Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Another GD gets clothed!

Went over to Andy Holmes at New Walton near Grimsby for a BBQ. Well to help put the body on his GD. Plenty of help - not sure how much was brought on by the offer of food from Annie. Annie is Andy’s long suffering wife! Steve was there, Andy’s right hand man on the build, or is Andy the helper in reality?

Anyway, after a bit of pushing and shoving the body was on. Looks good too.

(See the link to Andy H’s build on the right of this blog - scroll down a little).

Over 115k page views

Just gone over the 115k page views since I started this build. Most visitors have come from the States, closely followed by UK page views. Thanks to all those who have visited this site. I hope it continues to prove useful to you.

Finding things - made easier!

Hopefully I have improved the navigation of this blog a little, so that you can find things. I have added some labels (build elements) and have been through these to break them down a little. If you have any further suggestions, please let me know.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Cobra now for sale! Bring a smile to your face.

The Gardner Douglas mk 4 is one of the best made, handling and riding Cobra replicas. This car is very low mileage and has been well cared for, garaged and never driven in the wet or on a track. A head turner and an awesome car to drive. Brings a big smile to your face!

Reduced to £44,950

  • 1st registered March 2017 (17 plate).
  • Built with new parts using a Gardner Douglas factory built rolling Euro chassis
  • Powerful V8 Chevrolet engine with a 6 speed manual gearbox
  • 0-60 around 3.6 seconds
  • Under 2,500 miles from new.
  • £265 road tax (12 months as at Aug 2019), low insurance on limited mileage policy
  • Located in Yorkshire

To save you going through my blog, here are some photos of the car:

Key features

A British hand built sportscar
Thoroughly inspected by Gardner Douglas before IVA test (DVLA's rigorous inspection/test)
Passed IVA first time
Chevrolet LS6 V8 petrol engine developed by Tim Adams Racing Engines producing 480 bhp and 611 Nm torque (451 ft/lb)
Red rocker covers
0-60 in around 3.6 seconds
Reputed top speed of over 160 mph
Fly-by-wire throttle
6 speed Tremec Magnum gearbox
BTR Hydrotrak LSD
Stainless underslung exhaust with polished Cherry Bomb silencers
Euro chassis (rolling chassis built by factory with all new parts). Triangulated backbone chassis for rigidity (not the ladder type that is more likely to flex)
Uprated AP brakes
Paget Blue friction material
White gelcoat (carefully hand finished to high standard)
Metallic broad grey stripes, with red pin stripes in 3M wrap
Flush fuel filler
P700 style headlights
CNC machined side vents in black
Black leather interior, with red stitching, including head restraints
Speedometer, rev counter, fuel, water temp, oil temp, ammeter, volt meter, hazard lights, start button, lights and heater switches
Speedo has 2 trips, can measure 0-60 time, quarter mile time and top speed
2 setting heated seats (both base and back)
14" leather steering wheel and leather gear knob
Adjustable height steering wheel
Side intrusion bars in doors
Impact absorbing material built in to body by manufacturer
Fire extinguisher
Black and red carpets in the cockpit
Black carpets in the boot
Turned metal stalks, with self cancelling indicators
Intermittent wipers
4 point harnesses in black
Polished twin roll hoops secured to chassis by all three legs
Canems ECU
Canems immobiliser
18" Halibrand style wheels by Image (black centres with polished rims and spinners). Approx 9" wide front and 10" rear. Hidden securing nuts.
Michelin Pilot Supersport tyres
Air horns
12 volt auxiliary power outlet (under dash) with USB adaptor
12 volt charger connection (under bonnet)
Gas rams to bonnet and boot
Wind wings and sun visors
Fitted internal car cover, plus external cover
3 oil and filter changes since new! Only used Mobil 1 oil.
No expense spared on this car

Superb, beautifully built with care, reliable, fast and comfortable car that turns heads and sounds fabulous


If you have any questions or want to chat about this car, please ring 07802 217353 or use the contact form on this page

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Over 90,000 page views!

Just topped 90k page views, with the US taking the top spot, followed by the UK. Thanks to all visitors to my blog!

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Northern Cobra Club North York Moors run

It was the Cobra Club Northern annual run this weekend, organised by Mike and Angela Hammond. We decided to just do the Sunday (the run was Saturday and Sunday). The overnight stop and meal was at the White Horse Inn at Rosedale Abbey. Our room was called the Kildale! Sense of humour?

Twelve Cobras had turned out for the run from Rosedale Abbey, ending at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, near York.
My car in the middle
Most of the Cobras
We travelled up on the Saturday evening, only to find that the battery warning light came on and the voltmeter was showing 13 volts (a little low). After some fiddling with the battery cables and Si Smith shorting out the contacts with his wedding ring (ouch - don't try this at home - the ring gets red hot), we decided that it couldn't be fixed, but was probably ok for the run. However, being cautious, we took the decision to head home. The run back was uneventful - so why did we not do the run?

On Tuesday an auto electrician checked out the car and pronounced the alternator faulty (only done 2,150 miles!). So a new one has been ordered and will be delivered and hopefully fitted tomorrow (Thursday).

Today the oil was changed again (a year since its last change), as a precautionary measure. So 5.5 litres of Mobil's best and a new filter put in/on to the engine at 2,275 miles.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Stoneleigh Kit Car Show 2018

Someone counted 85 Cobras on the UK Cobra Club area on Sunday and around 45 on Monday plus over 25 that I saw elsewhere at the show. What a display. Superb!

A view of some of the Cobras on display
Another view with my car in the foreground
Another shot .... of Cobras
My car (again) with the bonnet up
Thanks to all those who came to say hello on Sunday and Monday - I am not going to name check as I will no doubt miss someone off! It really is a privilege to talk to you all. Comments on my car and blog are really appreciated. It was great to meet all the enthusiasts, both people I know and new Cobra owners embarking upon the build process. Good luck to all and hopefully my blog maybe some small help along the way.