McCopy mk 5


I love CAN-AM
I can't begin to describe what it was like from the other side of the track in its heyday. McLaren mechanics changing engines, Porsche mechanics struggling to change gearsets in their transaxles, running around trying to find the Goodyear tire rep with his pyrometer, peering down the track waiting to flash a chalkboard to the driver, ... all at about 120 decibels.

Bill Kearley

We in B.C. had Can Am at Westwood. It was called mountain high racing or thunder in the hills, I have to stop now, my hart is pounding!
Two years and a few hours work just to change a number change...not!
Visually though that`s all it looks like from the outside, closer inspection reveals that it`s a totally different car. Got it all done and into the Speedshow, now it`s time to get those registration plates and do some miles......when the sun`s out. It literally turns into a very fast cold water bath tub when it rains.


Went to go for a drive today and could not fully select reverse gear. I have tried and checked all my connections / gear lever movement and anything else that externally could effect it. The trans is an Audi 012 brand new and it drives fine forward, its just the reverse gear engages partially and pops straight out when you release the`s got me buggered....any suggestions please.
Problem solved...after a good night`s sleep i went down to the workshop and checked the bolt that locks the gear shift arm onto the selector shaft....and yes the bolt head just foul``s the gear box housing preventing full reverse engagement.
Don`t have to pay a visit to the Audi dealer!

Well we are onto what should be our second to last certification check and the usual small bits to appease. Just done an official sound check and we are at 107db and I need around 98 / 99dba. The combined muffler has a division and balance inside and its not practical to amend.(as it will be fine once I get it rego`d). My thoughts are to put some 30 mm perforated tube with baffles to encourage the gas/sound to follow a torturous route out. The tail pipes are approx 400mm long. Any thoughts please as it will also need to be tested for emissions afterwards. I have driven it a little bit and it sure is a head turner and cool to drive.

Randy V

Lifetime Supporter
Have you thought of putting SuperTrapp ends with discs on the tailpipes? Easily tuneable and removable..
Hi Russell, very impressive so is that all 3 of your cars together at "Big Boys Toys" looks amazing. I have now finished the engine and its ready to go to the dyno for fire up and the last thing to do is lay up another body so I'm hoping to be finished early in the new year. Great work, looking forward to see whats next off the Keach production line. Cheers Leon.
Hi Leon, good to hear from you...thought you had gone to ground.
Sorry but no to Big Boy`s Toys as I was not there. I think my first car was there, the second is in Southwards Museum and the third is here at home almost thru the cert process for road registration.
The next ? well just for fun I have almost completed a little Formula Junior, the chassis is all done and just waiting for my motor before I start on the body work. Been sticking close to home with our little ` journey`.
I got all keen on Monday and remade the front wishbones ( I was using the ugly standard Mx5 ones) and I have just painted them before tea. I will post some pics as they have turned out really good.
Russell, can I ship my car to your place, you should be done by Christmas....I’m amazed how fast you get things done and the great result. Regards Andrew.
Andy, when you are have all the time in the world. I also have to keep reasonably close to home with our little life`s challenge.
"My thoughts are to put some 30 mm perforated tube with baffles to encourage the gas/sound to follow a torturous route out."

How did you go with the additional baffles.?
I just added some to my GT40 Build.
My addition of baffled pipes knocked the sound down from 110 db to around 102. I need to get to 99 so will wrap the internal baffles with an exhaust cloth and make a little `engine cover` from hi density foam as I am sure that there is considerable db coming from induction. After sorting out my computer problems, we got hit with the first Covid lock down and now that my dear Carol has lost her fight, I have parked the car until the sun starts shining so plan on looking at it again come Sept / Oct. All it needs to complete is the road test and it would be ready for registration.