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TAKE THAT TO THE BANK

COMING SOON to Machine Mart, the perfect accessory for your glove box, caravan, coat pocket or beach bag!

It’s increasingly important to stay powered up on the move, charging phones and tablets to keep connected as we attend events or spend days away from mains power.

When travelling, it’s also vital to be prepared and be able to deal with flat tyres, on cars, motorcycles or bikes, to ensure that we travel safely at all times.

That’s why Machine Mart is introducing the Clarke RI150LI Rechargeable Tyre Inflator and Power Bank!

More from www.machinemart.co.uk ENDS.

THE HISTORY OF TITAN RACING CARS

The Titan marque was a very successful brand in the sixties with Charles Lucas and his business partner, Roy ‘Tom the Weld’ Thomas producing some cracking cars for F3 and Formula Ford 1600 among others. A form of the company still exists today based in St Neots producing a range of top-class automotive components such as differentials, steering racks and throttle bodies. They can also design and manufacture all manner of parts for a diverse bank of customers. STEVE HOLE tells their story.

Charles Lucas was a very talented engineer who started in motorsport in the early 1960s and in 1963 More >

MICHELIN ON THE ‘UPTIS’!

By 2024, nearly 40 La Poste (French Post Service) vans fitted with the MICHELIN Uptis airless tyre will deliver letters and parcels in the Lesquin, Valenciennes and Douai sectors, in the Hauts-de-France region (Northern France).

Three initial vehicles will be placed in service from June 27, within the framework of a two-year partnership between La Poste and Michelin, a first in France and Europe – following partnerships already formed in Asia.

The UPTIS prototype is a puncture-proof wheel/tyre assembly with no compressed air, intended for cars and light commercial vehicles. The compressed air has been replaced by a revolutionary structure capable of supporting More >

FERRIS WHEEL? NOPE. A THROTTLE WHEEL. A VERY DIFFERENT THING!

Webcon has introduced a Universal Throttle Wheel kit to suit the ever-popular Weber 32/36 DGV/DGAV and 38 DGAS/DGMS carburettors.

Part number LP4026 is superbly made in the UK to Webcon’s extremely high-quality standards and will allow the installer to connect a car’s throttle cable to the Weber carburettor regardless of the installation.

LP4026 includes throttle wheel, cable clamp, return spring, and outer cable support and is priced at £51.34 inc VAT.

Available now on 01932 787 100 or via www.webcon.co.uk ENDS.

SOFT GRIP SNIPS? NO, NOT A BASEBALL PLAYER! A PAIR OF TIN SNIPS!

Sometimes you need something stronger than scissors but not as strong as tin snips. Try these heavy-duty, multi-purpose shears (part number 8613), fitted with stainless steel blades and suitable for cutting cable, wire gauze, hose, plastic, gaskets and leather.

The spring-loaded handles make these 200mm long shears easy to use, especially with the soft grip handles that also feature a convenient safety lock.

The blades are manufactured from corrosion and acid-resistant SS420 J2 stainless steel and the micro-serrated edge will ensure you’ll get an easy, accurate cut every time.

Extra grip, reduced slippage, comfortable to use, keep a set in the toolbox.

Available now More >

I BET IT CAN’T BENCH PRESS AS MUCH AS PRECIOUS MCKENZIE. HE WAS GOOD HE WAS

Machine Mart’s range of Clarke Hydraulic Presses are ideal for garage and engineering workshops and can be used for a variety of tasks including replacing/removing bearings, pressing ball joints, pulleys, pins, plates or straightening metal work. There are eight different models available, with pressing capacity ranging from just 4 tonnes up to an impressive 50 tonnes!

The best-selling Clarke CSA10BB 10 Tonne Hydraulic Bench Press is perfect for when you just need to tackle smaller pressing jobs such as repairing small motors or removing and installing gears or bearings.

The press is simple to use and very effective, requiring minimum effort from More >

A GREAT BEACH TOWEL I RECKON

I do like a nice drying towel. I truly believe they make a huge difference when washing a car. I’ve tried loads of them and believe me most of them are truly garbage. There are some good ones though and my hitherto two go-tos have been Car Pro’s Boa Constrictor XL and Chemical Guys’ Woolly Mammoth. Excellent.

However, when someone recommended Meguiar’s new Duo Twist drying towel I had to give it a go as they were raving about it. A decent size at 50cm x 90cm this 1200gsm marvel is produced from 87 per cent polyester and 13 per cent More >

SWARF CHIPS?

An Evolution Tools Magnetic Chip Collector lets you pick up metal shavings in your work area quickly and easily. Simply wave it over the shavings to pick them up, stroll over to your scrap barrel, and then push the plunger to release the shavings. The magnets are powerful enough to pick up big piles of shavings and small metal parts like nuts and bolts.

More via 001-800-230-3030 or  Evolution Magnetic Chip Collectors ENDS.

FOR ‘FLUX’ SAKE – IAN FLUX’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

FOR ‘FLUX’ SAKE – BEER, FAGS AND OPPOSITE LOCK – AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF IAN FLUX

Back in the eighties when I was really into Formula Ford, Sports 2000 and club motorsport in general (let’s not forget the Kit Cars & Specials Kit Car Challenge!) there were some drivers I avidly followed and most of them were proper old school. They’d turn up and drive anything.

I was really into Dave Coyne, Tommy Byrne (a genius), a young Martin Brundle (when he was in F3 and competing tooth and nail with a young Brazilian hotshot called Ayrton Senna de Silva). However, they all paled More >

IT’S GOOD THIS

Now here is a treat for your ears from a pair of petrolheads based in the UK.

My Dad’s Car is a trip down memory lane, recalling vehicles from yesteryear with a selected guest who may or may not choose to cite their father’s choice of wheels for the benefit of the tape.

In the interest of representation, mothers, aunts, siblings, grandparents, friends and neighbours’ cars are all equally welcome as conversation starters too.

Created by Andy Gregory and Jon Recknell, the duo are ex-colleagues from a car and cycling accessories shop who have since forged individual careers for themselves in automotive marketing, More >