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GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEA

According to a recent survey, you’re nearly three times more likely to be breathalysed in December than at any other time. Police tested 89,138 drivers on the UK’s roads in December 2016, accounting for a fifth of all tests carried out across the year. Seven per cent (5869 drivers) tested positive (or refused to take the test).  

If you’ve been to a Christmas party or festive family meal, it’s easier than you might think to have residual alcohol in your system the next day and a third of all breath tests after an accident are conducted in the morning (between More >

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS!

Have a look at these. Now, do they remind you or your dad or grandad’s garage? They do me. Anyway, new from Gunson, are these, a set of three classically-designed oil pouring cans of the type seen on garage forecourts in days gone by (part number 77144).

Traditionally manufactured in metal and painted in a very evocative green colour, the three oil cans have also the traditional imperial capacities (no metric here!) of ½-pint, one-pint and one-quart.

The long pouring spout makes them very practical, but they look so good that you could simply use them for a classic car garage display. An More >

EMERGENCY TYRE REPAIR

We’ve all been there, dashing to a meeting last minute, on the school-run or heading to the airport, when a flat tyre strikes. Getting a flat tyre can be anything from a mild irritation to downright dangerous if you are on a motorway.  

However, try adding to that equation – a dark rainy night, kids in the car or a young, newly passed driver behind the wheel, and you have the stuff of nightmares.

No one can avoid flat tyres, but you can prepare yourself and your family so that when the inevitable strikes, you are only 90-seconds away from a More >

AH, WELL, HMM, IT IS CHRISTMAS!

Something cool for VW ‘Splittie’ fans this Christmas are these spectacular Split Bus fairy lights. Featuring twenty Split Buses in blue, red, yellow and green and measuring 3m in length, they’re the perfect accessory for hanging from an awning while camping, dangling from your bed or brightening up a dull wall.  You could even have them in your garage!

The best bit is, they run on batteries (you’ll need three size AA) so you don’t have to worry about finding a mains hook up – and you can use them outside providing they are kept out of the rain and away More >

HELP KEEP THOSE WIRES CLEAN

Kitcars that wear wire wheels require a little bit of extra care especially if you are putting them away for the winter.

Leading wire wheel supplier, MWS has a full guide to looking after your wheels perfectly as well as all the necessary products you’ll need. For a start, they recommend taking the wheels off the car and giving them a good wipe down and making sure they are dry.

They then suggest a light spray of penetrating oil to help resist damp over the winter months but remember to remove this completely before driving again so as not to compromise your More >

FLOW BOOSTER

Edelbrock is excited to announce the AVS2 Series as the next generation of their carburetor product line. The AVS2 carburetor features annular flow primary boosters with a new calibration for improved off-idle and cruising performance.

The annular flow booster design delivers improved fuel atomization to eliminate flat spots that may be encountered when the carburetor transitions from idle to full throttle. Each annular booster features eight, equally-spaced orifices to improve fuel metering from idle to the main. The improved flow metering makes this carburetor ideal for use with a wide variety of small-block and big-block engines with either dual- or single-plane More >

MORE POWER; MORE COOLING

Summit Racing reckons you should dump your belt-driven mechanical water pump because it’s costing horsepower and cooling efficiency.

The power used by a mechanical pump increases by the cube of its speed. When the pump speed doubles, the power it robs from the engine increases by the power of eight, all the way to maximum engine RPM. At idle or very low engine RPM, especially in hot conditions, the mechanical pump is turning over slowly too, so it can’t provide the extra coolant flow required to keep the engine cool. 

A Davies, Craig Electric Water Pump solves both issues. It doesn’t run More >

COOL G-TYPE FROM MILLS EXTREME VEHICLES

New from Mills Extreme Vehicles is this new take on their thousand-selling Exocet is the G-type.

Described by MEV-boss, Stuart Mills as being more aggressive, chiselled, contemporary, with the ‘G’ denoting the geometric approach.

The G-type will be officially launched on MEV’s stand at this weekend’s NEC Classic Motor Show (November 10-12) on stand 3-543.

As with the standard Exocet, the G-type is also based on Mazda MX-5 donor and comprehensive kit prices start at £3355 inc VAT.

More from www.mevltd.co.uk or 01623 655 522 ENDS.

OUR PRODUCT OF THE YEAR, I RECKON

Blink, the ultra-affordable, wire-free home security and HD video monitoring system, has just launched its highly-anticipated outdoor camera, the Blink XT, in the UK.

Blink is the wire-free, home security and HD video monitoring system that’s simple to install and runs on two standard AA lithium batteries for up to two-years. Blink video security provides a watchful eye and one-click connection to the home through the free Blink Home Monitor app for iOS and Android devices, allowing customers the ultimate peace of mind when they are away.

In response to customer demand for a weatherproof model, Blink has launched the Blink XT, More >

NUTS ARE SAFETY CRITICAL ITEMS

Wheel nuts and air impact wrenches – strictly speaking an impact wrench is designed to loosen fixings rather than tighten them but with wheel nuts it is very tempting to speed things up by using the impact wrench to refit them, and of course this can lead to over-tightening.

Wheel nuts are safety critical items and should always be tightened with a torque wrench, and aside from the obvious problem that over-tightened nuts (ooer-missus) may be difficult (or impossible) to undo, there is always the danger of stripped threads, or wheel studs and bolts stretching and becoming brittle.

These wheel nut torsion sockets More >