STORAGE SOLUTION

Classic, vintage and kitcar owners are being urged to take seriously a double threat to their treasured vehicles – from inside the engine – over the coming winter months.

The first threat is ethanol or ethyl alcohol, additive in modern fuels, which can destroy original fuel pipes from the inside. The second threat is degradation of the fuel that occurs naturally over time and causes various ignition problems.

Both threats become real and the damage takes place once a car or motorcycle has been ‘safely’ locked away for the winter lay-up.

Ethanol is a low cost solvent added to fuel because it cleans engines More >

NO SLIP UPS

With winter just around the corner now is the perfect time to stock up on a host of winter essentials for your car.  From staying warm, to maintaining visibility and preparing for emergencies, Sakura – from the UK’s leading automotive accessories distributor, Saxon – has everything you need to see you through the season.

With winter throwing a number of challenges at road users it is vital that we are prepared for every eventuality. A few items in your boot can alleviate these concerns, keeping you safe in the knowledge that you are ready for anything.

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MAKE AN IMPACT

Laser Tools has just introduced this super-tough quarter-inch-drive impact socket set that is designed for daily use with air-driven impact wrenches and ratchets (part no 5685).

The 13-piece set includes 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 13mm and 14mm single-hex sockets all 25mm deep.

Manufactured from chrome vanadium steel plus their special heat treatment ensure very high yield strength and wear resistance.

Supplied on a socket rail for storage.

Very good value and available now at £15.22 inc VAT but remember to check your local supplier for the best prices and special offers.

More details from www.lasertools.co.uk ENDS.

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OIL WRENCHING

Facom, has launched a market first: a set of two oil filter wrenches that automatically adjust to fit all popular makes and models of oil filters. An integral part of any vehicle servicing routine, the oil change usually requires replacement of the oil filter. All too often though, removal of old filters can prove tricky due to prior over-tightening, limited access space and slippery filter housing.

Widely recognised as a brand at the forefront of tool innovation, Facom has come up with an ingenious new self-adjusting oil filter wrench design that takes the uncertainty out of the removal process and reduces More >

RADICAL CALIPERS FROM AP RACING

AP Racing, the leading manufacturer of performance braking and clutch systems, for road and race use, has created a new range of Radi-CAL™ brake calipers, which incorporate race technology into high-performance road products.

Available as six and four-pot front calipers, as well as a four-pot rear caliper, the new range of Radi-CAL™ products distil the company’s expertise in producing brake systems for race and OEM installations, into calipers suitable for the aftermarket. As a result Radi-CAL™ delivers an advanced brake upgrade for the owners of high performance and sportscars.

Featuring a two-piece aluminium body and h-piece, the forged non-symmetrical calipers offer a More >

THERE’S A DRAFT IN HERE

I’m a big fan of the work of Reg Dodd and Tony Martin, who together, run Backdraft Racing in Florida, with their spectacular Cobra replica made in a state-of-the-art factory in South Africa.

The plan is still to launch a UK-spec version of their RT3 here after they made an exploratory trip to the National Kit Car Motor Show back in May, when they displayed a car on our stand, which received rave reviews from showgoers. Since then they taken onboard comments made and are also working to make the car IVA-compliant and plan to return again in 2014.

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CONTINENTAL CATERHAM

Caterham Cars has opened the order book for the Seven 165 – its new entry-level variant of the iconic sportscar, powered by a super-compact, turbocharged Suzuki engine.

Priced from €19,995 (+ local taxes), the car’s live-axle rear suspension, compact engine and low weight embody the pioneering spirit of early Sevens and represent a new entry-point to the Seven range.

The Seven 165 – UK customers will get a different version, called 160 – produces 80bhp from its 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine, enabling it to accelerate to 100kph in a brisk 6.9-seconds and on to a top speed of 161kph.

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HIGH VOLTAGE

Loving the company name of 12 Volt Planet, a new supplier to the specialist car industry specialising in wiring components, consumables and accessories for car, marine and leisure electrical aftermarkets.

They have an extensive and ever-growing range product range and feature everything you could need to repair, modify, upgrade or even completely re-wire your kit or specialist car.

What’s more, their website features a handy ‘knowledge centre, which contains useful guides, tips and resources to help you get the most of your wiring projects, with new articles being added all the time.

More information from www.12voltplanet.co.uk or 01491 699 822 ENDS.

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DON’T SPANK YOUR ALLOYS

Alloy wheels set-off the look of a vehicle although are un-sightly when they get a bit of damage.

It’s sometimes hard to avoid damaging your rims though thanks to the state of the roads, while repairs can be expensive. A good solution could be Rimblades, alloy wheel rim protectors, which are made from a modern flexible polymer.

They are designed to be a universal fitting and are attached to alloy wheels with a high quality double-sided tape called VHB, meaning ‘very high bond’.

Recent upgrades to the product and the polymer used in construction the maker’s say that Rimblades are now tougher, more More >

LIGHTING-UP TIME

With more and more councils now switching off, or reducing the amount of time that street lights are on for, navigating your way around towns during darker evenings could prove as tricky as the unlit countryside.

When the clocks change and the commute home from work is done in dimming light or darkness, the dangers mount. Ensuring that pedestrians can see, and be seen, is essential for road safety. It is also advisable for car drivers to carry a torch in case of an emergency or breakdown. This year the AA has launched a range of torches to complement the hi-visibility products it offers More >