LIFE’S A RIOT

NEW LAUNCH – The Sylva Riot was designed by the genius that is Jeremy Phillips and is a superbly capable kitcar, just like all Sylvas as a matter of fact.

News this week that the model has been taken over by Miles Southerton who will trade as Xmoor Cars from his Somerset-base (er, near Exmoor) with the existing model remaining in production featuring a few revisions to chassis and re-location of several components such as fuel tank, being known as the Riot Classic. A B-road blaster par excellence. Kit prices start at £5450 with fully built also available, pricing dependent on specification.

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FLY LIKE AN EAGLE er, A FALCON

NEW LAUNCH – Among the encouraging number of new models due for launch in 2013 there’s a decent percentage of track-orientated cars among them including the Falcon from Aldershot-based Racekits, run by father and son team, Martin and Andrew Kemp.

Fiat-powered Falcon from racekits debuts at Stoneleigh

The motorsport operation currently runs a version of the Falcon in the 750 Motor Club’s ‘750 Formula’ where controlled regulations mean it has to run the 1108cc engine from the Fiat Seicento incorporating a single-choke carb and bespoke inlet manifold.

To simplify matters, the Kemps will offer their trackday-version with the Fiat Punto 1250cc unit as it’s More >

FOR THE ELITE

Ellesmere Port-based AWS Ltd, who acquired certain remnants from the Bramwith Motor Company in 2010, an operation that had also been known variously as Vintage Motor Company, Vintage Classics, Heritage Motor Company, Asquith Vintage Classics et al, over the years, now produce the Branford Elite model.

The car is proving popular with the wedding hire fraternity, although has hitherto only been available in fully built guise until now.  The seven-seater also now uses BMW 3-Series donor and can be had in kit form, priced from £10,560 inc VAT. AWS boss, John Ford, reckons that a DIY budget of around £25,000 will More >

POLISHING FESTIVAL

Waxstock, the UK’s specialist car care and detailing show – arguably the largest show of its type in the world – returns to Peterborough Arena on Sunday, July 7, 2013. And it’s going to be even bigger and better than the inaugural event in 2012, with more hall space, more features and more exhibitors.

Organised by Detailing World, Zaino Europe and Dodo Juice, the event has attracted sponsorship in 2013 from Farecla (G3 Professional range), Scholl Concepts and the Pro Valeters and Detailers Association.

Waxstock caters to everyone from complete newbies to enthusiastic amateurs and professional valeters and detailers. Every year they More >

FLUX PAINTINGS

Specialist insurance broker Adrian Flux has commissioned 15 stunning pieces of original artwork to commemorate its 40th anniversary this summer.

The pieces – ranging from unique portraits of motoring icons Sir Alec Issigonis, Soichiro Honda and Lewis Hamilton to beautiful homages of the Maserati and Moto Guzzi marques – are on display at a special exhibition in London’s Shoreditch.

The artworks form part of a special print edition of Flux’s innovative multi-platformed Influx magazine, which explores car and bike culture.

Reflecting the core values of the company’s founder, Influx focuses on cars and bikes as things that move the soul as well as More >

TRANSFORMERS

Haynes International Motor Museum will unveil the first phase of its extensive £4.2 million redevelopment this spring. The redevelopment, which includes new display halls, café, shop and state-of-the-art conferencing and banqueting suites, will provide a completely new façade to the museum, and is due to be fully-completed in Spring 2014. The development has been privately funded by founder and Chairman John H Haynes OBE, who opened the museum with just 33 cars, housed in one hall, back in July 1985.

NOW...

...PROPOSED. How the Haynes Motor Museum will look after its makeover

Phase one, set to open this April, will reveal the first More >

GET THOSE ANGLES RIGHT

This truly versatile angled driver (part no: 5491) fits standard or quick-release chucks on your cordless drill and offers a powerful and smooth solution for loosening and tightening fasteners when access is difficult.

It takes standard ¼in bits with storage in the side-mounted folding handle. The mechanism has no slack and gives a positive fit onto the fastener which lets the full power of the cordless drill be transferred to the screw or fastener with no effort from the operator. The 90º angle and shallow design mean that difficult fasteners can be reached with ease.

Available now at a retail price of More >

BRAKE TIME

Wasn’t entirely sure about the relevance of this news item, but actually Tarox make great braking products and actually if you own a kit with the braking systems from one of the models related to this press releases, it will be more than applicable. Hey, maybe you also own a Cortina, in which case…

Although Italian braking guru Tarox may be best-known for its motorsport and tuning solutions, many classic Blue Oval enthusiasts may not realise that the family-owned firm also does an extensive line of upgrades and enhancements for many classic Dagenham-made machines. Its latest solutions for Mks 3, 4 More >

PACK IT IN

Europe’s leading hand tool brand, Facom launches a backpack with built-in tool, laptop and mobile phone storage. For engineers and mechanics on the move, Facom has designed the BS.L30: a lightweight and fully adjustable backpack with a removable tool organiser, laptop compartment, mobile phone pocket and dedicated space for documents.

Measuring 355 mm x 225 mm x 460 mm, with 30 litres of storage space and 12 kg load capacity, the backpack has been designed to be as generous as possible while remaining light and portable. The Facom backpack is manufactured from a tough, 1200 x 1200 denier nylon fabric and More >

DROMEDARY CAMEL? OH, YOU MEAN A MÈHARI?

Warminster-based 2CV Shop has been around for many years, founded way back by Mike and Paula Cooper who for many years also ran the Falcon Cars operation and designed the tiny Pod trailer.

The 2CV Shop can sell you an ABS-plastic bodykit to enable you to build a replica Mèhari. They'll be at Stoneleigh show...

These days, a chap called Darren Arthur is in charge and as the name rather betrays, the company specialises in Citroën’s quirky 2CV, Ami, Acadiane, Fourgonnette, Dyane and corrugated H van.

Darren and co can supply you with a brand new 2CV, built to your specification, from around More >