NOT KITS (OBVIOUSLY!) BUT THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS CRACKERS!

The new Speed Six Continuation Series has begun its main testing phase before customer builds begin, after the completion of the final Blower Continuation Series customer car.

In period, the two cars raced as friendly rivals; the Supercharged 4½ Litre ‘Blowers’ were prepared and entered by the Hon Sir ‘Tim’ Birkin’s private team, while the Speed Six was Bentley’s winning works entry for Le Mans in 1929 and 1930.

Today, the build and preparation of both cars come under one roof in the workshops of Mulliner – Bentley’s bespoke and coachbuilding division. With all customer Blowers now complete and delivered, Mulliner’s focus More >

WHAT A CRACKER

Another nice Zero Mazda Build was recently in the GBS workshop for IVA Service which caught my eye.

Coolio!

This build has recently left the Great British Sports Cars workshop for the company’s IVA Service and is now waiting for its age-related registration plats and V5C to come through before it can be enjoyed on the road.

While it was there GBS did a short overview video of the car that can now be seen on the GBS YouTube Channel.

Below are more details on the spec of this particular Mazda build: Mazda Zero Plus Kit / Standard Chassis / ATR Throttle Bodies / More >

A COUPLE MORE KITS AT CARANDCLASSIC.COM

The Carandclassic.com website has become a favourite and they always have specialist cars crop up for auction there. Two more caught my eye this month.

Best-known for their 911 clones Covin also produced a more than decent Speedster replica

A very tidy COVIN SPEEDSTER – https://www.carandclassic.com/auctions/2015-covin-speedster-1600-43rkqn and an extremely rare gem from France made by BSH GORDINA R8, which stands for François BENAIS and Max SAINT-HILAIRE although they set up a company called Issy Automobiles Plastiques to sell them.

A rare French kit – the BSH GORDINI R8

By the time they moved the project on in 1972, beach buggy maker MARLAND acquired the project More >

GET HOLD OF IT

If you need to securely grasp and turn threaded bars, studs, or hex nuts with a diameter of up to 10mm, then reach for the new Threaded Rod Wrench from Laser Tools (part number 8704). This versatile tool is specifically engineered for a range of applications, including suspended-ceiling trunking rods, or cylinder head and manifold studs. It boasts a swivel handle with a knurled grip, which helps if access is limited, and can be fitted with a tether or lanyard when working at elevated heights.

Compact and portable, making it easy to carry, its open design allows usage at any position More >

QUALITY CUSTOM EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Merlin Motorsport has plenty of quality Jetex Exhaust Systems and fittings on their Wiltshire shelves and they stock large quantities of Jetex Custom Build parts in both mild- and stainless steel.

Universal exhaust bends, straight lengths and exhaust silencers allow you to build your own performance exhaust system.

 

Go to – JETEX PERFORMANCE EXHAUST SYSTEMS & PARTS ENDS.

PRESSING THE POINT!

Garage and workshop owners have been buying Clarke hydraulic presses from Machine Mart for years and years and now they have added a new model to their range.

The new Clarke CSA20EP 20 Tonne Economy Hydraulic Floor Press utilises a hydraulic bottle jack mechanism to achieve an impressive 20 Tonne (2000kg) pressing capacity.

This floor press is constructed from high-quality steel and finished with a durable powdercoated finish for corrosion resistance and is provided with two flatbed plates.

Capacity 20 Tonnes Throat Depth 337-937mm Throat Width 465mm RAM Travel 150mm Weight 85kg Dimensions (WxDxH) 650x540x1500mm

The Clarke CSA20EP is available to buy now More >

WINTER WARMER FROM EUROPA SPARES

A nice seasonal BRITISH RACING GREEN special sale is currently on at Europa Specialist Spares and it’s been extended until January! Can’t be bad.

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BATTERY HELP

Here’s one for our growing number of North American readers from Summit Racing.

The Optima Digital 200+ Battery Maintainer is designed for 12-volt lead-acid, AGM and lithium iron starting batteries, especially smaller motorcycle and powersports batteries.

It has an LED glow bar that indicates charging status. It also has a pre-charge status button with a five-bar display that will show you the approximate state of charge in the battery before you start charging it.

Other features include: • 2-amp charging rate • Energy-saving auto maintain mode for long-term/seasonal storage • Reverse polarity and over-temperature protection

More from Digital 200+ Battery Charger/Maintainer ENDS.

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A TRIBUTE TO TONY HILDER, RIP – 1936-2023

TRIBUTE TO TONY HILDER b April 1936 d October 2023 by STEVE HOLE

RIP TONY HILDER. Sitting in one of his ‘greatest hits’ the glorious McLaren M1A

I am very saddened to hear of the death recently of gifted designer, the gentleman that was Tony Hilder, aged 87.

The son of the renowned landscape artist and book illustrator (he also did some stunning wartime posters), Rowland Hilder OBE, once described as ‘the Turner of his generation’.

From a young age, Tony was building Austin Seven specials and he was always going to follow an artistic type of career with that pedigree and gained a first-class More >

NEW OWNER FOR RS RETRO

As we closed for press, we heard that RS Retro, producers of a beautiful Ford RS200 pastiche has changed hands.

The owner of the business is RS200 fanatic, West Midlands-based businessman, Mark Murphy, who has achievable plans for the business, which involves continuing to supply kits and fully built cars while developing the products.

Mark certainly has a fine starting point on which to build. We’ll be bringing you more on this very soon.

In the meantime visit the nicely revamped website at www.rsretro.com ENDS.