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My non Pembleton project is finshed now leaving time for me to give more consideration to my thoughs on a super pem - must be a lightweight 3 wheeler, must be rear wheel drive.

To those whose sensibilities are assaulted by cars other than Pembleton's sign off now. To those who have interest in the IVA test read on I have put 1 car through SVA (a Pembleton) and another non Pembleton through IVA.

The terror that this test arouses in people is understandable but not necessary I have only come across courtesy and respect and a willingness to DISCUSS not argue about any points that appear on inspection. Remember this chaps job is to let you loose on the roads with something safe for yourself and the public at large.

One of my concerns with the car I have built (a 3½ litre mid 20's style sports car) was the dashboard. To maintain any authenticity there are lots of sticky out bits, the options are to A - make a temporary dashboard to defeat the test B - make a dashboard that complies completely or C - a little gem that Mike Meakin came up with about using a clear plastic cover . I worked on this idea and came up with the 20mm thick perspex cover in the attached photo ,that and a mixture of the car builders solutions u-bolt switch protectors made this acceptable.

Other suspect parts were leaf springs at the front and other steering parts that were wrapped with slit cycle inner tube for WEATHER PROTECTION. Another difference between SVA and IVA is you must have a reversing light fitted compliantly.

So the bottom line is read and read the SVA manual and preferably find someone who has SVA,d a car before to critique your effort it is expensive enough to put your pride and joy through the test without retest after retest.

Our test was carried out at Beverley and Dave and Jan Stephenson were kind enough to let us trailer our car to their house prior to the test ,the thought of breaking down on the Humber bridge in the shake down period doesn't bare thinking about.

The Wilbot is styled on a 1926 700 racing car. I built it from scratch using a few photographs and a vivid imagination + lots of digging to be as accurate in a 20's style build as IVA and skill allowed

The chassis is a 1951 Riley RME with certain intensive adjusments! The engine is a Jaguar 3.6 litre using Jenvey throttle bodies on a home made manifold and a Omex ECU. No distributor no carbs. All setup on a rolling road and it turns out 258 BHP 40 horsepower than the original not bad for 200 pound engine from the scrapyard so far it hasn't gone bang and doesn't use much oil.

The front axle is a home designed beam on leaf springs and the rear is MGB on leaf springs again. The body was made by Ian Pitney on a wooden pattern made by myself - all alloy of course.

Dave and Jan are the organisers of the NORTH YORKS FUN RUN on 7th May which is open to all marques an prototypes with entries coming from far and wide it sounds as though it will be an unmissable event. Their contact number 01964 542297 or


Colin Wilson


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