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SMOKIN’ – SAMMIO MOTOR COMPANY CORDITE

Gary Janes is one of the UK’s most noted hot rodders – indeed he was one of the eleven founding members of the (in)famous Low Riders Club and has also been behind the Dooster and Bay Area Rods projects.

Since turning his attention to kitcars, Gary and his Sammio Motor Company operation have enjoyed good sales of fifties-inspired kits that evoke the specials era and use readily available donors that can be built on a shoestring.

The Sammio Spyder is Gary’s big seller, based on Triumph Herald, while a Citroën 2CV-based variant is called the Cheveux. Stoneleigh will see the launch of More >

IN A WHIRL – VORTEX V2

Now, we all know that the (Phantom) Vortex GTR was one of the most stylish and pleasing kitcar designs of the last 15-years, which is hardly surprising given the pedigree of the man behind the project, Chris Greville-Smith and the car remains available, and should in my view, have sold many more than it actually has.

Chris, has a strong motorsport background with his own Phantom marque, while his dad raced GT40s at Le Mans, and Chris was a top-drawer designer who formerly worked for Ford, Land Rover and Jaguar. The distinctive rear lights on the gorgeous latest Jaguar XJ? That More >

DON’T FORGET YOUR MOBILE – FACOM WORKBENCHES

Facom has launched a new range of mobile workbenches to complete its JET+ line-up launched last year.

The new JET+ mobile workbenches are available in six or seven drawer, three-module width and boast clever built-in features to increase efficiency for workshop owners and mechanics. As with the rest of the JET+ range, the workbenches offer high storage capacity with the added benefit of a cupboard for storing bulky items.

The Jet+ workbenches are built with durability in mind and are fitted with a robust 2mm aluminium worktop, reinforced with 15mm wooden board. An optional wooden worktop can be added separately.

A robust recessed folding key and central locking system with removable key More >

KING OF THE DRAGSTRIP – SANTA POD ‘MAIN EVENT’

Santa Pod Raceway, the home of European drag racing, is already gearing up for one of Europe’s most prestigious Drag Racing meetings; The FIA/UEM ‘Main Event! This hugely popular, televised event is the first round of the prestigious European Drag Racing Championship and features the largest race entry and most packed Motorsport content anywhere in Europe! Over 200 teams and 17 bike and car race classes make this event unrivalled for both the quality and quantity of racing. Make it a date in your diary now! Friday-Monday June 1-4, 2012.

Exemplifying the very greatest, fastest, loudest and craziest spectacles in drag More >

GOING FOR GOLD…

Wolfrace, the well-known UK alloy wheel brand, celebrates the arrival of the London 2012 Olympics with their new Olympic alloy wheel – the latest rim to be launched in the aptly named Wolfrace Eurosport wheel range.

The Olympic is a dished five-spoke design with a polished lip and mock-rivet detail. Two colour options are available – Gloss black or Gunmetal.

Specification details for the new Olympic wheel are as follows; 6.5x15in four and five stud from £107.95 7.0x17in four and five stud from £123.95

The simple dished style, wide range of fitments and colour options will make the Olympic a popular choice amongst More >

‘DIESEL’ BE GOOD

Not one that will apply to many kitcars but with diesel cars now outselling petrol ones, we thought it relevant for you, dear reader.

Designed for use on the injector return side of a common rail diesel system, this new kit from Laser Tools (part no: 5260) measures the return fuel flow on engines up to ten cylinders, the extra cylinder capacity is very useful on certain commercial and marine applications.

Assists with the diagnosis of poor (or no) engine starting, rough running, overall lack of power and excessive smoke. A faulty or partially blocked injector will send excessive fuel back to More >

RING RING

Ring Automotive has launched the RIL3200, a rapid charge and high-power LED inspection lamp for professional motor mechanics and technicians.

The lamp comprises of six LEDs that produce a brighter light output, but also cast a wider light output. This allows, for example, total illumination of an engine bay.

The RIL3200 provides 1200 lux of light on a High-Power setting for four hours of operating time. This is twice as bright compared to a standard. The low-power setting provides 325 lux of light for eight hours operating time.

A key technological advancement is the quick charge time. Equipped with the latest lithium ion More >

ADD-ONS…

With the £100 tankful upon us, the latest petrol and diesel fuel additives from long-time engine care experts, STP, are a timely tonic to Britain’s besieged motorists, with the onus on generating better fuel consumption.

The faster-acting formulations of STP’s new and improved petrol and diesel fuel additives, on sale now from the nation’s forecourts and accessory shops, are more capable than ever of improving fuel consumption, boosting engine efficiency and helping to reduce engine emissions.

When added to a tankful of petrol or diesel, the highly-concentrated STP formulations dissolve carbon deposits from the combustion and fuel delivery system. These build-up in More >

WD40 – NEW RANGE DELIVERS THE PERFECT TOOL

Motoring enthusiasts need never again be stuck for the perfect solution, thanks to a brand new range of professional products from an established expert.

The WD-40 Company has added a brand new range of products to its toolbox, WD-40 Specialist, designed specifically for industrial and more intense trade applications, helping motor mechanics and automotive professionals solve even more problems with WD-40.

WD-40 Specialist assistant brand manager Kieron Roberts says: “The new WD-40 Specialist range has been designed with professionals in mind, to consistently deliver high-quality performance while instilling confidence that the job will get done right, first time.

“Used alongside the much-loved original More >

SPECIAL DELIVERY – CATERHAM STYLE

Reigning American Le Mans Series (ALMS) LMP1 champion team, Dyson Racing, were the first to take delivery of Caterham’s SP/300.R, the company’s all-new race and trackday vehicle this week.

The Caterham Cars-appointed official US distributor is one of the most successful and longest-running privateer race teams in America, having competed in IMSA GTO and GTP, SCCA Trans-Am, GRAND-AM, CART and Indy Lights championships since its inception in 1974.

The US version of the Caterham and Lola-designed car will be manufactured to specifications appropriate to that market, with final assembly taking place at Dyson Racing’s facility in Poughkeepsie, NY, following receipt of its More >