BACK TO THE FUTURE

I did smile when I saw that bicycle brand Raleigh had re-launched their iconic Chopper. It’s been four years in development that has required some changes to meet modern standards. This mainly means a lowered rear roll-hoop and fitting modern brakes that do actually work unlike on the orange Mk1 I had in 1973 but look the same!

Otherwise, it is pretty much as was including its three-speed gear hub operated by a t-shifter handle. A variety of upgrades and spare parts are available some of which are compatible with the original Chopper.

Two launch colours are available – Infrared and Ultraviolet More >

LEDS MADE EASY

Renowned lighting specialist, OSRAM, has introduced an exciting new range – LEDriving® HL EASY – for LED high and low beam lamps that come with a plug-and-play system, meaning no adapters or caps are needed!

To take after its name – LEDriving® EASY – OSRAM has made this product as easy as possible, especially for drivers upgrading their halogen bulbs to LED for the first time, as it can be difficult with the extra accessories that are sometimes needed.

To do this, the company has manufactured these bulbs as socket-based, meaning it has no external driver and it also doesn’t need additional caps or More >

CLUTCHING AT STRAWS

Burton Power now has a Hydraulic Clutch Nose Slave Cylinder to convert Ford’s Type 9 five-speed, Rocket/Type E and 2000E/Type 3 gearboxes to hydraulic operation.

The clutch nose slave cylinder is centrally mounted against the gearbox, which provides the most efficient method of operating all push-release type clutches. This design is commonly used in multiple forms of motorsport and is also popular for road conversions.

For a complete conversion, the following will be required: the nose slave cylinder, a release bearing (HD4941), a mount (APC6) and a hydraulic feed line with a bleed kit (APC8). All of these are available separately from More >

KEEP YOUR HAND IN!

Introducing the New Laser Tools Racing Mechanics’ Gloves: the ultimate combination of protection and dexterity for hardworking hands! As used by the Laser Tools Racing mechanics on the BTCC and JCW Mini Challenge racing series.

Durable construction: crafted to endure the rigours of a busy race day, these mechanics’ gloves boast wear-resistant fabric on the fingers and back, ensuring they stand the test of time, even in the toughest race garage and pit lane environments. The palms are designed with microfibre non-slip fabric, providing a secure and reliable grip on various surfaces, allowing mechanics to perform their tasks with precision and More >

THAT’S A BOOST

Webcon has announced the introduction of two new fuel pressure gauges. Both are designed for setting up fuel systems and are not intended for permanent fixture.

The first reads from 1- to 8-bar and is for setting up EFI systems. The thread is 1/8 NPTF.

This gauge can be ordered as part number WFR151 and retails at £30.34 inc VAT.

The second reads from 0- to 15psi and is for setting up carburettor systems. The thread is 1/8 NPTF. This gauge can be ordered as part number WFR150 and retails at £26.60 inc VAT.

Both gauges are fluid-filled to dampen the needle movement for More >

ROUND THE BEND!

When your exhaust system or turbo plumbing project ventures beyond off-the-shelf components, Vibrant Performance Mandrel-Bent Tubing is what you need to build customer headers, downpipes, intercooler pipes, and more.

The tubing is available in two types of stainless steel. Bends made from 304 stainless steel is available in twelve diameters ranging from 1 1/4in to 5in OD in 15-, 45-, 60-, 90-, 120- and 180-degree angles.

Bends made from 321 stainless steel have better ductility and are more resistant to fractures at high temperatures like those found in endurance racing, turbo manifolds, rotary engine headers, and other applications where higher EGTs are the norm.

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CRIKEY, THAT’S A RELIEF

It’s a fact; summer temperatures are getting hotter. This can cause some serious radiator problems, but Design Engineering Inc (who is based in the USA where extreme temperatures are more common) have a well-tested remedy …

DEI’s Radiator Relief™ is a high-performance coolant additive that ‘supercharges’ the radiator by transferring heat more efficiently through the radiator to prevent overheating.

Radiator Relief is designed to reduce the coolant’s surface tension, which maximises the thermal conductivity and transfer process through the cooling system.

This coolant additive has been proven in the desert heat of the Southwestern United States. It will reduce engine operating temperature by More >

THE STORY OF ROY WINKELMANN RACING

A KING OF FORMULA 2 STEVE HOLE TELLS THE STORY OF ROY WINKELMANN RACING

Another of motorsport’s best-known ‘unknown’ teams was the eponymous Roy Winkelmann Racing squad.

Born in 1930, Winkelmann thrived on being slightly mysterious and began racing a Cooper-Bristol in the early sixties before setting up his own team, first in sportscars in 1961 with Danny Collins driving a Corvette at Goodwood followed by a Lotus 23 in sports-racing events.

What better way than to show the Roy Winkelman Racing livery than to promote a great scale model company and their lovely 1/8-scale Winkleman Lotus 59B F2 car (powered by Cosworth More >

REPLICAR REVISION

Having heard about – and spoken to Quantum boss Rob Hancock during development – the new Quantum LMR-141 I was very impressed when I saw the part built new demonstrator at Newark and I wasn’t the only one, either.

NEW LMR 141

He managed to get to Newark by the skin of his teeth and only left Devon at 3am on Saturday morning just in time for the start of business at 9.30am!

Why ‘LMR-141’? Well, LMR stands for Le Mans Racer with 141 denoting ‘1 donor for 1 racecar’. Simple really.

Rob has shortened the original Replicar ‘shell by 14in and narrowed it More >

COX, GTM, PRIMO NOW HAMBLY COUPE!

Great to see Derek Hambly at both of this year’s kit car shows with his lovely little Primo Coupe. Yes, I know it looks like a COX GTM aka GTM COUPÉ but technically Derek’s car is the later SVA-compliant version (re-sited headlights among the changes) by Primo Designs run by the late Peter Leslie

Derek acquired the project in 2015 and has worked continuously to make a variety of tweaks and can now supply the Hambly Coupe in kit form as well as offer replacement parts and machining services to existing Cox GTM owners.

For example, when it comes to floorplans he More >