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FULL OF AIR

Keeping the recommended tyre pressure on our wheels provides better safety and efficiency on the road. This new tyre pressure gauge from Laser Tools (part number 6055) will make sure that your tyre pressures are set accurately.

Having properly inflated tyres means better fuel consumption, tyres don’t wear out as quickly and ensures your car handles as the manufacturer designed it to. The Laser tyre pressure gauge is cased in rubber for toughness and liquid filled for accuracy. The valve connector is angled and swivels for ease of access and the hose is a useful 550mm in length. Gauge diameter is More >

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INSPIRED BY TVR

Wayne Blackwell of Widow Sports Cars has been working hard on finishing his clever TVR-inspired, Mazda MX-5-based SPR1 body conversion.

Development hold ups meant that the car didn’t make its planned debut at Stoneleigh last month but since then Wayne has got really busy. Two body styles will be available, Coupe and Targa and the kit packages will include side sills, door skins, rear clam, body mounting kit, Plexiglass rear and quarter windows. Kit prices have yet to be completely finalised but should be around £4500.

More from www.widowsportscars.co.uk ENDS.

MR2Kits' Cali uses Nissan 350Z donor...

BLOODY HELL, THAT’S THE THIRD TIME I’VE ‘GONE TO CALIFORNIA’ IN 18 MONTHS!

Several years ago, Terry Groves, acquired the MR2 Kits operation from founder, Dave Jones and although he keeps the operation fairly low-key his GTF kit package, inspired by the F430, has sold in steady numbers.

News comes though of a new product, in the form of the 350 Cali, a take on the California, based rather imaginatively on Nissan 350Z Coupe, which comes free with a 3.5-litre V6 and acres of tuning potential. It’s a Japanese rice rocket, for gawdsake!

Actually, it’s good to see new donors being pressed into service. We’ve seen Lexus SC430 and just lately the first use of More >

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PAINT NOT COMPULSORY ANYMORE

Bourne-based Hall’s Garage, manufacturers of the Rana has announced that their bodykits can now be ordered in gelcoat, meaning that if you’re on a budget, this move negates the need for paint, thus saving a chunk of money.

The MG specialist, run by Steve Hall, is offering gelcoat colours that match the MG Midget colour palette. Two versions of the Rana are available with the standard kit (non-original wind-up windows as a feature) at £1800 meaning a DIY build budget of around £5000.

Alternatively they also offer the Sebring SS package based around a new British Motor Heritage chassis rather than the More >

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MAGIC RUBBER STUFF

We’ve been big fans of Sugru for a couple of years now and the mouldable silicone really does have a multitude of uses.

The ‘magic rubber stuff’ is fantastic and can be shaped and formed to your heart’s content, taking around 24-hours to ‘go off’. Even then it can still be removed.

Some of the jobs we’ve used it for our pretty random. For instance, I created a ‘holder’ in my MGF for my iPod, I created corner ‘bumpers’ for my iPhone and even covered the handle of a metal handled saucepan that continually burnt our hands. Sugru sorted that one out.

I More >

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ZIPPY AND BUNGLE

The new range of twist knotted steel wire brush wheels from Zip Wheels could be attractive to kitcar enthusiasts.

They fit 100mm or 125mm electric angle grinders and are colour-coded, making them easy to identify. I’d guess that ‘ZipBlue’ will be the most popular for specialist car use as it’s ideal for non-flat areas.

Each wheel is made from 0.5mm wire and can be used at speeds up to 14,000rpm. Prices start at £9.96 and they are available from www.zipwheels.co.uk ENDS

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OPEN AND SHUT CASE

The well-engineered and value for money Trackace laser tracking system has hitherto only been let down by the thin and flimsy cardboard packaging.

Rally Design claim to be the first company in the world to supply the Trackace gauge in an optional robust blow-moulded case, to safely protect the product and help ensure longevity.

The case is available at £17.88 inc VAT, or if purchased together with a Trackace gauge £12 inc VAT.

More information from 01227 792 792 or www.rallydesign.co.uk ENDS.

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LIGHT FUSE…

We’ve all been there, when a fuse blows typically on a dark, cold, wet night.

Help could be at hand thanks to these really neat LED fuseboxes from Beter Car Lighting UK, which is a box with in-built LED illumination to help instantly spot a failed fuse. Even in the dark…

Three different-sized boxes are available – 2 x five-way, 4-way LED and a 10-way LED with prices from £12.99. More from www.bettercarlighting.co.uk ENDS.

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MGTF-BASED SPACEFRAME MINI – WOWZER!

EXCLUSIVE – EXCLUSIVE – EXCLUSIVE – EXCLUSIVE – EXCLUSIVE

I can HONESTLY say that I have been predicting for at least two years that the MGF/MGTF were going to break big as donor vehicles. I always remember one particular idiot scoffing at my claim. I wish I had bet him a tenner!

The list of cars is growing, indeed we’ve just done a deal with one manufacturer to do a build series on his new MGTF kit. That’s the reason we’ve been running ‘Project OMG’ series in the magazine, although to be fair we were earlier than the kit! Indeed, we’ve just More >

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CREATIVE THINKING

Former commercial accountant, proprietor of a garage business and general car enthusiast, Mike Keoghan, who runs Warrington-based, Creative Sports Cars, is the new man behind the Dodge Viper-inspired Venom, devised by the late Keith Kirk and latterly available from Auto Speciali.

Mike acquired the project in 2011 and has been busy during the intervening period. Rather than warm-up the old project, he’s gone to town and designed a brand new tubular spaceframe chassis and most notably changed the donor from venerable Ford Granada to Jaguar S-Type (1999-2002) not a straightforward undertaking.

However, I think it’s an inspired move and is certainly the More >