Topcats Racing look forward to welcoming Corvette owners to their workshop facility at Westcott Venture Park tomorrow morning from 10am for breakfast, refreshments, a social gathering, a browse around our workshop and cars and ramp inspections for customers cars with our engineers. All Corvette owners welcome. Automatic entry at the security gate for those who arrive in one!
Topcats are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a number of events at their workshop this year but stay tuned as other dates may be added. We look forward to seeing you!
Just 2 days until Christmas and we are still very busy in the workshop. 2016 has been our best year since Topcats Racing began; servicing, repairing and delivering performance upgrades to more customers than ever before.
We have big plans for next year and we believe that by continuing to invest in services for our customers, coupled with ensuring the highest levels of customer satisfaction, we can have another great year in 2017.
We are setting new dates for our calendar of events for next year including TVR Noughties, Corvette Car Club and our own ramp days and we will announce these in the coming weeks.
TVR will, at last, be unveiling the production car that we have all been waiting for in the New Year, with exclusive first viewing for us as Network Members and our deposit holder customers. We are very excited that we will have one at our workshop available for customers to view and demo.
Finally, whilst it has been a good year for us, we cannot ignore the atrocities that are destroying the lives of families in Syria, Yemen and surrounding countries. This year we have chosen to donate £350 to the Syria and Yemen Crisis appeals.
That just leaves us to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
As we ready our venue for the arrival of approximately 200 cars of all makes, models, shapes, sizes and power, we look forward to showing you some of the things that we have going on in our workshop at the moment; TVR LS conversions in progress, completed ones, the infamous 753bhp LS9 Lingenfelter supercharged TVR Sagaris being prepped for the Brighton Speed Trials next weekend, an insane turbocharged Hemi Jeep and a range of other project cars, to which we have worked our magic, that will either be in our workshop or turning up to show off for the event.
We are TVR and Corvette specialists and we specialise in most V8 powered cars. If you want any advice or help with your car, team boss Warren Gilbert will be on hand. Just look for the Topcats shirt!
For the early risers, breakfast bacon or sausage rolls will be ready and waiting and available to purchase when you arrive as will burgers and snacks for the lunchtimers. Free tea, coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be available all morning.
If you haven’t made your mind up what to do this Sunday morning, log on here and sign yourself up! http://www.pistonheads.com/news/general/topcats-racing-sunday-service-28-08/34819
We look forward to seeing you!
Our first Corvette Car Club ‘Saturday Surgery’ went down a storm on Saturday, 14th May. Our ramps were busy all morning and until gone 2pm with free inspections, diagnosing, fault finding and offering advice to Corvette Owner Members of the Corvette Club UK. Thank you to all 40+ Corvette owners who joined us to benefit from our engineers advice and enjoy free bacon rolls and refreshments. Here’s a great selection of pictures that capture the day.
What a monster event yesterday with the V8UK Full Power Launch 2016! This year’s event exceeded even last years numbers with over 300 cars arriving at Topcats Racing’s workshop facility near Aylesbury, Bucks!
With fantastic weather again, pumping music, V8 noise, food, drink and a dyno to enthral the crowds, which by the way was won by a stunning Camaro blowing the away the nearest rival by 125bhp with a staggering 749bhp!, it was impossible not to have a great time. The highlight? The convoy which may well be one of the biggest in the UK! It snaked up and over the Buckinghamshire hills and through the villages bringing people out of their houses to investigate the rumble! The response was great with waves and thumbs up! Thank you to all the drivers who drove carefully and with respect en route and back to Topcats Racing to enjoy the afternoon in the sunshine.
We would like to thank the boys from the V8UK Club for allowing us to host again this year.
A very big thank you to all those who took the time to make their cars beautiful and bring them to us for the event, some of whom had travelled far to get here. We were delighted to see our TVR, Corvette and Camaro guys arrive in force as well as all others who brought their amazing machines for everyone to view in wonderment!
Just 2 weeks until we host our 2nd Full Power Launch for the V8UK Club on Sunday, 3rd April from 9am until 1pm. Last year we had a ball! The convoy that we ran from our facilities was 1 1/2 miles long from nose to tail through beautiful, winding countryside. The number and range of cars that arrived was spectacular and again this year we will have our own exotic range of race and road cars on display. New this year will be the dyno run to test the most (and least!) powerful c…ars for those that have booked a slot. Please check with V8UK if you would like to book depending on availability.
There will be a number of awards for competitions; favourite car etc.
Bacon and sausage rolls, burgers etc. will be available to purchase on site.Refreshments will be complimentary. Accuweather predicts a dry and sunny day, just like last year so fingers crossed. We look forward to welcoming you on the 3rd April!
1020, Westcott Venture Park
Bucks. HP18 0XB / 0NP – Location depends on your SatNav system as some will take you to other places nearby. Please check on Google maps for location before you set off. (A41 between Aylesbury and Bicester).
IMPORTANT: Please be aware that we are located on a private estate with CCTV covering the road infrastructure throughout. Please respect the speed limits and driving etiquette required. Tyre marks from donuts in other businesses car parks are hard to explain on Monday morning! Good feedback means that we can continue to host here. Thank you.
We are very pleased to announce our association with the following clubs and organisations and will be hosting an exciting calendar of events for them at our workshop facility this year.
Sunday, 3rd April V8UK Full Power Launch
Overview: We hosted this event for the first time last year and the turnout was overwhelming! As part of the event a convoy was organised, starting from our workshop. From top to tail it measured over 1.5 miles long! The range of cars that attend are vast and eclectic to say the least with hot rods, TVR’s, Camaro’s, Corvettes, Mustangs, pick-ups and everything in between. This year again we will hold rev-offs and some competitions. New for this year, we will have a mobile dyno to see who will be king of the horsepower….you can bet it will be huge!! Please contact Ralph (email@example.com)or Andy (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to book your car into the dyno competition.
Go to: www.V8UK.com
Saturday, 14th May Corvette Club UK
Overview: We are hosting an event for the club for the first time having established a great customer base with Corvette owners over the last few years. We are well renowned with the Corvette power plant and will have completed our 25th conversion into a TVR road car this month. A number of our Corvette powered machines will be on display as well as some of our customer cars. All Corvette Car Club members are welcome from across the country. If you would like to attend but are not yet a member please contact Mark Eaton on 07542 897905. For further details about the event please contact Thames Valley RO, Alan Lewis on 07887 508021. Go to: www.corvetteclub.org.uk
Saturday, 18th June Supercar Driver – The Supercar Owners Club
Overview: Our first time hosting this event, we are pleased to be included this year into the clubs highly exclusive calendar of events. The event is open to members of the club only. Please check out their qualifying car list to see if your car is eligible in order to become a member. Go to: http://www.supercar-driver.com
Saturday, 9th July Big Bad Wedgefest
Overview: This event has been going since 2004! The greatest wedges of them all, SEAC’s, 400SE’s, 350i’s, 280i’s from our greatest British bulldog, TVR! Still a huge following for these cars, we look forward to seeing the largest gathering of Wedges this year! All TVR’s are of course welcome! For more details, please contact Mark Webb on 07758 131705 or email: email@example.com
Sunday, 28th August Pistonheads Sunday Service
Overview: We are pleased to host this event for the 2nd year running. Pistonheads are the world’s biggest online motoring magazine. Their ‘Sunday Service’ calendar of events have an enormous following from owners of all types of sports and performance cars. You need to be a member and it is free to join but you must book your slot to be able to attend. Places to our event were limited to 300 cars last year and it was fully booked within a day! Keep your eyes peeled for the release and get your name down quick! Go to: www.pistonheads.com
Saturday, 24th September TVR Noughties
A brand new event launching this year for the later model ‘T’ car TVR’s incl. Sagaris, T350, Tamora and Tuscan. Organised by the TVRCC Bucks, Herts, Beds and Surrey region but open to all TVR owners from across the country and promoted by TVRCC as a whole. There will be an exciting range of activities and displays incl. dyno runs, trade stands, competitions etc. The day will be part of a weekend package incl. overnight hotel stay. If you would like further information, please contact TVRCC Regional Organiser, Alex Gray on: firstname.lastname@example.org
All of the events will have food and refreshments.
We look forward to welcoming you to our events this year!
Today we have started on our latest Chevrolet LS engine conversion. It will be our 25th conversion for a TVR. The client has opted for an LS3 engine with Tremec T56 Magnum 6 speed gearbox which makes a big difference to fuel economy.
With our engineers only returning yesterday from racing at Sebring in America, the engine has already been removed and all the major components are ready to be installed. The client has already sold the outgoing Speed Six engine and gearbox which of course is offset against the cost of the conversion.
Included in the cost of the conversion and all brand new are, LS engine and run kit, gearbox and bellhousing, clutch, ECU, braided Goodridge hoses throughout, alternator, starter motor, oil cooler and mapping. There are multiple other parts and fabrications included which would take too long to list here but please contact us if you would like to know more.
We DO NOT modify or cut into the chassis at all as it is very important to us to preserve the integrity of the car. This would also allow the owner to retro fit the Speed Six back into the car if wanted.
Converting to LS power frees the owner of 12k mile tappet servicing, potential engine failure, clutch finger failure, slave cylinder failure and left hand engine mount failure.
The conversion is what we term, ‘drive-in/drive-out’. Once the engine has been installed and mapped, the client collects his car and from then on only basic servicing at a fraction of the price is required compared to the servicing and running costs of the Speed Six.
For owners of the LS conversion, they no longer need to go through the ritual of engine warming before driving the car nor do they need to listen out for strange or different engine noises.
Owners can enjoy the huge and wonderful linear delivery of power that the LS engine offers up at the press of the throttle pedal. LS3 will deliver 460+BHP as standard with the LS7 giving 565+BHP. For the most demanding of our customers we have even completed a Lingenfelter LS9 conversion pushing out an incredible 753BHP! Conversely, the driver can enjoy the smoothness of the engine at cruising speed and for urban driving. With a 5 or six speed gearbox it is surprisingly fuel efficient.
Many of our customer LS conversions compete in hillclimbs, sprints and speed trials as well as events at Nurburgring, Spa, Isle of Man and most of Europe. Even with long distance journeys and hard competition driving, there have been no issues with reliability.
Bear in mind that four of our race cars are LS powered and have raced and finished 24 hour races every year as well as competing in full seasons of racing too! The engines have been proven and tested to the limit for the last 10 years. In fact, we ran the LS7 TVR Sagaris driven by Steve Glynn that won Britcar Trophy this year.
If you would like more information or would like to come and have a look at our latest conversion in progress, please contact Warren Gilbert on 07850 698700 or email: email@example.com
We had a fantastic morning on Saturday when we welcomed 40 TVR’s, Corvettes and other sports cars to our Morning on the Ramps event. The ramps where busy from 9am until lunchtime to give car owners the opportunity to get a good look at their cars from underneath and our engineers were able to offer advice on repairs and upgrades, answer any questions and locate any faults or issues with the car.
All owners who had there cars inspected received a comprehensive inspection report by email that they can now keep for their records.
Visitors were free to wander around our workshop and cars and enjoy breakfast and refreshments with other car owners and enthusiasts. We are pleased that our free Topcats Car Club membership was so well received and they will all go on to enjoy the many benefits of becoming a member.
Owing to the success of the event we will hold another one next year with date to be announced.
Pictures courtesy of Britcar reporter and photographer, Chris Valentine.