This Peugeot 205 gti is the perfect example of how cars that you grew up with influence your life. The owner of this car could never get insurance on the car when they first came out. He had to settle for the 205 Style. Life continued and the cars he had changed over the years but the desire for the 205 gti was still lingering. One day he stumbled across an advert for the car you see pictured above. The car had been set up as a hill climb car and was in need of some serious tlc. In fact it barely ran.


With the car being set up for hillclimb racing. Hillclimbing is a branch of Motorsport in which drivers compete against the clock to complete an uphill course. So the gearbox was set up with the shorter gear ratio. This gearing is not suited to the normal road or even track. So the gearbox was removed and sent to a third party for a rebuild taking the gear ratio’s back to original.

Whilst the engine was out the car we set about checking it over. It soon became apparent that the 22 year engine had seen better days. The engine block was sent down to the engineering workshop and a rebuild kit was ordered for its return.

With block back in the workshop we set up building the engine back up using the new parts. As you can imagine with a car of this age, replacement parts are not always on the self and the air flow meter came all the France.

With the car built back up and running sweet it was handed back to the customer for them to enjoy. The car will be used mainly for track days but also for a quick blast in the sun.

It is great to see cars that we grew up with, idolized even still being used. This car is an honest car that has been made good for some fun.

This Peugeot 205 GTi will definitely catch your eye 🙂

Classic Mini Rolling Road Set Up

On the rolling road this week for a tune up, a classic Mini.

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This recently magazine featured Mini came for a health check / tune up on the rolling road. Running with the 1380 engine set up along with Webber 45’s, SW cams, Maniflow stage 3 manifold with a straight cut gearbox and Megajolt ignition. This Classic Mini is no stranger to Hillclimb events and the odd track days.

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Unlike most modern day cars the Mini doesn’t have an OBD port and can not just be simply plugged into a computer. The car is run on the rolling road and we use headphones to listen to the engine whilst monitoring the fuelling etc. on the rolling road.

When we ran the car before starting to tune the engine it was making 99bhp, after a couple of hours spent under the bonnet we made that power up to 111bhp 🙂

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The Mark I Mini was the first design of British Motor Corporation’s Mini. It is characterised by its sliding windows, external door hinges and “moustache” grille and was produced between 1959 and 1967. The Mini was considered a British icon of the 1960s. The performance versions of the Classic Mini, the Mini Cooper and Cooper “S,” were successful as rally cars, winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967. In 1966, the first-placed Mini was disqualified after the finish, under a controversial decision that the car’s headlights were against the rules 🙁