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Volker
Posted on: April 23rd, 2006, 16:00:57 Quote Report to Moderator
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Hi,
just seen at the official Marcos website:
"the challenge to bring back the much heralded Mini Marcos from Britain's sixties"





http://www.marcos-eng.com/s4/coventry_challenge.html

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Neil KilBane
Posted on: April 24th, 2006, 08:25:16 Quote Report to Moderator
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just a little fine tuning left to do.


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Hmmmmmm.

 
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Chris Pearson
Posted on: April 24th, 2006, 18:23:34 Quote Report to Moderator
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If that didn't have the Marcos name on the site I wouldn't believe it was based on one.
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Allan Brown
Posted on: April 25th, 2006, 08:05:44 Quote Report to Moderator
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Looks like a Smart roadster but gone wrong.
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Gareth Thomas
Posted on: April 26th, 2006, 05:00:35 Quote Report to Moderator
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sorry, not impressed, looks like they have 'BMW feveer', look what they did to the mini, marcos have made the same mistakes with this, very disappointed
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paul harcourt
Posted on: April 26th, 2006, 09:04:28 Quote Report to Moderator
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I see what you mean Gareth, like a short stubby Z 4. Not much Marcos there really.
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Gareth Thomas
Posted on: April 27th, 2006, 05:11:58 Quote Report to Moderator
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yes definately, i'm sure the 'twee' little girlies, and the city suits will love it, but as for enthusiasts??? not sure it's going to be a hit. real shame though, when you look at marcos' history, the machines they've built, results they've had. never mind, my mk4's future with me is safe lol
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Posted on: April 27th, 2006, 13:28:26 Quote Report to Moderator
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I agree entirely, but what do you expect if you give the job to a bunch of design students? Anyway does Marcos Engineering have any intention to build the thing?
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Phil Tonkin
Posted on: May 10th, 2006, 20:13:40 Quote Report to Moderator
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You can't expect anything to come out of Marcos Eng to look like a traditional Marcos.  A new Mini Marcos from them will be a small car with a marcos badge.

Just look at there current GT car.  Gone is the Mantis stance, in with the luvered T** menace.

Lovely cars mind you (I just rode my bike past the factory an hour ago)  and we should give companies like this all of our support before they disappear or leave our shores.

The problem with bringing a car up to date is it will never be the same.  The BMW Mini is a nice car in it's own right but is not a Mini.  I think a new Mini Marcos will be the same, just not a "real" Mini Marcos.

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Posted on: May 11th, 2006, 09:01:00 Quote Report to Moderator
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The other thing is theat Marcos Eng won't want to build a cheap and cheerful kit car, which was the whole point of the original design. So it's bound to be bigger, fully built and much more expensive, so what's the point as it's then competing with MX5s and the like.

So if you are going to develop a new cheap kit car what should it be based on? There must be a few Ford Kas coming up for recycling now. If you want K-Series power then Rover 100, but you might as well get a Midas or a GTM. And if you want the real thing it's still available.
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paul harcourt
Posted on: July 6th, 2006, 09:29:46
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I had a think about this last night after a few beers and a heated debate with some fellow beer swillers.
We came to the conclusion that all the best british sports cars had been designed on the back of cigerette packets, envelopes, napkins and the inside cover of school exercise books (rather a sweeping statement I know but it made sense last night)!! and not in design studios.
So why not run a competition in which the design must be submited on the above articles and only amateur's can participate.
I am sure that everybody on the forum has an opinion as to what a new Marcos should look like, so why not put pen to napkin or envelope and show everybody!
It dosn't have to be a work of art as it's just for fun.
Here is what came out last night after several pints of best bitter!!


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It's now on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96u4xjHwfXY
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John Dickens
Posted on: November 20th, 2006, 21:22:40 Quote Report to Moderator
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To be honest I think the days of the cheap and cheerful kit car are gone.

The market now seems to be for high spec expensive Sunday toys. (Present company excepted of course.)

The Duttons, Rickmans, Scamps etc are pretty much gone now. replaced by a million Lotus 7 or Cobra replicas. Since I started attending shows again a couple of years back I have seen little in the original design area and very little by way of cars which could be used on a daily basis as a practical car.

I hope this state of affairs will not be permanent but as disposable income increases I suspect it may well be.
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paul harcourt
Posted on: November 20th, 2006, 21:31:24 Quote Report to Moderator
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Having seen the video, the shape is starting to grow on me.
I am still not sure about front though.
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Neil KilBane
Posted on: November 20th, 2006, 22:08:57 Quote Report to Moderator
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just a little fine tuning left to do.


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I can't see it being a kit car tbh.

 
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