Very happy indeed and I (mostly) enjoyed the process, but there are a few things that I couldn't finish due to Caterhams inability to supply parts, namely fuel pump, seats, weather gear, coolant bottles and some other bits and bobs. The reason I say mostly enjoyed the process, is that Caterham could do a MUCH better job, and I think they should too, considering they've been doing this for 50 odd years.
Many will say it's all part of the experience, character building and so on, but I disagree, the Caterham supply operation is poor with numerous parts missing upon delivery. The instructions are extremely vague with more photos or exploded diagrams needed to improve or simplify the enjoyment of the process (certainly for me anyway). I could go on and on picking faults, but, I would like to say a special mention to Derek Howlett who really is the star of the show (for building advice and supplies), and I think if the entire Caterham team were as efficient and knowledgeable as he is, they'd have more satisfied customers, less money wasted on sorting out issues they'd created and I'm certain they would sell even more kits.
So I'm left with a car that's 99% finished (which is a shame for me), but looking on the bright side I'd completed a life long ambition and proved many of the doubters (myself included at some points through the build) that I could do it.
Here are the pictures of my finished Caterham R500 - a very satisfying moment indeed. Painted in Porsche Riviera Blue 39e with Mactac Semi Fluorescent Orange and white Caterham Font triple stripe and decals.
|Caterham R500 with anthracite wheels painted in Porsche Riviera Blue 39e with Mactac Semi Fluorescent Orange and white Caterham Font triple stripe and decals.
|The opinion dividing new badge.
|Front of the car with silver sprayed seven on the radiator grille.
|Drivers side view.
|Drivers side, exhaust and interior shot.
|Passenger side rear wing, roll bar and interior shot.
|Overhead shot of interior with track day roll bar in foreground.
|Dash badge... Caterham Superlight R500 number 175.
|Steering wheel and Stack Dash.
|The 620R harnesses, you'll notice the drivers side ones are a slightly blue colour - so these will be changed.
In the meantime there are a few upgrades I'm thinking of ordering, and I'll continue to blog about the PBC, IVA, registration details and naturally the collection too!
Once I have the car I'll probably be keeping the blog up to date with blat vids and pictures, experiences, mods, the occasional track day and general Caterham R500 stuff, I guess like a very long term review..!