Trickett Mini Sprint, TSK 798, Beslon, Normandy, France

The run up to departure on the Trikett Mini Sprint Normandy trip was a little fraught to say the least!

Originally the RS Fab Discovery was lined up for the trip with the new trailer, but unfortunately the Land Rover had other plans locking itself in Drive with the starter locked out!

Departing on a recovery vehicle to Land Rover, Milton Keynes, a hasty plan was made to get a towbar on the RS Audi Avant for the trip.

Leaving under the cover of night for the drive down to Poole to catch the ferry, RS fabrications was left in the capable hands of Caroline and the lads, headed by Neil.     On route, a tyre on the Bodyshell trailer picked up a puncture 30 miles into the trip, and a quick tyre change was instigated, and then onto Poole to catch the Ferry to Cherbourg.

8 hours later, Towcester to Poole-[4.5 hours in the crossing]-Cherbourg to Belson, Russell and Sarah pulled into Chateau Trickett with TSK 798 [Racing].

Unloading the Bodyshell with Neville, Lara, Russell & Sarah was interesting to say the least, but after getting it into the Chateau/workshop, Neville wasted little time in ripping into it,  removing the roof and staring to lay out cut lines from his various intricate Mini Sprint templates.

Over lunch on the sunday, just 4 days later, the shell was inspected and was in pieces.    Meanwhile back at RS Fab Silverstone, the 1380 Test Mule Engine is taking shape for 199 XVB.

The engine is being assembled to the highest standard with RS performance product for future comparative testing, i.e. comparative to Electric Power [EV], that is not only current but ideal for a small city cars. All this is under intensive development at the RS Fabrications [Skunkworks] facility located in Silverstone, England.

Details will follow, with Dyno Testing, on this interesting Electric Vehicle project.

With a trip back to Mr Trickett, joined by Paul Wiginton in 2 weeks, TSK 798 will be back at RS Fabrications along with 199 XVB, to continue assembly at the Towcester Workshop.

If you require any additional information, do not hesitate to call Russell or Sarah on:- 01327 354445.

Miser Hybrid Technologies Regenerative Transmissions

Miser Hybrid Technologies Managing Director, Alan Macdonald, contacted Russell at RS to assist with the fabrication associated with the development of their regenerative Daf truck transmission project.

Russell and Alan have been associated over the years, working on various Motorsport Projects, so the crossover to the Miser research & development pilot scheme was a mere formality for both parties.

Development has been underway on the Daf at Miser’s Silverstone Factory, adapting the fully automated hydraulic hybrid transmission which incorporates a sophisticated energy recovery/deployment system.

Design and packaging have been major issues with this application, with fabrication duties being undertake by RS Fabrications at their equipped facility in Towcester.

Calibration and testing continues with the UK development truck and as with previous vehicles, results are expected to show the potential of the Miser Technologies System [Ducere Holdings PTY Ltd, South Africa] in this particular patented application.

For further details contact Alan Macdonald at Miser, Silverstone, on:- 01327 317534.

Associated Website:- www.misertransmissions.com

RS Fabrications Trickett Summer Tour 2018

Towcester-Poole-Cherbourg-Beslon. The Trickett Tour Starts here………..

With last years Trickett Mini Sprint 199 XVB in the paintshop, another early 1961 MK 1 shell was sourced by Russell for the RS Fabrications Research  & Development Mini Sprint Electric Vehicle Project.

Designated TSK 798 [Racing], the MK1 Shell was in really good condition, only requiring a new boot floor section, so the decision was made [after much debate] to have Neville Trickett modify the shell into a Classic Mini Sprint for No 2 Chassis on the RS EV Mini Project.

Along with work associated with David Brown Automotive, a designated Classic Mini Bodyshell Trailer was drawn up and manufactured “in house” to aid with the logistics of Bodyshell Transportation and the planned trip to Beslon, Manche, Normandy, France.

  

So, with the Vehicle booked in at Neville’s, it is “off on Tour” for Russell & Sarah to Chateau Trickett, for the the extensive but necessary Sprint modifications this week!

Neville will work his magic in the Chateau [Chop & Channel] for 3 weeks and transform the MK1 shell into the famous Trickett Mini Sprint, the last one to be modified by him this year, prior to Neville & Lara’s sabbatical to Thailand for the winter months.

Meanwhile Trickett Mini Sprint 199 XVB, seen here in the foreground  against a new standard Heritage Shell and below in the Spray Booth, has had a lot time invested into it.

Currently in final paint, White/Black Roof , 199 XVB is having a mule 1380 Power Plant assembled at the RS Fabrications Skunkworks, located at a the RS Fab satellite workshop in Silverstone, where the EV Trickett Sprints and other development vehicles will be assembled and tested over the coming months.

Updates on these projects and the trip to Neville Trickett/France to follow.

Any questions on this or any other RS Fabrications projects, do not hesitate to contact Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445 for additional information.

 

Lancia Stratos Secondary Link Pipe

John [Griff] Griffin contacted RS Fabrications on the availability for  a fabricated Stainless Steel Secondary Link Pipe on his immaculate Lancia V6 Stratos.

The Stratos painstakingly hand assembled by Griff had a temporary link pipe to get the vehicle running but was never the ideal component for the standard of the vehicle.

Obviously discussions between Russell & Griff persued, and the configuration and requirements for the Stratos were difined at this point. It was decided to keep the current manifolds and fabricate a merged Link Pipe to equal up the manifolds secondary lengths on the horizontal V6, mounted in the back of the chassis. Down the road, tubular equal length manifolds will follow in the development of this Vehicle.

Cost is always an issue with quality fabricated components, and Russell reminded Griff that the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben 10 took up the duties on this one, and hand fabricated the Link Pipe section with the merged 2 into 1 collector using 316 stainless steel mandrel bends and laser cut flanges as required.

All items were gas purged and tig welded, by Ben, to the highest standard.

Results have been “very favourable” as Griff  mentioned, particularly after a Rally Forest Section where the exhaust note from the V6 echoed through the trees on the rally stage.

The Stratos is expected back at RS Fabrications for the V6 Tubular Manifold at a later date, update to follow.

For further information contact either Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445

Tickett Mini Sprint Bodyshell pick-up from Neville, Beslon, France.

cimg9603It was an early start Friday morning for the run down to Poole to catch the 8.30am Ferry to Cherbourg.

Running the Silverstone Car Sourcing Fiat Flatbed for the trip, once boarded, it was Full English and then head down in the Cabin.

Just over 4 hours and off at Cherbourg, the 1.5 hour run to Beslon was hassle free on the empty french roads and arrived at Manoir de l’Acherie in Sainte Cecile, a delightful Hotel just outside Beslon.

Neville Trickett had completed the MK 1 Sprint Shell and it was a delight to see his work, expertise and effort that he had put into the Mini in the front room of his Chateau. You appreciate what goes on behind the weathered front doors, it really is a class act!!

It was then Load up, strap down, cover up and a quick bite of lunch with Neville, and then back on the road for the return tip to Cherbourg, obviously stopping for Fuel, Foie Gras & as much Red Wine that would fit into the cab of the Fiat Flatbead.

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Back at RS Fabrications, the Sprint Shell was unloaded set up for the work to continue.cimg9742

Neville has sectioned the shell, roof height and body height [Channeled], then tacked the Mk1 back together.

Doors, Bonnet and Boot have all had the same treatment, being sectioned to fit back onto the shell.

Welding and finishing of all the seams will be completed, and then it will be many hours to prepare the shell for Paint.

 

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Final specification of the Trickett Mini Sprint are still to be determined, but the immediate decisions are for the spec on the subframes, suspension and running gear.

For any information or requests regarding The Trickett Mini Sprint, or similar projects, do not hesitate to call Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445

Jensen Bodyshell Preparation, JIA & RS Fabrications Joint Venture

cimg9289Jensen International Automotive, the creators of the reworked Jensen Interceptors, have hit a new production milestone.

With Customer Vehicles leaving, and the Bodyshop & Spraybooth up to full capacity at the RS Fabrications facility in Towcester, JIA currently have Qty 3 BodyShells, in bare metal, at various stages of completion in Towcester with other interceptor vehicles arriving as the production schedule permits.

“We have a Interceptor R, an FF Jensen [4 Wheel Drive Derivative] and a Convertible R in the workshop at present, along with a customer Jensen Interceptor S in the Spraybooth, having had a new Front Panel and Roof Skin” commented Russell.

“These are all customer ordered Vehicles and we have a planned new model coming soon the Jensen Interceptor RS. This Sport GT Jensen is currently in the JIA Technical Centre Banbury for the additional RS specification upgrades.  The Interceptor RS [Sport/Retro Race Jensen] is anticipated for the end of the year, specification to follow on a future RS Fab web update. Consequently the JIA/RS workshop is at full capacity with Jensen vehicle production & Jensen RS performance development” he continued.

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Most donor vehicles require extensive body rework and it is a painstakingly slow process to bring the shell back to required standard. Jensen Body Panels/Parts can be obtained, but the majority of smaller bodyshell components have to be hand fabricated in the RS Fabrications workshop, prior to Bodywork prep and quality vehicle paint & finish.

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Further Jensen Bodyshell & Jensen Interceptor RS updates To follow:-

RS Trickett Mini Sprint, Work in Progress with Neville Trickett.

cimg9328aAnother weekend another Mini Project.

With a trip down to Normandy with the current RS MK 1 Mini Bodyshell and a pre-arranged booking with Neville Trickett, the RS Trickett Mini Sprint is moving forward.

” I am really fortunate to be able to get in contact with Neville and for him to work on our Mini and make it into a Trickett Mini Sprint” commented Russell.

“Sarah and I drove to Beslon, Normandy with a Flatbed Truck to meet up with Neville & Lara at Le Chateau de St Fraguaire, where the Mini will be modified by Neville [now 82 years old] in the front room of the 16th Century building. The 1963 MK1 Shell just fitted through the double front doors, on a dolley and wooden runners,” he continued.

cimg9337The Chateau, come Workshop, will be home for the RS Mini Sprint for the next 5 weeks.

The Shell has spent the last 6 weeks at RS Fabrications undergoing extensive work, new Floor and Boot Panels, RH Rear 1/4 Panel, Inner Wheel Arches, Door Skins and complete Front End with new MK 1 Bonnet. As we know, you cannot purchase a new correct MK1 Shell, even from the Heritage, so the work involved is the only alternative.

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After Blasting the Shell, the Mini spent 6 weeks at RS Fabrications with Fabricators manufacturing Body Spits and a Supporting Triangulated internal Frame. The Frame was then welded into the Door Apertures, prior to removing the floor and boot panel to hold the shell together. All other panels were Spot Welded/Mig Welded into place in succession, before the scheduled departure to France last Friday, via Cherbourg.

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Hard to believe that 50 odd Years later Trickett is still producing the Sprint, a far cry from 1965 with Neville [Right] seen here having a casual chat with Sterling Moss.moss-ms-e side-view-ms-egallery-1479479727-gt-sprint-pic-3s-1a

The results are amazing, as seen in these period pictures, with Russell & Sarah looking forward to the return trip to France to collect the Sprint from Neville & Lara.

More Details to follow:-

Silverstone Charity Morning Out, Ton Upp [100 UPP Reg] Reunited

cimg9139Russell & Pete came together again over the 100 UPP reg number, currently on the RS 550 Spyder.

On a previous adventure, Russell & Pete collaborated, manipulated & fought, for the registration number 100 UPP, with the goal to extract the registration from Pete’s grasp,!!

” It was over a 2 year period that I had to debate and haggle with Pete over the number plate, the one that he had previously owned for 39 years” said Russell, ” so it was only fitting for Pete to be reunited with 100 UPP at the charity event, at Silverstone with Black n Rounds, even though the reg was on the RS Spyder and not Pete’s MKII Jag” !!

Pete drove the RS 550 Spyder from Towcester to Silverstone, with Russell taking on the duties with N440 RS, The RS Fabrications 4.3 Aston Martin Vantage, [traction control off]!!

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David Lane was in attendance with his immaculate White 912 Porsche, so fun for all.  Well we say that, but David, the previous owner of the RS 550 Spyder [Obviously without 100 UPP Registration Plate], looked in dismay at the attention the Spyder was getting, especially with the new RS fabrications Performance Exhaust System.

I’ve never seen a grown man cry in public when he sees his previous” commented Russell ” but maybe it has something to do with David’s lack of sleep, and the 10 week old Baby Lane” he continued. At least not as bad as the Grouse Shooting adventure, Lol!!

 

cimg9133aBack at RS Fabrications, work continues with all sorts of fabrication work. Jensen Interceptor Bodyshell manufacture is moving forward with Qty 2 Bodyshells under construction and Mercedes [Top Secret], Wipac and Individual Customer work being undertaken.

Mrs V seems quite happy with her Porsche Boxter S, KISS SJV obviously, so it seems like the Smart Car will have to move on, no loss there then!!

 

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Jensen Interceptor work continues with RS Fabrications in Towcester [Body Preparation & Paintwork], and in Banbury with Jensen International Automotive, Vehicle Build, Road Test & Commission of High Quality Jensen Interceptor Performance vehicles.

Contact:-

Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445 for further information.

alternatively,  Durran Heslop, at Jensen International Automotive

www.jensen-sales.com

Much Ado about Nothing!!

jensen_may_4th_2017__17100 UPP was in the workshop for a new equal length RS Fabrications exhaust. Ben 10 performed the magic and produced a special performance exhaust for the Martin & Walker 550 Spyder, Russell’s latest acquisition!!

“Ben was tasked to fabricate the Exhaust System for the Spyder, and to be fair the detail was second to none, as expected” Russell reported ” the primaries being of equal length, along with the custom silencers, was a challenge to fit into the 550,s chassis/engine configuration, but completed to the highest standard in the workshop!” 

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Happy days, as the install was completed in time for a run to the trimmer for a new Tonneau Cover, fitted by “Jerry the Trim” down in Weston on the Green.

cimg9065On another note, a recent trip to Santa Pod with the Jensen International demonstrater ended in a “no recorded time” finish.

Michael helped with setting the Vehicle up with Video & Data recording equipment, and with a few practice launches under his belt, Russell proceeded to the start box, after a brief tyre warming process. Green Lights and 480 BHP off the line, the poor Salisbury Diff said “enough is enough” and left for the day!! Bugger!!

Back to the Jensen International Automotive workshop, where the JIA Technicians changed the differential for a suitable replacement for the next adventure.

To be fair KEA 29N has received relentless abuse at various racetracks around the country, so it was time for some TLC back at Jensen International, differential, vital signs etc.

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Production continues on the Jensen Interceptors, with full on bodyshell manufacture at RS Fabrications in Towcester and intense vehicle assembly at JIA in Banbury, with 9 Vehicles currently under construction, normally aspirated, supercharged and 4 X 4 variants.

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A new Supercharged Jensen Interceptor demonstrator is in the JIA build schedule for The Goodwood Festival of Speed, at the end of June, and a rare RHD Convertible Jensen Interceptor has become available for sale, reluctantly from the owner.

With only 86 RHD Convertibles being manufacture in period, it is a very desirable and sort after modern interpretation of the Classic Jensen Interceptor Convertible.

Please contact Durran Hislop at JIA for further Jensen sales information :-

www.jensen-sales.com

0845 519 5265

01844 210652

 

 

RS Fabrications & Jensen International Automotive Joint Venture

cimg8761aRS Fabrications and Jensen International Automotive have formed a partnership in the manufacture of the Jensen Interceptor, currently being built at the JIA facility in Banbury.

Russell, Sarah and David Duerden [JIA MD] have enjoyed a long business relationship over past 8 years with various components being manufactured at RS Fabrications , Towcester, see previous web updates.

“Exciting times on this collaboration” commented Russell, “RS Fabrications have taken over the body shell rebuilds on all vehicles, incorporating a dedicated Bodyshop at RS Fabrications, and I will be sharing my management duties between RS Fab and JIA, with Sarah & David supporting me at both facilities”. he continued.

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cimg8714aThe Business Association started at the Race Retro 2017 Show at Stoneleigh, back in February, with the launch of new product.

The Porsche GT2 was a project undertaken by JIA, with RS Fabrications taking on the duties with the Turbo, Intercooler & Exhaust installation on the 650 BHP 911.

Russell was present on the Jensen Stand with David Duerden and Durran Heslop [JIA Sales/Marketing], liaising with customers and fellow industry associates throughout the weekend, along with a steady stream of Motorsport/Classic Vehicle Enthusiasts over the 3 day event.

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The Range Rover, currently under construction in Banbury, will be on display along with the GT2 and Jensen Interceptors at Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, with Jensen International Automotive displaying a 3 Vehicle lineup over the 4 day event.

For Further information please contact:-

Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445

Altensativley, David  or Durran on 0845 519 5265 at Jensen International Automotive,

info@jensen-sales.com