This web site 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 nine years of blood, sweat and tears. The car is now registered and enjoyed by friends and family as well as myself.  However, I wouldn’t call the car finished just yet.  Even though it’s on the road I still have some changes, improvements and updates planned.  So lets call it a work in progress...…..

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.

Details of the build can be found in the hundreds of photos accessed via the main menu above.

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!