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TODAY’S THE DAY THE TEDDY BEARS HAVE THEIR PICNIC …

One of the most widely held and stubborn of national stereotypes is that the Germans simply don’t have a sense of humour, something we’re now able to disprove once and for all through the Ronal (one of Germany’s most beloved wheel makers) alloy range. The proof in question? Well, it’s the Ronal URS of course, a wheel better known by its somewhat inevitable nickname, the Ronal teddy bear. Ronal is now able to offer the wheel in a new, 14in size and in a choice of colours, making it well worth considering if you want a break from the lines More >

JOIN THE DOTS

Everyone’s favourite trim supplies company, Woolies, now has woodscrew double height Lift-the-Dot fastener peg in stock wearing part number 11.

These are replicas of the original long gone items and are not to be confused with the newer ‘machined’ ones, which are on the market. Priced at £2 each you can buy exactly how many you require without any wastage.

To complement these they also have double height Lift-the-Dot pegs with the 2BA thread so you can get a nut on them, which are also priced at £2 each.

It’s worth noting that Woolies Lift-the-Dot sockets are high quality and wear the legend ‘Lift-the-Dot’ on them.

More information from More >

ROVER V8 BELLHOUSING BACK AGAIN

Rimmer Bros has reintroduced the Rover SD1/TR8/MGR V8-type bellhousing, which is also suitable for umpteen kitcar applications as well as Morgan, TVR and custom cars fitted with a Rover V8 engine coupled to LT77 or R380 gearbox.

This high-quality cast alloy component is double heat-treated for strength.

It wears part number FRC133 and is priced at £354 inc VAT.

Order online at www.rimmerbros.co.uk, call 01522 568 000 ENDS.

MERLIN’S MAGIC RETURN

It always gives me a good feeling when cars that I cut my teeth on in this industry in the mid-eighties make a comeback.

First new Merlin under build for many years.

One that comes into that category is the Merlin traditional roadster that first saw the light of day in 1980. Peter Gowing was the main man and he started by importing a Beetle-based Witton Tiger from the States, although the story is bit more interesting than that…

An American chap called Leonard Witton was living in London in the late seventies when he had the idea for such a car and More >

STREET HOPPA HOPS UP THE ROAD TO WARWICKSHIRE

Hands up who remembers the excellently-named FUBAR Street Hoppa, a new take on the beach buggy theme, about ten years ago?

Despite the modern looks it was based on traditional beach buggy fare of Volkswagen Beetle and was the work of John ‘Village’ Warner. Soon after he created it, Village was snapped up by a leading motor manufacturer for the design department and since then he’s risen further through the ranks.

Village’s dad, Barry, himself a very well-regarded automotive clay modeller, took over and actively marketed the kit for a couple of years, exhibiting at several shows and getting media coverage in More >

I LIKE TILES

Here’s another great little device to tell you about and I’d classify it in the same handy and easy-to-use category as the Blink Home Security system I told you about a few weeks ago.

Tile Mate is a discreet tracker that can be attached to anything – luggage, wallets, purses, backpacks, clothing – and shares the location of things via a smartphone or tablet.

Tile Mate is 25 per cent smaller the Tile Original, the world’s best-selling Bluetooth tracker, and it’s lighter. Users can ring their things with one of Tile Mate’s four pre-set ringtones, or use it in reverse to find their More >

WOW-WEE HOW COOL ARE THESE?

Available for LS1 ‘cathedral’ port or LS3 rectangular port cylinder heads, these ICT Billet intake manifolds feature .140in (3mm) thick sheet metal plenums pressure tested to 120psi.

That makes the intakes ideal for supercharged and turbo applications. The manifolds come with big 102mm throttle bodies, a fuel rail kit with hose and fittings, gaskets, and mounting hardware. The throttle bodies use the stock Idle Air Control and throttle position sensors. The MAP sensor must be located remotely and connected to a vacuum line from a port on the underside of the plenum.

Summit Racing also carries ICT Billet power steering, alternator, and More >

THIS IS NOT A DRILL – A DRILL GOES MACHINE MART, MACHINE MART ….

The CIR220 is a powerful 24V compact and lightweight cordless impact wrench ideal for any tool box. Complete with two batteries, a quick one-hour charger, four sockets and a The CIR220 is a powerful 24V compact and lightweight cordless impact wrench ideal for any tool box. Complete with 2 batteries, a quick 1-hour charger, 4 sockets and a carry case.

It has a maximum torque delivery of 220Nm, a ½in square-drive for quick and easy socket changing, with a maximum speed of 2000rpm.

It also has a fast-charging facility in just one-hour and has a comfortable, ergonomic handle. The package includes 17mm, More >

PORKY FOR VW HERITAGE

Established in the global VW scene over thirty years, VW Heritage has just launched a sister company specialising in Porsche parts, to serve those lucky enough to own one of Stuttgart’s finest.

Heritage Parts Centre utilises the existing supply and logistics partnerships already in place at their West Sussex warehouse. Managed by a team of Porsche specialists, Heritage Parts Centre offers the same level of service and product knowledge for customers with Porsche vehicles.

Initial focus will be on air- and water-cooled 911s, Boxster and transaxle models, but true to previous form their range will expand exponentially as soon as possible, with a More >

AK’S NEW JAPANESE AGENT

 

Meet ‘Rufus’ the latest AK427 demonstrator!

AK Sports Cars has just signed a deal with Hiroyuki Katsumi, who runs the UK Classic Factory, in Tokyo, Japan, a business with ninety-years experience behind them dealing in British classics.

Hiroyuki has just received his first consignment of AK427s to sell in his homeland, which is exciting news indeed for Jon and Wendi Freeman and will hopefully see a steady flow of AK 427s heading to the Far East.

More information from o1733 267 633 or www.aksportscars.com ENDS.