PARAGON PURRING WITH NEW JAGUAR XK BODYKIT

It’s true that the kitcar industry is built on shifting sands and naturally evolves with time. What was once considered alien and not part of our scene can easily become in vogue, much like the acceleration in the body conversion kit. They’ve always been available, of course, but of late, there’s a real influx.

Once everyone seemed to be launching a Lotus Seven-inspired sportscar, whereas now, it’s typically a BMW Z3 or Mazda MX-5 that receives the GRP panel treatment. Even MGB ‘rubber-bumper’ owners can now enhance their cars with several companies, including Garry Hutton of RPS, selling bodykit packages.

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HIGH AND MID-RISE FROM SUMMIT RACING

Holley EFI Hi-Rise Intake Manifolds are proven power-gainers for V8 engines, but their increased deck height means you need a lot of space to fit one under the bonnet.

For engine builders who want performance but not a huge hood scoop, Holley offers this new Mid-Rise option, which is designed for high-power performance engines. It’s designed for GM LS engines and has an operating range from around 1500 to 6500rpm.

The long runners and tapered cross section make the manifold compatible with a variety of different engine configurations. It includes specialised fuel rails, machined for -8 AN O-rings. The fuel passages are More >

A FINE VINTAGE

Not really a kitcar-type item this but I‘m a fan of what these guys do and we do enjoy a bit of crossover so I’m happy to run it.

Vintage Tyre Supplies, of Beaulieu, has just launched the first commercial white wall tyre specifically for the type 2 Volkswagen Camper, 185R14C (102/100R) 8pr, 25mm White wall van tyre by Duramax.

For years, Camper enthusiasts wishing to use white wall tyres have been forced to use car tyres, which are often oversized and have insufficient load ratings. This is illegal in some countries and can run the risk of uneven tyre wear or More >

TRIED AND TRUSTED WORKWEAR FROM DICKIES

Dickies is a well-known brand in industry and with car enthusiast as I’ve always found their stuff ideal when working in the garage. They produce comfortable, functional clothing and are known worldwide for their durability and style.

I particularly like their range of trousers available in a variety of styles and sizes. Indeed, Dickies has been making men’s work trousers for over 90-years so are quite good at it.

Employing the latest developments in fabric technology and manufacturing techniques, Dickies’ high performance workwear is suited for even the harshest working environments.

New trousers for 2015 include; the Stanmore workwear jean, which has an More >

ANOTHER HANDY TOOL FROM SEALEY

Sealey Tools has recently launched their ingenious, time-saving, VS058 Brake Pad Thickness Gauge.

Not only is it small enough to slip into your pocket, this neat little tool can measure the thickness of all regular 6mm lined brake pads without having to remove the road wheel. Ideal…

Thanks to this slim design, the VS058 is able to locate the rear of the pad backing plate, allowing the probe to measure the distance between the underside of the backing plate and brake disc. Suitable for both internal and external brake pads, it features a 1.5mm and calibration check marking.

Now available in Sealey’s newly More >

GENESIS FOR WOLFRACE

The launch of a brand new Wolfrace wheel is always a significant event for the performance aftermarket, but when the launch includes two new designs, in a range of colours and sizes – it really is something to take note of. Welcome then, the Munich and Genesis.

The Munich is an OE style design made up of seven v-shaped spokes that dip from the rim edge to the centre of the wheel creating a concave profile. Plenty of choice is available when it comes to colours – choose from black and polished, silver and polished or gloss black.

Wolfrace Eurosport Munich is More >

RACEY FLYWHEEL

In most forms of motorsport every last gram makes a difference and Mini Spares has just released an ultra-light, forged EN24T, steel race flywheel that weighs just 2.4kg.

This flywheel is for use with a non-Verto clutch and a pre-engaged starter and has a built-in machined, non-replaceable ring-ear, which should never wear if the pre-engaged starter is functioning correctly.

The component is made symmetrically to reduce harmonics vibrations, which were evident on earlier versions and is considerably lighter than others available on the market and Mini Spares say that it’s intended for competent race engine builders use only and not recommend for More >

QUARK STRANGENESS AND CHARM

Fresh from MOMO for 2015 is the Quark steering wheel complete with striking blue leather inserts. The sculpted rim has been ergonomically designed for both comfort and optimum grip and offers the perfect driving experience, says the manufacturer.

The wheel is ideal for both on- and off-road use and makes a perfect upgrade and naturally the Quark steering wheel is produced from the finest materials to achieve a unique design and style.

Its features include a polyurethane rim with leather inserts and the iconic ‘MOMO-Italy’ horn push-button and retails at £128.99 inc VAT and can be fitted to most vehicles using a More >

TESTING TIMES FOR AT POWER!

In addition to their range of throttle bodies, Norfolk-based, AT Power also produces a range of pumps and they have now developed their own in-house test unit, which is used for end of line product testing and new product development.

To ensure that they meet the highest standards possible, they test each pump and provide the customer with a unique datasheet specific to the item’s serial number. This means that as soon as the pump is removed from its packaging, you can be confident that it is ready to be fitted and will perform to the maximum.

AT keeps an archive of More >

MEET LANDSAIL TYRES

As the Sentury Tyres-owned, Landsail brand reaches its fifth anniversary, the accelerated investment in engineering, production capabability, and R&D has led to continuous improvement in the quality of their tyres across the whole range.

Landsail Tyres aren’t just another Chinese tyre, they are striving to set new benchmarks for quality and value, with the latest pioneering technology. In the key areas of profile design, tread pattern development, compound technology and tyre construction, Landsail tyres have been developed using a combination of 3D computerised simulation, track-testing, and their in-house testing laboratory to perform to the highest standards.

Produced at the Sentury Tyre factory, More >