This website shares the story of my home built (Melbourne, Australia) Locost clubman sports car.  It’s a “Lotus 7” style “clubman” that is definitely NOT a “kit car”.  I constructed it from scratch, based on the “Locost” sports car design in Ron Champion’s book “Build Your Own Sports Car - for as little as £250”.  The project cost a lot more than £250 (UK book), and some say it could be called a Hicost, but you can’t place a value on the pleasure the build brings and the personal satisfaction obtained when declaring to all who will listen “I built my own sports car at home - and got it registered!”

In these pages you can follow my Locost clubman project from beginning to end and see the result of eight years of blood, sweat and tears. The car is legally engineered and road registered and enjoyed by friends and family as well as myself.  My daughter loves driving the clubman so much that she borrowed it one weekend and never brought it back!  She is now the proud custodian of the clubby and puts it to good use every opportunity that she gets.

Ready for the road

This is how my road registered Locost sports car turned out.   Still some minor refinements to be completed but it's an awesome drive and attracts a lot of attention and positive comments wherever it goes.

Enjoyed by all the family

All the family enjoy the clubman. My daughter loves it so much that she borrowed it one sunny day and still hasn't returned it.  My granddaughter is the envy of her class mates when picked up from school in the clubman.

Open for business

Hinged and tlting bonnet and nosecone provide quick and easy access.  Both can be easily lifted off with the removal of a couple of pins

Ready for a quick sprint

Adjustable, well padded and supportive seats help make this Locost Clubman great on the track and comfortable on the highway.

What a great rear end

A spare wheel that will hopefully never get used and a good sized luggage area for weekends away in the country.

Some say, building a clubman is as easy as.....

1: Locate a donor car and remove the required parts
3: Fire up the welder and throw a chassis together
2: Grab a stack of steel tubing
4: Add bits to make it move and look sharp

….and you end up with a superb sports car!  Sounds easy!