July 2016 - The Peter Andrews Memorial Sprint
July 17 saw the 4th running of the Peter Andrews memorial sprint at Woodbridge run by the Fressingfield Oily Rag Club and
Javelin Track Days. Last year saw the green Cipher dip it's metaphorical toe into the world of sprinting. The 2015 effort was better than
expected with no major drama for the green Cipher, so for this year expectations were raised. The day started dry and cloudy with some
sunshine forecast so already better than last years slippery and rainy start. The usual wide variety of cars had gathered in the paddock
area ranging from a McLaren MP4-12C to a couple of historic formula Fords and a 1934 Lagonda Rapier driven by it's equally aging owner
with great verve. Then in between were the slightly more normal mix of various old and new saloon and sports cars to complete the line up.
After completing scrutineering and a couple of sighting laps the green Cipher was ready to go. Since last year the car has had another gearbox fitted to cure the occasional jumping out of second gear problem. The shock absorbers have been replaced with GAZ adjustables all round ( the fronts being supplied by the excellent Reliant Kitten Register parts scheme) and I now have matching rear wheels and tyres after the disc brake conversion last year meant initially just upgrading the front wheels to 13". So first run of the day and I have over 5 seconds improvement over last years best time. After a few more runs the day is over too soon, but the car is working very well and I've now shaved over 7 seconds off last years best time, but mainly the days about having fun and we've all have a brilliant day out.
Above photos by Ken Carrington Photography
July 2016 - A 1:43 model of the Cipher is now available.
I'm advised by David Roots that he has made a standard collectors' scale 1/43 model of the Mk1 Cipher. The master model was hand made and the model is made from a set of solid resin castings. Models are available from the www.theessenceofthecar.co.uk priced at £48 incl. postage, find it under the GT and Sports section. The models can be finished in most colours in line with the buyer's choice.
June 2016 - Green Cipher regains its reversing lights with a new gearbox here.
May 2016 - New Reliant book now available
A new book about the history of Reliant Motor company is finally out. Written by Elvis Payne it covers Reliants complete history in a single volume, including many prototype cars and projects that Reliant were involved with. I haven't seen the final version yet but I'm told the Cipher is included.
May 2016 - Sienna update part 6
April 2016 - Some new pictures of the original Stevens factory circa 1980/81 have been added the the photo gallery page here.
April 2016 - Blue Cipher project and Sienna update
March 2016 - Join the Crowd, The 'Cipher' Crowd, 'Make it Happen' .. 'Spread the word'.
Tony Stevens is now actively seeking funding for his new Cipher project. This is initially being targeted at sports car enthusiasts, 'made in Britain' supporters and straight investors looking for something interesting with excellent profit potential. Further details can be found on the new Stevens Cipher website or by contacting Tony direct at email@example.com