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For more than 120 years, British company Castrol has been at the forefront of oil technology. Company founder Charles Wakefield launched his first vehicle engine oil in 1906, a pioneering blend of mineral and castor oils that offered unrivalled lubrication properties.

Since then, and through many further innovations, Castrol oils have lubricated the beating heart of everything from speed records to Mars missions.

Interestingly, Castrol was the first company of its kind to promote its products through sponsorship, which swiftly led to advertising and merchandising. By 1946, when the iconic Castrol Classic branding was launched, Castrol offered a wide range of workshop More >

BIG BORES ARE GREAT!

A performance (big bore) air-cooled VW engine is a special thing, but to make sure all your horses make it from the flywheel through to the tyres, you’ll need a decent clutch to handle the transfer.

There are two forces required for your clutch to run smoothly. Friction is handled by the clutch plate that rotates on the gearbox input shaft. The second is pressure, which is handled by the pressure plate (operated by the release bearing on the clutch fork) which is bolted to the flywheel.

By fitting a performance pressure plate additional power and torque can be transferred more efficiently More >

SUPER DUPER SEALANT

This advanced, liquid paintwork sealant is infused with graphene a – form of carbon that’s 100 times stronger than steel – to give 6-8 months of ultra-hydrophobic, paint protection.

Categorised as a high-performance, super sealant, Graphene Filler Wax has been specifically developed to form a molecular bond with topcoat or clearcoat layers to create an impermeable barrier that not only repels particulate grime and road films but is significantly harder than the paintwork underneath.

This product has also been engineered to leave behind a slick, high-gloss finish on every application.

Graphene Filler Liquid Wax is priced at £25 for 500ml and is available More >

NOPE – NO NUTS JOKES

Who doesn’t like high-quality wheel nuts? Nobody we know, which is why Summit Racing now has complete wheel nut kits.

Their wheel nut installation kits take the guesswork out of choosing the proper wheel nuts for your wheels. The nuts are made from high-quality steel, are tested for hardness, thread accuracy and overall quality and given a final visual inspection before they go out the door.

You get enough nuts to mount four wheels and most kits include four rubber valve stems.

Summit Racing™ Mag Wheel Lug Nut Installation Kits include twenty chrome-plated shank-style wheel nuts with washers and four-valve stems. Your choice of More >

FANCY A POSTER DEDICATED TO ALL THINGS HILLMAN IMP?

If you are a fan of the Hillman Imp and its derivatives plus kitcars either based on it or powered by it, then you might like our fun ‘IMProvers’ poster. Limited and numbered the posters are printed on top-quality wood-free art-paper, oil-free inks, A2 size (420mm x 594mm). Priced at £21.50.

Buy yours now via: https://tinyurl.com/impkits ENDS.

YAY, A NEWS ITEM ON A KIT-FORM TVR!

The Grantura was produced by TVR from the late Fifties until it was replaced by the Griffith (basically a MkIII Grantura powered by a Ford 289 V8) in 1963.

Production numbers were never high so the numbers surviving are relatively low. However, that doesn’t stop GAZ from offering fully adjustable suspension dampers for the Granturas that are still around today.

The GAZ GHA suspension kit provides ride height adjustability from -25mm to -55mm.

The height adjusters have a coarse acme form thread for ease of adjustment and the damper units are zinc plated to ensure that they remain in good order even after considerable More >

UP THE CREEK WITH A PADDLE

As an official Helix dealer, Burton Power now has stocks of the Helix Five Paddle Clutch Kit for Ford Cosworth YB 16v Turbo 4wd applications.

The clutch features Cerametallic Paddle Drive plates that have cerametallic segments riveted onto a steel backplate.

These segments are thicker than the sintered type to provide higher heat tolerance and have improved heat dissipation where a greater level of clutch slip is required. This design is mainly targeted at high-energy competition applications used in rally and race use, especially endurance, but the inclusion of damper springs to cushion the impact of clutch engagement on the driveline components More >

A SPANNER BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT

This new ratchet ring spanner from Laser Tools is rather different – its innovative design accommodates eight different bi-hex sizes in one spanner, from 8mm through to 19mm (part number 8143).

It’s a reversible ring spanner that features a smooth 90-tooth ratchet mechanism with a simple thumb-lever to change direction as required. Two ring sizes at each end – turn round for another two sizes – eight different sizes altogether: 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 19mm.

A quality item manufactured from chrome-vanadium steel and fully polished. It provides both space and weight savings (overall length 242mm) and is the More >

DON’T PUT THESE IN A VASE

Mini Spares is pleased to announce it can once again supply its exclusive Rose Petal 4¾in  x 10 alloy wheels.

The Mini Spares Rose Petal is a faithful reproduction of the classic 1960s wheel.

The modern wheels benefit from Mini Spares’ own tooling; top specification compound materials and heat treatment make them suitable for FIA Historic race use as well as road cars.

Rose Petal wheels easily clear Mini Spares C-AJJ4023 four-pot alloy calipers with the solid Cooper S discs when the supplied spacers are used. (If vented discs are used shorter bleed nipples and extra wheel spacers will be required).

Each wheel is supplied More >

THESE ARE GOOD

Machine Mart’s range of Clarke Green Garage/Workshop units are very popular with kitcar enthusiasts looking to protect their pride and joy, or with those who want some extra workspace without the costs involved with building or extending a permanent structure.

The biggest garage currently available in the range is the Clarke CIG81224, measuring 24ft in length and 12ftin wide, however, that is soon about to change …

Available soon, Clarke is adding two SUPERSIZED models, measuring 32ft and 40ft long, respectively! These two models are designed for use with much larger vehicles such as vans, boats, camper vans and coaches.

The Clarke CIG1432 More >

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