In addition to being a long-established supplier of performance parts and enhancements, Merlin Motorsport has long been a company used extensively by kitcar enthusiasts.

What I like is that you get a bit more from Merlin in that they have a regular stream of ‘how-to’ articles on a variety of subjects on their website. For example, I’ve just discovered a great

‘HOW TO’ ARTICLE ON PACKING & WRAPPING YOUR EXHAUST This includes – the difference between E-Glass and Basalt and how packing works.

Merlin also sells their own branded BASALT EXHAUST WRAP which comes in four colours – Brown, Natural, Black or White. These are very More >


Here’s one for our North American readers – Using a manual rivet gun can be a hand-cramping experience, especially if you are popping a load of them into a panel.

The Performance Tool Rivet Gun Drill Adapter Kit from Summit Racing solves that problem by converting your corded or cordless drill into a power rivet gun.

The adapter has an alloy steel nose and gearing to handle aluminium or stainless steel rivets.

The oversized nylon-reinforced ABS adapter body makes the tool easy to use.

The Performance Tool Rivet Gun Drill Adapter Kit comes with 3/32in (2.4mm), 1/8in, (3.2mm), 5/32in (4mm), and 3/16in (4.8mm) rivets.

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New to the Laser Tools range is this comprehensive brake pipe flaring tool kit (part number 8522), suitable for on-vehicle brake pipe repair and maintenance even when access is restricted. Everything you need is included in one box – the kit is based around a hand-held 3/16in SAE flaring tool that can form both single and double flares in copper and cupro-nickel brake pipes.

This is a compact flaring tool, ideal for getting up into tight areas underneath the vehicle, enabling a neat flare without removing the brake pipe.

Also included is a ratcheting, self-adjusting mini brake pipe cutter to suit 3/16in (4.75mm) pipe and is ideal More >


When our Natalie raced in the 750 MC’s Kit Car Championship one of the friendliest competitors was Dave Roberts. He’s just written this excellent book

Chiselbury, the independent publisher, is pleased to announce the republication of ‘The Blunt End of the Grid’ by author Dave Roberts.  When first issued it was shortlisted for the Royal Automobile Club’s ‘Motoring Book of the Year’ in 2019.

This is a book which tells the story of the world of amateur motor racing. Far from the glamorous world of Formula One, it describes the real challenges, spills and thrills of the sport that grips thousands of More >


Castrol Classic Oils has produced a wide range of high-quality retro-style merchandise, every item of which is decorated with familiar Castrol branding.

The latest addition to the range is this GTX Classic Trucker Cap, which has been eagerly anticipated following the recent market reintroduction of the iconic Castrol GTX premium engine oil for younger and modern classics.

The cap features a green mesh back for ventilation and a gently curved peak, while the padded white front panel is emblazoned with the distinctive Castrol GTX logo and ‘Liquid Engineering‘ legend.

Castrol Classic Oils merchandise: GTX Classic Trucker Cap

  • £15.95 plus P&P
  • Single size with adjustable rear strap
  • Free More >


Change the way your remove transmissions forever! Developed by a time-served mechanic for Laser Tools – when combined with a traditional transmission jack this patented Laser transmission support arm (part number 8579), simplifies gearbox removal and fitting by supporting the gearbox from above. The specially-shaped arm goes up the side of the gearbox and gives an attachment point to hang the support strap and chains supplied.

Because the gearbox is hanging from the support it is much easier to manoeuvre both in and out of position. The Laser transmission support arm turns a transmission jack from underneath support, into a much More >


Classic cars might be far more stylish than a modern run-about from a used car forecourt, but when it comes to cubby holes and pockets, they fall a little short of the mark.

Fortunately, help is at hand as SSP produce these great bamboo-style parcel shelves for beam-axle Beetles of all ages.

Influenced by the aftermarket accessories of old, this full-width storage surface compliments your classic interior charm and is perfect for sunglasses, mobile phones, CDs, Sat Nav and more.

Priced at £101.95 you can find them on by searching for part number 111-857-110/A you will be pleased to know they qualify for More >


Webcon has announced the release of its long-awaited manifold and linkage set to allow the fitment of three Weber 40DCOE carburettors to the Triumph GT6 engine, which features in plenty of kitcars, of course.

The new kit features stepped manifolds to clear the sloping bonnet on the GT6. The new Webcon manifolds are designed, cast and manufactured in the UK to Webcon’s exacting quality standards. The set also includes a Webcon marine-grade stainless rod linkage system to ensure a smooth, accurate set-up and operational longevity.

The inlet manifold set and linkage can be ordered as part number MW0091 at £624.12 inc VAT.

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Here’s one for our North American readers from Summit Racing. Zyclop Speed Ratchets are now available at Summit Racing.

Loosen and tighten stubborn nuts and bolts fast and efficiently with Wera Tool Zyclop Speed Ratchets. The ratchet heads swivel freely and can be locked in any position using the slide switch on both sides.

The T-handle drivers provide plenty of hand space even in very narrow and difficult-to-reach areas.

Other features include: • Available in 1/4in, 3/8in and 1/2in drive • 0°, 15°, and 90° positions guarantee safe working without the ratchet head slipping • In the 0°position, the ratchet can be used like More >


Not content with producing not one but two glorious Ford Escort pastiches, MST Cars has announced their next model a limited edition run of Group B-spec Metro 6R4. 

These will use brand-new parts, they’ll be road-legal, with a mid-mounted V6 engine, four-wheel drive, sequential gearbox and an all-new carbon-fibre bodyshell produced in Wales in association with Innovate Composites.

No other details at the moment but we’ll bring you more news on this when we get it.

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