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FLARES, NEVER OUT OF FASHION!

As a perfect partner to their new pipe bending tool, Viper Performance also has a new pipe flaring tool designed to make perfect 37-degree flares for hard brake and clutch lines or fuel pipes. The tool is also perfect for hard line style JIC AN fittings.

This tool may be aimed at the DIY, home mechanic market but it doesn’t skimp on quality, durability or capability and it’s quite capable of working for its keep in a professional garage.

The tool is made from quality 6063 T6 alloy with hard chrome cones. It will roll the smoothest flares and automatically de-burr the More >

WET AND WINDY WEATHER

With winter weather on the way (it says here! – ed), make sure you’ve got the essential kit to keep you safe and on the road during any cold snap.

Saxon is a distributor of well-known car care and accessory brands in the UK, like SONAX, Sakura, Metro, Slime, Stop-Lock, CTEK, LITTLE TREES® and Sub-Zero Ice has launched a range of products to ensure road users can keep their cars and their feet, on the road whatever the weather! The essential kit for your car boot includes:

Snow brush with detachable ice scraper, RRP £1.99 – This handy winter helper from Sakura More >

MADE TO MEASURE BUMPSTICKS

Piper can offer camshafts for a huge range of applications, but once in a while they get requests for something that isn’t in their current line-up.

No matter, Piper can also offer a bespoke camshaft service to produce components to match customers’ needs. This service is ideal for race engine builders, historic and classic restorers and situations where new components and mapping have to be taken into account, such as when adding forced induction.

Piper already has a huge database of profiles and in many cases may already have the answer in their system. Prices start at just £25 for the profile calculation More >

SERVE CHILLED

A colder and more dense fuel/air mixture burns more efficiently and produces more power and better performance. That’s why a high flow air filter and a cold air intake are the first tuning mods most people make, to cool the air charge. Now DEI has devised a way to cool the fuel element of the charge too.

The new CryO2 Fuel Chiller System uses the cryogenic properties of liquid CO2 to charge a series of internal cryogenic chambers surrounding the centre ‘fuel’ chamber. As the fuel passes through the centre chamber, the cryogenic-charged chambers super cool the fuel by thermal transfer, More >

YOUR ON THE BENCH SON

Facom, the European leader in roller cabinets and storage units for workshops, is launching a new range of workbenches to complete its high quality Jet+ range.

The new workbenches are built for longevity. They come with a robust 40mm thick, beech plywood worktop which has been treated with linseed oil, making it resistant to liquid damage and easier to maintain. The drawers and frame are built from 12/10 mm and 15/10 mm sheet metal.

The workbenches also offer great storage capacity. They come with one or two blocks of six drawers and each drawer can carry a total of 50kg. They also feature a 100 percent opening drawer system for complete access and More >

tkc mag/totalkitcar SPECIAL AWARD

MEV boss, Stuart Mills, was the deserved first recipeint of the tkc mag/totalkitcar 'Special' award at Donington last weekend. He looks well-pleased with his 1939 hubcap, chromed and plated by the boys at ORA Technologies.

CUB SCOUTS

Really good to see the Andersen Cub at Donington last weekend and of course, the car’s creator, Charles Andersen.

Charles Andersen with his re-launched Cub at Donington last weekend

Charles ceased production first time around, after some 400 sales, in 1997 and went off to do some industrial scale engineering although proving beyond doubt that once kitcars get into your blood they stay there forever, he couldn’t leave it alone and hatched plans to re-launch the Cub.

Being a very thorough sort of chap, Charles set about gaining IVA compliance before re-launching the project this summer and made his (second-time around) debut at More >

MAZDA ZERO; GBS ZERO

One of the stars of the September/October 2012 issue of tkc mag is Great British Sportscars and a test of their Zero model, one of the kitcar industry success stories of recent times.

In addition to the standard Ford-based variant, the Nottinghamshire-based operation offers a wide bodied variant and also a ‘Race’ version. New at Donington last weekend was an option designed for Mazda MX-5 and word from the company is that it was extremely well-received.

The Zero MX, is available now and shares the pleasing looks of the standard model but will cost around £500 more with MX-5 Mks 1, 2 and More >

NOW, THAT’S A SUPER CHARGER!

A kitcar that I really rate is the GKD Legend the BMW-based Lotus Seven-inspired sportscar made in Kent.

Beats me why it isn’t selling in large numbers such is its capability and affordable DIY price-tag in both four and big block six-cylinder forms.

GKD boss, Peter Lathrope has also devised a performance package for those hungry for more in the form of an Eaton supercharger kit that takes power for the four cylinder unit to 235bhp and can also be fitted to people happy with their E36-generation BMW 318s too.

More information from www.gkdsportscars.com or 08709 104 108 ENDS.

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OUT OF THE ASHES

Yet another returnee at Donington last weekend was the Mirach, a car originally designed by the incredibly gifted Chris Field back in the early nineties.

South Brent, Devon-based, Rob Hancock has owned the project since he purchased it from his former employer, Clive Robinson Racecars, although pressures from his main business of industrial glassfibre production in recent years has seen the Mirach take a backseat.

The affable Rob has always intended bringing the Mirach back and took the opportunity to make some slight amendments. I’ve always liked the Mirach, but there was always a feeling that you sat ‘on’ rather than ‘in’ More >