If you’re planning on changing the engine oil on your pride and joy over the weekend, then make the job easier on yourself by picking up one of these Oil Drain Kits from Laser Tools (part number 6087) when you buy your engine oil.

The kit includes a generous 6-litre capacity oil drain pan made from tough polypropylene that can be used again and again. Also included is a generously sized oil absorbing mat (500mm x 400mm) that will absorb oil, brake fluid and other petroleum-based fluids but repels water-based fluids and keeps the garage floor (or driveway!) tidy, plus a More >



A few weeks ago we brought you EXCLUSIVE news of the exciting return exquisite Peter Stevens-designed BARCHETTA 595.

We’ll be bringing you the EXCLUSIVE first roadtest feature in TKC MAG too, incidentally…WATCH THIS SPACE.

New manufacturer, Bespoke Vehicle Developments, run by Mark Hill has announced kit prices for the new version powered by BMW R1200T bike engine, which are £5500 for the body/chassis unit with an E-marked lighting pack at £495.

The company also has a new website up and running, which can be found at or you can also contact Mark at the other end of  07402 415 666 ENDS.

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A rare beauty - Sylva J17 - MGF-based


A rare beauty – Sylva J17 – MGF-based

Went up to Mallory Park last Friday to visit the ‘new’ Sylva Sportscars operation run by David MacBean and very impressive the company’s set-up is too.

A modern unit on the Mallory Park estate and you’re greeted by a cabinet containing Sylva corporate wear – sports bags, t-shirts, rain jackets and most importantly a superb new set of bespoke ETB instruments wearing the ‘Sylva’ script. Cool.

David is concentrating on the MGF-based J17, the last design from the pencil of the genius that is Jeremy Phillips, who founded and had run Sylva Autokits since 1981 More >



Jenvey Dynamics, the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of fuel injection throttle body and induction systems, has just announced a brand-new product that could well revolutionise the aftermarket classic and retro-automotive markets.

Completely designed and manufactured in-house by Jenvey, in Bridgnorth, the new Heritage Throttle Body has been developed with Aston Martin specialist GTC Engineering and boasts all the plus-points associated with Individual Throttle Bodies (ITBs), yet manages to marry these with the subtle, understated looks of a period carburetor – ensuring that it won’t look out of place in the engine bays of classic and retro vehicles.

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Here’s a very tempting arrival for totalkitcar readers. A range of cool sounding DIY home plating kits from Teignmouth-based Classic Plating.

Their entry-level zinc-plate package could be the one that really grabs your attention. It contains everything you need to zinc plate in your own garage. Best not do it in the kitchen sink, eh?

The basic kit contains enough materials to produce nine litres of electrolyte, so in reality you’ll only be limited by the size of your tank. You also get two different passivation chemicals allowing you to select between silver or gold-effect finishes.

The company also offers nickel, replica chrome More >


New from MNR Ltd is this neat thick quick-release steering wheel spacer designed for three-point Lifeline fitments for circuit-use. Made in the MNR workshops from anodised billet aluminium and is priced at just £7.20 inc VAT.

More information from or 01423 780 196 ENDS.


To commemorate an exciting summer of sporting success, AlloyGator has announced that it has introduced two new celebratory colour variations to its award-winning alloy wheel protection range.

Guaranteed to turn heads, the new sporty and extravagant gold and bronze options are perfect for sportscar fans and motorists who want to give their car the winning touch, ensuring that they capture the admiring attention of other road users.

“It has been a golden summer for Great Britain with some fantastic performances from the British Olympians and Paralympians competing in Rio. They have treated us to some unforgettable sporting moments and we thought what More >



Here’s a sound dampening product that a few people have used and told me about so it only seems right to include it here. A well-recommended product is always welcomed here to these pages.

RetroMat Dampening isn’t officially available in the UK, but I know one chap who imported some, while another brought a quantity back with him in his luggage from a US trip.

The manufacturer’s, RetroMat specialise in cool-looking retro sound systems and their sound deadening material is a logical by-product of that. It’s a self-adhesive product that reduces noise and vibration, while you don’t need glue to stick it More >



This new flexible honing brush set from Gunson (part number 77135), includes three silicon carbide brushes: 8mm (width) x 80 grit, 12mm x 60 grit and 200m x 60 grit.

Ideal for cleaning and preparing brake wheel cylinders, etc, each brush is a resilient, flexible honing tool and is used to improve the internal surface finish while also being able to deburr a bore or cylinder. Also useful for cleaning suspension components when there is corrosion on tapers and cotter pin housings, etc.

The 1/4in quick change shank makes the brushes quick and convenient to use, recommended drill speed is 300-700rpm. The More >



Latest model from the pencil of Stuart Mills of Mills Extreme Vehicles is the Exoleader although it will be badged and sold as an ‘AM’ as it’s been developed for Czech Republic-based, MW Motors, with whom Mills collaborated on the Luka electric vehicle.

The Exoleader has been developed from the very popular Rocket model but has revised suspension geometry, longer front wishbones, better weight distribution and according to Stuart, a stiffer exo-skeletal chassis.

Unlike the Rocket that usually has a 1.6-litre Ford Sigma engine, the Exoleader although developed around Toyota Corolla T-Sport unit delivering 190bhp, production versions will feature the all-new Ford More >