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LOTS OF VARIETY FROM BIG AL

Good to see BAR Motorsport exhibiting at Donington Kit Car show last weekend with their variety of products and services on display, via a very professional-looking stand.

The York-based operation is run by Alastair Ecclesfield and they really do offer a varied package from race preparation (cars and bikes), trackday back-up and car hire, tyre changing, tyre sales, signage and graphics and general kitcar building to name but a few. Oh and to top it off they also sell a range of performance parts.

Talking of the demonstrator, it’s a very fine example of a superbly built Luego featuring a Honda Super More >

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ROB-CO DO VALUE FOR MONEY

An exhibitor’s stand I always like going to at kitcar shows is that of Rob-Co Tooling a small, yet friendly company (based in South Wales) with a can-do attitude who go out of their way to source difficult to find tools and equipment such as ‘skin’ pins. When did you last see them?

In addition to their general range of tools and components there are some real gems and unusually they cater for Metric, AF, Whitworth, BA and Torx.

A new arrival of late has been their superb British-made, pipe flaring and bending tool, which is exceptional value at just £105.

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LATHEMAN MAKES STUFF ON A LATHE

A Lancashire-based company offering a whole raft of help and components to kitcar builders, particularly those with a liking for the Haynes Roadster and Locost is The Latheman. Let’s call him Jeff!

He’ll happily produce custom-made parts of a custom-made nature, just supply him a drawing and precise measurements and he’ll supply you with a quote, while stock parts include crush tubes, rack extensions, threaded Rose-joint inserts and wishbone threaded bushes. The sort of parts that will really make the difference to your car be it cosmetically or the way they help it work better!

More information from www.thelatheman.com ENDS.

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START SOMETHING

Starter motors and alternators can be a real issue especially if you’re planning an engine build and/or upgrade.

Motor factors are great (take a bow Motos of Kenley) and should be supported at all costs, in my view, but when you go outside the square with non-standard requests their eyes can often glaze over so the likes of Tom McCay of AMP Starter Motors (part of Classic Car World) can be a helpful source of knowledge.

Tom specialises in the products of WOSP and stock the full range, some 800 starter motors alone, which are typically half the weight yet offer three More >

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BELT AND BRACES

With the extensive periods between services on your tintop it’s easy to forget that your kitcar needs servicing at far shorter intervals and one service that should never be ignored or delayed is the replacement of the Camshaft Timing Belt at recommended intervals.

A broken cambelt can spell disaster for your engine with bent valves or even

much worse. Although a replacement will require you to spend a few hours in the workshop it need not be an expensive exercise because Burton Power is now offering a top quality Gates Powergrip Timing Belt for the Ford Cosworth YB engine at just £35.75 More >

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A MIGLIA TRIUMPH

A couple of Gary Janes-related news items this week, with this concerning Miglia Sportscars, run by GRP-laminator, of note, Mike Hughes, who markets the Janes-designed Miglia, a very pretty sixties-inspired Triumph-based kit, from his base in Poole, Dorset.

With a kit price of £1995, to get cracking with your Miglia build, in addition to the kit package, you’ll need a Triumph Herald or Vitesse donor, with the former being available in 12/50 (1200cc) or preferable 13/60 (1300cc) version, although the Vitesse (2-litre straight six) is the most coveted and arguably best-suited for Miglia duties. You could also go Rover V8 power, More >

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FIRST SAMMIO; THEN RIBBLE AND NOW SAMMIO AGAIN

Swindon-based, Mike Moore, who runs a company called Replica Rides, has acquired the moulds and rights to the erstwhile Ribble Kits & Classics models, with the exception of the Colani, and will be trading as Sammio Motor Company. Mike’s operation specialises in one-off custom builds and street rods, so he’s ideally placed to incorporate the Sammio products. He’s also built a decent number of his own rod-flavoured Replica Roadsters, too.

Therefore, the Spyder, Silverstone, Navigator will continue under Mike’s control although slight revisions will be made to the kit packages, plus there’ll be a new model called the A1 Alfa joining More >

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TWENTY YEARS OF LEARNING

The Caterham Academy is celebrating its twentieth year of making the dreams of amateur racing drivers a reality.

Since its inception in 1995, more than 900 novice racing drivers have tamed the race licence process, along with their first full season of competition in sprints and race events.

As well as hosting more than 300 individual events in the iconic Caterham Seven sportscar, the Academy’s racers have covered enough competitive miles on track to orbit the Earth almost seven times, completing – or attempting – nearly a million corners in total.

The Caterham Academy is widely acknowledged the world over as being one More >

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SECURELY SEATED

New from Moss Europe are Securon seatbelts available in new colours grey, red and beige, which will help to compliment your car’s interior trim colour, perhaps.

Standard colourway is black and the kit costs £23.95 inc VAT, with the other colours at £31.96 inc VAT. More information available from www.moss-europe.co.uk ENDS.

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INNOVATION FROM FORGE MOTORSPORT

Forge Motorsport has long been associated with clever, groundbreaking innovations, but the company’s latest design is one of the smartest ideas to appear onto the automotive aftermarket for quite some time; the Intake Press Compensation Valve (IPCV) – an idea so ingenious that the company has patented it!

Put simply, this engineering marvel prevents boost-loss across the components of any boost-charged car, it allows any specification of dump or diverter valve to work perfectly, regardless of engine boost levels, and it ensures perfect operation for any diverter valve, irrespective of the spring or diaphragm rate within it. But how does this More >