Registry: 1926 CycleKart French

Wes Raynor's 1926 CycleKart French
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This car is a 3/4 scale approx. replica of the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq T700 Grand Prix car of 1926, a team of which raced in the first British Grand Prix at Brooklands. The car has a front engine to provide a low cg and drive is by toothed belt alongside the driver to the rear axle. The drive from the 200cc engine is by a 2:1 ratio gearbox with a wet clutch.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Wes Raynor   [WesR]
Location: Leicester, Leics., UK GBR
Status: Racer, Running

Model Year:1926
Current Colour:Blue
Last Updated:2017-02-11 11:17:04


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Member Comments on Registry: 1926 CycleKart French   ↵
Rated 9.9 out of 10 based on 7 ratings
2017-02-11 17:14:17 # 40253
Comment by Dave D
At last it's in the registry so I can vote!Extremely well done Wes. You've really done justice to one of myFavorites.
2017-02-11 18:56:27 # 40255
Comment by Zoran R. P.
Rating: 10/10
Hello Wess! Great looking CK, but even greater construction! There were some dilemmas in our CK-Club about using such transmission wihtout CVT - what is your experience? Regards, Zoran
2017-02-12 10:43:24 # 40271
Comment by Wes Raynor
Hi Zoran, Well, the engine with a wet clutch was for sale here for almost the same price as engine only so it was a much cheaper option than going for a CVT which seems difficult to find here in the U.K. I understand that wet clutches are popular with commercial buggy manufacturers for being less troublesome. My experience is limited so far because of the winter weather here but, soon as it improves, I will do some serious testing and I will know more.
2017-02-12 10:48:25 # 40272
Comment by Wes Raynor
Thanks Dave, It was a struggle to get on the registry. I don't really consider my car to be a French CycleKart but, as it's all free, I guess we can't complain.
2017-02-13 02:26:39 # 40283
Comment by Brian S
Rating: 10/10
Love your kart/car Wes. love the look the build and the interesting approach you have taken. Well done.Brian S.
2017-02-20 14:24:27 # 40446
Comment by Bryan Dickerson
Can't wait to hear how it runs, Wes. It just looks so good!
2017-02-20 17:10:26 # 40448
Comment by Wes Raynor
Thanks Brian/Bryan, Tow bar fitted to my car today so just need a trailer and some good weather and we will find out if it works!
2017-03-07 21:37:17 # 40817
Comment by Kevin V
Rating: 9/10
Hey Wes! Beautiful rendition of the Sunbeam, very cool proportions! You have a lot of folks wondering about the basic dimensions. Curious about the wheels/tires, what are they? What is the wheelbase? Track? Very classy build.
2017-03-09 11:14:34 # 40871
Comment by Wes Raynor
Thanks Kevin, Wheels are 14" Pit bike, similar to those used by the French group. Easier to get in Europe than the Honda ones and, in my case, much nearer to scale size. Re. proportions, I had no initial intention of going for a front engine position but, with a rear engine, the rear body would need to be higher or longer, which I didn't want. A front engine should give much better weight distribution, look better, and not cost a great deal more once the best drive system has been found. I say this because mine has still not been tested properly due to winter weather etc.. The wheelbase is 69".

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2017-02-11 11:17:04

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Feb 9, 2017 Wes Raynor  GBR Added to Registry (ID 37254)

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