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I sold the car in August. I was already contemplating selling it when I had an email from someone I'd met at Oulton Park. He was interested in a bike engined car asn was asking my advice. We negotiated a price and that was almost that. We had one hitch - it broke down on his test drive :-(

The reverse box failed! The plan then was to replace it with a straight through prop, but when I got to the box it turned out the locknut holding the rear output flange had just come off. It had damaged the seal in the process so I had to rpelace that, but once done she was as good as new again.

Why did I sell her? Time to move on. Not sure yet what the next project will be, but there will be one ;-)

Was I sorry to see her go? You bet, more than any car I've ever had. Felt really sad as Ian took her through the gears driving her away. Surprising how far away I could still hear it!

Last update: 04:56am, 12 December 2007

Tonneau fitted - driver side (click for larger image)View of car with tonneau fitted (click for larger image)Dash showing FIA cutoff switch and starter button (click for larger image)

What's a Megablade?

A Megablade is a Westfield 2 seater sportscar powered by a Honda CBR900RR Fireblade motorcycle engine. Westfield produce kits styled after the Lotus 7 originally designed by Colin Chapman.

The finished article should weigh in at less than 500kg with about 130bhp pushing it along. And an 11,000 rpm redline means it should sound pretty good too.

Why do I want one?

My current car, the Mitsubishi Evo VII, is awesome, and goes very well on track. Trouble is it weighs in at over 1500kg, and the laws of physics dictate that no matter how well it handles a lighter car will be more nimble round the corners. Which is where it counts to have fun. The weight also means it eats tyres and brakes, making trackdays pretty expensive. And then there's the risk of dinging it ...

I considered a few options. I've always fancied building a kitcar. Caterhams are great but a bit overpriced and I simply couldn't justify the cost for a 'toy' car. The Wesfield was the next step down, and had the advantage of offering a full kit, meaning no grubbing round scrapyards or fabricating bits. I could have saved money by going the Locost route, but didn't want that much of a challenge!

Which engine to use was the next decision. As an ex-biker it was a bit of a no brainer. So I decided on the Westfield Megablade and started looking for an engine. My brother Andy knew a breaker from a few years ago and within a week or so a '92 Fireblade engine had my name on it.

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