Rich Howlett was at Pistons & Props at Sywell Airfield and brings us this report.

Glorious late September weather saw thousands pour through the gates for the annual two day all-action Sywell Pistons & Props weekend of high octane displays.

Whatever your preference, whether two-wheel or four, on the ground or in the air, the action kept coming thick and fast. On display saw my own 2017 triple award winning Lotus Seven-inspired Hardtop Coupé development with Patrick Morgan’s race-winning Penske PC23 Indy 500 racecar as driven by former F1 World Champion and Indy 500 race winner Emerson Fittipaldi.

Trophy winners – Rich Howlett’s More >


Create the ultimate pit stop in your home with a made-to-measure automotive wall mural from Wallsauce.com.

Engineered to fuel your room, Wallsauce.com create high-quality, made-to-measure wall murals for interior spaces. Whether you’ve a need for speed or like to get your hands dirty with a kitcar, transform your garage, office, man cave or even games room with a car or motorbike wall mural.

Recognised for its rated ‘excellent’ customer service, Wallsauce.com has access to a huge range of images. For completely unique wall coverings, upload your own image and transform your photo or artwork into your very own wallpaper. All wall murals are available for order onto a More >


This new set of long-reach pliers from Laser Tools (part number 6684) is suitable for both the professional technician, and the dedicated enthusiast who prefers high quality tools. Their slim design and 400mm (16in) length makes them ideal for reaching into the depths of the engine bay, or anywhere access is difficult. The narrow jaw profile provides a positive, non-slip grip.

Three sets of pliers are included, with a choice of jaw angle: straight, 90º and 45º, and the handles are plastic-dipped for comfort and grip. These are sturdy, robust tools, manufactured from tough, chrome vanadium steel, and will be a More >


There are a number of companies from the Far East offering poor quality ‘Lucas style’ reproduction rear lights for the Classic Mini. Fortunately, Mini Spares can now offer the real thing – high quality Lucas-style lamps made in the UK from the original and genuine tooling. (although these lamps are made from original Lucas tooling the new Mini Spares versions cannot carry the Lucas logo as the trademark was sold to a third-party company several years ago).

The Mk1 Mini rear lamps are made exactly as the originals were with chromed pot-metal bases. These are perfect for replacing original lamps whose More >


During the winter months, preventing damp and the build-up of moisture in a garage with valuable cars and bikes can be a headache. Even if a garage is regularly visited, some can suffer from damp, due to their location. Chris Michael from Meaco, a leading UK supplier of dehumidifiers and air purifiers, gives advice on how to protect your possessions.

One of the biggest worries for many vehicle owners is how to keep their garage dry in the winter months to avoid damage to upholstery from the damp, cold British winter. Nothing is worse than being welcomed to a musty smell, which is More >


Webcon has just released a Group ‘A’ uprated BAE504F ignition coil to suit the Ford Sierra Cosworth YB engines.

The genuine Magneti Marelli coil is a direct replacement for the standard coil and can be ordered as Webcon part number WIC044.  Part number WIC044 is available now at £59.13 inc VAT.

Available at the other end of 01932 787 100 or visit www.webcon.co.uk ENDS.


Mast Motorsports’ Black Label LS1, LS3, and LS7-style cylinder heads are cast and CNC-machined in the USA.

They feature CNC-machined runners and combustion chambers, .750 inch thick decks and a six-bolt-per-cylinder mounting pattern to reduce the possibility of blown head gaskets due to large amounts of boost or nitrous oxide.

Fully assembled heads have valve springs rated for up to .650 inches of valve lift. Summit Racing currently offers these fully assembled Black Label cylinder heads:

LS1 Cathedral Port

  • 225cc intake runners, 70cc chambers with 2.080/1.570 inch valves
  • 245cc intake runners, 70cc chambers with 2.165/1.600 inch valves

LS3 Rectangular Port

  • 240cc intake runners, 61cc chambers with 2.080/1.570 More >


Foliatec® is celebrating its 35th birthday and 2017 also marks twenty years since the company launched its brake caliper lacquer.

With the growth in vehicles having brake discs fitted all-round, and thus brake calipers fitted to all four wheels. A downside of that is that alloy wheels have become much larger with thinner spokes thus emphasising the discs and calipers.

Therefore, it’s not a surprise to hear that Foliatec’s caliper paint – available in 25 colours – has been used to transform dirty-grey black calipers into something much more befitting.

No disassembly is required and you follow the straight-forward instructions in the Foliatec More >


Way back in 1962 Chevy’s chief engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, wanted to build a special Corvette (he was dubbed ‘Father of the Corvette’), one capable of winning the coveted GT class at the Le Mans 24-Hours race.

He came up with a stripped-down version, known internally as the LightWeight, until it became known as Grand Sport. A run of 125 was planned but when only five cars had been build GM brass decided to pull the plug, ordering that the cars be scrapped.

It’s said that all five still exist but even if you could buy one, I shudder to think how expensive More >


Ford’s award-winning range of EcoBoost engines are becoming very popular for kitcar use and in addition to their engine timing tool kits and cambelt setting tools for these engines, Laser Tools has now introduced an injector puller kit (part number 6953).

This kit specifically caters for the Ecoboost range up to the 2-litre version and is designed and manufactured by Laser Tools in Sheffield. The machined split-collet design fits over the injector securely and allows the use of a slide hammer (included in the kit) to steadily pull out the injector.

It is very easy to use; the slim design fits down More >