CC Cyclone

Car, Company, Owners



Chassis Numbers 16 - 18

CHASSIS 16 – Gavin Perry's Cyclone. This car originally was originally built by Gavin Perry while working as an apprentice with Car Craft. Subsequently sold on, it has now been through a couple of owners (Gavin even buying it back at one point). It was significantly upgraded by Gavin during his second ownership, including a respray with Auto Mirage. Other features include HiSpec 4-pot front brake calipers, a new dash instrument pod and, most significantly, a move to Calibra turbo engine complete with 6-speed gearbox which has been modified to 2-wheel-drive from its original Vauxhall 4-wheel-drive installation. Now owned by Perry Franssen in the Netherlands.

CHASSIS 17 – This car is currently owned by Ciaran Mooney, who's previous Cyclone (chassis 14) was sadly destroyed by fire. This current car was bought from previous owner and builder, Brian Bidewell in 2006. The pics above are of the car when Brian owned it and it was featured in Which Kit? magazine.

CHASSIS 18 – This is Steve Lowcock's Cyclone which he shares with his son Tom, which he bought second-hand in around 2002. It's a Vauxhall 2-litre 8-valve with a Blydenstein big valve head. Originally running a pair of Weber 45s on Weber Alpha management, Steve struggled to get it running properly, eventually changing to Jenvey throttle bodies and an Emerald ECU. Steve bought the Cyclone to replace a Fisher Fury he'd built himself. Modifications include a Polo 3-speed heater fan mounted under the bonnet which draws cold air through the ventillation when the car is travelling in traffic. The front brakes have also been changed to Renault Laguna vented discs fitted behind the hubs a la Cyclone/Manta with some second-hand alloy 4-pot calipers from Ebay and a specially made mounting bracket. To cure the Cyclone inherantly weak rear handbrake mechanism Steve has used Meriva 4-stud 264mm solid discs mated to Astra/Zafira calipers (1800cc or above) with built-in hand brake mechanism. The only non standard part is the specially made mounting bracket from hub to caliper. Sounds like a great modification.