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NEW LIGHTWEIGHT JOINS THE XCS CLUB!

A brand new stripped-out track-orientated model has recently been announced by XCS Designs. It’s called the Clubsport and we’ll let XCS Designs’ boss Harvey Rice describe the car to you:

“The 427 Clubsport package was conceived after looking at Cobra replicas in motorsport and the research and development team at XCS has taken a ‘clean sheet’ approach and designed a spaceframe chassis that allowed crash forces to be correctly distributed around the driver, offering considerably stronger rollover and side impact protection. The added bonus is that the resulting chassis has exceptional torsional rigidity, which allows our camber compensation set-up to work optimally.

“Many have shied away from taking this kind of car into a More >

NOT JUST RIMBLADES

As well as being the pioneers of the alloy wheel protector Somerset-based Rimbladesâ has just launched a new range of valeting products all with great packaging and bright colours. The range includes Tyre Shine Remover, Wheel & Tyre Cleaner, Alloy Wheel Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Multi-Clean, Tar & Glue Remover, Ceramic Detailer and Ceramic Car Shampoo.

Prices are very attractive too and start at just £8.99 for a 500ml bottle.

Meanwhile, the product that made the company famous, Rimbladesâ are available in several styles and colours and available in DIY-fit form.

Visit www.rimblades.com or call the company on 01823 662 800, for more information. ENDS.

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VARIED SILICONE HOSE SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR KITCAR

A silicone hose company that I have been hearing a lot about lately is Mirfield, West Yorkshire-based Auto Silicone Hoses.

The company has a huge range of hoses available in shapes and sizes, suitable for air, vacuum, oil and fuel, available in no fewer than fifteen colours including classic black. So whether it’s straights, couplings, elbows or even bespoke shapes you are after they can help.

They also do stuff like rubber hoses, metal pipes, air ducting, PVC/layflat hoses, clips, clamps and filters.

They offer fast shipping and their prices are very good, too.

More information from www.autosiliconehoses.com or call them on 01924 496 111 More >

THAT’S A WRAP!

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 >

EASY RIVETING

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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GET THE FLARES ON

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 >

A REALLY GOOD READ

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 >

THAT’LL CAP IT!

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
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SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE!

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 >

ME OLD BAMBOO!

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 HeritagePartsCentre.com by searching for part number 111-857-110/A you will be pleased to know they qualify for More >