3 great things going on at Topcats Racing that are sure to entice all car enthusiasts!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 07-10-2015

IMG_7951A Morning on the Ramps!

We are 3 days away from our Morning on the Ramps event at our custom built workshop at Westcott Venture Park, Westcott, Near Aylesbury this Saturday from 9am-1pm. We have a few slots remaining if you want us to put your car up on the ramp for an inspection with one of our engineers and it will give you the chance to ask advice if you have any concerns or plans for the car. If you enjoy doing some maintenance on the car yourself and are unsure on some of the how to’s, ask away!

Booking your car on the ramp is not obligatory, please come and see us if you just fancy a drive out, a bit of socialising and a wander around our workshop and cars on display!

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be in plentiful supply free of charge and delicious, hot bacon rolls will be available at £1.50 each.

 

Topcats Racing Car Club Membership

Our Topcats Racing Car Club key fob membership cards are now ready and will be available to guests attending our event on Saturday as well as all our existing customers. Membership is free and valid for life. Members will enjoy 10% discount on labour (usually £58+VAT per hour) if they book their car in for work before the end of March 2016 and will continue to receive the discount throughout 2016.*

Members will also receive exclusive offers and benefits varying from discounts on services to tickets to events.

 

Saturday DIY Ramps!

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening two DIY ramps on Saturday mornings, initially between 9am and 1pm. A calendar of dates will be set to fit in when the team are not away racing and customers will be able to book ramp time by the hour at £20 per hour including the use of tools. One of our engineers will be around to get the cars on the ramps and will remain in the background to ensure customers are OK. We will let you know when we are able to expand the service.

If you have questions regarding any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us on 01296 655109 or email charlotte@topcatsracing.com

Weather looks good for Saturday so should be a great turnout. See you there!

 

*Does not include our very competitive fixed price service menu, body repairs, MOT or LS engine conversions, however, these services, if booked before end of March, 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 team driver Steve Glynn wins Britcar Trophy Championship 2015!

Posted by | Posted in Britcar Post Race Reports, Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 05-10-2015

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Britcar Trophy Champion Steve Glynn

Britcar Trophy Champion Steve Glynn

Topcats Racing are pleased to announce that their team driver Steve Glynn won the Britcar Trophy Championship at the final race of the season at Thruxton on Saturday in the TVR Sagaris.

Topcats Racing took over the running and preparation of the car before the start of this season with an overhaul and converting from LS3 to LS7 power ready to mount a serious challenge for the championship.

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Picture courtesy of Peter Blake

At the last race of the season , Glynn was on top form despite impending operations on damaged shoulder muscles! Wrestling a car with 500+hp and no power steering around Britain’s fastest and bumpiest circuit singled him out as this year’s deserving champion.

Podium for race 2

Podium for race 2

Glynn finished 5th overall in race one after suffering a tyre blow at 150mph putting paid to his chances of a win but an outright win in race two only served to prove his status.

Glynn will have revelled too in the fact that he beat his two Topcats Racing team owners Charlotte and Warren Gilbert sharing a car each with Jon Harrison and Rob Wilson respectively in their sister Marcos Mantis GT cars in the same class.

Duo, Gilbert and Harrison (car 54) failed to finish race one with a broken output shaft before Gilbert could to take over from Harrison.

Warren Gilbert leads

Warren Gilbert leads

Gilbert and Wilson in the sister car (60) were on point and finished second overall to the Class 1 Riley Daytona Prototype.

With Charlotte Gilbert starting race 2 from the back of the grid following race 1’s DNF, she made a great start managing to make her way back up to 3rd overall in time to hand over to Jon Harrison who maintained position to the chequered flag.

Warren Gilbert started from P2 on the grid behind the Riley, determined to pass the Riley for leading glory, maintained the lead for a lap and a half only to half spin at Noble, lose 3 places, regather and repass to catch back up with the Riley.

Wilson and Gilbert Race 1

Wilson and Gilbert Race 1

The Riley soon retired and Gilbert found himself leading the race as he pitted to hand over to Wilson. Wilson’s run didn’t last long as he too suffered a puncture dropping them down the board to finish 4th overall.

GT

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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 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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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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Sagaris Debuts with Topcats at Silverstone this Sunday

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main, Racing News | Posted on 28-03-2015

Steve's SagarisSteve Glynn will be racing his Sagaris GT car with Topcats Racing for the first time at Silverstone circuit tomorrow in the Britcar Trophy Championship with qualifying starting at 9.40am. There will be 2 x 45 minute races with the first race starting at 11.40pm and the second race at 5.15pm. The car has undergone major works over the Winter to prepare for a full season in the championship with sights set on the title. We will update tomorrow post qualifying and during the race. Please feel free to come and say hello if you are spectating! For more details re. the timetable please follow the link:
http://www.britcar24hr.co.uk/home/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Timetable-Silverstone-1st-round.pdf

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Come and enjoy the driving experience of a lifetime!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 19-03-2015

DSC_3548 A rare and unique opportunity to drive, unrestricted, in our hugely successful race cars on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit!

It has been almost 6 years since we ran our hugely successful programme of race car driving experiences (we ran them for 6 years – over 40 events!) which were unparalleled by any other driving experience available to those with just a road driving licence.

TVR Tuscan ChallengeAs a one off opportunity on Monday, 10th August, we will be offering a limited number of places to drive our TVR Tuscan Challenge race car and Caterham  R300 with fully qualified race instruction and no speed or rev restrictions. The TVR Tuscan Challenge car is equipped with dual control to allow the driver to fully explore the speed and handling of the cars. The cars are also equipped with radio comms between driver and instructor.

2011-11-19 10.36.17We will also bring our 600BHP Marcos Mantis GT car for fast lap rides with one of our resident racing drivers who races the car and knows how to peddle this car fast!

 

We are pleased to offer a full or half day experience to suit your budget.

 

Topcats Race Car Driving Experience

 

Full Day:  4 x 20 minute driving sessions, pre-drive sighting and demonstration lap with instructor and fast lap ride at the end of the day with one of our racing drivers. (2 in TVR / 2 in Caterham)

 

£725 incl. VAT

 

Half Day: 2 x 20 minute driving sessions and fast lap ride at the end of the day with one of our racing drivers. (1 in TVR / 1 in Caterham)

 

£375 incl. VAT

 

This option will be restricted by uptake of two drivers sharing a full day so if you have a friend who would like to share the day with you that would be great!

 

Two lap fast lap ride in the 600BHP Marcos Mantis GT car: £100 incl. VAT

 

Fireproof overalls and crash helmets are provided free of charge for the day.

 

Alternatively, you can vary your driving experience and book in your own car to drive on track for half a day and drive our race cars for the other half.

This combination will be restricted by uptake of two drivers taking both halves of the day so if you have a friend who would like to share the day with you that would be great!

 

Full Day discounted track fee to drive your own car on track: £419

Half Day discounted track fee to drive your own car on track: £215

 

If you just want to book your own car in for a full or half day experience why not choose to sit in for one of our fast lap rides in our 600BHP Marcos Mantis GT race car in between?

 

Our engineers will assist with customers own cars when possible if required but the race cars will have to take priority.

 

A special code will be given by Goldtrack for those booking their own cars in under the Topcats Racing umbrella to get their discounted track fee.

 

Payments for the Race Car Driving Experience will be payable to Topcats Racing (UK) Ltd.

 

Please contact Charlotte Gilbert to book or if you require more information on 01296 655109 or email: charlotte@topcatsracing.com.

 

As with all race car driving experiences and lap rides, all participants are required to sign an indeminity form with Goldtrack and Topcats Racing. For participants in the race car driving experience, the cars are insured with up to a £2000 excess payable by the participant driving in the event of damage to the car.

 

This event is subject to change or cancellation. If the event does need to be cancelled we will do this before payments are made to Goldtrack.

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