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Car of the Day…JBA Falcon

JBA has been building classically modelled cars since 1982. The original company, JBA Engineering, was named after the first letter of the surnames of the three partners that founded the company, Ken Jones, John Barlow and Dave Ashley. John Barlow later left the company and JBA Engineering continued producing kit car packages until 2004, when the company was sold. Since the sale no kit or factory-built cars have been made, and in 2007 JBA Engineering was dissolved by Companies House.




In 2008, JBA Motors set in motion plans to re-engineer and resurrect the JBA Falcon, and 2011 was relaunched at The National Kit Car Motor Show – Stoneleigh.


JBA Motors currently manufacture the BMW based JBA Falcon as both a kit package and as a fully factory finished car.



The JBA Falcon is a permanent fixture in the traditional roadster sector of the kit car market. It was one of the first Cortina-based kits appearing in 1982.



Here is a perfect example sent in by Mr K. The classic policy we offer cover agreed value, choice of repair and salvage retention. Mr K can sleep well at night knowing we have his lovely asset fully covered for any eventuality.




If you have a JBA Falcon that you need insured call our classic car/kit car team on 02380 268351 for a bespoke quotation offering all the optional extras with legal expenses cover, breakdown cover, excess protection, agreed value, choice of repairer, salvage retention and many more!

Westfield! Westfield! Westfield!

What a wonderful Westfield world, we love to keep are adverts fresh and what better way than to reach out to our wonderful clients and ask them to show you the stunning cars we insure.



Today we celebrate the Beautiful British Westfield, we asked the Westfield Sports Car Club to send us some examples of this classic roadster. Here are some they kindly shared with us!



The Lotus 7 was designed by the Lotus founder Mr Chapman and is considered the embodiment of the Lotus philosophy of performance through light-weight simplicity.



A true cult classic among petrol heads this vehicle has created many clubs across the country that celebrate the true joy of driving this little pocket rocket!



We hope you seeing this classic of both road and the track in all its glory! If you have a kit car or even your very own Lotus 7 be sure to get in contact for insurance there cares as much for your car as you do at: https://www.aib-insurance.co.uk/products/car-insurance

Introducing Daley Grice

Daley Grice

Airsports Insurance Bureau (AIB), the niche and high net worth insurance broker, has appointed Daley Grice as Specialist Insurance Consultant within the personal lines and high net worth team.

Daley has over 5 years of experience in the insurance industry, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and transferable skills to nurture new and existing clients. He joins from Business Choice Direct where he worked within the commercial sales department, focussing on courier and taxi business.  Prior to this Daley worked at both A-Plan Insurance and Ageas both locally in Eastleigh.

Daley David HayeThe division Daley joins within AIB specialise in meeting the insurance requirements of individuals and companies that may have high net worth, performance and exotic cars.  AIB can cover vehicles such as Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren as well as collections of classics and vintage vehicles and modified, kit and imported cars.  They have a broad selection of products for unusual and non-standard homes, such as thatched, flood risk and clients with higher sum insureds as well as being able to cover unoccupied, holiday homes and rentals.

Daley was born in Winchester and attended Toynbee School in Chandlers Ford.  He has 2 small children, still lives locally and his claim to fame is he once met and spent a morning training with boxing legend David Haye at his gym.

Councillor Murray Johnston


In other news AIB are delighted to announce experienced team member Murray Johnston recently won the local election whilst representing the Liberal Democrats and is now Councillor for Rowner and Holbrook within the Gosport Borough.

Welcome on board Daley and well done and congratulations Murray.



AIB teams up with Tansar on motor products

Airsports Insurance Bureau Limited are pleased to announce that Tansar Insurance has joined our panel of insurer partners.

TansarTansar are a specialist motor underwriting agency able to write a variety of the UK’s motor products. Some of those products include non-standard car and van insurance, specialist vehicles such as motorhomes or kit cars, motor cycles and high and mid net worth cars. They offer a wide range of benefits across all their products ranging from new vehicle replacement to personal accident benefits.

AIB Spokesperson Leah Burt commented: “We have known the management team at Tansar for many years and share the same passion for providing expertise and a true commitment to customer service and product provision. We are looking forward to forging a mutually beneficial, profitable relationship for our ever growing client bank to enjoy.”

To find out more about our new partner Tansar, visit the following link: http://www.tansar.co.uk/

Is This The Most Expensive “Kit Car” Ever Built?

There surely can’t be many kit cars that could fetch in the region of £800,000 but that is how much a 1928 Bentley 4.5 litre Drop Head UP2100 could go for. This one had been broken down and its parts stored for many years until it was recently painstakingly rebuilt.Bentley UP2100

Apparently, Stuart Wallace, who died in 2014 at the age of 75, purchased the classic car back in 1962 for £280 but he was unable to meet its no doubt significant running costs as he was then a student. So, he dismantled the vehicle part by part taking numerous photographs and keeping a detailed record of them, storing the bits in a house in Richmond.

Following Mr Wallace’s death, a relative brought in experts who discovered the cylinder block in the hall, headlights under a bed, the car’s bodywork was in the garage, the clutch on the stairs and there were numerous other parts carefully stored in boxes. A team of people spent several months rebuilding this wonderful vintage vehicle to a point where it could be driven once more. The only new parts that were required were some pieces of wood for the bodywork.

Bentley UP1200The Bentley that is in good condition is currently on display at the Medcalf Collection in Liss, West Sussex and is available for sale. This two-seater model has done 39,000 miles. Only eight of these vehicles were built and this is believed to be the only one to have survived. So, if you are interested in this classic Bentley that has a wonderful history, you may wish to contact the Medcalf Collection.

Here at AIB Insurance, we insure many high-value vintage vehicles as well as a variety of kit cars so why not get in touch with one of our specialist team on 02380 268 351 to discuss your requirements and obtain a competitively priced classic or kit car insurance quotation.

Introducing Tony Johnson, Our Newest Team Member

Tony JohnsonWe are pleased to welcome Tony Johnson, who joins our team in Eastleigh as one of our Insurance Consultants.

Tony has a decade of industry experience, having worked for insurance broker firms in Portsmouth, before moving to Swinton’s in 2013 – initially working in Waterlooville before moving to the Fareham branch.

Tony, who lives in Fareham supports Manchester United Football Club, he was born 9 weeks premature, he hates sponge (??!) likes strawberry flavour things but not strawberries and has met Mike Tyson, Kat Von D and Sir Alex Ferguson.

AIB Office Manager, Nigel Gould, said,

“Another great addition to our team in Eastleigh. Tony has the experience to help us further expand our client bank and offer exceptional customer service levels to our new and existing clients.”