ABOUT M.A.N MOTORSPORT
In April 2014 the project was put up for sale and a bit of a scramble ensued. When the dust settled the new owners were Matt Pett, Nigel Barker and Anthony Cockroft. Put the initial letter of their respective first names together and you have ‘M.A.N’, which stands for M.A.N Motorsport.
Plenty has changed since then, as Matt has moved onto pastures new leaving Nigel to run the company full-time with Anthony, a very successful West Yorkshire businessman, contributing his acumen and guidance. He runs no fewer than twelve companies employing around 150 people, primarily involved in graphics and printing.
A modest chap he nevertheless deserves great credit for his endeavours. Those ‘Market Street’ signs at your local Morrisons are produced by one of Anthony’s companies, for example. Actually, he’s a bit of a hero, for me.
NOT IN A RUSH
In theory you have been able to buy a Rush during the interim period, but in reality they’ve really only been supplying spare parts to existing customers and doing the odd show here and there.
Nigel is the first to admit that they have explored a couple of blind alleys during this time, but to be honest it must have been a very hard job to decipher and evaluate what they had and ultimately in which direction to go. As originally there was an assortment of options, including the Rush M/C (motorcycle), Quadra 4x4, V8 and long wheelbase, while the engine choice was staggering with nine bike engines to choose from for a start.
So, effectively M.A.N decided to remove the vehicle from the market while they completely started from scratch, right back to fundamentals, shifting to a round-tube chassis which has reduced the weight by 20 per cent while upping its rigidity by 30 per cent at the same time, also removing any need to weld the frame.
A LITTLE OF OUR HISTORY
The DAX Rush, one of the most respected kitcars in the UK, has been quiet lately.
It was devised by well-known German kitcar specialist Jürgen Mohr in the late eighties and picked up by DJ Sportscars in 1991. It was one of five variants created by Mohr, which for the record also included the Rush Speedster, Rush Classic Roadster, Rush XXL and Rush Dakota F1.
The first two need no real explanation, although the latter does, as it featured a bit of ‘alternative’ styling that may or may not tick your box. Two of the others are still available in Germany, initially through Autohaus Gorgus and latterly Autohaus Glauner, run by Jörg Glauner.
Jörg’s main area of concentration these days is the Dakota Clothing range that includes the famous Steve McQueen-inspired jackets and apparel, although he named his clothing range after one of the Rush models. In Germany you’ll find Dakota concession stores in shopping centres and automotive-related places.
Meanwhile, DJ Sportscars would go on to sell nearly 1200 of their Rush kits, which is a lot more than first thought, but make no mistake, at their height they were shifting thirty Rush kits per month, which is good going by any standard.