TYRES FOR COLDER WEATHER

As the nights grow shorter and temperatures begin to plummet, wheel and tyre supplier, Wheelwright, has released details of its extensive winter wheel and tyre portfolio and the company can supply both alloy and steel winter wheels, as well as a range of quality winter tyres in every available size.

Despite three exceptionally harsh winters, and the fact that the UK is on the same latitude as many countries, which have winter tyre legislation, the UK is most unusual in the fact that it is not a legal requirement to swap to grippier winter rubber once temperatures fall.

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HAPPY TYRES

Vintage Tyres, the well-known distributor of tyres for all sorts of specialist cars and motorcycles, has just introduced the latest addition to their range of classic accessories.

Their comprehensive Inner Tube Repair Kit contains all you need to repair punctures – superior patches in many sizes, rubber cement, sandpaper, French chalk, a tyre pencil and a quality roller.

Presented in an attractive period tin, this comprehensive repair kit would grace the glovebox or garage of any classic or kitcar motorist and is the ideal Christmas gift. It is available now for only £15 inc VAT and UK postage.

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MULTI-WORLD CHAMPION TEAMS UP WITH FACOM

Acclaimed hand tool manufacturer, Facom, celebrates its 95th anniversary with the launch of two new ranges: the Sebastian Loeb and 95 years series.

Justifiably proud of its heritage, which spans from 1918 to 2013, Facom has designed a number of themed, limited edition tools and accessories.

Famed rally driver Sebastian Loeb is honoured with a signature model creeper and roller cabinet, while two new sets of hex keys are offered as part of the 95 Years Series range.

The DTS.1BSLRPB creeper’s chassis is a smooth, flat tube frame design, devoid of any dangerous sharp edges, with recessed sections to accommodate the shoulders and More >

MERLIN? IT’S MAGIC

Racekits, already known for their Falcon 750 Formula self-build kit is now offering the Merlin, aimed at the 750 Trophy Series.

The car will have the correct look of the pre-1973 cars already racing in the series and will have similar chassis parts and engines. All the components used for the suspension and running gear are of readily available classic car parts.

The 750 Trophy Series is said to be the lowest cost race series that uses purpose-built race cars giving real race car handling. Engines are mainly Reliant 850cc OHV units with the 750 Coventry Climax as an option.

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PUTTY IN YOUR HANDS

It may look shiny and new on the outside but ‘under the hood’ with an old chassis trouble could be lurking!

Broken joints, a leaking head gasket, block or radiator can often spell a hefty bill. The answer to many common repair problems could be in this nifty little trio of ‘Professional Mechanic Recommended’ products. Best of all they give a permanent fix – not a quick get me back on the road temporary job.

K-Seal one step permanent coolant leak repair is referred to by professional motor mechanics as ‘the head gasket in a bottle.’

QuikSteel Reinforced Epoxy Putty sets steel hard More >

HAMMER IT HOME

If you take a pride in your tools and like to buy the best, then this new mini air-powered impact wrench from Laser Tools (part no: 5586) will be sure to interest you.

It is a beautifully balanced tool and with a length of only 122mm, can be used in confined areas, where it is not possible to use the standard sized impact wrench.

The twin-hammer design offers plenty of power, rated at 450lb/ft (610 Nm) at 9000rpm, and features three power settings and forward and reverse action. The handle exhaust reduces noise and the soft-grip handle makes it comfortable to use. More >

BRITOOL SOCKET TO ‘EM

Britool Expert’s socket range expands to include a rail-mounted 10-piece set.

Striving to provide industrial and automotive professionals with a vast range of good quality branded tools at affordable prices, Britool Expert now offers a 10-piece 1/2” hex socket set to its customers.

The new E034837 socket set is manufactured in chrome vanadium steel for maximum durability and includes a mounting rail to keep the sockets safe and organised.

Sizes are 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19 mm.

List price is £32.46 inc VAT.

To find out more, visit www.britool-expert.co.uk ENDS.

CAN’T BEAT A BIT OF SCALEY

Scalextric (owned by Hornby Hobbies Ltd), has launched a new and improved free Scalextric App. Named ‘ Scalextric Digital’, this new app takes Scalextric racing to new and exciting heights.

The Scalextric Digital App can be downloaded via the Apple Store and has a multi-car feature that allows players to race up to four cars at any one time. Players will experience real-life racing whilst being able to manoeuvre speedily around a customised track at break-neck speeds.  Players can change lanes to overtake opponents and block rivals as well as comparing their statistics with fellow players.

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TKC – SPREADING THE WORD

It took a bit of work over several years but we finally managed to get the mighty Autocar magazine to agree to do a feature on kitcars. I’ve been pestering my contacts there for ages.

Autocar editor, Jim Holder, mobilised their road test team and a gaggle of photographers and we all headed to Blyton Park for a two-day test this week, which involved 10 kitcar manufacturers. At the end of day one, one of our number was heard to mention: “The kitcar industry grew up today.” I think all who were there would agree with that.

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NEW ARRIVAL

Zenos Cars, the new British sportscar company, co-founded by Ansar Ali and Mark Edwards, who previously were CEO and COO respectively of Caterham Cars, has released initial renderings of its all new E10 ultra-lightweight sportscar.

E10 is a road legal track focused step-in two-seater with a 200bhp mid-mounted transverse naturally-aspirated 2-litre Ford GDI engine driving the rear wheels. It has high revving benefits courtesy of an over square engine configuration and with variable cam timing delivering power and torque characteristics that are appropriate for both track and road use.   A range of transmissions and final drives have also been selected to match More >