We always like to bring you tales of different vehicles covering all aspects of the wonderfully varied specialist car industry. Well, here’s a particularly unusual one for you. Remember where you heard about if first…

The Lykamobile is a STEAM-powered kitcar, the first I have ever heard of in all my years involved with the industry. It hails from a Daventry-based company called Steam Traction World, run by Dean Alford and is a beautiful full-size road-legal replica of an 1898 Stanley Locomobile two-seat Runabout Type 2…

The company specialises in all aspects of steam vehicles and offer a variety of products from More >


Introducing the RT3 from Replicator Sports Cars Ltd.  On Tuesday this week, the most recent sale of this tasteful Triumph TR3 replica was supplied in kit form to a couple from France. They drove over to collect it from the new Vindicator Cars premises in Lye, West Midlands, where the chassis and other components had been completed.

The RT3 body panels in Signal Red gel-coat, along with other parts supplied this week.

Tony Griffith, Replicator MD, said he and the buyers were very pleased with the quality of the engineering, as well as the finish of the signal red gel-coat body panels.

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Are you driving in France this summer? Many kitcar owners will be. Even if you aren’t taking your kitcar you will still need to comply with French laws (from July 1, 2012) regardless of which vehicle you’re driving.

The Alco-Sense Single NF Breathalyser is, the maker’s say, the only UK product compliant with these regulations and is small enough to be popped into your coat pocket or glovebox.

Don’t get caught out – carry this handy TWIN-PACK with you as the French Transport Ministry advises carrying two so, in the event of one being used, another is still available. This will include More >


Tiger Racing will be holding an open day at their Wisbech HQ on Saturday August 18. If previous Tiger bashes are anything to go by it’ll be a good day out. Find all the fun at: Unit 10, Anglia Way, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 2TY.

More from or at the other end of 01945 466 200 ENDS.


A new company has launched a kit to convert the ugly duckling Honda CX500 into a stunning old school cafe racer. ‘Café Racer Kits’ had their first showing of a pair of finished bikes and the individual kit parts at the recent Carole Nash Classic Bike Show at Shepton Mallet and were very pleased with the interest shown from the enthusiastic crowds.

The kit includes a single seat conversion, headlamp brackets, instrument casings, rear hugger, exhaust downpipes, front mudguard blade, radiator shield and tank graphics. It costs £795 complete, or it can be bought in modules if you want to spread More >


Here’s another cool Stuart Mills design, although this one went off to pastures new some time ago, under the control of Northamptonshire-based, Scott Turner.

The standard ‘Mills’ version that remains available, featured a 250cc engine and handlebar-type steering. The new Eco-Exo R model has been devised by Scott and his team and now has a conventional steering wheel and a 400cc engine from a Suzuki Burgman scooter.

Both versions are available with the standard Eco-Exo kit at £1995 and the ‘R’ at £2145 and if you know where to look a suitable donor scooter can be had for peanuts and that equates More >


Respected American transmission company Competition Clutch is building on the sales success of its diverse race-quality clutch range by opening a dedicated UK sales office and logistics centre.

Competition Clutch has partnered with industry leading logistics provider Universal Automotive to allow UK end-users and retailers to enjoy the same levels of stockholding and customer service that has made the brand so popular in its native USA.

Based in Kidderminster, Universal Automotive’s state-of-the-art, 40,000 sq/ft, computer controlled facility will carry all popular Competition Clutch lines for immediate delivery, with the ability to rapidly order more specialist products from the states with very short More >


As well as being the fastest air ratchet available anywhere, the new 500 rpm AR38RP air impact ratchet from Mac Tools is designed with safety in mind and prevents shock being transmitted during use. The ratchet also generates an impressive 74.5 Nm (55 ft-lbs) of torque, making it stronger than any other mini-ratchet on the market.

For the mechanic working in restricted space under the bonnet or elsewhere on a vehicle, accessing and undoing fastenings can prove both frustrating and hazardous. Many will opt to use a standard air ratchet, but this can prove painful due to the shock generated, which More >


The last of the classic Mini models (1980-2000) were equipped with an oversized water pump pulley to minimise the horsepower drain and slow the water moving through the radiator to allow it time to do its job of cooling.

Now Mini Spares is offering an alloy version of the 4.725in pulley that will fit not just the last A-Plus Mini models but all 1275 engines.

The pulley is also ideal for use with a high-capacity water pump and will further assist the

pump in reducing cavitation in the water jacket, and order as part number CAM6408 at £54 inc VAT.

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Space can sometimes be a problem when fitting a turbo into a modern engine bay.

SPA Turbo USA now offers a tight radius 90° cast iron downpipe that will help you retain full use of all your accessories such as power steering and A/C while removing the need for a costly custom fabrication.

What could become a complicated installation is now an easy bolt-on. The downpipe inlet mates to any T3 turbine housings with a 4-bolt, 2½in exducer outlet flange.

The downpipe outlet features a 3-bolt, 3in flange to the exhaust, ensuring superior flow. The slotted flange allows 45° articulation for maximum versatility.

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