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Elo is motoring’s Mr Blue Sky Thinking

To many, turning a 25-year-old Ferrari into a pick-up truck would be nothing short of sacrilege.

But to motoring style guru Elo, pretty much every car ever made is merely a factory-produced template just waiting to be customised, personalised and, yes, improved upon.

The Ferrari in question is a 1989 412 – probably the least loved vehicle to have come out of Maranello – so the purists needn’t shed too many tears as Elo sets about creating the world’s only Prancing Horse pick-up in the first of a new motoring series on History tonight at 9pm.

Over eight hour-long episodes, Ultimate Wheels brings together creative petrolheads Elo and Will to breathe new and exotic life into tired old vehicles.

Here at Flux, we love a modified motor, so we caught up with Elo ahead of the new series to chat about his passion for motoring metamorphoses.

Elo (right) and Will

Elo (right) and Will

A former model and fashion designer who now owns the thriving London Motor Museum and a customisation business, Elo is the go-to man for the rich and famous looking to put their own unique stamp on their car.

Footballers Djibril Cisse, Emmanuel Adebayor and Alex Song are among a galaxy of stars who have entrusted Elo to turn already luxury motors into something a little out of the ordinary.

His TKO London workshop sits alongside the museum which, among more than 200 exhibits, houses two working Batmobiles, the Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee, Starsky and Hutch’s Gran Torino, Mr Bean’s Mini, a DMC Delorean, and a Lotus Esprit from 1977′s The Spy Who Loved Me.

As a British-born teenager growing up in California, Elo inherited his passion for cars from his stock-car crazy father.

But the then 17-year-old, clutching his first driving licence, already had his eye firmly on road-going motors – and how he could turn them into something completely different.

“As a European, I wanted a European car, so I bought a mark one VW Golf – as soon as I passed my test I went to a wheel shop and added some 80 spoke wheels and lowered the suspension,” he said.

“I’ve literally always been customising cars – I was in California and wanted to be different, I never wanted to conform and grew up watching TV shows like Knight Rider.

“I was one of the first low riders in LA, and I’m proud of that.”

Fast forward a few years, and Elo’s modelling and fashion career took him all over the world before a return to England saw him open up to the public a small collection of just seven cars.

By 2005 his truly unique collection of customised and classic cars had grown to 30, and now the museum at Hayes holds more than 200.

And it was a chance visit to the museum and adjacent workshop by a TV production director that sowed the seeds for Ultimate Wheels.

“He was amazed by the cars in our workshop,” said Elo, 42. “He said there were networks looking for people who build custom cars.

“I agreed to the show – provided I got complete creative control, provided I could build what I wanted to build and show the world all these dreams.”

But Elo is well aware that not everyone shares his dreams – why take what highly-skilled motoring designers and engineers have spent months perfecting, and change it into something else? And isn’t it sacrilegious to mess with some of these classic cars?

“I had a very good conversation about this with one of my patrons who came from Holland to the museum,” he said.

“He said it was sacrilege and just why do it? When I look at vehicles, I look and think “wow, BUT” – I always look for the but. And that but is the bit I like to change, from a Ferrari down to a Fiesta. He didn’t seem to understand that.

“We had a very good debate for about half an hour. He had a BMW 3.0 CSi and I asked if he’d changed anything. When he said he’s changed it from a four speed to a five I asked him why. He said ‘because it was too slow’. I said ‘so you did change something – you’ve turned that car into *your* car’. It was only then that he said he understood what I’m doing here.”

Still, changing the gearbox to make a car more efficient and a little quicker is a world away from turning a Ferrari into a pick-up truck…

“It’s about changing a vehicle to the best possible variation in my eyes – it doesn’t mean it pleases everyone else,” explained Elo.

“Do you still listen to a gramophone or do you listen on an iPad? The world has changed.

“The museum is a reflection of me in my own eyes. I do believe it’s a reflection of your own self. The world is becoming customised…do it your own way.”

Elo with one of his creations.

Elo with one of his creations.

He sees a parallel between his life in fashion and his move into customising cars.

“In the past there were five different colours of your outfit. Go into a store now in the West End and you are given more choice. Everyone is making things their own,” he said.

“You just need to look at people these days to understand them – today people are liberated. And it’s the same with cars.

“When I drive one of my classics with customised wheels or chrome extras people look at it and can see it’s a classic, keeping the shape…but it’s a reflection of me in the same way my clothes are.”

And that’s why footballers and musicians, in particular, famous for creating their own distinct “look”, are so keen to employ Elo’s creative eye to conjure up bespoke wheels.

“I don’t do just whatever they want. I sit down with them and try to understand them – they come to me for guidance,” he explains.

“For example, Djibril Cisse said he wanted the coolest pick up truck in the world. We built him this Dodge with a lots of modifications – 2000 watt speakers etc. After a year or so he came back and asked what else could I do? So we put a water cannon on the back so he could water his farm. We build in their personality.”

So is there a car that’s already perfect, and what’s the most outrageous car he’s ever created?

“It may surprise you, but with the Vauxhall Calibra I can’t find a but. When I look at a Calibra, I look at the lines and the way it sits on the ground – credit to the Vauxhall engineers for that roofline.

The perfect car?

The perfect car?

“The most outrageous cars I’ve done are for the TV show because for once I only had to listen to myself – very, very dangerous!”

And, of course, he’s currently halfway through customising…a Calibra.

Ultimate Wheels starts on Thursday 17 April at 9pm, on HISTORY (Sky 530/ Virgin 234).

 

Adrian Flux is the UK’s largest specialist insurance broker, providing cover for almost anything on four wheels, including heavily modified and customised vehicles, classics, American motors and supercars.

 

Amazing Porsche painting for Flux’s 40th

To many Porsche aficionados, it’s regarded as the greatest car ever made.

So when Adrian Flux wanted something special to commemorate 40 years of providing insurance for some of the world’s most iconic motors, attention turned to the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring

Obviously getting hold of one of these rare beasts is a wallet-crushing extravagance (check out the price here), so the UK’s largest specialist broker asked customer Ian Cook if he fancied immortalising the 70s supercar on canvas.

Now Ian is no ordinary customer, and no ordinary artist, as anyone who has seen him in action at motor shows across the world will know. He can usually be found at his Pop Bang Colour stand, on the floor, covered in paint and surrounded by similarly paint-covered remote controlled cars – his “brushes”.

Ian has successfully combined his twin passion for cars and art to create a unique explosion of riotous colour, his outsized paintings giving the impression of movement and sheer vitality.

He explains: “The idea for the process started for a number of reasons – I am a big car enthusiast, I am trained as an artist, and thirdly I was bought a radio controlled car for a Christmas present and was told ‘not to take it down my studio, and not to get paint on it’ (lightbulb moment) so like any bloke would – I listened to a bit of that conversation.

“Years later, having created artwork the size of a three storey building, painted with real cars and travelled to different parts of the globe with a suitcase full of paint covered cars, I’m still going strong!”

And here is the result of Ian’s latest masterpiece, held up outside the Adrian Flux HQ near King’s Lynn in Norfolk. It’s a stunning interpretation of a stunning piece of automotive brilliance – the only problem will be finding a wall large enough to hang it…

Imogen Delahoy (left) and Hannah Culey with the giant painting

Imogen Delahoy (left) and Hannah Culey with the giant painting

Carrera RS 2.7 Touring factfile

  • Revealed at the 1972 Paris Motor Show, Porsche wanted to improve the racing performance of its 2.4 Litre 911S, which was being beaten by the BMW CSL of the time.
  • FIA Group 4 rules meant at least 500 vehicles needed to be produced for road use to the same specification as the racing cars – in the end, 1,580 cars were made, of which 55 were used for racing.
  • The new car featured a 2,687cc engine producing 210bhp, with a top speed of 152mph, larger rear wheel arches, a ducktail spoiler and heftier brakes.
  • The cars dominated the 1973 European GT Championship, with wins Daytona 24-hour and Targa Florio.
  • Three versions were produced – a lightweight sports trim, race trim or touring trim for the road.
  • Prices for the RS 2.7 Touring have rocketed over the years, with £300,000 not uncommon.

Adrian Flux can provide competitive insurance for all types of Porsche 911 – as well as every other type of supercar.

 

 

 

 

Stobart star Mark wins year’s free insurance from Flux

Television trucking star Mark Dixon has won a year’s free car insurance worth up to £500 after entering the Adrian Flux annual prize draw at the Trax show last year.

Each year, the specialist car insurance broker gathers entries from car shows across the country and randomly chooses one lucky winner to scoop the free cover.

Mark, who has been a leading figure on the Channel 5 show Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers for the past six years, drives a modified 2008 Ford Focus ST.

Mark with his Ford Focus

Mark with his Ford Focus

“When Flux phoned me up to tell me I’d won I thought they were having a laugh,” he said.

“But it saved me ringing them actually, because I know they specialise in modified cars so I was going to give them a go.”

The bright orange Focus has been fitted with a Revo Stage 2 upgrade, lifting the power from 225bhp to 315bhp, along with upgraded brakes and exhaust.

“I used to be a bit of a BMW kid, but the Ford is a hell of a lot more fun,” said Mark, 36.

Mark's Ford Focus ST

Mark’s Ford Focus ST

Mark, from Selby in North Yorkshire, was taken by surprise at his elevation to TV stardom when the Stobart series began six years ago.

“I never thought, all those years ago when I started driving, I’d ever be doing anything like this. And to me, I’m just a lorry driver, that’s the way I see it,” he said.

“I honestly thought when they put it on the TV it wouldn’t make a full series, I thought they’d pull it. But they’re still doing it now so some people must like it.

“Nothing’s really changed in my life, apart from getting recognised when I go out for a meal with my girlfriend when someone sitting near to you says ‘you’re Mark Dixon aren’t you?’”

Mark with his truck, Phoebe Grace

Mark with his truck, Phoebe Grace

Mark has made guest appearances on Harry Hill’s TV Burp and The One Show, and has his own range of t-shirts in the Stobart club shop.

Fans flock to see him at the annual Stobart Fest, born out of the popularity of the TV show, and for now Mark is simply enjoying the ride.

 

For a chance to win free insurance for a year, simply pop along to one of the following shows this year, give your details to the Adrian Flux representatives and keep your fingers crossed:

  • Stoneleigh Kit Car Show, May 4 and 5

  • Japfest, Castle Combe, May 10

  • Land Rover Spring Adventure, Ripley Castle, May 17 and 18

  • Classic Ford, Santa Pod, June 1

  • French Car Show, Castle Combe, June 7

  • Performance Vauxhall, Santa Pod, June 8

  • Ford Fair, Silverstone, August 3

  • Japfest 2, Donington Park, August 17

  • Trax, Silverstone, September 7

  • Land Rover International, Peterborough Arena, September 20 and 21

Can you afford to miss the affordable E-Type?

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Can’t afford an E-Type, let alone an F-Type, but love the looks and lusting after a sporty big cat?

Well, you’d be well advised to take a closer look at the bargain priced Jaguar XK8, produced for 10 years from 1996 as a successor to the much-maligned XJS.

Specialist insurance broker Adrian Flux gets the low-down on this beautifully sculpted sporty grand tourer.

 

With all the talk of the new F-Type being the first true successor to the sainted E-Type, the voluptuous XK8 seems to have been forgotten along the way.

And that’s reflected in the prices, with perfectly good examples of this 155mph beast available for well under £5,000. Something similar happened to the E-Type before the classic car boom set in and the best-loved Jag of all was taken out of the range of ordinary motorists.

The XK8 and its supercharged XKR sister (0-60 in just 5.2 seconds) will never hit the monetary heights of its illustrious predecessor, but as a luxury used motor for the price of a six-year-old Ford Focus it’s hard to beat.

Penned by Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum, also responsible for the Aston Martin DB7 no less – the new Jag was presented to the Geneva Motor Show in Match 1996.

With James Bond looks, it marked a departure from the more angular XJS and saw a return to the curves, long bonnet and grill-style of the E-Type. Indeed, it warrants a second look on the roads even now.

The all-new, standard 4-litre V8 produced 290bhp and hit 0-60 in 6.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155mph, returning a reasonable 24 miles per gallon on the combined cycle.

And although it used the same floorpan as the XJS, in engineering terms it was a giant leap forward – a lighter, monocoque shell with a stronger subframe and improved suspension.

Launched in coupe and then cabriolet form, with a fabric hood, the 375bhp XKR followed in 1998 – a seriously good, cheap alternative to an Aston or a Ferrari GT.

Inside, the XK8 is sumptuously equipped, and traditionalists will even prefer the full-width walnut dash and acres of leather to the updated model introduced in 2006.

In 2003, the engine was upgraded to a 4.2-litre V8 producing 305bhp, with the supercharged version now chucking out 406bhp – the new engine being married to a new six-speed auto box replacing the old five-speed affair.

By the time the car was updated in 2006 to a more muscular, purposeful-looking model, 91,406 had been built worldwide. It may be more of a grand tourer than the E-Type ever was, but in terms of design, pace and power it had everything that some felt had been lacking in the XJS.

As with all older Jaguars, it’s worth buying the best example you can afford to avoid some potentially hefty repair bills, but take your time and choose carefully and you can enjoy the best value grand tourer money can buy.

It may not be an E or an F-Type, but it’s without doubt the next best thing.

 

What to look out for

 

●      Before 2001, the V8 engines could be damaged by fuels heavy in sulphur, which shouldn’t be a problem today because all fuel are low in sulphur. But you should still be wary of a rough sounding engine.

●      As with any older car, check for rust, mainly in the footwells and rear wheelarch.

●      Try to buy a car with a decent amount of tread on the tyres, which can be expensive to replace

●      During your test drive, watch out for over-heating caused by a dodgy water pump, and check the front suspension bushes for wear

●      Always check that the roof on convertibles opens and closes smoothly and there are no leaks

 

 

Insurance from Adrian Flux

The Jaguar XK8 may qualify for modern classic car insurance with Adrian Flux.

Features can include:

●      Agreed value

●      Limited mileage discounts

●      Owners club discount

●      Laid up cover

●      Wedding hire cover

 

 

Everything you ever wanted to know about the White Van Man

 

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The ubiquitous white van has been around for years, but it was only in the 1990s that “White Van Man” became a recognisable entity in its own right.

Here, specialist commercial vehicle insurance broker Adrian Flux brings you 25 facts about one of Britain’s most talked about motorists.

  1. The term ‘White Van Man’ was first coined in 1997 in the Sunday Times – The Sun newspaper ran a regular White Van Man column in which a driver was interviewed on the issues of the day.
  2. There are around 2.5 million white vans in the UK.
  3. The average age of White Van Man is 37.
  4. White Van Woman does exist, but she’s in the minority: around a third of white van drivers are women.
  5. Essex boasts the largest number of white van drivers, followed by Kent and Lancashire.
  6. The top five White Van Man professions are builder, delivery driver, shopkeeper, electrician and handyman.
  7. More than one in 20 owners of white vans confesses to have enjoyed a romantic encounter inside their vehicle.
  8. The average White Van Man doesn’t appreciate the graffiti etched into the dirt on their vehicle – more to the point, 92 per cent say they feel far better going about their business if their van is spotless.
  9. And 72 per cent believe a clean white van actually makes them a better driver!
  10. The average White Van Man drives 9,426 miles a year.
  11. Two-thirds of White Van Men are married, 24 per cent are single and 10 per cent are divorcees.
  12. More than half the owners of white vans have pets.
  13. The White Van Man is one of the most highly-regarded drivers by the emergency services – they are often the first to make way for emergency vehicles thanks to their constant use of rear-view mirrors and high driving position.
  14. The vast majority of White Van Men listen to independent radio stations.
  15. The average value of the contents inside a white van is £1026, making insurance a must-have for owners.
  16. White Van Man is actually safer than regular motorists, according to the AA, with only 32 per cent having made an insurance claim.
  17. The same number – 32 per cent – bring a packed lunch to work with them every day.
  18. More than half the White Van Men on the road spend more than 10 hours a week in their vans.
  19. White Van Man was a BBC3 comedy written and created by Adrian Poynton and starring Will Mellor as the van driver of the title.
  20. If you are looking for reasonably priced commercial vehicle and van insurance, ask Adrian Flux for a quote – because Flux specialises in a variety of van insurance types, they can offer great cover while minimizing your costs, whether you’re a sole trader with a single van or a company running an entire fleet. Visit www.adrianflux.co.uk or call 0333 5555000 for details.
  21. In 2009, David Cameron’s Conservative Party asked what it needed to do “to woo White Van Man” after noting that support from C2 (skilled working class voters) had declined.
  22. Research by Renault showed that the image of White Van Man as a rude road hog was “a gross caricature of reality”.
  23. Just over 25 per cent of white van owners are self-employed.
  24. Only 10 per cent admit to minor traffic misdemeanours.
  25. Far from being unfit, 65 per cent of white van drivers take regular exercise.

Sponsorship boost for boxer Stevi-Ann

With about 600 staff working at the Adrian Flux headquarters, it’s no surprise to find a real mixture of talented people.
But one of the more unlikely stars is 21-year-old Stevi-Ann Levy, the recently crowned West Norfolk Sportswoman of the Year.
Because while there’s nothing unusual about Stevi’s love of going to the gym, she’s not there just to keep fit – she’s there to train for her blossoming career as an amateur boxer.
Already Eastern Counties champion, Stevi was beaten in the national semi-finals last year, and starts her preparations for another crack this year at Boston on March 22.
To help her preparations, bosses at Flux agreed to provide enough sponsorship cash to pay for new kit, including tracksuits, head guards, a kitbag, boxing boots, training vests and t-shirts.

Left to right (copyright Lynn News): Coach Richard Girdlestone, Stevi-Ann Levy and Ben Tansley, coach and owner of Heros Gym.

Left to right (copyright Lynn News): Coach Richard Girdlestone, Stevi-Ann Levy and Ben Tansley, coach and owner of Heros Gym.

A delighted Stevi, who fights out of the Heros Gym, in Lynn, said: “I can’t thank Adrian Flux enough for all of their help.
“All of the new kit will make me look so much more professional in and out of the ring wearing the tracksuits and t-shirts with the Flux logo on it.
“I’d like to thank Gavin Hill and Robert Balls at Flux for all of their help. My management team at work have also been really supportive, especially my team manager Hayley Sanctuary who has also become one of my best friends.”

How to get the best out of a car boot sale

Whether it’s a high-end fashion steal or a piece of vintage kitsch, no one can resist a bargain, and car boot sales are a brilliant way to cash in on the junk you have hanging around the house that may well be someone else’s idea of treasure.

Adrian Flux Insurance Services provides specialist van and truck insurance, including policies for people who use their vans for hobbies such as angling, surfing, astronomy, mountaineering, paramotoring, mountain biking and…car booting!

Flux’s personal use van insurance policy includes up to £1,500 cover for your sporting or leisure equipment and a host of other benefits thanks to a tailor-made policy just for you.

And perhaps you could raise the cash for your premium with Adrian Flux’s top car boot tips for sellers…

How to cash-in at car boot sales:

  1. Find the perfect boot sale for the things you have to sell by checking out carbootjunction or yourbooty. If you have time, visit the boot sales and work out the best place for your pitch – it’s a good move to set up your stall close to the entrance and near food stalls.
  2. Pack your items the night before the sale, in small boxes if possible so they’re easy to transport from the car to your table. If you’ve got a lot of booty to shift, take some waterproof sheets to lay items out on.
  3. Arrive early so you are first in the queue for the best pitches and consider taking a friend so you can both sell simultaneously and you’ve got someone to man the stall if you need to go to the toilet or want a quick browse. You can also split the cost of the stall, maximising your profit.
  4. Set up your table and then unpack one box at a time, locking your car in between unpacking sessions. If you don’t, people (known in the trade as ‘boot divers’!) will swarm all over your car, which is annoying and confusing.
  5. Consider having themed areas on your stall rather than a jumble of junk. Either have areas where everything costs a certain amount of money – such as a £1 box, a £2 clothes rail and so forth – or put objects together, such as books, household items and nick-nacks.
  6. Keep your most expensive, desirable items in eyeshot at all times with your cheaper items in boxes on the floor or on ground sheets. Not everyone who comes to a car boot sale intends to pay for what they come away with.
  7. Dealers tend to be the first customers to arrive but don’t feel forced to sell too cheaply – if they really want what you’re selling, they’ll come back, and people tend to spend more money later in the morning.
  8. Make sure you have lots of change and a secure container with a lid for the money you take – wear a money belt if you can.
  9. Many buyers come to car boot sales badly prepared, so spend the weeks before your sale collecting plastic bags so that customers can take away their purchases.
  10. Take snacks, drinks and lunch so that you’re not tempted to blow any cash you make on the food stalls.
  11. Unless your children are old enough to be helpful, consider leaving them at home – it’s hard enough to keep an eye on your customers, your stock and your money box without having to add a couple of fractious toddlers into the mix. If your children are old enough, consider giving them their own area of the stall to man – children are often natural salespeople.
  12. People want to feel they’ve got a bargain, so start your pricing slightly higher than you’d be willing to sell for so that people feel they’ve been able to barter you down to a price they feel is a steal. Don’t be rude to people who offer you ridiculously low prices – haggling is all part of the car boot experience.
  13. Move your stock around the stall throughout the morning – people often walk along the same aisles more than once and might have missed what you have to offer the first time they passed.
  14. If the point of your car boot sale selling was to declutter your house and create some space, consider lowering your prices dramatically as the sale ends. A great tip if you don’t want to have boxes of junk hanging around your house is to post a message on Freecycle or Gumtree offering your leftovers free to a good home. They’ll be gone in a matter of hours!
  15. Be prepared for a wait before you can leave the site – take a book to read or enjoy the opportunity to browse around other people’s stalls for some last minute bargains!

How to fight back against the floods

 

This winter, storms wreaked havoc across the UK with homes in North Wales, northern England, Scotland, Kent, East Anglia, the south west of England and the Thames valley all falling victim to flooding.

More than 100 flood warnings were issued by the Environment Agency, some of which were at the highest level, involving a risk to life.

The weather may be unpredictable, but a bespoke policy from specialist insurance broker Adrian Flux is anything but – the broker’s team of expert advisers can provide a bespoke policy that suits your property, and your wallet.

In addition to finding the home insurance you need to ensure that you are covered in case of flooding, it also pays to be prepared – this may mean modifying your property if you live in an at-risk area and knowing how to limit the damage if your property is breached.

But what happens if your home is flooded? What exactly is covered by your insurance policies? Have you got the insurance cover that you need?

What you should do if your home is damaged by flood or storm damage:

 

1)     As soon as you hear there is a risk of flood, make sure you have your home (and car, if appropriate) insurance policies to hand in case you need to make a claim – keep them in a safe, waterproof place.

2)     After the incident, contact your insurer as quickly as possible. If you are calling out-of-hours, you will find most will have emergency helplines which will help you start the process as soon as possible.

3)     You can arrange temporary emergency repairs if they will stop the damage to your property getting worse. Make sure you inform your insurer of any such measures and keep any receipts so you can submit them with your claim.

4)     Items damaged by floodwater should be kept until your insurer has advised you what to do – some items may be able to be repaired.

5)     Remember that just because the water has subsided, the damage it has done to your property can take weeks or months to repair. Do not decorate a house that has yet to dry out properly.

 

What is covered on my insurance policies?

 

1)   Your household buildings and contents policy will cover flood and storm damage and, usually, your insurer will be able to pay for temporary accommodation for you and your family while your own home is being repaired.

2)   If your car is comprehensively insured, it will be covered for flood or storm damage. Some policies will also include a replacement vehicle for you to use while yours is out of action.

3)   Business insurance policies will cover storm and flood damage to your premises and stock. If you are working in a high-risk area, it’s worth checking that your policy includes business interruption cover or buying a separate policy. This will cover costs such as hiring a temporary base for your operation.

4)   Travel policies can cover you if your plans are disrupted by bad weather – check your policy to ensure that you have the peace of mind you need.

 

* Adrian Flux Insurance Services has a team of expert advisers who can offer you bespoke policies for home, car and travel insurance. For more information, call 0333 555500 or visit www.adrianflux.co.uk.

 

Flux Featured Customer – Toytown Coupé

It would be surprising if at least a few of you didn’t recognise this piece of automotive brilliance. Perhaps you fondly recall memories of your childhood, wheeling around the garden in your little plastic red and yellow ‘Little Tikes’ toy car. Or perhaps you’ve seen this exact, road-going version far more recently. This one car has really captured people’s imaginations of late, with its viral internet spread as far reaching as various large American news websites. Since then, it’s been picked up by the national press, including The Sun and The Mirror, with the BBC also having met with John, joining him for a ride along.

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So why do we mention, you ask. Well, it just so happens that this brilliantly imaginative, road-legal car needs to be insured and we’re proud to announce that we’re the company able to provide the necessary cover. :-)

We caught up with John, of Attitude Autos, to get the lowdown;

Owner: John Bitmead (Attitude Autos)

Car: “Toytown Coupé” (Donor car; Daewoo Matiz)

Modifications: “Extensive! Haha. Needless to say that – barring the running gear and modified portions of the roof and chassis – there is very little of the original Matiz left.”

Engine: 800cc

Top Speed: 70mph

Self-Built: Yes

Time spent on the vehicle: 1,000 hours

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Vehicle use: “The vehicle was built with fundraising in mind, with The Child Brain Injury Trust receiving the lion’s share of proceeds. Over the course of the year, we’ll be attending various promotional events and shows to raise money. In addition, we’re currently planning a 20 day trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats, stopping at various towns and cities en route.”

Why Adrian Flux: “As a long-term customer of Adrian Flux, it really didn’t take too much thought! In fact they’ve covered all of my vehicles, ranging from high performance cars to American imports right through to this one-off, since the late 80’s.”

Most important insurance element: “The agreed value was an essential factor of the insurance. Given the unique nature of the car, along with the amount of time that we’ve all (Attitude Autos) invested in the project, we always knew it would be difficult to place an accurate value on the car. After a few discussions with the guys at Flux, it was decided that we’d have an independent specialist come and appraise the car, which we then used as the basis for agreeing the value. Adrian Flux were more than happy to accept the accompanying valuation and it was a very painless, but important, procedure, all-in-all.”

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For more information about the ‘Toytown Coupé’, or to have a look at all the others projects the guys at Attitude Autos are embracing, head over to their site and have a read. They’re always on the lookout for new projects, so if you’ve got something in mind, don’t hesitate to get in touch with them.

Big thanks to John and everyone at Attitude Autos for the insight. No doubt the little motor will be spotted plenty of times, up and down the country but if you’d truly like to see ‘Toytown Coupé’, in the flesh, then come and join us at Trax.

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Where can you see it: Along with a host of other vehicles, we’ll be hosting the ‘Toytown Coupé’ on the Adrian Flux stand for Trax at Silverstone on Sunday 7th September. Trax is the last show of the Adrian Flux Auto Series and is a great day out for car enthusiasts and families alike. Tickets are available here from as little at £16*, with children under 14 permitted free entrance with a paying adult.

*Early-bird ticket offer available until 26th May 2014.

Here at Adrian Flux, we’ve been providing specialist, tailored insurance policies for over 40 years, so if you’ve got a one-off or highly modified build in progress, give us a call on 0800 369 8590 or use our callback service to get a quote.

Road Magazine’s Project Cars – Insured by Adrian Flux

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Here at Adrian Flux we are very proud of our heritage as the UK’s largest specialist insurance broker. We love knowing that no matter what you drive, you can come to us for a quote, confident that we can help. That’s why we were so happy to see that Phil at Road Magazine had such a good experience with us when insuring his latest project car.

The car in question for Phil was a Range Rover P38 – a 4.6-litre, V8, automatic and LPG-converted example – which he picked up at a motor auction in Norfolk. Purchasing the P38 was Phil’s first foray into the car auction world but, with success on his first attempt, it is clearly a world that he is well suited to. Before long, with the car checked over and his pals in the trade consulted, he was competing with the professionals, bidding furiously to secure the project car of his dreams.

IMG_0379-300x200With his nerves settled and tips picked up from the regulars ringing in his ears, Phil manoeuvered and bid his way into ownership. The key thing in auctions like this is to know your limit and stick to it – it can be far too easy to get carried away and blow your budget, leaving you with little to spend on fixing your purchase up.

All the paperwork was handled for Phil by the auction staff, leaving him with just the job of arranging insurance, which is where Adrian Flux came in. In his own words, our staff make the task of insuring practically anything very easy and pain-free and are all experts in motoring and insurance. Phil’s policy came in at under £400 and included free breakdown cover and allowed an endless list of modifications, both ideal features for a car destined to be tinkered with.

Car blogSince getting his P38 home, Phil has engaged on a campaign of modifications, from tuning the engine and replacing the suspension to upgrading the lights and getting it ready for greenlaning. Over time this P38 is sure to transform into a great example of what project cars can be, and we can’t wait to see the final product.

Phil’s story might seem a little unusual but it’s a very common occurrence for us. We regularly deal with customers who have bought older vehicles, unusual cars or have heavily modified them and are now looking for cover, and these are just the customers that Adrian Flux wants to help.

 

For more information on Phil’s P38 project and many others, visit Road Magazine http://www.roadmagazine.co.uk/2014/01/07/project-p38-introduction/