ALLARD JR RETURNS

Allard Motor Company is making its comeback for the first time in 60-years and introducing the Allard Sports Cars JR continuation series. The car is built by the original Allard family, who is offering the first chassis of the JR continuation series for sale with RM Sotheby’s at its upcoming London auction on October 31st, 2020.

Although they weren’t kitcars, there was something very hands-on and roll-up-sleeves-up about the low-volume maker Sydney Allard and his cars featured parts from a variety of sources.

Based on the original 1953 JR competition specification, the JR continuation was built by Lloyd Allard and his family to More >

VEHICLE DISINFECTANT FROM WAI

WAI has officially launched a new personal care product to help keep cars and other areas disinfected.

With workplaces and education settings open, WAI has introduced the power of Steri-7 in a handy-sized retail bottle, which can be used by businesses and consumers.

Richard Welland, WAI managing director, said: “The latest WAI Steri-7 product offers seven-days reactive barrier protection, and provides reassurance and confidence to people when going about their daily business.”

The new, attractively packaged bottle can be used for car, truck and motorhome applications, and also in the office to keep keyboards, desks and personal space sanitised.

Pre-launch demand for the product More >

NOT CROSS JUST A BIT VEXED!

New from MNR Sportscars is the Crosskart Wildkat which has been developed specifically to be Motorsport UK compliant enabling competition use in a wide variety of disciplines.

Kits cost from £4800 inc VAT and include the fully jigged, CNC-cut and notched round tube chassis with integrated FIA-compliant full roll-over protection system, double adjustable Protech shocks. You also get the GRP panels in a high-gloss gelcoat finish.

MNR says that Crosskart is eligible for race, hillclimb, sprint and Time Attack while it would make a pretty cool trackday car.

It has been designed to accept a multiple of engines.

Turnkey examples start at £18,000 inc More >

YOU NEED THESE SPECIAL PLIERS

Spark plug connectors. The idea is that you just pop them off. Easy. But sometimes they can be difficult to get to, hidden down in the engine bay, or even at the back of the engine. They might be oily and dirty and if you’re struggling to get a grip you may end up breaking the connector or even the spark plug. These new spark plug connector pliers from Laser Tools (part number 7834) are the answer.

Long (340mm) and very narrow, the clever double-jointed design means that you don’t have to spread the handles wide to grip the connector – More >

BRAKE BUSTER BEATS DIRT

First of two great car care products this week from P&S Double Black Renny Doyle Collection is Brake Buster.

A superb and effective brake and wheel cleaner it turns to a deep red when it contacts crud on your wheel and brake calipers and discs. It safely removes caked-on brake dust, oil, stains and light corrosion but leaves the surface alone.

The product is described by P&S as a unique gel that sticks to the surface it comes into contact with and penetrates the dirt deposits, lifting them away.

Brake Buster also contains corrosion inhibitors that also add a thin layer of protection More >

DIRTY CARPETS UNDER ATTACK

I also really like the second P&S product this week. The American brand produces some superb products and their brilliantly-named Carpet Bomber is one of them.

It is a water-based solvent containing biodegradable cleaners and citrus derivatives that dissolves grease and lifts crud from carpet although I also use it with success on engine bays, wheel wells and vinyl.

It is one of the most effective products of its type that I have used. I have an old piece of carpet in my garage/workshop at home, which I try to keep clean but invariably always gets stained.

You wouldn’t want to eat your More >

PEEL AND WIN

Hundreds of prizes are up for grabs thanks to a new ‘Peel and Win’ consumer promotion launched by OSRAM, with motorists being offered the chance to win a luxury spa weekend for two and an iPad Pro.

The promotion, designed to drive business through OSRAM’s customer base, is the first where products will be shipped from the Ring Automotive warehouse in Leeds.

How does it work?

Selected OSRAM value-added products will have the small ‘Peel & Win’ sticker applied to packs during September and October. Selected products include OSRAM Halogen upgrades such as Night Breaker Laser, Night Breaker Silver, Cool Blue Intense, Cool More >

MASTER OF ALL

I’m always a little bit sceptical of All-in-One polishes as I always feel that as they are a compromise, they really can’t do any one job in a masterful way. Having said that there a few decent ones and I’d probably choose one of them over say, a waterless wash product.

A really good all-in-one that came to my attention recently comes from Illusion Car Care and is called Revive, which is a cleanser, polish and wax all-in-one bottle.

It contains minor imperfection filling agents, light abrasives and carnauba wax, Revive is an easy and fast way to restore tired and shabby More >

DAILY DRIVER STUFF

Here’s one for your daily driver.

Despite the rise in sales of electric vehicles, the UK vehicle parc is growing older, and with it comes a responsibility to ensure these vehicles continue to perform correctly.

TerraClean, the UK’s leading decarbonising expert from Randstad, has seen a sharp increase in vehicles suffering from emissions-related problems coming into its 500-strong network of independent garages and mobile mechanics.

Phillip Dowd, Randstad sales director, said: “Because of lockdown and the MOT extension, there has been a massive amount of vehicle inactivity, which has brought about a number of engine and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) related problems. This More >

THING OF BEAUTY!

This one isn’t a kit but it is very specialist and downright charming.

Not content with making the beautiful V-Sport three-wheeler, Pembleton Motor Company has unveiled the T24, their new four-wheeler.

It’s a hand-crafted, cyclecar weighing just 361kg it has vintage charms that fully complies with modern road-safety requirements.

There is plenty of twenties inspiration in the T24 not only in style but the overall feel of the thing, from its hand-formed aluminium body, drilled and riveted to the chassis and oozes traditional British craftsmanship.

An electronically managed and fuel-injected Moto Guzzi V-Twin engine is the beating heart of the T24. Combined with fully More >