A place in next year’s Caterham Academy is up for grabs, as and The Performance Car Show backs the series and launches a unique competition for one reader to become a bona fide racing driver AND a motoring journalist for a year.

To be in with a chance of winning a place on the grid, simply buy a ticket to the Performance Car Show 2013 (January 10-13 at Birmingham’s NEC) and submit 150 words explaining why you should win, or describing a favourite car or race circuit at The Caterham Academy Competition.

Ten finalists, selected by Pistonheads, will then battle More >


TomTom has introduced its new traffic information service HD Traffic 6.0 in the UK.  Avoiding traffic jams will be a lot easier, since this new service can detect traffic jams five times more accurately than previous versions.

The traffic information offered by TomTom HD Traffic 6.0 is fifteen times as accurate as the prevailing Traffic Message Channels (TMC) available through other navigators. Furthermore TomTom will also detect, in real-time, road blocks and road works – even if these haven’t been reported by official sources. Tests show that TomTom HD Traffic 6.0 recognises up to 65 per cent more blocked roads.

TomTom HD Traffic was More >


Dodo Juice has just launched Total Wipe Out, a brand new all-purpose cleaner that joins the all-new 1-litre Pro Pack range, allowing professional detailers and multi-car families to stock up on the world’s finest car care products cost effectively.

Total Wipe Out is a colourless liquid that’s suitable for removing stains on carpets, cleaning wheel arches or degreasing engine bays. It is, in essence, a heavy-duty shampoo with some added solvent to help shift grime and grease with the minimum of fuss.

Applied by snow foam lance as a pre-wash, used neat for deep stains, or as a dilute mix ranging from More >


We don’t normally cover motorcycles here at totalkitcar BUT I have a real passion for the glorious products of Laverda, Bimota, Aprilia, Benelli and particularly DUCATI and the Panigale is in my view BEAUTIFUL…so as it’s Christmas, here’s a nice piece on it.

For motorcycle enthusiasts, 2012 will undoubtedly go down in history as ‘the year of the Panigale’, the Italian manufacturer’s high-tech model generating massive interest since its first public appearance and opening a new chapter in the company’s long and successful history.

Ducati collected the “Best Bike of the Show” award for the Superbike 1199 Panigale as soon as the More >


One of the most awaited promotions in the Sealey calendar…The Sealey New Year Sale 2013.

Over 600 bargain offers to be had, with up to 74 per cent off with products to suit all skill levels and all pockets.

Great socket sets starting from just £8.34, Combination Spanner Sets from just £35.94, Axle Stand Sets from just £26.34, Compressors starting at only £107.94 and Arc Welders starting at £113.94!

These and hundreds more great offers to look through and make a belated Christmas list or indeed, to spend your Christmas money on.  The perfect time of year to add to your toolkit, replace More >


This neat little torch from Laser Tools (part no. 5480) uses a high output Cree bulb that consumes just 1w but is rated at a super bright 90 lumens. Thus it only needs one AA battery (supplied).

The alloy torch body lets the beam be focused from flood to a tight spotlight and also converts into a freestanding lantern.

Available now at a retail price of £19.40, but remember to check your local Laser Tools supplier for the best prices and special offers.

More details from ENDS.


Britool Expert, a major force in the mid-price-point tools and accessories sector, has added a plastic toolbox to its expanding storage range. Available in two sizes (16in and 19in), the new toolbox offers a strong and flexible storage solution to mobile and maintenance engineers as well as mechanics.

With a load capacity of 8kg for the 16in model and 10kg for the 19in, the toolbox has been designed to carry a useful amount of tools while remaining portable. A handy feature is the inclusion of organiser modules which are housed in the lid. Ideal for storing small parts, the organisers can More >


Struggling to find the ideal present for the motorist in the family this Christmas? How about an app that will help protect your driving licence for months or even years to come. A UK company currently leads the way in speed camera alert technology.

Their technically advanced and inexpensive iPhone app, now available at an annual special Christmas subscription of £11.99 inc VAT, will help to provide peace of mind while driving by alerting drivers to the over 17,500 vehicle speed cameras of various types including all fixed, average, red light, variable, temporary and mobile zones now operating in the UK.

The More >


Eagle-eyed readers may recognise the name of Pro Formance Metals. The Northamptonshire-based company put on a very impressive and professional display of their bread and butter wares at this year’s Stoneleigh show. Well, a lot has happened since…they’ll be hosting the launch of an exciting new car that will be available in kit form at the Autosport show at the NEC on January 10-13, just a year after the  seeds of the project were planted at last year’s show – the SIN 01. Designed to offer a similar level of performance to a GT sportscar, the vehicle is a joint More >


Turn an old MGF into...

De Havilland Motor Company is cracking along nicely with progress on their DVT GT and GTS body conversion kits, which are based rather refreshingly on MGF, a donor that is capable and well-built with a class-leading soft-top mechanism.

...into a De Havilland DVT GT

Suitable donors don’t cost much either and added to the De Havilland kit price of £4850 means that a low build cost can be achieved. Fully built examples will start at £23,750.

More information from or 07545 501 439 ENDS.