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I’m a big admirer of the art of the hot rodder, and the work of Nick Butler, Mickey Bray, Bryan Godber and Ray ‘The Rodfather’ Christopher really put the UK on the map as far as Custom Cars and drag racing were concerned.

Cast your eyes on the beauty pictured here. It’s a chopped and channelled 32 Ford Pick-Up and recently won coveted top car of the show at the well-known Chimay Hot Rod bash in Belgium.

It’s the work of John Wilcox, of Penguin Speed Shop and is quite simply staggering featuring the very best of everything from paint More >


You’ve probably noticed how your engine runs better on a cool evening than on a hot day.

That’s because the air in the intake charge is cooler and more dense thus introducing more oxygen into the engine for a better and more complete burn. This in turn makes the performance livelier and increases horsepower.

Traditionally tuners used a cold air intake to draw air from outside the warm engine bay, but now DEI has come up with a new way to improve on this by using liquid carbon dioxide to physically cool the intake as well.

A patented aerodynamic bulb containing a cryogenic More >


Gas discharge bulbs, also known as High Intensity Discharge Bulbs (HID)  produce a crisp, bright-white light. While this technology has been around for some time, it has tended to be reserved for use on high specification car models.

This has driven a trend by other motorists that wish to replace their car’s yellow looking bulbs with bulbs that replicate the HID look without upgrading their vehicle lighting system.

To meet this demand Ring has produced the XenonLook range of headlamp bulbs, which produce a higher ‘kelvin’ colour temperature that results in a whiter headlight colour.

Ring Automotive’s Associate Director Marketing Caroline Harding said: More >


Winter tyres are becoming increasingly popular for those who wish to keep moving during the dreary, icy and snowy months to come. Irritatingly, often the process of swapping over your summer tyres while keeping your original wheels is long-winded, time consuming and unnecessary, plus steels are a bit dull aren’t they?

Wheels n Things have found a solution to this problem, and for winter 2012, release a series of awesome, personalised and TuV approved coloured steels, available in any hue you desire from 13in all the way to 17in, available on their own or wrapped in a range of winter tyre More >


Mini Spares High Capacity Water Pumps were designed for overseas use where it’s often warmer than the UK.

These higher capacity pumps move more coolant than the stock ones and are of better quality.

They have a much larger impeller that sticks into the block slightly more than the usual ½in and is made from cast iron, rather than stamped steel as with many aftermarket pumps.

This water pump will fit all 1275cc blocks and most 998/1098 from 1969-on.

The use of a high capacity water pump helps to reduce cavitation in the water jacket, particularly at high RPM, as well as circulating a More >


Another new product from Viper Performance is its new matt black classic hose option available on all the silicone hoses in their range.

A special finishing process dulls out the surface, removing all the sheen from the black silicone hose. The finished product looks just like the original rubber hoses, but has all the advantage of top quality modern silicone and will not crack, expand, or shrink over time.

It’s ideal for classic cars and kitcars, which often spend a lot of time parked-up over winter months in the garage.

Because this is an additional process during manufacturing the take longer to produce More >


Buying a gift for the DIY enthusiast in your life or the man who likes to ‘tinker’ generally?

The Dremel 3000 Limited Edition Tool Box (£89.99 from and is stuffed full of goodies. The Dremel 3000 multi-tool is essential for any project that involves cutting, grinding, sanding, routing, drilling and pretty much everything else.

The tool box also includes 45 easy-to-change accessories plus six attachments such as a flexshaft for detailed work and a line and circle cutter. The combined value of the contents is £125, so this great gift saves nearly 30 per cent on normal selling prices.

Now there’s no excuse for More >


Latest model from DNA Automotive is the DN8, which shares the same donor as their 4Thirty body conversion package – Ford Cougar, an overlooked by highly suitable subject for basing a kitcar on.

The under-rated Cougar could be had in 2-litre or 2.5-litre V6 variants and usable, well-specced examples are fairly abundant. Indeed, at the time of writing I found some nice looking possibles on Auto from £349 – and that was a V6 version!

The DN8 kit is priced from £14,500, with DNA able to supply everything else required to convert a Cougar.

More information from ENDS.

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According to the AA the most common cause for vehicle breakdowns in winter is a flat battery.

Mechanics and technicians should see winter conditions as an opportunity to generate extra income by testing the vehicle batteries.

Battery analysers or testers provide an accurate way to check the cranking ability of vehicle batteries. This will indicate if there is a need to replace or recharge the battery. If replacement is needed, the garage benefits from an additional sale, while the customer gets reassurance that they have a fully healthy battery going into winter.

To help mechanics this winter, Ring has launched two battery analysers More >


The boffins at Richbrook HQ are back with what could prove to be their most ingenious product to date, the ‘Wheel and Tyre’ bag, making transporting your wheels cleanly, conveniently and efficiently to and from the track a stylish doddle.

Thousands of keen drivers transport a spare set of wheels and tyres to the circuit for drift and track days (sometimes even shows), but continue to work around the issue, scattering plastic bags, bin liners and old towels here, there and everywhere in a bid to reduce the fallout! If you’ve ever tried to move a set of wheels and tyres More >