of early kits, used a 4link system to locate the live axle fore and aft and side to side Fig 3. The angle of the upper links, which provide the lateral location, means that even under normal vertical suspension travel the bushes are required to twist as they rotate.
In single wheel bump a twisting motion is applied to all the bushes whether the arms are angled or not Fig 4. To accommodate this complex motion the Cortina used special voided rubber bushes Fig 5. These were intended to provide resilience in one plane whilst allowing flexibility in another. Unfortunately, when subjected to hard use, these bushes had a very short service life. W: www. It comes in 15in and 17in sizes and either four or five-stud patterns.
E: info dogcam. Hosetechnik brake lines are the latest offering from Forge Motorsport, a name that will be familiar to most petrolheads as a maker of all manner of go-faster bits. Each set is custom made to order, and there is a range of 12 colours available. This neat little unit is the latest release from Digital Speedos. It has a built-in trip meter and can measure speed in either miles or kilometres per hour. It promises easy set up thanks to clear instructions and a simple sensor and magnet system that can be fitted to a wheel or driveshaft.
It measures just 47mm by 33mm and is 15mm deep. Dogcam has released two new cameras. It also has a prerecord feature that can record the 10 minutes prior to hitting record.
E: info s-v-c-. An iPhone gives a sense of scale, and the battery weighs only g. The cca model, which is suitable for bike engined cars, tips the scales at just g! When a full size battery can weight over 12kg, the savings are obvious!
The batteries use lithium ferrous nano phosphate technology and are a straight swap for a converntional lead acid battery. E: sales hispecmotorsport. The small separate handbrake caliper mounts on the spacer block of the main calipers and provides enough braking force for any car up to about kg to pass the IVA test. Aside from the cable and arms, all the linkage is internal and protected from the elements for added reliability. SVC has added a range of aluminium products to its range.
The firm also offers a lightweight fuel swirl pot. Get Your Hoses Shiny! Simoniz Car Wash Tablets are a new way of using shampoo — instead of using messy liquids, you just use one tablet in a bucket. Auto Glym and Samco Sport have teamed up to create these wipes which are suitable for all under bonnet silicone and rubber components. They have been formulated to resist the heat and grime that builds up in an engine bay.
I must say I was really pleased with the way it turned out. I bought the universal loom off a well-known auction site and it came in three parts. The main section included the fuse boxes and relays, with front and rear sections connected with multi connectors. I have successfully bled the brakes, with the help of a simple one-way bleed valve which I purchased from my friendly local auto shop.
I then cunningly attached it to an old coffee jar, added some plastic ties and some string, and created what I think is a handy tool that allowed me to bleed the brakes very nearly. I double checked all the bolts, and all seemed OK.
Nothing appeared to be fouling anywhere. So I rang the Mark at the Westfield technical helpline. On a conventionally fitted Duratec the belt runs high across the top of the front of the engine. Thankfully my friends at Raceline came to the rescue with a very nice alternator kit which moves the fitting to the inlet side of the engine.
Although not strictly needed, I liked the look of it and it did tidy up the filter fitting nicely. Time to collect the bodywork from Westfield. And, without a hint of sarcasm or even a sigh, he gently enquired if perhaps I had taken the keys out of the ignition?
Sure enough, the steering lock was the culprit. This entailed adding the wheels and tyres, dropping it down off the trestles, and with the assistance of the good lady of the house, pushing it out of the garage. A swift three-point turn and a bit more pushing later, it was back in the garage, re-elevated onto the trestles, and ready to accept the body.
I have to mention that even though I was steering I somehow managed to run over my own foot. Three times! We collected the bodywork from the factory in November as planned. We went armed with a good quantity. I went down with a case of very serious man flu, then the cold weather happened, and it was down to about minus 20 inside my garage for a fortnight, and after that the unavoidable Christmas break came along.
But, by mid January, life returned to normal and I have managed to get the bodywork nicely aligned. The bonnet catches went on easily, as did the fuel filler cap.
I also want to get the boot box fitted and fit the roll bar. Sorry, but lack of time prevents us answering technical queries over the phone. We would much prefer you contact us by e-mail or write, enclosing an SAE for a reply. While every effort is made in compiling the editorial and accepting only bona fide advertisements in Complete Kit Car, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any effects arising therefrom. Steve Hughes has bought the company and has set up his new operation, Fury Sportscars.
He built the first V8 powered Fury and also the first motorcycle engined version of the car. A car lift has recently been installed in the factory and chassis construction has been brought in-house where previously it was subcontracted. Initial focus is on upping the quality of the bodywork. As we go to press, the body moulds are being overhauled to bring the finish of new bodies up to scratch. Perhaps more excitingly, a new model is due to be launched in Details are limited at present and there are no photographs, but it promises to be a very different shape to the existing Fury.
Full screens, doors and classic bonnet also available. Meanwhile, the Fury in all its various guises will remain available. Both the classic and Le Mans bonnets are still in production, and it can be fitted with or without a windscreen and doors. The factory will support several cars in this. The previous owner of the marque, gearbox specialist BGH Geartech, continues from new premises. The panels are finished in gelcoat and the standard colours are red, yellow, dark blue, black and white.
Other optional colours are available at extra cost. Prices are as follows:. E: enquiries agmsportscars. Gone is the bespoke spaceframe chassis and instead the moulds have been modified to fit the Toyota MR2 Mk2 as a body conversion kit. JH Classics has also recruited two agents; one in Birmingham and another in Scotland which already specialises in converting MR2s to use V6 engines. Two versions of the car will be available. Since the MR2 was available as a targa, it makes it very easy to offer both versions.
The GTS loses the rear quarterlight window and gains a vented panel in its place. The photograph shows the plug from which the production moulds are being taken just as this issue goes on sale. It only shows some of the brightwork and. The telephone number and website address remain the same.
JH Classics will offer everything needed to complete the car, and the body panels will be made inhouse. Production numbers will be limited as John wants to enjoy producing kits rather than chase volume sales. The website has just gone live, and when production starts there will be a telephone line for advice and back-up.
One of the customers wanted me to build a Lotus Seven, which I did on the forecourt of the pub. The trim and upholstery firm is one of the most established around, and is a useful resource for any kit car builder. Today, there are all kinds of GTIs and MX-5s so people only build a car because they want to build it. It only takes a couple of minutes to get it down in writing, and it can save you a lot of hassle. I once had an argument about driving onto the beach with the trailer. Someone jokingly said I should build an amphibious vehicle to drive to the shore and the idea must have stuck!
Just keep going. The crux, though, was whether a builder should factor in their time as part of the cost of a project. My argument was that the build is a leisure time pursuit that you choose to indulge in, and that it would be completely bogus to add up an hourly rate for the time spent assembling a car. Besides which, building the car is a process that adds value to the whole ownership experience. This viewpoint was entirely dismissed by the poster I was discussing this with, and things suddenly look a turn for the theoretical.
Effectively, it boiled down to this. However, the debate did make me wonder how real-world kit car builders view the time spent building their kit cars. Do you see it as a necessary evil to get the car you want, or is its construction an enjoyable part of the ownership process in its own right? The morning will be divided into groups according to experience, and the afternoon will operate as an open pit lane.
There are never more than 10 cars on the track at a time, giving you plenty of space to push yourself and your car. Builders will also be able to fabricate their own wishbones using drawings provided by Saturn in the same style as those in the Haynes book for the Sierra based car.
These drawings will be copyrighted to Saturn, allowing customers to build wishbones for their personal use only.
E: info saturnsportscars. If you find both, e-mail adam performancepublishing. Space Frame chassis Spare wheel carrier Top front wishbones x2 Bottom fr front ont wishboness x2 Engine g mounting g br bracket acke et set Pedal box box inc. The car also has a new dashboard moulding which places the windscreen 1in higher to offer better protection for taller drivers. It will still use the same windscreen or aeroscreen as a standard Avon. There are also changes under the skin.
A lowered floor is an option, which again improves accommodation for taller drivers. Work will begin on an all-new design which will be revealed later in currently estimated to appear around August or September.
Typhoon Sportscars. E: typhooncars aol. The biggest visual clue to identify the. E: jim tigerracing. Complete Kit Car was the first magazine in the world to get the news into print. He revealed the news that six deposits had been placed for the car by the second afternoon of the show. He has built from scratch an aluminium bodied Locost and, during its construction, he bought an English wheel and learned to roll metal.
Other services he can offer include arc, mig and tig welding, sheet metal folding and precision machining. He offers exhaust cans in six preset sizes and can make one-off items like header tanks and oil catch tanks. But his real speciality has become building bespoke exhaust systems in stainless steel.
E: info paulgooderham. It has a Beetle engine, although a 3. It was billed as being ideal to rent out for sightseeing thanks to its four seats and open top, or it could be used for hillclimbing and racing.
Very versatile! It only needs some TLC and attention to the paint in just two areas. Neither he nor Aeon Sportscars, who partnered him on the project, have the time to see it through to market.
However, there is the option of the Aeon developed rolling chassis as part of the deal at an extra cost. Garry was keen to point out that there is no hard feeling between him and Aeon Sportscars. The only reason for the sale is that neither party has had the time to devote to the project. The promise of better weather means that camping will be a more realistic proposition, and the organisers will put on evening entertainment on the Saturday.
There will also be a huge display by the Kent Kit Car Club. A new attraction will be a twice daily demonstration by the Dutton Phaeton drag car picured below. Arden Automotive will be opening its doors on Sunday 27th March. The open day will give existing and potential customers a chance to have a look round, meet the team and see what the firm can offer. Call us now on: Apart from the serious business of me trying to beat Jason Plato in our little series of challenges, there were also some brilliant demonstration races by a wide world of different machinery.
From awesome drift cars to monstrous stock cars, Caterhams, Mitsubishi Evos, pick-up trucks and even Reliant Robins, there was something for everyone but what caught my eye were the autograss racers. Not because they were any more entertaining, as everyone put on a great spectacle, but because of some of the engineering that had gone into them. The bodyshell may have made you think it was an old Mini but there it was on more opposite lock than a London taxi, with two motorcycle engines wailing away in the back of a rear-wheel-drive special.
Writing what might turn out to be my last comments before being sacked by the editor, may I suggest that the start of a new decade is as good a time as any to revisit where we are all coming from. You see, for the benefit of all, we somehow need to gather the kit car world, the one-off specials and the replica builders back into one happy family because, at the end of the day, they are all part of the same minority of enthusiasts who love to create their own machines whether it be from scratch or a box of bits that arrives in a van.
Instead of drifting apart, the divisions need to pull back together. Mutual admiration for what to all intents and purposes is the same passion. Entirely unconnected to the similarly named MK Sportscars established by Martin but now owned by his brother Phil , MK Engineering released the Sprint R singleseater in , before a company rename to Road Runner to avoid confusion. When Martin wanted to concentrate on design and engineering, the company moved to Kevin Hickling with Martin once again trading as MK Engineering.
The firm was subtly renamed again to Roadrunner Racing and the car received some alterations. The revised version of the car was named SR1. While quite a number of the singleseaters were finding homes, it became clear that Roadrunner needed a more conventional two-seater if it was going to gain a real footing in the kit car market. Dave Flavell was once again called upon, and he created a round-tube chassis for a Seven style car. By the time the SR2 was launched at Stoneleigh last year, Steve had taken full control of the company and the SR1 had been dropped from the range although spare parts back-up is still provided to this day.
It was a big launch by kit car standards; the large show stand contained two cars and a chassis, and Roadrunner was taking double page ads in the kit car press. By September, Steve was looking to sell the project in order to focus on his core and entirely unrelated business interests. This is where Mike Longstaff enters the picture. Mike has an SR1 and had already ordered a factory built SR2. His history with the marque means he already had a fondness for the cars, but his. As well as carrying out general automotive work, this is an MX-5 specialist that he has built up over a number of years.
He also liked the thoughtful design and the fact that the CAD drawings show exactly how each chassis goes together. As well as all the MX-5 knowhow, that includes MoT facilities and nine staff members. Mike admits to being cautious in business and says that his other interests could have grown bigger or faster, but he places high emphasis on the security of the company.
It appears that Roadrunner neatly segues into this philosophy and will grow in a similarly steady fashion. Mazda MX-5 sourced 1. Indicator switches located on transmission tunnel. As standard, all SR2s have black wings with a choice of colours for the rest of the car.
Offering only black wings makes it easier to stock them and quicker to dispatch should any customers damage them.
Beneath the skin, the car has a great looking round tube chassis. Having been impressed by the Indy R, we have high hopes for the SR2. It uses the familiar. Unusually, it is fully adjustable and rose-jointed throughout.
From the Mazda, the Roadrunner takes the front and rear uprights, steering column modified on exchange , diff, shortened propshaft, standard driveshafts and the engine and gearbox. Smaller items, like the handbrake and fuel sender, also find their way into the SR2 mix.
The MX-5 donor makes a lot of sense. A similar car would provide everything you need for an SR2 and leave you with plenty of good bits to sell off via eBay. Getting into the demonstrator means negotiating the optional full rollcage. The easiest way to do this is to climb on top and then drop straight down into the seat.
Mike is already on the case, and when the new runners are fitted they will rise up towards the front so that shorter drivers are sat not only closer to the pedals but also higher up. A neat idea. A couple of quirks make themselves known immediately. A diagonal chassis member runs underneath your left foot and gets in the way, while your knuckles hit the dashboard when engaging first, third and fifth gears.
Mike mentioned the latter niggle and explained that a fix is on the way. Otherwise, I have no complaints about the interior. The carbonfibre look dashboard panel and transmission top look purposeful, while the sides of the tunnel finished in body colour are an unusual touch. The SR2 has a quality feel throughout. Only the indicator buttons are absent from the dash. The Mazda engine fires easily and settles to a characterful idle. Because Mike knows his MX-5s, he assures me that the sound will ease up quickly — and it does.
The demonstrator is fitted with a 1. Other mods to the engine are limited to an oil cooler for the circuit work it was built for. This car has already racked up over miles on track. It has a sprightly vim to its demeanour that encourages you to press on, even though the car wears lightly treaded Toyo Rs. It could easily. Engine options: Mazda MX-5 four-cylinder twin-cam 1. Other car and motorcycle engines can be accommodated. Chassis: Round tube spaceframe chassis. Bodywork: All GRP supplied in self coloured gelcoat, built in rear diffuser.
Wings supplied in black as standard. Rear — Double wishbones, coil-over dampers, Mazda MX-5 uprights. Brakes: Discs all round with four-pot calipers. E: roadrunnerracing hotmail.
Back to the current demonstrator. Roadrunner has set it up to have a small amount of understeer at the limit. The idea is that this is more intuitive for most drivers to deal with. It makes for a benign, exploitable package that leaves you wanting for more power. At low speeds, the steering feels weighty but it lightens up on the move and offers plenty of feel and feedback.
During the exploration for a photo location, we found an undulating, broken road that was little more than single track width. Visibility was good, though, so we were able to reach some proper speeds. The SR2 took the crests and bumps in its stride, remaining composed on a very testing road.
For an up to date list of the contents, check the website. He also plans to offer a kit of parts that will get the car to a rolling chassis stage, which can be followed by a body package as and when the builder needs it.
After a long development period the. Initial impressions of the Mazda engine are that it has a sprightly vim to its demeanour that encourages you to press on SR2 was under development for three years prior to its launch last year and a few changes of ownership, Roadrunner Racing now looks to have found a settled future. Mike Longstaff appears to have the right attitude towards running a kit car business and looks set to be in it for the long haul.
Westfield may have been first off the blocks back in , but the subsequent arrival of the MEV Exocet and imminent appearance of more MX-5 based sevenesque cars from MNR and Saturn Sportscars reaffirm the trend. E: info roadrunnerracing. HU15 2PR. Just plus vat, gets you this complete chassis with everything supplied and fitted for you, as shown here. This comprehensive package will put you well on the way to achieving a car like the one below, the Tiger Avon. You can purchase further individual components in stages to suit your build time or budget.
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Stop dreaming Of particularly interest for racing and regular track day uses, these engines are easily tuned to give massive power with consistent reliability, meaning cheaper running costs and more track time. As part of our service we can supply engines built to specific application requirements with dry sump oil control, air induction, exhaust manifolds solutions, competition clutches and so on.
Tel E-mail sales gdcars. Have your say about anything that takes your fancy, although kit car related would be a bonus! February had a letter from Northern Ireland about kits, and your answer included an observation about how difficult it was in the Republic of Ireland in regards to kits. Yes, it was. This enables all members to get quotes and policies whatever the type of kit.
Cheap, no — but it is affordable and the door is now cracked open so other companies will have to follow. Just ask around for Noel Thompson at Mondello Park race circuit if you are having problems.
Someone there will point you in the right direction. I picked up CKC from the newsagents and read your editorial about electric kit cars with a smile February It is something of an experimental vehicle, rather than a thing of beauty, but it has allowed me to try a completely battery powered vehicle and also to build a unique anti-roll suspension system which I have invented but not yet patented.
In researching and building, I have learned an awful lot about all aspects of EVs, from the battery tech alternatives to the realities of using an EV in the real world. The original intention had been to drive to work 25 miles away, which I have done on only seven occasions. This proved too much for the batteries, draining them to just about flat, which is one of the no-go areas of EV use.
It would be very easy to believe that with the major manufacturers pouring money into EVs that there is an inevitability about our motoring future. My view is that none of the current battery alternatives are good enough or cheap enough in terms of initial and replacement costs to cover anything other than local running.
My own vehicle, meanwhile, cost. Thanks for the lead, Tony. Great magazine, keep up the good work, but what about a mention of the kit car scene in Northern Ireland?
I think legislation will be the defining factor. Hopefully, the opportunity to create great one-offs like the Warner R4 and the Motaleira will still exist. Thanks for another great year of magazines, keep up the great work!
Mike Stener, via e-mail. We too wondered whether the Fifth Gear verdict on the Westfield would have been different if Tiff had driven it! The full range of Mikalor products is available from Anyclamp. Colin Gamble, County Antrim Andrew Kirk has built his own electric trike, and found it unsuitable for the commuting he.
So keep in touch! He seems very keen on the EV concept and might well provide much better information for an article than I could! Andrew Kirk, via e-mail. E: ian performancepublishing. Alex Scullion, via e-mail. Thanks for your kind words about the magazine. Gordon Hick had a Midge like this. Then he stuck on an octagon!
I agree fully with Tiff Needell on pretending that a fake is the real thing January I would not like copies of my car, the Olme Spyder, around. Be proud of what you have in its own right. If you have a copy that will outperform the original, there is no need to pretend. If you have a lookalike, make your own badges. In one county in Sweden, the county symbol is a decorated wooden horse.
Every one knows it is not the original. Ove Bengtsson, Sweden. I studiously avoided adding an MG badge as it was not an MG, even though the kg missile could leave an early Healey and a Triumph in the lanes with its 39bhp Triumph Herald engine. White Dove Garages, who were selling the plans for the Midge, with litigation which would have bankrupted them even if they won. Not surprisingly this did not happen. I have despised BMW for their needless bullying tactics ever since and have looked on BMW owners in much the same way.
I would rather have a Matiz as my sporting alternative in fact, I have a 14year old or-so-thousand mile Fisher Fury. I would never consider any of the, undoubtedly good, kits using BMW parts as I would not wish to put a penny towards any BMW spares which I would need.
I was always proud of the fact that I had built the Midge and did not see any point in trying to pass it off as anything other than a JC Midge. This is a view by which I still stand.
Keep up the good work with the magazine and the track days. I am about to start building a Westfield Mazda SDV which is based on a Mazda MX-5 and, as I have all your magazine back numbers to about , I was wondering if you had done a road test or review of this model? I am still looking for my donor. Have you had any luck yet finding one for your Exocet project? Dave Mead, via e-mail. We have now found our MX-5, as you can read on page In general, we found that the Auto Trader website was a cheaper source than eBay, but the car we eventually bought came from the auction website — Ed.
It was a couple of years ago now that, when considering a new kit car build, I looked at the. The technical articles from John Dickens would Should these logos be seen on replicas? It appears that most think not! The website is excellent too. Nigel Fozard, via e-mail. There are very few kit cars there really blow me away when I drive them for the first time, but the V-Storm certainly did. Why the differences of opinion between ourselves and Track Driver? Regardless of the fact that different drivers may naturally come to different conclusions, theirs was a track test, and ours was a road test.
In such wildly differing test environments any comparison is pretty tenuous. That said, I appreciate that some cars work well in both environments, and I seriously doubt the SDR would be a disappointment on circuit The iRacer will cost competitors 26 www.
Raw Phoenix changes required to meet its stringent competition safety measures, and RTR was delighted that the recommendations most notably rollcage requirements could be easily met.
The show car was awaiting installation of an Omex developed supercharged Duratec engine and gearbox combo expected to deliver over bhp in its ultimate guise. A bhp Hayabusa turbo is in the demo car, but other bike engines can be utilised, along with a Duratec car engine if so desired.
Sadly no F road car to look over since the company took over the model from Chris Marsh ex Marcos of Farbio, but it will be interesting to see how it develops over the next twelve months. Not likely. All of the bodywork has been tweaked to include full returns to improve fitment and quality. The nosecone aperture has been enlarged and the rear body clip has seen. E: info quantumcars. At the rear, the recess for the spare wheel has been deleted for a smoother appearance.
Under the bonnet of the demo car is a brand new bhp supercharged Zetec developed by Omex Power and the company is concentrating on the Zetec engine in various performance guises as its main fitment. In addition to the new offers from both Quantum and Raw already mentioned, six other established manufacturers came along to form an impressive group presentation Latest Joyrider looked fun. Deronda — The Audi engined Deronda has always caught our eye, and impressed us when we first drove it in The styling is contemporary and the performance potential is massive.
A new green and black colour scheme looked terrific, while the V-Storm also featured smoked side panels over the previously exposed side chassis rails.
The effect was striking and worked well. Probably makes the trip to IVA slightly easier too! Quality of the body panels is very high and the panel shuts are tight and nicely thought out. We found this K1 Attack on the Race4slovakia stand. The company provides racing instruction and race car rental using K1s in Slovakia. The new car will be competing in the UK and across Europe. Special features include an integral roll cage and many other upgrades, including a special deal with Proflex to supply 3-way adjustable dampers for the cars.
Kit Spares, the parts division of GBS was also on display, and the company will be adding new products everyday over the coming weeks to the website.
Recent additions include a full range of Smiths gauges, Gaz dampers, Gulf oil and a range. Kit Spares can also offer a quick shift for the MT75 gearbox. Toniq reported a successful show with loads of positive new leads for both sales and product supply. One of the big classic car shows of the year kicks off this month, and CKC will be joining several kit car manufacturers in attendance. Of course, the majority will have a replica angle to them, but there are others too, who will be trying Race Retro for the first time in , and that includes us!
But who else can you expect to find at the show which is particularly kit car focused? So if you are wondering about a Jaguar D-Type or C-Type replica, you can see what the finished examples look like here.
However, Star Motor Company will only sell the SS as a built bodyshell, not a basic package of panels. As part of this more upmarket project, the company can now offer replacement floorpans for the Midget, built using the original factory tooling.
There is, of course, a huge amount going on at this event, which takes place at a venue that will be familiar with any kit car enthusiast Highlights include Jaguar E-Type 50th Anniversary — A special display of the most famous racing E-Types alongside other iconic Jaguar models of yesteryear. Italian racing motorbikes — a special display of the very best historic racing bikes. This is a major highlight of the event. These get you entry to everything, so there should be no hidden costs for seeing specific aspects of the show.
Parking is free. E: info livepromotions. Here at Saturn Sports Cars Ltd we are a small family run business who appreciate that there are many car enthusiasts within the United Kingdom who may enjoy or dream of the ultimate car experience but cannot justify the large cost of owning and running similar performing cars. With the road presence and race car performance of the Saturn this will leave the user with an experience that cannot be matched by any other car and will not be forgotten. The Saturn Roadster is based on the Haynes design by Chris Gibbs, and as such Saturn can supply parts from pre-cut chassis packs, complete chassis and wishbone sets, chassis plate sets, RAL coloured gel coat fibre glass body sets or individual parts all for amateur builder of the Haynes Roadster.
Please visit website for further details. Over Phaetons were sold, Sierras and a host of other models came and went over the years. Some may question the quality of what was on offer and the legacy his years of domination left the industry. No one has ever got even close to those numbers, either before or after.
Dutton created a marketplace no one ever knew existed and was arguably the only kit car company, ever, to produce product on an industrial scale. And his motivation was typically gung-ho. Living on the south coast, the local council had just stopped. Red rag to a bull, anyone? He was finding out as he went along. All was fine until Suzuki stopped producing the Samurai, which in turn made it impossible for Dutton to register amphibs on a new plate.
Enter the current Jimny based offering, which has been in production since New dash panel takes place of passenger airbag. Features air temp gauge for the engine bay and switches for the two bilge pumps. Swans unfazed by strange interloper. Latest Dutton Surf features subtle updates over previous Commander. From a production perspective, the mods were time consuming and fiddly, neither of which fit the Dutton ethos, so a major overhaul was needed which also precipitated one or two minor style improvements, such as the new front and rear light units.
And where previous examples were either marketed under the Dutton name if supplied turnkey, or under the Amphijeep name if supplied in kit form, the factory only works under the Dutton name now. So the Dutton Surf now takes the place of the previous Amphijeep Commander.
Three years ago CKC joined Tim Dutton at the Henley Royal Regatta, where we launched the previous model in amongst the rowing boats and were promptly sent packing by the river gestapo. We were in the water for such a short period that it was only Tim and Features Editor Wilkins who took to the water while I took pictures from the riverbank.
This time, I was definitely going boating, but I quite wanted to know how the Surf keeps water out before I took the plunge. Bonded together at the. But as it turns out, there are only three significant holes in the hull because the engine and all its ancillaries sits on the inside, while all of the suspension sits on the outside.
One hole is for the steering shaft to pass through — a simple rubber seal keeps this watertight. But how is drive taken outboard to the four wheels? This is where using a 4-wheel-drive system with a stand alone transfer box makes sense.
The transfer box is a rubber-mounted item within the hull structure, and from which one propshaft goes forward to the front wheels and one back to the retral wheels. But what about drive to the rear mounted jet propulsion system located on the outside of the hull at the back? A belt take-off then drops the drive down to the shaft of the jet drive. I have to admit that as I look down the slipway to the very, very fast moving river Arun, my heart is thumping — this is completely outside of my field of expertise!
Tim has no such worries and, pausing by the waterside, he guides me through the simple exercise of engaging the jet and disengaging the drive to the wheels. But when the opportunity comes, I turn the Surf round and we blitz along in the opposite direction, now benefitting from both the current and jet No issues whatsoever.
Then the jet drive is. Back in more familiar territory, I can relax and take in the surroundings. The complete dash is taken straight from the Jimny and bolted into its new location after the airbags have been removed. The seats are taken straight from the donor, from which the Dutton uses as much as possible. Getting in and out of the Surf is another new experience for me.
As a car, the Surf is quirky. But ignore any grandiose performance plans, and the Surf nips along fine. The ride is acceptable too, and the cornering on our brief run seemed assured within sensible limits. The bottom line is that you are not going to build a Surf for its road-. Depth gauge a novelty item, and good fun. Engine options: Smaller capacity Jimnys were produced, along with a cc diesel version. Stainless spreader plates laminated into bhp.
Steering: Suzuki Jimny rack and steering box. ABS from E: factory amphibiouscars. In those departments it appears more than capable. The kit is supplied in a largely comprehensive manner, with a number of components provided on exchange to Dutton and then pre-fitted to the kit before delivery.
These include both the steering and transfer box, which are all then fitted into the structure, meaning there are no holes through the hull that are left for the customer to seal. Of the companies that Dutton has found that have purported to offer an amphibious car over the years, his has been in production longer than any other and been produced in a volume that can only be exceeded by the original Amphicar. Call our friendly team for the most competitive quotes available and let us treat you like the valued customer you are.
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Sureterm Direct Limited are an independent intermediary dealing with selected insurers and we are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority FSA. Our FSA registration number is The editor rounds up the latest goings-on. On Sunday 13th March club members will be making their way to exhaust specialist Powerspeed www. Several members have already benefited from bespoke systems from the company and the results have been spectacular.
SKCC has also arranged for a few other suppliers to come along, so it should be an interesting day. More details to be found on the club website. But a CKC reader recently highlighted another issue that takes the problem on a slightly different tangent.
Two incidences he showed me involved cars which were advertised as a certain make of Lotus Seven replica, but which were clearly not. Firstly, a car should be correctly registered, and these two examples clearly are not, and secondly, are there issues with any insurance being potentially invalid?
Incorrectly registered vehicles, if identified by the DVLA, could be forced off the road until such time as the registration is corrected, and that may well involve an IVA test. Possibly not an insurmountable problem, but certainly costly. If your kit car. If you have a great story, a gigglesome picture or simply want to get the word out about your club, please contact me. I checked with an insurance company on this and they confirm that if the paperwork stacks up and the owner is unaware of the discrepancy, then the insurance would stand.
So how can you be sure that what you are buying is what you think it is? Get the owner to show you where the chassis number is, and then check it against the V5 document. So while nearly all kit car sales are completely legitimate, it is your responsibility to makes sure the car you buy has all its paperwork in order.
Ignorance may not be a valid excuse if things go wrong, so if you are in any doubt, walk away. I found an utterly uplifting thread on the Pistonheads forum recently which should act as a catalyst for anyone who has forgotten what fun it is to fire up. SG7 Kit Car Club is the seemingly bizarre name of a group based in the Hertfordshire area and, in particular, within the SG postcode area!
Ahh, now it makes sense. As you might expect, there are monthly lunchtime gatherings first. Sunday of the month at the George IV pub in Baldock SG7 6LZ , but also various other dedicated events, such as an annual camping trip, and planned track day and treasure hunt for In addition, the club attends most of the main kit car events and more local shows.
So if you are in the area and fancy meeting up with other local kit car enthusiasts, you know where to find them. Good plan. Having run the car for many years, it. Lost And Found Hopefully! A very poor effort. C-minus, must try harder!