About AK Sportscars

AK Sportscars Ltd – otherwise known as Jon (the boss), Wendi (the real boss), Bob (Workshop Manager),  Carl and Phil (the real workers)  Danni (the Trainee car builder), Molly ( the part time Marketing Assistant) Dougie our trimmer together with Carla and Carrie in the office keeping us all in order.  An average family affair – NO – we are passionate about our product – the AK 427.

It all started in the mid 80’s when Ken (the ‘K’ in ‘AK’ also Jon’s Dad) decided to build a kit car. Never one to do things the easy way he spent 18 months making his own pattern and moulds, being unhappy with anything available quality wise then on the UK market.  He along with a good friend Alan Frew (the ‘A’ in ‘AK’), who was in the fabricating business, then produced the Standard AK chassis. Although it started as a hobby, demand steadily grew until a decision had to be made whether to continue his existing glass fibre laminating business or go full time into kit manufacturing. Obviously the car had WON and AK Sportscars was born!!!

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Production slowly increased so son’s Dan and Jon and wife Lynda joined Ken. Later with the move to our present industrial unit came Trigger and Dougie our interior trimmer. Next joining the “family business” was Wendi,  enlisted to keep them all in order!!! followed by Bob our Workshop Supervisor. Carla holds everything together as our Office Manager, Martin our body Laminator and Phil our Welder keep the kits going out on time. We are also regularly joined with a helping hand from “The kids” Danni helps in the workshop and Molly works part time in the office.  We are now nearly 30 years on from Ken making his first Cobra and producing around 40 kits a year so it’s a real team effort.

This is the AK Sportscars team where each member plays their own role to make our business and the car one of the most respected in the industry.

Ken and wife Lynda retired in 2009 from the business, although Ken is still involved in the electrical side of the business.  We the AK team are passionate about our AK427.


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Jon Freeman

Managing Director
Jon who trained as a carpenter started helping his Dad, Ken at AK in the early 1990’s before joining him full time in 1998. Jon’s passions other than playing in the cobras include motorcycles. He has a few old bikes in his garage he has renovated and also enjoys both road and track action on the more modern super bikes too. Jon took up the non motorised sport of road cycling seven years ago and can regularly be found wearing lycra reaching top speeds of over 68 mph on the down hills in the Alps !!! A little slower than on 4 wheels in “Apple” one of the AK demo cars!!!!
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Wendi Freeman

Wendi who trained as an electrical engineer and later as a nurse started helping out AK Sportscars at exhibitions back in 1993 and joined the AK crew full time in 2009. Wendi like Jon can also be found clad in lycra but chooses to spend more time on her bike in the garage on a turbo trainer as part of her exercise regime. When not on her bike you may find her jogging or walking round the local villages. She does ease up on the exercise to play in the AK demo car and is easily recognizable by the mass of hair flying in all directions as she goes past, usually sporting an excited wave!
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Carla Phillips

Office Manager
Carla joined the AK crew in February 2015. Her previous career included accountancy and business management. Carla is mum to Abbie who keeps her busy with her theatre drama school events all over the country. When Carla gets some me time you will find her either in the gym or out and about in her open topped sports car with the wind blowing in her hair with her partner Vince who is also a car enthusiast.
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Carrie Agger

Part time Office Administrator
Carrie is our newest member of staff having joined AK in March 2019. Carrie’s background was is the insurance sector before becoming a full time Mum to her two handsome boys Jack and Will. Both boys are car fanatics which Carrie blames on their Godparents (Wendi and Jon!). Carrie is always happy to help and will have a coffee in your hand as soon as you arrive at AK HQ. She is learning fast about all the different car parts and has now become the AK note writing champion.
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Bob Henning

Workshop Manager
Bob trained as a carpenter working at Fairline boats and joined AK in 2012 as a glass fibre laminator. He worked up and is now our workshop manager. Bob has always had an interest in mechanics and is happy when stripping, modifying and rebuilding engines. Bob is keen on DIY and always has a project on at home. He has enjoyed the challenge of learning to mig and tig weld at AK. Bob is a single dad to Sam who can also be found helping out at AK on open days and exhibitions when she is not working.
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Carl Marshall

Carl joined AK in January 2019. He worked for Fairline Boats in Oundle for many years helping to create many swish top of the range boats. He met Jon (AK’s MD) when they were both in their early teenage years and they soon starting tweaking motorcycles to gain more power and headaches for their parents. Carl has recently returned from living in Spain for 20 years. He loves doing up old Lambretta’s and is a perfect addition to the AK clan with his mechanical mind. Carl always has a smile on his face and a very cheeky giggle.
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Phil Renault

Phil joined AK in May 2017. He has been a welder since leaving school many moons ago. Phil has a passion for cars and his daily drive into work is in his 1969 triumph herald which always makes Wendi smile watching his six foot frame extracting himself out the drivers door on his arrival to work. Phil is Dad to four children, Brandon, Evie, Archie and Scarlett ranging in ages from 6 to 12 so much of his free time is spent with his clan or tinkering with his car. He is a great member of the AK team and fitted in perfectly enjoying and always part of the banter in the workshop… Don’t ask if he is a little jumpy though!!!
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Danni Freeman

Trainee Car Builder
Danni has been a part of AK since birth, being Jon and Wendi’s eldest daughter she did not get any choice ha ha. She would regularly join Mum and Dad to help in the AK office and workshop during her school holidays to earn her pocket money. Danni has worked in the automotive sector in various roles since leaving college and has now joined the family business full time learning to build the AK 427’s from the art of glass fibre to welding chassis parts.
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Molly Freeman

Part time Marketing Assistant
Molly started at AK Sportscars aged 4 months!!!! Attending her first Stoneleigh kit car show with Mum (Wendi), Dad (Jon) and Grandad (Ken). She has always shown an interest in any motorised vehicle and speed, crashing her first quad bike aged 3!!!! Molly is always on hand for large events at AK and often surprises herself with her knowledge of the AK 427.