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slomove
December 31st, 2013, 07:20 PM
Superformance as Caterham dealer? (http://www.usa7s.com/vb/showpost.php?p=80222&postcount=1)

slomove
December 31st, 2013, 07:22 PM
I guess it is true. It is also on the Superformance web site (http://www.superformance.com/News_List.aspx)

Doug Liedblad
December 31st, 2013, 08:21 PM
Nothing on the Caterham USA (http://www.uscaterham.com/about/welcome.html) website about it.

Lucky Dawg
December 31st, 2013, 11:23 PM
Superformance as Caterham dealer? (http://www.usa7s.com/vb/showpost.php?p=80222&postcount=1) Actually they are now the US distributor. Not sure what this means for the curremt dealers.

rzempel
January 1st, 2014, 07:12 AM
Are they "the" US distributor, exclusively, or "a" distributor? The press releases don't mention, or even imply, exclusive distributorship.

Sean
January 2nd, 2014, 08:45 AM
Now posted on the News section of the Caterham site HERE (http://uk.caterhamcars.com/news/telegram-caterham-hq-caterham-signs-new-us-distributor).

Following is the complete text of the announcement on that page:

Caterham Cars and its iconic Seven will be officially sold in the USA with a new US distributor as of January 1st 2014.

Superformance (www.superformance.com) is based in Irvine, California and will sell several variants of the Seven.

Increased American interest in the legendary British sportscar was sparked earlier this year, when X Factor supremo Simon Cowell took delivery of a Seven CSR 260 at his home in Los Angeles.

Superformance will stock a range of Seven variants, although primarily the higher-power incarnations of the car, which have traditionally been more popular in the American market. The range will include the Seven 480 and the new Seven 620R, which will top the US line-up initially.

Caterham Group CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “The US market has always been a difficult one for us, thanks to the stringent federal homologation rules. But we know there is an appetite for our particular brand of lightweight and performance and we already export our SP/300.R to the States through Dyson Racing.

“In the last two years, Caterham has significantly broadened its reach internationally and signing a new official distributor in the form of Superformance in America is a natural extension of how our brand is expanding, rapidly, across the globe.”

Sevens will be shipped to the USA in part-built form and sold as rolling chassis via Superformance’s nationwide dealer network for customers to then complete the build personally.

moosetestbestanden
January 2nd, 2014, 01:24 PM
Well, the Caterham USA site's contact page still points to Arvada, CO., at least for the time being.

Time will tell I suppose.

randychase
January 2nd, 2014, 02:18 PM
The importer of record will be Superformance with an east coast and west coast port. Existing dealers and existing Superformance dealers are part of a discussion about how this will all work moving forward. There will be some changes in how the cars are imported, with the possibility that they still may offer a kit option, but that kit may be a higher price than a ready-for-an-engine roller. Car models will be have name changes and should include the 160 all the way up to the 620R.

More information after Barrett Jackson January. If any owner can get their car to Scottsdale for Barret Jackson, Superformance is interested in talking to you, as they intend on having a nice display for the cars as the start of a more focused marketing campaign for Caterham cars in the USA market.

moosetestbestanden
January 3rd, 2014, 06:55 AM
There will be some changes in how the cars are imported, with the possibility that they still may offer a kit option, but that kit may be a higher price than a ready-for-an-engine roller. Car models will be have name changes and should include the 160 all the way up to the 620R.

I wonder what implications r.e. SB100 registration this may have.


More information after Barrett Jackson January. If any owner can get their car to Scottsdale for Barret Jackson, Superformance is interested in talking to you, as they intend on having a nice display for the cars as the start of a more focused marketing campaign for Caterham cars in the USA market.

Love to, I think. Maybe. Somehow I'm left wondering whether my track pitted and none-too-shiny U-Build-Em (frickin ROCKET fast:-)) car would necessarily impress either the new importers or the Simon Cowells and all the other billionaires of the world, who apparently are the target market. Not that I'm complaining. A couple more rich guys at the track whose take-offs I could buy wouldn't bother me at all. Nope, not at all. :-)

And while they probably already know this, if the fellas at Superformance want to or need to confirm just how fast a Cobra (replica or original) is compared to a track-prepared Caterham they're welcome to come out to the track and see. :-) Now that's a selling point. To me at least. :-)

Sean
January 3rd, 2014, 08:07 AM
I wonder what implications r.e. SB100 registration this may have.
It should not have any, but with the various state agencies involved, it would seem the window for misinterpretation of the rules will be opened a whole lot wider than it was before...

randychase
January 3rd, 2014, 08:55 AM
And while they probably already know this, if the fellas at Superformance want to or need to confirm just how fast a Cobra (replica or original) is compared to a track-prepared Caterham they're welcome to come out to the track and see. :-) Now that's a selling point. To me at least. :-)

In my conversation with the main guy, he mentioned that the Caterham would be a true track car, which they do not have in their range line up. They do understand that.

randychase
January 3rd, 2014, 09:01 AM
And yes, a roller should be fine for kit car purposes. One does not have to assemble the other things other than the engine and gearbox. They sell now to the US market their cars as component cars so they know what they are doing.

There is a possibility of a new federal bill that might simplify this. Not sure how that is going to go.

slomove
January 4th, 2014, 04:49 PM
Birkin has been selling rollers to the US forever. The kit option was actually a disassembled roller AFAIK. For the SB100 it made no difference.

Rod
January 10th, 2014, 03:34 PM
If you go the Caterham USA web site the contact us feature takes you to Irvine CA, and no mention of colorado.

Doug Liedblad
January 11th, 2014, 10:04 AM
It's changed since I posted the link earlier.

It was still to Colorado then.

FerneyO
January 12th, 2014, 07:26 PM
I got the following response from Superformance:

Hello Dave,
It is nice to have you contact me about this. We are evaluating the dealer network and during this time you can contact our parts manager in Irvine for any parts currently needed. He is Dave Cope and his email is: dave@superformance.com. As soon as I have additional details about a location that could be useful to your location, I will get you updated.
Thanks,
Cole

Cole McGlothlin
VP of Operations, Superformance
6 Autry, Irvine, CA 92618
Direct: (949) 900-1962
Fax: (949) 900-1683

magnusfeuer
January 16th, 2014, 02:20 PM
I'll send Dave Cope an introductory email from the club.

/Magnus F.

magnusfeuer
January 16th, 2014, 02:29 PM
Sent this:

Dave,

I got your name through Cole McGlothlin.

It seems like Superformance is taking over the Caterham distributor role in the US, which is very good news.

Me and a some friends are running the California Caterham Club over here at the left coast. Since Caterham during the last years has languished in the US in general, and in California in particular, the club has acted a bit like a broker and advisory board for locals wanting to get into the Caterham game.

We are very excited to see that Superformance, based in Irvine no less, is picking up the challenge of bringing an excellent car to the next level in the US. We know the local Caterham culture fairly well, so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ping us.

If you want to get to know the California owners, I suggest that you register at our club site and introduce yourself and maybe tell us a bit about what your plans are. Our forum is located at http://www.californiacaterhamclub.com/chat

Sincerely,

/Magnus Feuer
Chairman - California Caterham Club
[contact redacted from forum post]

moosetestbestanden
January 16th, 2014, 04:59 PM
Sent this:

Dave,

I got your name through Cole McGlothlin.

It seems like Superformance is taking over the Caterham distributor role in the US, which is very good news.

Me and a some friends are running the California Caterham Club over here at the left coast. Since Caterham during the last years has languished in the US in general, and in California in particular, the club has acted a bit like a broker and advisory board for locals wanting to get into the Caterham game.

We are very excited to see that Superformance, based in Irvine no less, is picking up the challenge of bringing an excellent car to the next level in the US. We know the local Caterham culture fairly well, so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ping us.

If you want to get to know the California owners, I suggest that you register at our club site and introduce yourself and maybe tell us a bit about what your plans are. Our forum is located at http://www.californiacaterhamclub.com/chat

Sincerely,

/Magnus Feuer
Chairman - California Caterham Club


Good on ya.

JohnCh
January 17th, 2014, 02:20 PM
Cross-posting from this (http://www.usa7s.com/vb/showthread.php?t=9248)thread on USA7s.


I had a chance to talk to Lance Stander of Superformance this morning, the US Caterham distributor. I mentioned to him that Caterham owners here expressed their interest in possibly bringing their cars to an event in show of support. And while the Barrett-Jackson event came up too early to address, Lance is officially inviting you (Caterham owners) to come on up and visit, meet and greet with him... and if you wish, display your car in the Caterham booth at the Grand National roadster Show in Pomona, CA in two weeks!

Here is the link. Contact Lance at Superformance.com directly if you are interested. Here is a link to the show...

http://www.rodshows.com/gnrs/index.html

followed by:

I asked Superformance if they could pass along a little more official looking announcement for you guys here, and here it is...
"...Superformance has just confirmed 6 spaces available in our display for Caterham Sevens at the Grand National Roadster show and the first 6 owners to contact us will be able to show off their beautiful cars in our display and receive two passes for the event. We apologize for this last minute invite, but would greatly appreciate your participation with us in this wonderful event..."

Feel free to download the invitation flyer here...

http://superformance.org/caterham/grand_national_show_invitation.pdf

magnusfeuer
January 17th, 2014, 04:06 PM
I got a nice reply from Dave Cope.

They are waiting for their first couple of cars, and are still planning things out. I offered whatever help we could provide, and pointed out the need for California repair/body shops, a good parts supply, and a solid registration process. Dave acknowledged this and said that he would get back to us once they've gotten their things in order.

/Magnus F.

moosetestbestanden
January 26th, 2014, 05:55 PM
"...Superformance has just confirmed 6 spaces available in our display for Caterham Sevens at the Grand National Roadster show and the first 6 owners to contact us will be able to show off their beautiful cars in our display and receive two passes for the event. We apologize for this last minute invite, but would greatly appreciate your participation with us in this wonderful event..."

I went out to the Grand National show today. The Superformance display was mostly Cobras, a GT40, some Mustangs and 1 Caterham, a black w/ black over red interior SV. I hovered around a while but was left alone, which was ok by me.

In my opinion, The Grand isn't really the type of show for anyone other than Hot Rodders and fabricators. The cars that were up for the Big Trophy are all invited to the competition (which reeks of stinking politics to me). And they were beautifully made. But, I'm not really enamored w/ jewelry, whether it is dangling around a neck or sitting on 4 wheels. Yes, they're beautifully made, but...

The last hall I visited was really the most (if not only) interesting one there. It was completely dedicated to land speed record cars and motorcycles. There were some amazing vehicles there. This hall alone made the trip worthwhile, and reminded me that I've got to go to the Salt Flats for Speed Weeks one of these years.

slomove
January 26th, 2014, 09:00 PM
.........reminded me that I've got to go to the Salt Flats for Speed Weeks one of these years.

That would be a good trip, we should plan that sometimes. Last time I was out there at El Mirage I came too late and the runs were almost over. But it was an interesting experience to go on that surface with the Seven. The salt dust is probably not the greatest thing for the car but better than German roads in winter...

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-NGcberP3RFI/TsBt4rSVKjI/AAAAAAAAC7o/7QK-VULjNZ4/w1024-h768-no/DSC00307.JPG

Doug Liedblad
January 26th, 2014, 10:21 PM
I do El Mirage a bit differently

escondidoron
January 27th, 2014, 12:09 AM
Great pictures of Elmo.

For such a desolate place the scenery is still pretty interesting out there:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8372532036_de2ac474e3_b.jpg

prabjohns
January 29th, 2014, 12:30 AM
Doug, your land Sailer looks like awesome fun!

Doug Liedblad
January 29th, 2014, 10:03 PM
Any and all are invited to come out landsailing next time or any time we go.

April / May is nice, not too cold at night and usually not too windy during the day.

slomove
January 29th, 2014, 10:29 PM
Cool. Let us know when you go!

I guess I am highjacking this thread but that is O.K. because I started it in the first place :icon_playful: More El Mirage pics:

weird creatures out there....
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-UPMw77Zvq14/TsBuB5YNoLI/AAAAAAAAC7w/79asvPNdxN0/w1024-h768-no/DSC00314.JPG

interesting ones too....
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_fB3qVePdgE/TsBuWs62KiI/AAAAAAAAC8M/MzPkZFQLKlA/w1024-h768-no/DSC00326.JPG

And scary ones.....
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-c_rR9xvGzTE/TsBt8244n4I/AAAAAAAAC7s/xfIy2wa1Scw/w1024-h768-no/DSC00313.JPG

moosetestbestanden
January 30th, 2014, 06:39 AM
That 2nd one was at the show. It's all about frontal area (with a large measure of testicularity thrown in) isn't it?