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MiniSpares, Mahle and Swiftune have pooled their knowledge and experience to produce a die-cast piston for 1275cc engines that offer exceptional value for money.

Mahle is best known as the leading manufacturer of Formula 1 pistons and Swiftune as one of the UK’s top engine builders. Swiftune’s association with Mini Spares goes back around four and a half decades to the mid-1970s.

The piston that the team have produced uses NPR high-quality road/race piston ring packs and is equally suitable for high-performance road, clubman competition, rally, sprint, hill climb and trackday use.

Available as C-STN103-20 for plus 20 oversize set £306 inc VAT C-STN103-40 More >


Great to hear from Quantum Sportscars boss, Rob Hancock (his enthusiasm is infectious) that the Devon-based company is enjoying a great start to 2021 with kit orders, refurbs and spare parts keeping him very busy.

Here’s an image of the Mk1 version of the Quantum Sunrunner

A new Xtreme demonstrator is under build, as is a trackday car plus Rob has also found time to revise the Sunrunner kit, adding 6in to the length, 2in to the width while also lowering the floors. Kit prices for the Sunrunner Mk2 have yet to be confirmed but expect a sub-3K ticket.

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This is a great piece of kit for the advanced DIY-er. It comes from our friends at Sealey and is a floor standing sheet metal folder which is ideal for yep, folding sheet metal! Especially useful if say you have some panelling to do and it can cope with up to 22mm gauge, which will make it beefy enough for most home workshop requirements.

I like the fact that rather than being unwieldy and always in the way (don’t you just hate falling over stuff?) it can be folded and stored neatly. Comes with a lifetime guarantee and although at 4p More >


Remember, that for motorsport (a good idea for trackdays, too) use your fire extinguisher must be serviced every two-years inline with FIA recommendations. Merlin Motorsport services SPA and Lifeline Zero 2000 and onsite at their HQ within the grounds of Castle Combe circuit.

LIFELINE EXTINGUISHER BOTTLES – The bottles have a ten-year life from the year of manufacture. Any bottles older than ten-years must be replaced. Due to the introduction of FIA Technical List 16 for fire extinguishers, it is no longer possible to replace just the bottle from your older system, it will mean a full refit of a new system.

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New from Draper Tools is this new Evolution jack. The company says that it features a unique design that sets the three-tonne jack apart.

It features twin pistons, which allows the saddle to a full 580mm, which is a useful 80mm higher than most standard trolley jacks. Draper also says that just 4.5 ‘pumps’ will see the jack fully elevated.

Another useful under-the-skin upgrade is the internal magnetic filtration system that keeps the all-important hydraulic oil from contaminants, ensuring a safer, longer between change period.

Go on admit it. When was the last time you checked the hydraulic oil in your trolley jack? More >


New from Laser Tools is this automotive test, tune-up and brake bleed vacuum pump with adaptor kit (part number 8018). Ideal for a wide variety of automotive applications, such as tune-ups, diagnostics and testing, one-man brake and clutch bleeding and liquid siphoning.

Ideal for fault diagnosis on internal combustion engines: the hand-operated vacuum pump in combination with the accurate vacuum gauge enables the monitoring of actual manifold vacuum, an invaluable aid to troubleshooting engine faults.

Static testing: easily diagnose vacuum and pressure-related systems such as ignition system vacuum advance, mechanical fuel pumps, carburettor vacuum control systems, fuel injection pressure regulators, EGR valves, one-way valves, More >


For more than 120 years, British company Castrol has been at the forefront of oil technology.

Company founder Charles Wakefield launched his first vehicle engine oil in 1906, a pioneering blend of mineral and castor oils that offered unrivalled lubrication properties. Since then, and through many further innovations, Castrol oils have lubricated the beating heart of everything from speed records to Mars missions.

In this respect, Castrol has created countless product lines from its state-of-the-art UK research facility. It has also been commissioned to develop many specific oils for individual vehicle manufacturers. The application list is truly mind-boggling. While most kit and More >


If you have some serious mileage planned in your Beetle post-pandemic, news of an increased capacity petrol tank from the good folk at Heritage Parts Centre will be music to your ears.

Manufactured by SSP and suitable for Beetle and Karmann Ghia models 61-67, these tanks boast an extra 20 litres (or 4.5 gallons) of fuel storage. This could extend the distance between fuel stops by around 100 miles depending on driving style.

Give Heritage a shout on 01273 444 000 or jump onto their website at with £161.95 in your pocket and search 113-201-075/AB/A.

They’ll box one up, and make sure More >


This is a handy product for kitcar enthusiasts who regularly work with their hands, often outdoors in cold weather.

Derma Shield protects and repairs damaged skin. It is a liquid hand protector made in the UK and complying with ISO 13485. The light mousse forms a breathable waterproof layer over your skin offering protection for up to five hours even when the hands are repeatedly washed.

A variety of sizes are available including 50ml, 150ml and 500ml with prices from £7.55. More from ENDS.



Royal Warranted car-care expert Autoglym has launched the perfect fleet-friendly sanitising solution in the form of its individually packaged Sanitiser Cleaning Wipes, which will deliver peace of mind to drivers and operators of multi-user vehicles, as well as motorists who have to regularly use different vehicles.

The individually packaged wipes, available in boxes of 400, are ideal for operators such as hire car fleets or demo fleets, where cars are driven frequently by different users, as well as being used as handy pocket-sized PPE by drivers who have to use different vehicles frequently, such as delivery drivers and motor trade employees

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