When Ron Champion’s ‘Let’s Build a Sportscar for £250’ Locost book hit the shelves in 1998, it sold in massive numbers, in specialist car-related reading material is concerned and also spawned several manufacturers set-up (at least initially) to provide a variety of parts such as wishbones, chassis and kit packages to help people inspired by the book.

Names such as Stuart Taylor Motorsport, Martin Keenan’s MK Sportscars and Luego Sportscars, quickly became established and went onto sell a lot of Loco, Indy and Velocity kits as a result.

The publisher of Ron’s book, Haynes Publishing, later published the Haynes Roadster book, written More >


Gripper Diffs is a well-known name with many specialist car and motorsport enthusiasts for their quality differentials.

Although based on the well-proven multi-plate principle, these differentials have unique features of detailed design, which make them unusually progressive in action although remaining extremely compact.

They can be used in installations where space is tricky and where fitting a limited slip differential is not possible.

All Gripper products are built using latest technology and ‘quiet’ plates and their performance and durability has been validated both by extensive testing and by successful use on track and also the rally stage.

They can be set up with varying More >


Murtyl Products is a new brand of skin products, created by Dr Chris Pearson, which are blended to be as gentle as possible on the skin, with a scent that evokes memories of the motoring heroes from yesteryear.

Drawing from a traditional medicine background, specific essential oils have been blended into each product to provide natural moisture of the skin. Throughout history it has been known that specific oils are good for certain ailments.

The Murtyl range combines that traditionalistic knowledge with a truly unique fragrance designed to take people back to those historic trackdays and the smells that were associated with More >


Crikey, this one takes me back to memories of my dad and his mates in the sixties and his decidedly dodgy fashion sense.

Burton Power now offer a timewarp replica of the original Springalex deep dish steering wheel as fitted to my dad’s Mk1 3-litre Capri back in the day.

However, when compared to the original Ford supplied Springalex wheel – fitted to rally pack Mk1 Escort models – the rim of the replica is slightly thicker, other than that it is a perfect likeness.

The Springalex replica comes with brushed finish, black anodised, aluminium spokes, riveted to a painted steel centre boss, More >


New from Gunson are these traditional oiled leather tool rolls, extremely durable yet supple, holding eight, combination spanners, manufactured in satin finished chrome vanadium.

Part no 77124 displays Gunson’s commitment to continuing the supply of Whitworth tools: spanners are sized at 1/8in, 3/16in, 5/16in, 3/8in, 7/16in, 1/2in and 9/16in.

Part no 77125 is the metric version; with 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17 and 19mm sizes are included.

Part no 77126 features imperial sizes: 1/4in, 5/16in, 3/8in, 7/16in, 1/2in, 9/16in, 11/16in and 3/4in.

Ideal for the kit, specialist or classic car owner who appreciates fine tools, these leather tool rolls have a metal More >


Sealey Tool’s new range of colourful Tool Chests and Rollcabs will brighten all workshops and garages, just like the zesty Green model, which has now sold, launched in 2013!

Available in Orange, Red, Off-White, Black and Royal Blue, these tool storage centres offer the best in design features, along with the superb colour choice, of course.

Heavy gauge steel construction gives strength and durability, while the 45mm ball-bearing runners provide superior performance and are able to carry heavier loads. A full rear height locking mechanism makes sure that all full-length drawers can be locked to keep contents secure, alongside cylinder locks for More >


Honda 2-litre i-VTEC engine nestles under the bonnet of the Westfield S2000

Westfield Sportscars is reporting good interest in their MEGA-S2000 kit package that is sold as a complete kit package that features everything you need to build a car apart from the Honda S2000 F20a 2-litre i-VTEC engine, still the world’s most powerful normally aspirated, production 2-litre four cylinder engine that produces 243bhp and six-speed gearbox.

The price of £13,999 inc VAT includes epoxy-coated spaceframe chassis, GRP body with aeroscreens, roll-bar, suspension components front and rear, brake parts, engine/transmission fitting kit, ECU, wiring loom, re-conditioned differential, propshaft, aluminium radiator, cooling fan, More >


Latest makers of a Classic Mini Clubman bike engine conversion hails from Mintro of Worcester, specialists in the restoration and tuning of the iconic little car, and their Suzuki Hayabusa conversion is sold under the banner.

What looks like a very neat package consists of a replacement powdercoated Mini front subframe assembly featuring front wheel drive and a drive box incorporating limited slip diff that takes standard front discs and hubs, with power coming from a Hayabusa engine plus a reverse gear, new front driveshafts, billet clutch slave cylinder, braided hoses, gearchange cables, water pump housing and steering rack. The More >

totalkitcar LIVE 2014

Britain’s vibrant and varied kit car industry will be celebrated at Brands Hatch this November (Saturday 15) with the return of totalkitcar LIVE to the Kent venue.

The event heads back to Brands Hatch for the first time in seven years, offering visitors the chance to see Britain’s best kit cars close-up as well as being put through their paces on the track.

Unlike most motor shows, where manufacturers display static cars that prospective buyers can only sit in, totalkitcar LIVE will make full use of the 1.2-mile Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Visitors will be able to book passenger rides to get More >


Mike Luck is a man well-known to the kitcar industry and for many years he competed in the 750 Motor Club’s Kit Car race series in a potent Westfield XI.

Mike also runs Redditch-based Classic World Racing, and he and his team specialise in classic car restoration with an obvious slant on historic racing, while they also market some top quality products from Intrax dampers, Carbone Lorraine brake pads and FreeM racewear. The inventory also includes the excellent fuel tanks and cells produced by American company, Fuel Safe.

CWR can supply the full Fuel Safe range that offers standard replacement and bespoke More >