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MK IV Details – UK MKIVS Megameet

For those like me who chose to live a no budget life style running a vehicle is made a lot easier thanks to owners forums.

UK MKIVs Megameet

Soon after acquiring my Golf Mk IV a couple of years ago one of it’s tailgate struts started to come adrift and when I checked on the internet how I might fix it I stumbled on the UK MKIVs Forum which provided the answer.

Volkswagen Golf Mk IV, UK MKIVs Megameet

A couple of month’s ago I revisited the site to get some advice on brakes and noticed that a couple of members were organising a Megameet at Frankies Field, Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire at the friendly price of completely free and managed to get to the last day of the meeting which included a show and shine competition and a game of cricket, above winner of the best engine bay award was “tolucophoto”.

Volkswagen Bora, UK MKIV's Megameet

Deleting door handles is one way to make ones car more aerodynamically efficient, apparently to open the doors on this Bora one has to press a button below the door mirror.

Volkswagen Golf Mk IV, UK MKIVs Megameet

Above a 2003 R32, one of each of the original four colours was present reflects a couple of fluffy white clouds.

Volkswagen Golf Mk IV, UK MKIVs Megameet

If you want to get down you need to ride on air, one day I hope to check out just how good the ride really is.

Volkswagen Golf Mk IV, UK MKIVs Megameet

All too soon the cricket was over, I never broke my duck in three innings nor did I make a catch, and the prizes had been awarded and it was time to say good bye, I look forward to returning to next years event when I hope to make a weekend of it.

More pics of the event on these links from dan Ward and LTgoodevil, my thanks to our hosts Dan and Royce.

Thanks for joining me on this “MK IV Details” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at an easy to replicate, yet difficult to authenticate special edition. Don’t forget to come back now !


Hot & Violent – Maserati Khamsin

The Maserati Khamsin was launched in 1974 to replace the Maserati Ghibli and like it’s predecessor the cockpit accommodated two seats and two rear cushions.

Maserati Khamsin, Auto Italia, Brooklands

For the first time Maserati commissioned Bertone to design the Khamsin and Marcello Gandini is credited with carrying out the work on behalf of his employer which included asymmetrical vents in the bonnet /hood. A post 1977 Khamsin like this 1978 example is easily distinguished by the three vents at the front.

Maserati Khamsin, Auto Italia, Brooklands

Like the late Maserati Indy, Bora and early Merak models the Khamsin was building a selection of parts from owner Citroën’s parts bin that included braking and steering components.

Maserati Khamsin, Auto Italia, Brooklands

The Khamsin was the only Maserati to be fitted with Citroen’s self centering steering gear, meaning the driver must hold the steering wheel at all times when negotiating corners because other wise the steering wheel will positively self center in a much shorter time than a traditional self centering system activated by the castor angle of the front wheels.

Maserati Khamsin, Auto Italia, Brooklands

Only the 4.9 litre / 300 cui V8 engine from the Maserati Ghibli SS was available to 170 mph Khamsin customers, this was fitted with Bosch fuel injection, replacing the Weber Carburettors and produced 10hp less than the 330hp Ghibli SS.

Maserati Khamsin, Auto Italia, Brooklands

Khamsin is the name given to a hot and violent Egyptian wind that blows in the desert for 50 days.

Production of the Khamsin ended in 1982 with only 435 vehicles built a disappointing third of the number of it’s predecessor, it was the last V8 Maserati model to be built until the arrival of the Shamal in 1990.

Thanks for joining me on this “Hot & Violent” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at another aero engined car, not powered by a Curtiss OX motor. Don’t forget to come back now !


Brushed Steel Roof – Maserati Bora

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The Maserati Bora was developed in 1968 to go up against the mid engine De Tomaso Mangusta, Lambourghini Muira and later Ferrari 365 GT4 BB. 524 examples of the model were built from 1971 to 1978.

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Under the direction of Citroen owners of the Maserati marque at the time, the Bora featured a steel monocoque with the longitudinal engine mounted on a subframe at the back and for the first time on a Maserati independent suspension on all four wheels.

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Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design was responsible for the steel bodywork which featured an unusual for the time brushed steel roof.

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289 Bora’s including this 1972 model were powered by a 310 hp 4719 cc / 288 cui V8 with a further 235 built from 1973 to 1978 being fitted with a larger 320 hp US emissions spec 4930cc / 301 cui motors giving the vehicle a 160 – 170 mph capability. The engine compartment featured double glazing to separate it from the cabin and a carpeted aluminium cover to keep the noise down.

By the time production of the Bora had ceased Maserati was in the ownership of De Tomaso.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s brushed steel roof edition of ‘Gettin’ a lil’ psycho on tyres’ and that you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !