I had a big push leading up to the London Classic Car Show in late Feb, to get the oil cooler, oil tank, fuel tank, sill stowage bins, battery tray and the original rear stowage bins designed, manufactured and fitted. These were all manufactured by Pro Alloy, who I must thank for the detailed feedback on all the designs to optimise the for efficiency and manufacture. The quality of their welding is stunning!

Also did the first fit of the door windows, headlamp covers, headlamps, rear lamps seat belts and several other items. We have added a few photos of our London Classic Car Show stand taken before the doors opened on the Thursday Gala evening. Very hectic 4 days talking to many people about the project and the many engineering challenges. Such as chassis manufacture, replicating the magnesium rims for road legal tyres, windscreens for road legality, and the many issues involved with gaining IVA approval.
And had 2 high points from the show. The first was having a lovely chat with a certain David Piper and his wife. During which we discussed why he took moulds from 010 (for the 1970 Le-Man's winner replica), and that the bodyshell I had bought also came from those moulds. And thus confirming the reason why I immediately bought it back in 2011, because it looked so accurate to the originals! David was also very complimentary regards the build in general, making the 5 year reverse engineering journey very rewarding. Now we need to finish it, get road legality, and drive it down to show him!
The second high point was Dick Crosthwaite (of Crosthwaite and Gardiner) dropping into the stand for a 20 minute chat on the Sunday morning. Again he was very complimentary regards the build and especially the 1-piece magnesium wheels which we had to design and manufacture to specific widths to fit road legal tyres. And he extended an invitation for us to visit the factory.

 

The London Classic Car Show

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Well, we have taken the plunge and booked a stand E24 between the Porsche Club, Quaife Engineering, and Joe Macari! And below is the text that the LCC posted on their Facebook page on 28th November. The show has been expanded this year to include an Historic Motorsport show.

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One of the latest wonderful beasts to join the #LCCS2017 ranks on the show floor is Icon-Engineering's meticulously faithful recreation of the legendary Porsche 917-21.

David Eaton, who helms this project, dreamt back in April 1970 at the age of 13, after, as Ian Wagstaff called it 'a wet day in England,' that a 917 would one day be his own. He was witness to one of the all-time greatest wet-weather drives by Pedro Rodriguez in the BOAC 1000kms – victorious and five clear laps from none-other than 'Quick' Vic Elford!

Not being a rock star or financial whiz-kid, but an automotive design engineer with 35 years’ experience, David reasoned the only way to own such a machine was to recreate his own. And, by now, he and technical partner John Hartland have invested five years into the project – reverse engineering the icon.

The body was formed from moulds taken from David Pipers 917-10, which were acquired in 1970, meaning it's absolutely faithful to the original 917k.

His ultimate intent is to get IVA and road legality on this prototype, and then to build two or three road legal and/or track cars per year. In David's possession are moulds for the body shell, seats, dashboard and all the other GRP components as well as a complete design in CAD. 'I can revise the models as necessary to create a Steve McQueen or a Le Mans-winner recreation, or road legal but track-able machines,' said Eaton. 'The original Flat 12 engine is also compatible.

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Tickets for the show can be purchased here... http://lccs.seetickets.com/tour/the-london-classic-car-show-2017 

917 Ready for the London Classic Car Show

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