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 >



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 >



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 >



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 ENDS.



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 >



Superb new device from those meisters of nice automotive things, Richbrook International, run by the marvellous chap, Piers Richings, is a combined Digital Tyre Pressure & Tread Depth Gauge, a very tactile and ergonomic design that is easy to use.

For those that need it, the display is in a large easy-to-read format with pressure displayed in PSI, kPa and kg/cm², with the tread depth displayed in millimetres and inches.

It also features an air bleed function for precise pressure setting. This is a genuinely good thing that not only looks cool it earns its keep too. It retails at £19.95.

More information More >



This new pair of hoseclip pliers (part numbers 5899 and 5900) has been introduced by Laser Tools to solve the problem of difficult to access spring-type hoseclips and clamps of all sizes. They have a lattice-shaped tooth design that lets them grip the tangs of the clamp securely at any angle – even from the side.

The patented design includes a ratchet mechanism, which is used to lock the clamp in place when it is removed, this protects the hose or induction pipe from being crushed by the clamp and makes it much easier to refit the clamp. The slim design More >

I'm liking the look of the revised Exocet XS


The prolific and very talented, Stuart Mills, boss of Mills Extreme Vehicles, aka ‘MEV’ has announced another new model, due for launch at next weekend’s Donington show, which is a revision of the existing and successful, Mazda MX-5-based Exocet theme, to be called Exocet XS.

I'm liking the look of the revised Exocet XS

Visually similar the two cars are quite different at closer inspection with revised chassis, now with added side protection and cool roof-bars, which add substantial rigidity and also add to the styling allowing use of body-coloured roof panels. The new side rails allow easier ingress and exit to More >

In lieu of an image of the revised version, rather than put up a photo of the charming River Avon we thought we'd use this equally lovely original Tiger Avon because we rather like it!


Following a recent revision of their cool ERA 30, Lotus 23 replica, Tiger Racing has now turned its attention to their Avon model, which adds extra cockpit room, which has been achieved by moving the outer chassis rails outwards by 1in per side and also by reducing the width of the transmission tunnel. They’ve also taken the opportunity to slightly modify the bodywork in this area of the car, too.

In lieu of an image of the revised version, rather than put up a photo of the charming River Avon, which would be a bit silly, we thought we'd use this More >

Early days but Widow SPR takes shape. You'll see the finished article, all being well, at Stoneleigh 2015


Got an email from an ex-Ford Component Sales employee, Wayne Blackwell, telling me about his innovative Blackpool sportscar-inspired SPR, using a Mazda MX-5 as donor.

Early days but Widow SPR takes shape. You'll see the finished article, all being well, at Stoneleigh 2015

There are definite Sagaris styling cues, for sure, but Wayne says it definitely isn’t intended to be a replica, which is quite obvious if you compare the size difference between the TVR model and MX-5.

Wayne is well on the way with his car, a long-held ambition, and intends to unveil the SPR at Stoneleigh 2015, but has been bowled More >