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Winning Is Everything


Alex and I have been racing since he was eight and 3 years later seemed to be going nowhere. This all came to a head at Clay Pigeon when he came second in the Iame Class as part of libre Grid with Honda Cadets. His overall finishing position was a lowly 18th and was only able to keep the other Iames behind him by sheer determination and a good helping of luck. This was his first trophy!


It was after this race meeting that I went to see Mike in his workshop and he dynoed our engines, bingo 5.5BHP is not going to win many trophies in cadets. The kart and Alex's driving was good, it was our engines that were poor.


Mike rebuilt both our engines and rented us a race engine whilst we ran our engines in, suddenly no longer were we 'also rans' but now we had become front runners!


Mikes attention to detail and meticulous preparation had taken our weak engines and turned them into winners.


Mike is approachable, honest and trustworthy, his engine building skills are second to none. I just wish I had met Mike sooner!! We have two years left in cadets before we move up to Juniors and I will certainly be using Mike for all our future engine needs.


Adam and Alex Keens

Iame Cadet

Hi Mike,


Having just finished our time racing in Iame Cadets, Winning races & Championships on Bontoft Engines.

Myself and my son William #19 would like say how grateful we are for the time and effort Mike has put into building our Iame engines.

I know without Mikes skill and knowledge plus the passion he clearly has about preparing a race engine our job would have been a lot harder.

Having been involved in karting myself for 23 years and used various engine builders, I can say Mike is the best I have worked with.

Anyone looking for an engine builder that’s honest and motors to be prepared and perform to the best of their ability I would strongly recommend you give Bontoft a try !!!

Again Mike Thank You



Stefan Elswood

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"Thanks Mike for a great engine. We can run  at the front now"

Rob Shaw  #16 Sam Shaw

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William Elswood

2016 Whilton Mill

Club Champion

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Adam Keens with his son Alex