NEW BOOK FROM MEV-MAN

‘Design and Build A Kit Car’ is a fine new book from MEV’s Stuart Mills and is published by our friends at Complete Kit Car magazine.

Indeed, Stuart’s book has pipped my own Crowood Publishing title ‘Build Your Own Kit Car’ (ISBN: 978-1-84797-546-1) to the market although Mills’ fine effort also deals with the design intricacies, considerations and thought processes involved in creating a sportscar.

The 130-page book is well laid out and contains 13-chapters featuring subjects such as sourcing parts, chassis design, pattern and mould-making, finance, marketing and protecting your design.

Therefore, this is ideal if you fancy being the next Henry More >

THAT CARBON FIBRE IS REALLY MAGIC

I was fascinated by the services offered by one particular exhibitor at Stoneleigh recently as was the constant queue of people around their tent.

Carbon Fibre Magic is the name of the operation, based in Coventry and run by brothers, Owen and Dean Brooks and they offer a hydro-graphic (Google it!) print process on a variety of materials including metal, plastic, wood, GRP, glass and ceramics and although 800 different films are available, the company concentrate on those they feel are ideally suited to automotive use such as carbon-fibre-look mirror surrounds and trim parts. The only limit is your imagination.

They use More >

NOW, THAT IS A PROPERLY HARD TOP

Over the years the Lotus Seven has inspired many recreations of the style since its first arrival on the automotive scene some 50 years ago.

This iconic sportscar style has not aged and continues to attract increasing numbers of followers, admirers and owners, all with their own diverse individual applications from stripped down lightweight, track-orientated cars with datalogging to concours-winning show cars with full leather trim and sat nav, each application bringing its own specific requirements for competitive driving or enjoyable motoring.

One such requirement is weather gear.  While many manufacturers are able to offer soft top options, professionally designed and manufactured More >

WHO SAID MORF?

I, like many others, have been successfully using the incredibly versatile product, Sugru, on jobs around the house.

Invented in 2003 by an Irish lady called, Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, and perfected with the help of a team of product designers and material scientists, the patented product resembles modelling clay when removed from its sachet. You can then form it by hand, as it goes ‘off’ in the hand, gently curing at room temperature in around 24-hours.

You end-up with a malleable, flexible repair that loves heat, cold and water. Try it for yourself as it’s available direct from Sugru or in a More >

BRAKING FORCE

Brakes matter on every racing circuit, but on the fabled Nürburgring – the most demanding track in the world – they become critical. British tuner Revolution Motorstore turned to Italian braking specialist Tarox to arrest the progress of its Subaru STI during the recent breaking of a long-standing lap record.

Revolution Motorsport turned to Tarox for the braking solution for their Nordschleife lap record attempt.

The record in question was an impressive 7 minutes and 55 seconds ‘full circuit’ time set by rally ace Tommi Mäkinen in an allegedly standard Subaru WRX STI in April 2010. Revolution’s beautifully-engineered riposte to this road-car More >

RUNNING, ER, DRIVING UP THE HILL

Another packed entry will start Torbay Motor Club’s Wiscombe Hill climb on Saturday 18th May, with over 120 cars and nearly 50 motorbikes filling yet another record entry for the club’s first speed event of 2013. Sponsored once more by loyal supporters, The Tipton Garage and Alansway Body Repairs, the event has attracted the cream of the South West’s hill climbing fraternity, pedalling a wide variety of saloon, sports and racing cars, with the motor bikes drawn from all across the country contesting the National Hill Climb Association series. Competitors are relishing the prospect of tackling another round of two More >

SEAGULLS? NAH, THEY’RE DUCTS!

Webcon has announced a new range of ducting hose, which are extremely high quality products made from durable rubber and designed specifically to withstand extreme off-road conditions, but are suitable for any applications.

Two sizes available and both feature 70mm inside diameter ends that can be used on round or oval plenums and air filters.

They are available as follows: 350mm length 9990119700 – £35.94 inc VAT, with 700mm length 9990073100 at £50.34 inc VAT.

Available directly from 01932 787 100 or visit www.webcon.co.uk ENDS.

NO, A DUROMETER NOT A THERMOMETER

Viper Performance has just introduced a Shore A Durometer into its professional tool range. The Durometer is designed for testing the hardness of various rubber, polymers, elastomers, leather, wax and plastic products and can calculate a material’s resistance to permanent indentation.

Supplied in a box with instructions and a spare battery you can obtain yours, at £49 inc VAT, from www.viper-performance.co.uk or 0845 095 3423 ENDS.

A LOT MORE TORQUE

When selecting a torque wrench, determine what the average or most common torque setting will be when you use it. Then choose a torque wrench that will adequately cover your anticipated torque specifications by selecting one with an appropriate scale for your requirements. These new torque wrenches from Laser Tools are all ½in drive and available in three scale ranges:

Part number 5622 (25-135Nm, 18.5-100lb/ft), 5623 (50-225Nm, 40-166lb/ft) and 5624 (70-330Nm 52-244lb/ft).

The shaft of these professional quality torque wrenches is marked up in Newton metres (Nm), pound/foot (lb/ft), kilogram metre (kg-m) and pound/inch (lb-in) and each one comes with its own certificate of test More >

STONELEIGH 2013 – A VINTAGE YEAR

STONELEIGH 2013 – A VINTAGE YEAR

2CV SHOP – First time Stoneleigh exhibitor last weekend was 2CV Shop run by Darren Arthur.

As the name implies, the company specialises in all things Citroën 2CV and they came to the show with an example of the parts and components that they can supply plus one of their ABS plastic-bodied Mehari kit that is sure to appeal to lots of enthusiasts.

The pretty blue and white version on their stand was an example of the ultimate that can be done with all-new parts and upgrades known to man, while the yellow bodyshell gave an example More >