WORLD RECORD ROD RUNS ON LUCAS OIL

The Speed Demon – the world’s fastest piston engine wheel driven car – has set a new record for a Class C/BFS car, smashing the old record by 47.183mph.

Competing in the annual Bonneville Speed Week, in the United States, the Speed Demon raced to 451.933 mph, setting a new combined record of 437.183 mph.

If, on a first run, the car beats the old record, it qualifies for a record attempt. It then makes a second run. The two times are then averaged and if that number beats the previous record, a new one has been set. Simple!

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THE SHINING LIGHT

A torch is a glovebox essential for any vehicle, especially with spring and summer touring holidays approaching. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the road side in the dark.

From Ring’s essential range of torches comes the RIL50 pocket light. Only slightly bigger than a pen it will easily fit your glovebox without taking up valuable space.

The eight powerful LEDs and magnet clip provide a bright light ideal for close-quarters work that can mean the difference between getting going again or being left in the dark.

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LASER SOCKET TO ‘EM

These new style security sockets (part number 5683) are designed for the triangular profile, tamperproof fixings found on VAG TDi engines (injection pump quality adjustor), Bosch injector and certain light fittings.

The five piece socket set includes M5 (8mm), M6 (10mm), M8 (12mm), M10 (15mm), M12 (16.5mm), all ½in drive and supplied on a socket rail for storage.

Good value and a useful addition to the toolbox – available now at £22.79 inc VAT, but remember to check your local supplier for the best prices and special offers.

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

SWATTING UP

One of the undesirable effects of summer – squashed bugs on vehicle paintwork, trim and glass – is quickly and effectively dealt with by the latest treatment from car care experts, Armor All.

The bug-busting Insect Remover trigger spray features a new, improved, powerful formula that takes away the hard work of removing stubborn insect residue from exterior bodywork, glass and plastic trim.

Safe on all exterior finishes, including modern-day clear coat paint systems, Armor All Insect Remover shows its versatility and value by being equally adept at removing tree sap and bird droppings, both of which can be hostile to bodywork finishes More >

A MAN’S HOME IS HIS CASTLE

Back in 1919, brothers, Stanley and Laughton Goodwin, based in New Road, Kidderminster, created the Castle Three Motor Company in a bid to rival close neighbours, Morgan, with the Castle 3 three wheeler.

The company had been in existence since 1906 when the Goodwins decided to produce a three wheeler that was more like a ‘proper’ motor car featuring un-heard of stuff such as dynamo-powered lighting, a spare wheel and steel artillery-style rather than wooden spoke items.

The Castle 3 featured a four-cylinder, sidevalve, water-cooled 1094cc Dorman engine, later replaced with a Belgian Peters 1207cc, 9bhp engine, while it had quarter elliptic More >

BUGGY BUILD IN A JAM

The immense Bug Jam festival at Santa Pod attracted a crowd of some 35,000 enthusiasts who enjoyed one of the best shows ever in the event’s 27-year history.

Packed amongst the bands, tents, comedians and traders were a hard-working team from Volksrod – who managed to build one of kits in just over two days.

Bug Jam has become well known for its famous live builds, with previous shows seeing the likes of ‘Kustom King’ Andy Saunders and Type 2 Detectives using their considerable skills to transform, customise or restore some kind of Volkswagen over the three days of the show. Although More >

SNAPPY WHEEL PROTECTION

A survey undertaken by AlloyGator, manufacturers of the award winning alloy wheel protection system, across its fitting network, has identified pothole damage, or risk of pothole damage as the number one reason motorists are heading to their local workshop and getting a set of AlloyGators fitted to their vehicle.

Apparently, 75 per cent of fitters within the AlloyGator network highlighted pothole damage as the major concern for motorists although that’s hardly surprising, really. According to Britannia Rescue there are 1.7-million potholes on UK roads and motorists have received nearly £5 million in compensation over the last two years for damage caused More >

DAX DUXFORD

Racecar engineer Rich Howlett’s latest show winning creation, a hardtop DAX Rush, took centre stage at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on 28th July as part of their annual Spitfires Merlins and Motors 2013 Summer Extravaganza.

Rich whose 25 year career has seen him work a for a variety of race teams in a variety of formulae such as Indy Car, Champ Car, Le Mans Sportscars and British Touring Cars, was delighted to use the impressive and iconic Cambridgeshire air museum as a backdrop to showcase the car.

The American Air Museum, which houses the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Bomber and the largest collection More >

WIPE OUT

Car care expert Armor All is fielding the perfect motoring holiday touring companion with a range of no fuss, easy-to-use Wipes, designed to clean, shine and protect cars, caravans, and motorhomes from top to bottom, inside and out.

Armor All’s comprehensive award-winning line-up of Wipes – all designed specifically for vehicle use – is tough enough to conquer the most stubborn stains and ground-in dirt on all surfaces, and is ideally suited to summer’s leisure-loving motorists.

Extra-tough Glass Wipes have been specially-formulated to remove road dirt, grime and insects, as well as sticky fingerprints, ensuring maximum, streak-free visibility. And, unlike some household wipes, More >

A GENUINELY GOOD DAY OUT

Now In its third year, the Forge Action Day at Castle Combe looks set to deliver in 2013 once again with its unique blend of an ‘all inclusive’ entrance policy, chilled vibe and packed track-time itinerary. The date for your diaries this year is Saturday, September 14.

The previous two Action Days at the superb Wiltshire venue proved to be a huge success with both showgoers and traders alike. Despite being a relatively young show, the chance to see such an eclectic blend of race, road, custom and modified cars in one place has evidently resonated with showgoers, with over 5000 More >