CATERHAM’S ENTENTE CORDIALE

Caterham Cars sold more vehicles to overseas buyers in 2013 than in any other year during the firm’s long history. Its export sales now represent over 61 per cent of all units sold.

Thanks to its expanding export team, the British sportscar marque notched up over 300 export sales of the Seven model in 2013, outstripping last year’s total by 25 per cent.

Outside of the UK, Caterham Cars’ largest market is France accounting for almost a third of its overseas sales in 2013.  Japan follows closely, almost doubling its sales year on year. More progress is expected in the Japanese market, More >

YOU’VE HAD THE GARMIN SATNAV; NOW GET THE HUD!

Exciting new product from satnav meisters, Garmin, is the new HUD (Head-Up Display) Device, which gives turn-by-turn directions to your destination for easy viewing while driving.

The HUD receives navigation information from your smartphone and projects it onto a transparent film or an attached reflector lens to your windscreen right in your easy line of view. It automatically adjusts its brightness level, so its projections are clearly visible in direct sunlight or at night.

HUD has more navigation detail than other portable display systems, showing turn indicators, distance to the next turn, current speed and speed limit, plus estimated time of arrival. More >

TOYO ALL-YEAR ROUND, COME RAIN; COME SHINE

The Vario V2+ tyre from Toyo seems to provide the answer to the problem faced by all British motorists; namely, when to swap from summer to winter tyres and then back again, when the weather warms up! The Vario V2+ simply offers the best of both in one attractive design.

The Vario removes all uncertainty for motorists thanks to its clever ‘all-season’ compound that can be used 365-days of the year in all weather conditions. As you might imagine, creating a tyre that can be all things to all people is no easy task, and the Vario V2 employs several clever More >

I’VE HEARD OF A SPARKLING SHINE BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS!

The great British brand T-Cut is marking its 60th anniversary this year with the commissioning of a sparkling £50,000 Swarovski Crystal-encrusted T-Cut tin.

A full programme of celebrations will mark the brand’s diamond anniversary throughout 2014, including a nationwide campaign to find the car that most deserves some T-Cut TLC.

The sparkling tin – which has been insured for £50k –took 75-hours to piece together, with 26,000 diamonds featuring in the intricate design. With appropriate security measures in place, it will soon begin a tour of the country, visiting some of the best-known automotive car retailers before going on permanent display at More >

STAY COVERED

The new Dickies 2014 catalogue, with nearly 200-pages, is packed with the latest clothing and product ranges, as well as old favourites for on the job comfort, protection and functionality- all underpinned by Dickies quality, service and value.

Maurice Morton, Sales and Marketing Director at Dickies commented: “Our new catalogue launches an extensive range of flame retardant clothing, in base, mid and outer layers. The Dickies FR collection has seen major revisions to the current range with a choice of fabrics, weights, colours, styles and designs all intended to provide customers with the latest innovative safety garments.

“Our existing styles have been More >

STAY COOL

Filling cooling systems in the traditional way can be messy and wasteful, as well as time-consuming. Facom’s new air-driven cooling system speed filler (935A) aims to address these issues by allowing systems to be refilled quickly, cleanly and without the risk of airlocks.

This is especially important in the case of modern vehicles, which lack bleed screws and where the radiator is often positioned either level with or below the top of the engine, making it impossible to rely on gravity to fill the system.

Facom’s cooling system speed filler connects to an air supply and creates a vacuum to draw new More >

OPEN INVITATION – MEV OWNERS GROUP AT CURBOROUGH

Those friendly, go-ahead folk at the MEV Owners Group have opened their annual Mog’ers Meeting at Curborough, near Lichfield, on July 19, up to other kitcar enthusiasts and clubs who fancy going along for a bit of car-related fun. The event celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2014.

MOG spokesman, Nigel Fozard said: “With the demise of three kitcar shows this year, which is our fifth annual gathering, we would like to open the facility up to other interested kitcar enthusiasts.

“Although historically it’s been an event run by MEV Owners Group exclusively for owners of MEV vehicles, this year, with the kind More >

NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES? HOW ABOUT ‘NEW WINGS AND HEADLIGHTS’?

The very affable, Vic Birch, has been offering his MGB ‘rubber-bumper’ conversion kit since mid-2012 and his VeeBee Wing operation has created a pleasing new front wing and headlight cowling design.

Vic’s design also features alternative headlight cowls that combine well with the new wings, especially with a price of just £399, which buys a pair of wings, cowls and a fixing kit complete with full instructions.

As an MGB enthusiast, and having restored his own car to concours standard, Vic felt that an alternative and more streamlined wing shape would be a good idea and also have the added benefit of More >

DRIVING HOME

Sometimes, it’s tempting to whack a screwdriver to shock a stubborn screw into releasing but the usual outcome is a damaged handle. This new, heavy duty screwdriver set from Laser Tools (part number 5737) is designed for such use as the high-strength shafts continue through the handle and when struck the shock is transferred straight through to the screw fixing. Ideal for seized and rusted screws.

Five drivers are included in the set: two flat 8mm with 200mm, and 305mm shaft lengths (both with a 13mm hex on the shaft for applying additional torque), and three Pz2 drivers, with 200mm, 305mm More >

CAN’T BEAT A BIT OF ‘SCALEY’

Here’s one for tomorrow’s kitcar builders perhaps…

Airfix and Scalextric (owned by Hornby Hobbies) have been announced as winners of prestigious awards at the London Toy Fair.

Airfix, who celebrate their 75th anniversary, this year are winners of the Toy Fair’s ‘Best New Toys 2014’ Construction category with the launch of the QUICK BUILD Bugatti Veyron and the Lamborghini Aventador.

These clip-together construction cars, which break away on impact are the first road vehicles to be featured in the Airfix QUICK BUILD range.

Both models roll-on their wheels for extended play, and are to be supported by an online viral campaign featuring a unique More >