A morning on the Ramps! – Saturday 10th, October

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 15-09-2015

photo cars on ramp 1Come and join us on Saturday, 10th October from 9.00am until 1.00pm at Topcats Racing’s 10,000sq.ft custom built workshop where you will have the opportunity to put your car up on one of our ramps for a free inspection with one of our engineers who have been servicing and engineering TVR’s and prestige sports cars since 2002 as well as engineering our ‘state of the art’ race cars.
Workshop ready for FPLThe ramps will be made available for the duration of the event and drivers will be able to inspect their car with the engineer, ask questions and get expert advice as well as tips for those who like to do some car maintenance themselves.
Once we have an idea of how many would like to join our event we will open a booking form so that drivers can choose a slot.
Please email me at charlotte@topcatsracing.com if you would like to book.
An event will be opened on our Facebook page: Topcatsracing and friends will be invited to attend. If you plan to join us, it would help us if you could respond.

Those that are waiting, just visiting or have already had their car inspected can enjoy refreshments and bacon rolls from our Mezzanine café or enjoy a wander around some of the exciting project, customer and race cars we will have on display including Steve Glynn’s TVR Sagaris which is currently leading the championship overall in the Britcar Trophy.

PHSSTopcatsracing_03[1]All visitors to the event will receive a Topcats Club Membership Card.
If our club member books their car for any work with Topcats Racing before the end of March 2016 it will entitle the holder to a 10% discount on labour* including the initial booking until the end of 2016. Discount will be applied to all repair and maintenance work, rebuilds incl. V8 engines, gearboxes and diffs, car set up and upgrades.
Our customers who have had work done by Topcats Racing since 1st September 2014 will automatically receive Club Membership and 10% discount.
We plan to introduce additional benefits and offers to our members throughout the year which will be announced through our website: www.topcatsracing.com (you will need to subscribe if you would like to receive notifications and news) and on our facebook page: Topcatsracing.
Cars outside workshopWe look forward to seeing you then!

*Does not include our very competitive fixed price service menu, body repairs, MOT or LS engine conversions, however, they will entitle you to the 10% discount for future work. Our current labour rate is £58+VAT per hour. Labour rate will remain fixed until at least April 2016.

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Topcats Racing take their first referral orders for the brand new TVR launching in 2017!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 08-07-2015

The perfect combination

The perfect combination

Since the exciting news that TVR are now taking deposits, as of yesterday, prior to the launch of their first brand new car in 2017, if that news wasn’t enough, there is still more to incentivise new customers. With the excitement and anticipation surrounding it’s imminent arrival, the response from customers has been overwhelming, prompting TVR to open the books early and take deposits from those who are chomping at the bit to be the first owners of a car that will take the sports car market by storm!

Once customers are on the list they will have the option to choose the Launch Edition, or LE, which will be a limited run with extra specification and special features at a discounted price against the usual list price for that specification, to celebrate the marque’s return to production in its 70th birthday year.

TVR are rewarding loyal TVR owners too. Anyone who has been a member of the TVRCC for more tham 6 months will be entitled to pay a reduced deposit of just £2500 instead of £5000 with the promise of some of the first cars to be released and are likely to be much coveted. This offer lasts until the end of July so you’ll have to move fast!

TVR are at pains to make clear that customers deposits are safe and that TVR are here stay but if that isn’t reassurance enough customers have the option to pay by credit card, thus your payment will be guaranteed by the credit card company.

As members of the TVR Network, Topcats Racing have already taken 4 orders on referral on behalf of customers and welcome further enquiries. If you wish us to assist you with help and advice on a potential purchase we will be very happy to hear from you!

So, what are you waiting for!?…..

 

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TVR join forces with Gordon Murray Designs and Cosworth as they Roar Back!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 03-06-2015

Les Edgar and Gordon Murray

Les Edgar and Gordon Murray

News was released late last night direct from TVR that will now silence the doubters as to the return of the iconic British sports car manufacturer. This jewel-encrusted revelation cites the production of its new cars in 2017 in collaboration with non other than Gordon Murray Designs using their iStream technology and Cosworth! Quite simply, this is fantastic news for all who share a love for the marque. I am sure that you will join us is putting the full force of our support behind, Les Edgar and his team, Gordon Murray Designs and Cosworth for the future. Please follow the link to read more: http://tvr.co.uk/noise/newcar ‪#‎TVR‬ ‪#‎GordonMurrayDesigns‬ ‪#‎Cosworth‬ ‪#‎RoaringBack

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Topcats Racing join the new TVR Network!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 26-05-2015

HeritageWith exciting new developments happening at TVR Manufacturing and the launch of their TVR Heritage and Performance Network, we are pleased to confirm that we are a TVR Manufacturing Network Member and are listed for both Heritage and Performance categories.

PerformanceWhilst nothing changes for our customers, it will help us to continue to offer great service and value for money for the care of our customers TVR’s and affirms us as one of the leading TVR specialists in the UK.

We are proud to be recognised by TVR Manufacturing and look forward to the future with them.

Please go to the following link to view our profile: http://tvr.co.uk/network/members/24/profile

 

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Topcats narrowly miss out on wins in first Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 25-05-2015

Lambo line upTopcats Racing and driver Neil Huggins narrowly missed out on a double win this weekend after Saturdays first race saw them make a fantastic climb up the leader board into P2 and chasing the lead car before the Lamborghini Super Trofeo cut out with just half a lap to the end of the race.

With two separate qualifying sessions for both races, Huggins really clicked with his new car in 2nd qualifying to secure P2 on the grid for race two.

After a less than perfect getaway from the green light in Sundays 50 minute Lamborghini Super Trofeo race and a cautious opening couple of laps because of unfamiliarity with cold tyres, Neil Huggins dropped to 5th in class with a big 100 metre gap to make up. As soon as Huggins was confident with the tyres he began to close in on the leading pack. Within 3 laps he had halved the gap and drizzle set in. Huggins really came alive whilst the competition started to fall back into… Neil’s clutches. Huggins managed to pass 3 of his Gallardo Lambo thru fencechallengers before his mandatory pitstop and by the time all the pitstops had played out Huggins was up into P2 and challenging for P1 and quickest on track. With 10 minutes remaining Huggins was making a concerted effort to overtake the class leader and made several attempts to get down the inside into the corners but the worsening wet weather conditions were making each attempt more precarious as all cars were still on slick tyres. A move into Copse to out brake his opponent cost him in the end and he spun into the gravel. It ended his chance of winning but was able to return to the track to finish the race. Despite the final result, Huggins has definitely been noticed and although this was to be a one off for the year with Blancpain, Huggins has unfinished business….

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

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Topcats Lamborghini Super Trofeo out with the big boys at Blancpain Series Silverstone this weekend!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 22-05-2015

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Topcats Racing headed for Silverstone yesterday afternoon for the Blancpain Series with the Lamborghini Super Trofeo which takes place this weekend. It will be driver, Neil Huggins, maiden entry to the series with his new car. He has so far had one chance to learn the car in preparation for this big event by competing in the Britcar Trophy, collecting 2nd and 3rd overall. This will be a much greater challenge and we wish him fun and success this weekend!

First test session has started as this news is published and we will keep you posted this weekend!

Blancpain Series timetable attached: http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/images/results/47/Blancpain%20Endurance%20Series%20-%20Silverstone%20-%20Detailed%20Timetable%20-Draft%201.pdf

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Topcats Racing host Pistonheads Sunday Service on May 31st!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News | Posted on 14-05-2015

20140629_135631 (2)We’ve been sitting on this news for months, busting to let everyone know that we have been chosen as a venue to host the hugely popular Pistonheads Sunday Service on 31st May! It’s a big undertaking as we now share the calendar with the likes of Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Porsche, Mercedes Benz World and Goodwood. No pressure then! Preparations for the event are underway……we’ll put on a great show! All 250 available places were taken within 3-4 hours of the event release going live and there are another 125 cars on the reserve list!

http://www.pistonheads.com/calendar/event.asp?i=57101

 

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Topcats sister Marcos Mantis’s make it home together with podium finishes for the Silverstone 24hr!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 29-04-2015

Two very battered Marcos's cross the line together

Two very battered Marcos’s cross the line together

Topcats Racing are equipped to deal with every eventuality for a 24hr race and it was just well. It was a test of the teams skills that while most teams would have packed up their tools, Topcats were rebuilding  crashed cars, engines and various components from the pit garage floor to get both cars to the finish line!

Right from the beginning, both Topcats Marcos Mantis cars were cursed with a swathe of punctures (5 in total) in the opening 2 hours of the race whilst all the other cars inexplicably got away scott free! This put both cars on the back foot with much work to try and regain their 7th and 8th place starting positions whilst still harbouring aspirations to finish in the top 3 overall.

Both cars had had diff rebuilds in preparation for the race but sometimes things are best left alone as a newly replaced bearing failed for car 17 driven by Joachim Bolting, Nigel Pike, Paul Black and Pat Gormley.

The team were well prepared though and a fresh diff was ready and waiting to be installed whilst the outgoing one was rebuilt straight away just in case! The lengthy stop dropped the team to the bottom of the leader board and would take several hours and into the night before they would start making significant ascent past the opposition.

Grid walkabout

Grid walkabout

Meanwhile, drivers of sister car No.15, Paul Stephens, Gerry Taylor, Owen O’Neill and Neil Huggins were very much in the mix and about to take class lead and back up to 9th overall. Taylor was at the helm to enjoy the mornings first daylight hours. Having caught the Speedworks Aston Martin, he passed on the inside before the pit entry whilst the Aston was wide on the outside. The Aston Martin cut sharply across the track to make the pit entrance but hit Taylor hard shunting him nose first into the pit wall.

The whole front end of the car incl. suspension was destroyed as was the top end of the engine and it took 4 hours and 30 minutes to rebuild. This was a quicker option than installing a whole new engine that was sitting in a box at the back of the garage.  There was no question at all that the team would ensure both cars would cross the finish line and clinging on to the hope that there was still a chance of a class podium was enough motivation.

Grid girl

Grid girl

 

By now, Car 17 had moved into P2 in class behind the new V8 Marc Cars Australia.

A waiting game was all that was required for Car 15 in the end to steal P3 from the Marc Cars sister car which was taken out by its own stable mate on Sunday morning and had to retire. As that car gradually trickled down the leaderboard, Car 15 leapfrogged to take P3 in class on the last lap!

A fitting end to the race for the team was a formation finish for the sister Marcos cars as they crossed the finish line.

Team and drivers were delighted to have all 8 of its drivers on the podium to receive their trophies.

To view photo albums of the race please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/garyharman/sets/72157649848266284/with/17095245910/ and

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s5thghh7tyk1fi6/AACq5i9XbWJ8xpJgevlbHb5ka?dl=0 and

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b5sjfqylqx78qpx/AACsm-lmQwPKVEv26QsOebbra?oref=e&n=214520485#/

Report for the Trophy Race with Neil Huggins (Lamborghini Super Trofeo) and Steve Glynn (TVR Sagaris) to follow.

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Getting to the V8UK Full Power Launch this Sunday!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News | Posted on 07-04-2015

Topcats Site mapSunday and the V8UK Full Power Launch is fast coming upon us! To guide you to the workshop, here is a site map. Event opens at 9am. Some parking spaces will be reserved for our customer display cars in the car park but this will be marked out. Early birds get the remaining parking spaces. Additional parking will be available in CS Group’s car park and you will also be able to park along the long road in front of the workshop in single file in order to allow flow of traffic. Finally, please drive carefully once you are on site as it is privately owned. We look forward to seeing you then!

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Count Down to the Full Power Launch!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 31-03-2015

Convoy (2)As we near the V8UK Full Power Launch on Sunday 12th April, we can confirm that a fabulous 20 mile convoy route through the Buckinghamshire countryside, all with left hand turns only to keep the convoy together and some strategically placed people at the junctions to ensure a continuous flow from the Topcats workshop has been set. To record the occasion we will have not only a helicopter but also a drone to film the full length of the convoy before it sets off. We have a 1 1/2 mile avenue on a private estate to enable us to get all cars into formation. We will have a range of V8 products on display including engines on stands, upgrades and parts for your car. Photographer artist, Richard Duckham will be on hand to take photos of your pride and joy and work his magic to make it look truly spectacular. You will be able to purchase the images from a range of different formats incl. banners and canvases. Competitions and prizes will be awarded by the V8UK Club. A catering unit will be here to sell bacon rolls in the morning and fish and chips and burgers for lunch! Free tea and coffee until finishing time at about 2pm. Let’s see how long we can make this convoy! See you there!

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