Caterham Cars, is teaming up with the UK’s largest online motoring forum and news source, PistonHeads.com, for the 2014 Caterham Academy.

Home to an energetic 117,000 motoring enthusiasts from across the globe, PistonHeads.com boasts some 2.5 million unique users per month and will be the title sponsor of the coming 2014 series.

The PistonHeads.com Caterham Academy is acknowledged the world over as being one of the best value introductions to motorsport for aspiring race drivers.

Selling out annually, the Academy fastens rookie racers firmly into the seat of a Caterham Seven – the iconic racing machine. The Academy vehicle’s underpinnings are identical in More >


In order to reduce crankcase back-pressure most engines vent to the induction system and although this recycles the oil mist, more power can usually be achieved by venting the crankcase directly to the atmosphere, however this means that a certain amount of oil is ‘dumped’.

Most track operators insist that cars that vent their crankcase to the atmosphere are equipped with catch-cans to collect the expelled oil.

Viper Performance – better known for their extensive range of silicon hoses – also produce aluminium catch cans, which are manufactured from 6063 grade alloy, so they are quite capable of standing up to under-bonnet More >


Portsmouth-based Mazda MX-5 gurus MX5 Parts has created a stunning Closed Air Induction System in conjunction with filtration expert Pipercross. This attractive and effective upgrade promises to improve under-bonnet appearance, induction noise and performance in one easy fitment.

The kit is based around the ‘Viper’ enclosed carbon-fibre induction system, complete with a huge 100mm intake. By shielding the cold ducted air from the front of the car away from all ambient under-bonnet heat, the Viper ensures that the Mazda’s punchy NA engine has nothing but the densest air firing into its inlet manifold. The predictable result of this manifesting itself with More >


2014 is the 55th anniversary of the Mini. To celebrate the occasion Mini Spares has commissioned Dooderwear to design a range of exclusive t-shirts.

These are now available and come in red, white or blue each with a different design on the front and the small Dooderwear logo on the back.

Available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL, they retail at £15 each inc VAT.

For more details contact Mini Spares on 01707 607 700 or visit www.minispares.com ENDS.


Great special offer from leading manufacturer, Tiger Racing, for their Avon package, which is currently available for the excellent price of £2495 inc VAT, which in itself is a great offer but gets even better when you consider that in addition to spaceframe chassis, wishbones, lighting pack and GRP body pack, it also features all the pre-cut and pre-formed alloy inner panels thus taking away a lot of the trickier parts of the build for you.

This means that there is no curved rear panel or dash to make or indeed a scuttle to shape and align with the bonnet. A More >


A company doing good work that flies under the radar a little is Speedster Clinic, run by Gary Blundall, based in Kenilworth, specialists, as the name suggests in all things 356 Speedster replica variety.

Founded in year 2000, Gary has built many kits for customers as well as refurbishments and general repairs. Several years ago, he began offering his own Speedster kit, which is available in two forms.

One uses a standard Volkswagen Speedster floorpan priced at £4565, while the other variant utilises, Speedster Clinic’s own chassis, which is period-correct 300mm shorter than the standard Beetle item.

Gary starts with the Volkswagen ‘pan More >


Knowing that totalkitcar readers like nice things, we saw this new range of socks from purveyors of innovative products, Gearbox Gifts, and thought they’d make a great Christmas present idea for a petrolhead in your life.

They celebrate popular motor-racing liveries and called the brilliantly named, ‘Leg-Ends’ collection and include homages to Martini, Aston Martin DBR1 and Scuderia Ferrari and the cotton socks cost £15 for two pairs.

Get yours from www.gearboxgifts.com ENDS.


Viper Performance is now offering quick action fuel shut off valves as part of their AN fitting range.

The valve is a vital safety device to shut-off fuel to the engine by means of a manual tap and it also makes a good anti-theft device by stopping fuel supply, independently of other systems.

The Viper AN/JIC Fuel Shut Off Valve is machined from 6061 Billet aluminium and available in DASH-6 and DASH-8 sizes and both retail at £22 each inc VAT.

More from www.viperperformance.co.uk or 01952 670 702 ENDS.


Here’s a real blast from the past and just the thing for giving certain kitcars a genuine period look!

Burton Power can now supply the bullet-type mirrors that were so popular on your dad – or grandad’s! – Ford in the sixties and seventies.

Nowadays though you can choose from chrome-plated or 100 per cent stainless steel and you can also choose between standard flat mirror faces or convex, for a wider field of view, which are better for IVA requirements.

The chrome-plated mirrors retail at £21.95 each inc VAT with the stainless steel version at £24.95 each inc VAT.

A discount is also More >


The iconic Citroën 2CV needs no introduction, being one of the world’s most instantly recognisable vehicles. Kitcars thus donored are always welcome on these pages.

We all know the tales of its Rolls-Royce levels of ride, which may or may not have been exaggerated but there’s no doubt that a 2CV rode very nicely indeed.

Leading damper manufacturer, GAZ Shocks, has just introduced fully-adjustable GT dampers for the Citroën 2CV to enable the damping bump and rebound rate to be adjusted to suit the conditions and driving style.

They have adjustable damping rates that can be altered by means of an easily accessible knob More >