The original Mini is one of those rare cars that blurs the boundary between the car world and the real world, no mean feat when its decidedly humble origins are taken into account. The 1960s saw it become about as fashionable as is possible for a small, mass-market car to be, a truly classless icon that was just as at home in Mayfair as it was in Middlesbrough.

The Mini lived on long after the sixties though, into the decade that taste forgot and then the go-getting 80s. It soldiered right on through the 1990s and was only finally replaced at More >


Powerflex has just introduced two different options for uprating the rear control arm used on BMW E36, E46, Z1, X3 and Z4. The first is a complete replacement rear control arm kit.

PFR5-4615G Adjustable Rear Control Arm provides on-car rear camber adjustment, allowing a +1.0° to -3.0° change for precision alignment. This can be used to correct excessive camber on heavily lowered cars.

These arms include high performance polyurethane bushes that are suitable for road and track use without the discomfort and poor longevity issues associated with spherical joints with an RRP of £143.94 inc VAT.

Alternatively, PFR5-4616 Rear Control Arm Inner Bush More >


A product that had fascinated me for a while turned out to be as exciting as I hoped once I got the chance to check it out at first hand at last week’s Race Retro stand, where GaugePilot was sharing a portion of exclusive agent’s, Holden Vintage & Classic’s stand.

Taking styling cues from the classic Speedmaster display, GaugePilot is a digital version from two UK engineers, offering a staggering 32-channels of data. It’s the ultimate onboard information system for classic, motorsport and of course, discerning kitcar owner.

A crystal clear LCD non-reflective display, fitted into a period-looking unit (polished or crackle More >


Superb new Suzuki Hayabusa engine kit launched last weekend at Race Retro by product development specialist’s Vetech, based in Buxton, Derbyshire. The rapid prototype experts have re-packaged the Hayabusa, complete with gearbox, into a 1299cc monster delivering 190bhp and have come up with a ‘plug and play’ package to suit the Classic Mini.

Courtesy of the company’s fiendishly clever drive system that incorporates reverse gear along with a Q      uaife ATB limited slip differential, packaging is first class.

So impressive is it, with billet engine mounts and the like that it looks OE quality and doesn’t require any modification to the Mini’s More >



Jenvey Dynamics has launched a new downdraft individual throttle body (ITB) kit for the Chevrolet LS7 V8 engine. The CKCT05T kit, is the first to feature the company’s new spigot-body design and offers the most compact downdraft ITB solution for the LS7 engine on the market.

“The Chevrolet LS7 engine is growing in popularity as a powerplant in race series and as a donor for sports and kitcar manufacturers, tuners and enthusiasts,” said Jenvey Dynamics managing director, Mike Jenvey.

“Supporting our reputation for innovation, we have provided an aftermarket induction set-up that provides tangible improvements to power, drivability and throttle response alongside More >


If you’ve got a kit or specialist cars running carburettors but want are thinking about converting to electronic fuel injection, the task has never been easier thanks to the new Weber Retroject Throttle Body from Webcon.

Essentially, Retroject is a dual injector throttle body designed to directly replace the Weber 32/36 DGV and 38 DGAS. The critical dimensions are identical including positioning of throttle lever and throttle rotation, so it will be possible to remove a Weber twin choke carb., bolt-on Retroject, add any aftermarket ECU and loom and a high pressure fuel supply from a Webcon WFP600.

In doing so you More >


Winter is almost over (thanks goodness) and it’s definitely about now when I’m compiling my Spring ‘to do’ on my cars list together.

With a couple of magazine project cars on the go this year, one of the upgrades I’m definitely looking at is this new range of products from SamcoSport, the world’s leading manufacturer of silicone hoses.

They’ve just released a new line-up race-specification silicone hoses in their famous Classic Black finish. This is ideal for classic racing or upgrading your kitcar’s engine, particularly if it’s an older type, with something infinitely more reliable than the original rubber hoses.

SamcoSport silicone hoses More >


Classic Ford performance enthusiasts and kitcar owners with cars powered by classic Ford engines will be pleased to hear that Burton Power now has a lightweight aluminium alloy (heat treated L169) differential housing to suit the English axle.

The housing is a direct replacement for the original cast iron item. It has been made with a thicker flange for protection against distortion and comes supplied with extended studs for the axle casing.

The unit also incorporates an additional strengthening rib for extra stiffness and is supplied with pinion bearings fitted and the depth of mesh checked (and stamped on casing).

By replacing the original More >


The B-G Racing bubble gauge accurately measures from -6 to +6 degree camber and from -4 to +12 degrees castor, displaying the readings clearly on separate positive and negative vials.

A stepped design ensures all the vials are aligned to the hub centre-line.

The Camber/Castor gauge is machined from billet aluminium with a black anodised finish and comes in a protective carry cae, with an RRP of £159.99 inc VAT.

More details from 01268 764 411 or via ENDS.



For several decades mechanics and engineers have been protecting themselves by wearing latex or vinyl gloves while they are working. It seems strange that after all this time we are still using the medical examination type of glove and no one has addressed the particular problems that this presents to mechanics, engineers, classic, race, kitcar enthusiasts, farmers etc. who use these gloves daily. Until now…

Eurax is now offering Warrior Grip gloves that address many of the problems that we are all familiar with. These gloves are designed to last a whole day at work without ripping, tearing or dissolving. They More >

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