FORGET BIKING OR HIKING; I’M GOING TRIKING

It goes without saying that the Triking is not only a fine three-wheeler but is indeed, an industry icon. The memories of being hustled around the leafy lanes of Norfolk alongside founder, Tony Divey, remains etched in my memory bank. He had a unique way of becoming one with his creations and by crikey he was rapid. I have never cornered so fast and so sure-footed as when with Tony.

New, wider Triking Type 3. Still just as fab...

The company is now celebrating its 35th anniversary, although Mr D retired several years ago, and is now run by Alan Layzell.

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V2 OF THE V2

I was speaking with Vortex Automotive boss, Chris Greville-Smith recently about his new V2 model and he was telling me that the new demonstrator currently under construction, shares just visual similarities with the vivid orange prototype seen testing and at Stoneleigh for the last couple of years.

Not one panel is shared between the two cars with the chassis now being shorter, narrower and lower, a wider track with longer wishbones and new track arms, while the body features more sculpted sides. LED front indicators now grace the front of the car and are an option for the rear bodywork.

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EH? TOYOTA RS200?

Tribute Automotive has reported good interest in the new MR2 Mk3-based RS200 replica that they are marketing for Andy McMillan that debuted at Stoneleigh back in early May.

Prices for the tidy-looking package cost £3995 and that buys all the metal and GRP parts required for the conversion and a DIY build total of around £7000 is anticipated, while a V6 engine conversion, from the Toyota Camry is also on the cards as an official option.

More information from www.tributeautomotive.com ENDS.

DEFINITELY NO KNUCKLE SCRAPING

We’ve all been there, struggling to get on a particularly horrid and un-sporting-like nut, usually in a dark garage always when it’s cold and the spanner lets go and leaves you with a smashed and/or grazed knuckles, which rate right up there on the ‘excruciating scale’ with stubbing your toe or hitting your elbow!

If you do manage to avoid minor injury it is often a very slow job that can run the risk of rounding off heads and the like, while often there just isn’t space to fit a socket and ease the task with a ratchet. Annoying isn’t it?

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NO, I’M NOT DOING ANY JOCKY WILSON OR ERIC BRISTOW DARTS JOKES

Dart Heads has just announced their ‘LS Next’ bottom end for GM LS engines, which is the first significant aftermarket bottom end change for the LS series to hit the shelves.

It gets rid of the ‘Y-block’ design and replaces it with standard four-bolt main caps and sump and eliminates the potential for troubles with the LS’ separated crankcase bays, while windage is reduced too giving more power as a result. At the same time, Dart has strengthened the main webs, enlarged the cylinder barrels by .375in.

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CLEVELAND ROCKS

Maryland, USA-based V8 engine builder, Mark McKeown of McKeown Motorsport Engineering has just announced what are claimed as the world’s first Ford Cleveland V8 crate engines.

MME Cleveland 2K is available in ‘strengths’ between 525-625bhp in 850cfm carburettor form or with electronic fuel injection with balanced crank and uprated oil system. It retails at $11,999 (approx. £7679 at time of writing).

Meanwhile, Titus Ultimate Street version kicks out 640bhp and features CHI induction and is bored to 408ci and retails at $17,750 (approx. £11,360 at the time of writing).

More information from www.mmeracing.com ENDS.

TOP GEAR

In less than a year 3J Driveline has made quite an impact on the transmission market with their range of gears, gearboxes, driveshafts and NXG -LSDs. Refusing to compromise on what they call ‘quality for profit’ has earned them a good reputation and satisfied client base.

Now, ‘3J’ has added an exciting new range of gearbox main casings, lids, front covers and differential carriers, cast in steel, alloy and magnesium, to complement their expanding product line-up.

3J managing director, Dan Jones, commented: “The past year has been phenomenal. The plan to deliver high quality, fresh, improved product with an excellent technical and customer More >

STUCK FAST

Spray carpet glue is pretty useful stuff in the home, and you might think it’s equally useful in the car for fixing carpets, upholstery, head-linings etc.

Unfortunately the first time you leave your newly-trimmed car out in the sun you’ll find out why it isn’t suitable. The temperatures reached in a car in sunshine will make the spray glue ‘let go’ and all your new trim will peel or fall off.

This is where Design Engineering’s Hi-Temp Spray Adhesive comes into its own and is designed to provide a secure, high-strength bond to almost any surface within minutes – a full bond More >

IT’S A BIG WRENCH

Leading tool manufacturer, Facom, has announced a brand new range of air-driven impact wrenches.

Impact wrenches have a multitude of uses across a variety of sectors. Recognising that different industries have suitably different needs, Facom has produced an array of new air-driven impact wrenches, available with a choice of either aluminium, composite or titanium shell designs. Industries and applications covered include automotive and industrial; marine; building and construction; heavy goods vehicles and rail transport, to name but a few.

Grouped into four categories based on drive size: 3/8in, ½in, ¾in and 1in, the new impact wrenches are available in a number of More >

CLEAN POURING

This professional oil funnel from Laser Tools (part no: 5551) is designed to effectively seal onto the engine’s oil filler aperture thus avoiding spillage onto the cam cover, engine block or exhaust manifold and has a one litre capacity.

Also available is the Oil Filler Kit (part no: 5542), which includes four additional adaptors and a useful extension piece that allows access when the oil filler cap is under the scuttle.

Saves time and provides a clean, professional solution.

The one-litre funnel (5551) is available now at a retail price of £53.95 inc VAT and the Oil Filler Kit (5542) at £179.99 inc More >