Summit Racing is now stocking Oliver Racing con-rods but they advise that you don’t buy them for a mild engine build. They are pretty much overkill for engines that never see the high side of 400bhp and RPMs over six grand or so.

However, if you’re building a big-horsepower, high RPM V8 engine, step right up and get a set of Oliver rods, which are based on four principles:

Durability: Oliver uses aircraft-quality, American-made 4340 AQ material that is vacuum-furnace de-gassed and inspected for cleanliness. That means better durability and fatigue resistance.

Strength: Oliver uses a two-stage heat treatment process. The first stage is designed More >


Webcon is delighted to announce that their ‘A’ Series Crossflow Aluminium Cylinder Heads are back in stock.

Production was halted in early 2017 due to a problem at the foundry that casts them. The tooling was moved to a new, state-of-the-art facility and, almost a year later, these unique heads are once again being produced.

The ‘A’ Series Aluminium Crossflow Head allows fitment of a pair of Weber 40DCOE carburettors, or DCOE-style throttle bodies (also available from Webcon) and is the ultimate upgrade for all versions of the legendary ‘A’ Series engine.

Heads are available as below: 9900384900 Bare head c/w valve seats More >


Mini Spares has announced that it can now offer an excellent range of quality hand-tools at sensible prices to enable you to work on your classic Mini or other British (or American) classic or kitcar powered by an A-Series.

A range of Imperial socket sets will provide you with all the sizes you will probably need for servicing and rebuilds.

TOOL26 is a ¼in drive, six-point, shallow AF/Imperial socket set with sizes: ¼in, 9/32in, 5/16in, 11/32in, 3/8in, 13/32in, 7/16in, 15/32in and ½in AF – £9.90 inc VAT.

TOOL27 is a deep socket version of TOOL26 – £13.37 inc VAT.

TOOL28 is a 3/8in drive, More >



One of the year’s most intriguing newcomers is the turbo-diesel version of the excellent Marlin Sportster.

Marlin has offered the model to suit BMW donor for many years (they were one of the first to offer Beemer mechanicals) but this is the first time a diesel version has been used.

It uses the straight six units from either the E36 3-Series or E39 5-Series and thanks to the readily available diesel tuning options power can easily be hiked without so much as laying a ratchet on the engine.

The beautifully-prepared demonstrator unveiled at Stoneleigh had 201bhp and 302 lb-ft of torque although More >


Big news from Tiger Racing is that they have now taken over the rights and marketing to the Alpha ECU systems and throttle bodies, created by Webcon UK and sold by them.

At last weekend’s National Kit Car Motor Show, Tiger was promoting their Alpha Pro5 engine management kit, which includes everything you need to make a Ford Zetec not only work but work more efficiently at the very competitive price of £1995 inc VAT.

For more information visit www.tigerracing.comor 01945 461 423 ENDS.


Of the car care companies in the UK producing products that are heavily-scented often more akin to Lush or Body Shop, the kings must be Immaculate Reflections who manage to combine novelty with proper sweet-shop smells.

However, although a good laugh, the company makes seriously impressive products that really work.

Take this, their highly-concentrated Jellybean shampoo that for all the world smells like a box of Jellybeans. What’s more, it is Ph neutral so is good for your skin and your car’s bodywork.

Highly concentrated, you only need a couple of capfuls to create a monster amount of suds and soapy deliciousness.

I used More >


Don’t shout it too loudly, but apparently, Summer is just around the corner! This is great news for drivers as they get to enjoy longer, warmer nights and fabulous, sunny road trips. It’s not always great news for your air-conditioning, though. As you punch that snowflake button for the first time in months in a bid to keep the cabin cool, you’re often greeted by a most unpleasant smell…

You can blame it on the dog or the kids, of course, but there’s a very good chance that it’s actually coming from your air conditioning system itself. Having sat for a More >


Quick Detailer is a quick-application dust and fingerprint remover offered by Power Maxed, vehicle care brand, as part of their detailing range.

Applied by spraying directly onto the surface to be cleaned or onto a microfibre cloth and wiped across a reasonably dirt-free surface, Quick Detailer is ideal for removing dust, fingerprints, bird droppings and water spots.

It’s designed for perfecting the cleanliness of a vehicle before meetings and the like, but can also be used at stages of the valeting or detailing processes, such as removing Tar Off and assisting with the buffing of polish and wax.

A light detergent, Quick Detailer More >


Sealey’s new SMD LED Rechargeable Lantern with Wireless Speaker is constructed from a sturdy composite case and incorporates a hanging/carrying handle.

It produces up to 360 lumens through the ten SMD LEDs and features three selectable light settings. It can connect wirelessly to your phone for hours of playback through the built-in speaker, which is powered by a 3.7V 2.6Ah rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.

The lamp is supplied with a USB charging cable.

For further details visit www.sealey.co.ukor alternatively call their customer service department on 01284 757 500 ENDS.


Machine Mart’s new range of heavy duty petrol-driven Clarke pressure washers are built for tough daily use by garages, fleet operators, contractors and more

These models are built with a tough protective steel frame, folding handles for compact storage and BIG pneumatic tyres for easy mobility on uneven ground.

Features include a professional style hose and lance with high/low/pencil adjustments, which deliver up to 260-bar of pressure, along with a detergent pick up hose with filter.

A unique feature exclusive to this range is that these models can draw their own water from a water butt/ barrel – great for use in remote More >