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A BEAUTIFUL BOUNCING BABY BUGATTI!

Not strictly one for us but given our love of all things ‘specialist’ and this is way cool, I decided to run it!

At the Geneva International Motor Show in 2019, Bugatti announced a 110th birthday present to themselves, the re-imagining of the original ‘Bugatti Baby’

Since then the design concept has been completed and the little car has gone into series production with deliveries commencing soon.

Developed in partnership with The Little Car Company, the Baby II has been described by those who have had the opportunity to drive it as ‘more of an unruly teenager than a Baby’.

While all 500 cars were More >

PRESSURE – GOT ME UNDER PRESSURE

Webcon has announced a new fuel pressure regulator for use with carburettors which will reduce high EFi fuel pressure down to low pressure.

This reduction allows a more stable high pressure/high flow, EFi type, fuel pump with a swirl pot to supply a carburettor fed engine. The result is a smoother, uninterrupted fuel supply which is less affected by fuel vapour lock or centrifugal forces during cornering, acceleration or braking – all without the need of an ECU or full EFi conversion.

The WFR602 Regulator can also be used with low-pressure fuel pumps and is suitable for both normally aspirated or turbocharged More >

FIDANZA BEEF UP TRIUMPH CLUTCHES

Summer’s here and hopefully, the current restrictions will still allow us to get a little top-down driving done before the autumn sets in. To add to the fun Fidanza, Americaʼs leading performance flywheel specialist has a direct replacement lightweight aluminium flywheel to improve the performance of the classic Triumph Spitfire.

The Fidanza aluminium flywheel replaces the heavy standard flywheel and improves the power-to-weight ratio thus making the engine more responsive and improving performance and acceleration.

The flywheel is made from high-quality machined 6061 T6 aluminium with a 1050 steel friction surface, CNC-machined fastener holes and chamfers with military-grade fasteners.

The friction surface of More >

REVIVE WITH A QUICK SPRAY

I really like Quick Spray Wax from Revive Auto Apothecary. It’s a perfect companion to their Quick Detailer and acts as a great ‘topper’, which is a final gloss coat over an application of wax. It leaves a hydrophobic finish that results in a crazy amount of beading.

Longevity is good with no water-spots left following inclement weather, which can happen with some other similar products, rather the Revive Quick Spray Wax retains its original high-gloss.

I got at least one month of high performance from just one application of this product and this remained a constant thanks to a further application More >

BARE NAKED DONKERVOORT

Donkervoort Automobielen has taken the clothes off its D8 GTO-JD70 with the long-planned Bare Naked Carbon Edition (BNCE). Available with either clear or coloured lacquer, the Bare Naked Carbon Edition gives the JD70 a stunning, high-art texture and highlights the precision of Donkervoort’s carbon-fibre expertise, all while making the 700kg car several kilograms lighter.

JD70s with BNCE technology can be delivered in a raw, naked carbon look or with a coloured lacquer coating in either matte or polished finishes.

Claimed to be the first production car in the world with 2G of cornering muscle, the JD70 was developed as a tribute for More >

SAUCY SHINE

Scottish car care brand HB Sauce (love that name!) is known for a small yet superb range of products and they almost have a cult following for their custom paste waxes. Kevin ‘Hugo Brown’ Longman sent me one of their latest limited editions to try out this week – Beadmaster Hybrid wax.

It’s a really hard wax and a little goes a very, very long way. There’s a smell of lime meets Belgian Waffles, if I’m not mistaken. I tried it out on a hot, sunny day and applied it sparingly following an application of sealant.

Sometimes with paste waxes, you have More >

SOAK IT AND DEGREASE IT

Citrus Soak Degreaser from Mint Classic is an alkaline-based pre-wash and degreaser designed to effectively remove stubborn dirt and grease.

The smell is akin to an oven cleaner with a hint of lemon juice. Oooh, a bit like Cif, I suppose (other citrus-infused oven and kitchen cleaners are obviously available in a store near you!).

You spray this one onto a soiled area and allow it to dwell. You can go direct or via a cloth. Don’t allow the product to dry though and if required give it a nudge with a wash mitt or soft brush.

It actually is an impressive product More >

IF YOU ‘BRAKE’ IT; MINI SPARES CAN FIX IT!

Mini Spares now offers its own Brake Caliper Seal Repair Kit as a cheaper, but comparable, alternative to the genuine Lockheed kit. The kit is suitable for Minis from 1984 on that were equipped with 8.4in discs. There’ll be a few kitcars there, then!

This rebuild kit also fits the Midget/Sprite 1098/1275cc front disc brake calipers.

The kit includes all the large seals needed to rebuild both pistons in one caliper except for the small bridge seal between the two halves (available separately from Mini Spares as part 17H7679, if required).

The package is easy to install with no special tools required. Order More >

VETERANS HEADING FOR BRIGHTON

The Royal Automobile Club has announced that the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will be going ahead on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Club, explained: “It gives the club enormous pleasure to be announcing this news and it’s wonderful that we are able to use the traditional London to Brighton route.

“The event will commence with a rolling start on The Mall and we wish every participant an unforgettable journey to Madeira Drive. It’s now full steam ahead to prepare for this year. I very much look forward to welcoming everyone in November and commemorating the 1896 More >

NEW COBRAS FROM AC CARS

The first step to returning one of the world’s motoring icons to its true place – on sale in its spiritual home, the UK – took place recently with the shipment to Britain of the two new AC Cobra models announced last month.

The AC Cobra Series 1 ‘electric’ is a faithful recreation of the Cobra but with a modern, emissions-free electric powertrain while the Cobra ‘140 Charter Edition’ features the same 2.3-litre high power engine used by Ford in its latest Mustang Mach-E model.

The cars are each being produced in two limited editions of 58 cars for sale in the UK. That number is More >