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STUCK. FAST …

SiMPS Superlite is a cool new bonding agent that not only sticks fast, it helps reduce all-important weight. The product has all the benefits of a mainstream polymer and is free of nasties like isocyanate, solvents and silicones while it retains the same moisture curing mechanism with neutral polymerisation.

It’s also odourless and can be painted either after curing or while still wet. It’s the products low density of just 0.33 g/cm³, which means on average, is nearly quarter the weight of PU or MS Polymer.

It can be used on panel seams (inside and out), anti-vibrations, noise reduction, bonding of insulation More >

‘MCLAREN’ THE DOCUMENTARY

BRUCE MCLAREN DOCUMENTARY – A PROPER TRIBUTE

‘Motor racing’s greatest untold story’ is what this new documentary on the life and career of Bruce McLaren bills itself and having been lucky enough to see an advance copy I have to thoroughly recommend it.

The film is released on Monday, May 29 and it tells the Bruce McLaren story, how he achieved greatness with grit and determination thrown in with the man’s sheer ability behind the wheel. The highs and lows of his career are all covered from his birth in 1937 right through to his tragic death testing a McLaren Can-Am car More >

WHO WANTS A RELAY OR A JUMPER, ANYWAY? NEW HY BODY CONVERSION KIT

Interesting press release received on Monday morning which got the week off to a joyous little start.

It was from an Italian company, Caselani FC based in Cremona and is news of their new body panel conversion kit that takes a Citroën Relay (or Jumper or a Peugeot Boxer or 2006-on Fiat Ducato) and turns it into a Citroën Hy van, which this year celebrates its seventieth anniversary.

Skilled laminator Fabrizio Caselani and designer, David Obendorfer are the people behind the tribute to Flaminio Bertolini’s 1947 corrugated van that has suddenly become the must-have accessory for street food vendors.

Initially, a limited run More >

CLEVER THIS

Very impressed with the philosophy and outlook of designer and engineering consultant, Cal Trump, he of T89 Designs. Very much grasping the best traditions of the late Allan Staniforth and his plans-built single-seater, the Terrapin mixed up with a bit of Ron Champion’s Locost idea, comes the T89 SSL.

For those that really grasp such things, you can pay £594 inc VAT and receive an A3 folder with around 200 drawings (and your chassis plate) to help you produce the 245 separate components that go into the construction of an SSL. An extra £72 inc VAT also gets you Jig drawings More >

OOH I LIKE THESE!

UK-based TRACKSCAPES recreate racing circuits from around the world as wall art, sculpted in wood.

Shown here is the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in a black finish. They offer a wide range of designs in a variety of finishes and will make tracks to order, if you can’t find what you want.  Prices start at £49 with a very, very cool Nürburgring outline that I have my eye on for my ‘man cave’ at £129.

Visit www.trackscapes.com to view their range or to contact them ENDS.

A LIGHT BULB MOMENT!

Even when you have the luxury of your car’s fuse diagram in front of you it can still be a task to identify the correct fuse and then check to see if it has blown or not. Not anymore. These blade fuses from Gunson actually illuminate when blown, making identification instant and easy.

The kit includes an assortment of common blade fuses, seven each of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 amp sizes. They are identical in fit and function to a standard blade fuse, but they light up when blown! They’ve even included a handy fuse remover as well.

Available More >

BUILD A BIG BORE VEEDUB

SCAT Enterprises has been where it’s at for Volkswagen performance since 1967. The company grew with the Southern California VW scene in the 1960s and 1970s; today SCAT Enterprises offers nearly everything you need to build a better classic Bug, Bus, dune buggy, or VW-based kitcar.

SCAT VW engine kits feature all-new parts and take the guesswork out of building a reliable engine. They are available with a hypereutectic cast or forged piston and cylinder package to build a 1300, 1500, or 1800cc engine. Most kits include:

  • Eight-pin cast crankshaft
  • 4340 forged I-beam or H-beam connecting rods
  • 4340 steel gland nut and thick washer
  • Performance More >

A TRIUMPH!

Webcon has announced the re-introduction of the now very rare, triple manifold set to allow fitment of Weber DCOE carburettors or throttle bodies to the ever popular Triumph GT6 and Vitesse six-cylinder engine as used on plenty of kitcars over the year.

Part number MT0091 is supplied with studs, nuts and soft-mounts, as well as the major linkage components and is priced at £462.38 inc VAT. Available now via 01932 787 100 or via www.webcon.co.uk ENDS.

 

ANOTHER CORKER FROM DAVE JONES

Really impressed with the result of Dave Jones latest labours, the GTE, which although not a replica has more than a few tips of the hat to a 288 GTO.

The car is a body conversion based around a Toyota MR2 Mk2 (1989-2000) and any model of that breed can be used for GTE purposes. Dave’s demo car features a Woodsport Toyota (3-VZ) 3-litre V6 conversion, which is a popular transplant in MR2 circles, these days.

As with all Dave’s kits, the package will provide you with everything you need to convert your MR2 with the 33-piece GRP kit if top quality and More >

DOCTOR BLUNDALL WILL SEE YOU NOW

A manufacturer keeping a very low profile but producing high quality work while doing it, while also being extremely busy with orders and builds is Warwickshire-based Speedster Clinic run by the superb character that is Gary Blundall.

Gary and his small team offer several models on the Porsche 356 theme, including 356 Speedster, 356 Coupe and his new 356 Pre-A (he’s also got a couple of other secret new projects up his sleeve, too!).

Several things set Speedster Clinic apart including the fact that they offer their kits in bolt-on, using shortened VW Beetle floorpan guise or their ‘Deluxe’ kits that use More >