Articles about Nota

This is a collection of articles published in the press and motoring magazines about Nota Sports and Racing Cars and the vehicles the company has produced over the years.  For a general history of the company see our History page.
Here you will find articles on:

   * The Nota Files - Launch of the book on NOTA

   * Evolution of the Species - The story of development of the Nota Le Mans

   * The Nota Files - Launch of the book on NOTA

   * Evolution of the Species - The story of development of the Nota Le Mans

   * Nota History - from Australian Classic Car - Feb 2002

   * Brief history of Nota - for Unique Cars magazine - May 2010

   * Nota Sportsman

   * Nota Fang

   * Nota FI

"The Nota Files"

Launch of the book "The Nota Files" by Rod Moore and Bruce Bloodworth with a description of the launch and a brief summary of the book. By Chris Buckingham.
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"Evolution of the Species"

Clubman Drivers Club of Australia Inc. newsletter April 2005, page 12
An article on the development of the Nota Le Mans with all the fun of getting the design approved by the RTA.  By Chis Buckingham.
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Nota History

Australian Classic Car; 50 Years of Nota - Lets Celebrate. [February 2002]
"February sees the golden anniversary of vehicle construction by Nota. Pat looks back over Nota's 50 year specialist car manufacturing career."  By Patrick Quinn.
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A Brief History of Nota

Written for Unique Cars magazine in May 2010 - Photos have been added later.
"In 1952 Guy Buckingham, an aircraft engineer, started to build sports and racing cars in England utilizing aircraft style construction techniques to build multi tubular space framed cars.By Chris Buckingham.
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Nota Sportsman

Sports Car World [February 1960]; Package Deal Sports Car
"A typical Club type Nota has a seven foot wheel base, is 28-in high and has a little over four feet in track. Positive rear axle location both vertically and laterally combines with cunning independent front end design and an ultra low C of G to give it handling that's as good as you'll get any where. De Dion puts things in the dream class."

Nota Fang

Great Australian Sports Cars & Specials [book]
"The Fang is pure sports car chockfull of performance and character in an up dated Clubman mould and so individualistic in style and construction as to thumb its nose at the automotive establishment". "The Fang boasts impressive performance, good handling and a definite cheeky charm. It gave the impression of being the closest thing possible to a road going race car." Article extract from Mike McCarthy

Modern World; Nota Type 4 Fang [May1971]
"What is proven in racing today will be used on the road tomorrow. In the past this has applied to such items as, disc brakes, low profile tyres, seatbelts etc. Occasionally there is a more complete transformation of virtually an entire car design. Such famous names as Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin allied their designs with what they were proving in competition. And in Australia a new name has entered that list - Nota." Extract from an article by Doug Phippen.

Wheels: Fang & Claw [ April 1971]
"Nota has given its new road going race based sporty, teeth and grip with a snappy engine, ultra light body and a low suspension that grabs the tar and keeps you glued down. With added cunning and daring they've also designed one of the cutest road sporties we've seen." Extract from an article by Rob Luck.

Sports Car World; Nota Fang meets Honda Civic [July 1973]
"The Nota Fang is a different motor car. It begins with the instantly adjustable pedals - but it never really ends. How can it end with a car that extracts such incredible reactions from people, both drivers and pedestrians, critics and sympathizers, every minute of ever mile that you drive it. Or even when you leave it sitting still. How can it end with a strange little slip of a motor car that is so much fun to drive it sets you smiling just thinking about flinging along the last piece of road you covered." From Mel Nichols.

Kit car Australia: The Fang affair [Summer 1986]
"Chris Buckingham's Nota Fang was a different approach to the clubman/minimalist school of car design, it has absolutely nothing that isn't essential for moving a vehicle and two occupants about the world with the wind in their hair and a spring in their step." Article extract from Brian Woodward.

Motor ; Australian's own Sports Car [September 1989]
"The Fang, arrow shaped road going sportster was designed by Chris Buckingham and powered by a Mini Cooper S mounted across the chassis behind the driver. The power to weight ratio was in the same league as a Ferrari with more performance per dollar than just about anything on the market. Thanks to full independent suspension and lightweight construction it combined first rate handling with vivid acceleration." From Pedr Davis.

Nota FI

Australian Sports & Classic Cars; Hey Big Nota [June 1996]
"Impeccable breeding: The new Nota F1 2 litre Twin Cam climaxes years of refinement. Certainly I came away thinking what an awesome car. It had whetted my appetite to sample the V6 version or even the super charged and turbo jobs. Then I thought: If the model I drove was awesome how would I describe these? I guess the F1 name sums up the potential after all." By Gerry O'Reagen

Classic & Sports Car [English edition] A Notable Guy. [March 1998]
"The Nota F1: "It's got a 3 litre Toyota Quad Cam V6 motor, carbon fibre tub Kevlar body and is faster to 100mph than an F40." Extract from an article by Richard Heseltine.

Street Heat. Funky V6 Nota F1 [1998 Year book ]
"A package which can only be described as staggering! Apart from the distinctive aesthetics, the F1 is totally tailored with performance in mind."

The Magazine of the Constructors; The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz [July 2003]
"Out from amongst this slice of wonderland sauntered its author and finisher- the wizard himself Chris Buckingham. The car that met me at the door was a Nota F1, a mid mounted Quad Cam V6 Toyota engine and a 5 speed manual gear box were sitting under powerful shoulders and wing come spoiler. Huge air ducts adjacent to the driver flowed into a slender nose reminiscent of a single seater racing car. The nose was framed on either side with cycle guards over the front wheels, the car looked aggressive yet kind of graceful. It is not hard to appreciate the excellent handling or the 240 + "klicks" the car is capable of."

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