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COOL BMW Z3 CONVERSION

We’ve been following the development of the Bertini GT25 here on totalkitcar.com, along with the JAKABI JA8, and watched with interest as the BMW Z3-based body conversion has taken shape from early snapshots to the impressive finished article seen here…it’s due for public launch at the National Kit Car Motor Show, May 4/5.

The Bertini GT25 is an original design, body panel replacement kit to fit all versions of the BMW Z3, which may not be the car of your dreams in original guise, but offers superb Bavarian mechanicals and with the addition of Bertini-boss, Anthony Cherry’s GT25 kit package, is transformed.

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COVER UP!

Spoke to a friend of a friend the other day who is a welcome new arrival to the wonderful world of kitcars.

He found a really nice Fisher Sportscars-era, Fury that he picked-up for a relative song and is totally smitten, as I knew he would be. He phoned his insurance company for a quote but was appalled at the premium they wanted, although he said it took them ages to understand exactly what the car was…

I gave him a gentle steer to our ‘specialist insurers’ list and explained that mainstream insurers don’t really understand kitcars and as such can’t offer More >

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FORGET WOOLWORTHS – THIS IS WOOLIES

Woolies, those meisters of all things of a trim and weather gear nature, has announced a brand new website, making it even easier to buy their superb range of products that have kept kit, classic and specialist car enthusiasts like you and I, on the road in comfort and nice and dry for many, many years.

The Market Deeping company’s boss-lady, Louise Woolstenholmes, said: “You can still enjoy the same excellent service, keen pricing and friendliness that we are famous for, from your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Please try it out and while you’re there don’t forget to connect with More >

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A NEW FACET TO SVC…

New from SVC are these solid state Facet electronic fuel pumps that provide outputs up to 132.5-litres/hour and 0.68-bar.

The Facet ‘Cube’ fuel pumps are self-priming with a dry-lift capacity of 120in.

A universal fit they are ideal for all manner of kit and specialist cars and all pumps are suitable for petrol, diesel, blended alcohol and various concoctions of fuel additive.

Kits include the Facet Cube pump, 1 x 8mm straight union, 1 x 8mm filter union and a mounting kit, with road-use pumps (130bhp) at £54 inc VAT, fast road (150bhp) at £55 inc VAT and competition pumps (180bhp) at £60 More >

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IT’S IN THE BAG

There’s just something special about a proper leather tool bag that just adds to the whole specialist and classic car owning experience. New to the Gunson range is this beautiful classic leather example, part no 77127, generously sized, strong and robust, and a perfect addition to any classic car enthusiast’s collection.

The approximate size is 150 x 145 x 380mm and it’s made from heavy duty leather with stitched and metal riveted seams. The bag is secured with three straps and high quality buckles and features an adjustable shoulder strap.

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DON’T MÜNCHEN IT

Wolfrace, one of the UK’s best-known alloy wheel brands, has announced the Munich, Turismo and Assassin GT wheels, the first of nine new designs that are set to appear in 2014.

Each of the three wheels offers something different to vehicle owners.

First up is the 8 x 18in Munich, an ‘OE’ style design made up of seven v-shaped spokes that dip from the rim edge to the centre of the wheel thus creating a concave profile. Available in black and polished, Silver and polished or all black. Wolfrace Eurosport Munich will initially be available for five-stud hubs, with a suggested retail More >

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GOING TO CALIFORNIA IN A ‘SEVERN’ SPEEDSTER

Severn Classics, sister company of Veranti Motor Company, and run by Steve ‘Sport’ Griffiths, offers its own range of kits including an Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite package at £1750 alongside their eclectic classic car restoration work.

They’ve announced this week that they have also purchased the old Speedster projects formerly sold under the DJ Sportscars and Covin banners, and Steve will offer the standard kit and also the California variant.

Kit prices have yet to be announced but will be at the budget end of the market while offering what Steve describes as “genuine value for money” – the company will be More >

Caterham F1 driver, Kamui Kobayashi, had his first taste of a Caterham Seven when he put a 620R through its paces, recently.

CATERHAM F1 DRIVER TRIES 620R FOR SIZE

Returning Caterham F1 Team driver, Kamui Kobayashi, warmed-up for the first Grand Prix of the season in Australia by taking his first ever drive in a Caterham Seven.

Caterham F1 driver, Kamui Kobayashi, had his first taste of a Caterham Seven when he put a 620R through its paces, recently.

The Japanese didn’t do things by halves either – his first ever Seven drive was at the wheel of the most powerful production Seven ever built and the ultimate incarnation of Caterham’s ethos of ‘accessible fun’, the raucous 620 R.

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ACTION STATIONS

The B-G Folding Utility Work Station is a must-have product for all enthusiasts workshops with its multi-functioning capabilities.

The work station incorporates a tray on the top to hold a small selection of tools, a paper roll holder, a waste bin bag holder and an area for a 300mm x 400mm Euro bin to be fitted and store your consumables.

The product is fitted with 75mm diameter wheels, which allow ease of movement around the garage or workshop. The folding design makes transportation of the work station easy and keeps storage space to a minimum.

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KEEP COOL WITH SVC

SVC now offers Comex fans, which are used extensively in some very demanding environments so although kitcar builders often impose some tricky conditions on their cooling systems, the fans, aimed primarily at OEM installations are beefy enough to cope.

At the core of each Comex fan is a highly-durable DC motor, which rated to withstand temperatures of minus 40-degrees up 120-degrees Celsius. The dual bearing construction provides an extremely smooth performance with low power consumption and long-life.

Components used are first class and the use of dedicated ‘blower’ or ‘sucker’ blades, which help maximum airflow. Each fan is plastic injection moulded using More >