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KICKING UP A STORM

It’s pretty scary to think that that the V-Storm is now thirteen years old. I well remember the day, Simon Dickens of SDR Sportscars, wheeled his first demonstrator onto his stand at Stoneleigh show in 2008. Not only was it an exo-skeletal design, but a three-seater with a central driving position, which pretty much set it apart.

Designed by the very under-rated and multi-talented Guernseyman, Simon Keys the car was originally developed to accept Aprilia RSV1000 v-twin motorbike power (there is also at least one in existence that has a Kawasaki ZX-10 Ninja engine, by the way) but it quickly evolved More >

NICE FROG

Manchester-based Frogeye Spares has been around since 1993 and specialise in yep, you guessed it, all things Frogeye Sprite as well as MG Midget.

They are also the current home for the exquisite Wheeler & Davies bodyshells, which are available in three distinct stages.

Stage 1 is the basic monocoque without any GRP panels fitted and is ideal for DIY home restorers and/or those without access to a jig. This is priced at £5275 inc VAT.

Stage 2 adds rear shrouds and rear wings (pre-fitted) and only requires bonnet and doors to be fitted. No welding required either, incidentally. This costs £8069 inc More >

IT’S NUTS

You’ve got original factory wheel nuts and you’ve got the wheel nut socket that was supplied with the car. But it doesn’t fit! What’s going on?

Some wheel nuts are manufactured with a permanently fitted chromium-plated cap. These start off from the factory as a whole size, but over time due to the combination of corrosion and impact tool use, the wheel nuts can swell by up to 0.5mm. Laser Tools to the rescue!

This newly introduced double-ended impact socket (part number 8014) has one end machined to 18.5mm and the other to 19.5mm to overcome this issue. It’s a 1/2in drive More >

UNDER THE PUMP

Webcon is delighted to announce the addition of three new fuel pumps to its already comprehensive range: a low-pressure petrol carburettor version (ideal for Weber installations), a higher pressure petrol carburettor version and a Diesel Version. The new pumps are produced by legendary US fuel systems manufacturer Edelbrock and are of the very highest quality.

Each of the new pumps is quiet and reliable and designed to be mounted near the fuel tank. The pumps are supplied in kit form complete with a branded mounting bracket, an intake filter and mounting nuts and bolts.

The new pumps are supplied with 5/16in/8mm unions More >

HAND IN GLOVE

Connect Workshop Consumables has just introduced two new pairs of reusable professional mechanics gloves.

The first is a pair of cut resistant gloves that have been manufactured from 15-gauge nylon plus spandex liner with a SKINTEK coating and conform to EN 388:2016 for abrasion, cut, tear and puncture resistance, and are silicone-free. The lightweight and flexible nature of these gloves, combined with the coating, offers dexterity and grip even in wet and oily conditions. They come as a set of three pairs, so you should never find yourself without a clean and dry pair to use.

The second is a pair of More >

SEND A CARD

If you’re stuck for gift ideas this Valentine’s Day … why not choose for yourself with a Machine Mart gift card! Perfect for those of you with a craving for some tools and machinery!

Machine Mart gift cards and E-Vouchers can hold any value from £20 to £500 and can be used in any of Machine Mart’s 64 superstores nationwide, over the phone by calling 0115 956 5555 or choose from over 21,000 products online.

You can also order them online; an E-Voucher can be sent in a personalised email style, courtesy of Machine Mart, whatever the occasion may be!

To find out More >

GET YOURSELF A HOBBY

New from Yokohama for 2021 is their new Hobby range of tyres, which in essence hark back to radials of days gone by while using modern-day tyre manufacturing processes and materials.

These are absolutely ideal for kitcars and classic cars and offer great levels of quietness, grip levels and hard wear characteristics we expect of our tyres these days.

There are presently three versions available – The GT Special Y350 (prices start at around £78) which are designed to replicate Yokohama’s original tread patterns from 1967. The AOO8P is aimed at the high-performance Porsche air-cooled Turbo and Turbo S owner (from around More >

MAKING A DASH FOR IT

Innovative dash cam manufacturer, VIOFO, has announced that it is introducing its first triple channel dashcam, the A139. The newest model in the range, the device includes three cameras to record the front, interior and rear as well as many features to ensure drivers are covered as long as they are in their vehicle such as parking mode providing ultimate peace of mind and evidence when needed.

The dashcam is ideal for rideshare (Uber/Lyft) drivers, taxi drivers or for keeping an eye on pets and children in the rear. It is available from Amazon.com for £219.68 (Amazon UK stock expected in March).

Thanks to its More >

DARKSIDE. THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT!

We’ve been really taken by Robert Moon’s Darkside three-wheeler concept. Brave, refreshing and full of innovation.

We brought you Rob’s thoughts about his project in the September/October 2020 issue of TKC MAG and it brought plenty of good feedback from readers.

Rob had nailed the chassis, suspension and other technical aspects of the modern-looking trike but had launched a competition to design a body for the car. His co-judge in the competition, which drew (see what I did there! – Ed) entries from around the globe, was the lauded designer, Frank Stephenson.

After much deliberation, Frank and Rob chose the design you see More >

SPECIAL FORCES SUPER TYRE SEALANT

IDEAL FOR KITCAR OWNERS!

Max Adventure has launched what they claim is the world’s best puncture protection fluid, aimed specifically at the Vintage and Classic market.

“A puncture is no laughing matter at the best of times,” said Max Adventure’s Mac Mackenney, “but in a kit, vintage or classic car it can be more than just an inconvenience. In many cases, recovery is needed, and the stranded car and driver are vulnerable while they wait for collection, especially on ‘Smart’ motorways.”

The sealant is non-corrosive and permanent for the life of the tyre. It is easily applied through the valve, and a single More >