Chris hasn't sent us an image of a 250SWB so here's an equally nice MX250, instead.

As usual, with the National Kit Car Motor Show approaching, fast, there’s rumblings down in Dorsetshire and plenty of midnight oil burning going on as Tribute Automotive work feverishly to get their latest projects and new demos ready in time for the show.

This always involves added pressure as Chris and Dan never trailer their stuff to shows, they endure a baptism of fire and drive the freshly constructed vehicle to its weekend destination. Thus far they’ve obviously been doing something right because apart from a More >


Latest MX-5 body conversion on the scene is the as yet un-named Roadster from serial exotic replica builder, Dave Wilson, of Macclesfield.

This is Dave’s first commercially-available product and it requires no revisions to the MX-5’s floorpan or other structures with the new panels being bonded or bolted into place. Dave also supplies a new bonnet and bootlid, which require fitment by separate steel frames that will be supplied within the kit package.

Prices have yet to be set but Dave tells me that the aim is to be affordable. The car will make its debut at the forthcoming National Kit Car More >


A product that we’ve had a really positive experience with comes from Machine Mart in the form of the Clarke DH20 20-litre Dehumidifier, which we used in one of our storage units where we store our magazines.

It’s water-tight and quite dry but during a wet-spell over the winter I stuck the DH20 in there for a couple of hours and really was incredibly impressed with the job it did, removing a load of water from the atmosphere and I was keen to prevent any damp patches from forming because magazines and dampness don’t go well together.

The unit features a tank More >


A decent, dependable torch is an essential item for any vehicle. Whether you’re arriving at your destination in the dark, in need of an emergency stop or searching for something in the boot of the car, the last thing you want is to be stranded without light.

Ring Automotive has added to its award winning range of torches with the RIL80 LED Extendable Lamp. The lamp contains 10 super white LEDs in a compact, telescopic body.  The LEDs activate instantly when the light is extended.

On the top of the unit is a one-LED high-powered torch which is operated by the on-off More >


As a partner to its DGV manifold, also released this month, Webcon has also announced a linkage kit for the Weber DGAV/DGV manifold for the Ford Pinto engine.

The kit is a very close reproduction of the OEM Ford linkage used in the 1970s and 80s, and is supplied complete with bracket, throttle rod, U-bracket, spring clip and bolts.

The linkage kit can be ordered as part number LP4232 and retails at £78.59 inc VAT.

Available directly from Webcon and their official dealers around the world with details from 01932 787 100 or www.webcon.co.uk ENDS.


Born out of grassroots racing, BluePrint Engines has established itself as a go-to source for builders looking for reliable horsepower. That reputation makes a BluePrint crate engine a great option for kitcars, daily drivers, racecars, powerboats, rock crawlers, and high-performance street cars. BluePrint Engines provides a 30 month/50,000 mile warranty on its complete automobile engines.

Summit Racing offers BluePrint Engines’ fully-dressed crate engines, bare blocks, and cylinder heads. Each BluePrint crate engine is thoroughly balanced and rigorously dyno tested to ensure accurate performance results and reliability. Most of BluePrint’s crate engines can be had either in base trim or fully-dressed, which More >


The Italian brand of MOMO has among the market-leaders in ergonomic gear-knobs, steering wheels, stylish road wheels and winning racewear for over half a century, so the name itself has gathered a considerable kudos.

The latest range of alloy gear-knobs leave you in no doubt who is behind the simple, yet sophisticated and slim design. The top pad is printed with the iconic MOMO logo with a second MOMO legend on the base ferrule, providing a true racing look for any street, classic or racecar.

However, there’s more to the SK50 gear-knob than just fine looks. It’s been machined from billet aluminium More >


Italian wheel company, Speedline, has released a new wheel design that uses the company’s latest manufacturing and finishing techniques to great effect. Called the SL1 Imperatore, this arresting design will fit a wide variety of five-stud patterned vehicles.

The Speedline name will need no introduction to most petrolheads, being a popular choice for many race-teams, as well as the OEM solution for the world’s largest car manufacturers.

As a pioneer of the art of ‘flowforming’ Speedline has used this desirable manufacturing technique on the SL1 Imperatore. The process spins the casting while simultaneously machining the final wheel shape, which keeps the alloy More >



Starting my motoring  journalist career on a great magazine called ‘Kitcars & SPECIALS’ had a major influence on me and a big respect, admiration and fascination for the homebrew  that is a  ‘special’. It has to be said that you sometimes wonder why some people have ventured outside the fixed kit and build manual norm by tackling a scratch build.

It has to be said that some specials look like they’ve been inadvertently created by an explosion at a baked bean factory.  However, there have been some cracking cars More >


Cheltenham Welding Supplies aka Noz-Alls, supply a complete range of welding machines and consumables, although their new Best MIG 160i might well be too tempting for many kitcar enthusiasts as it brings workshop quality welding to your garage.

Actually, this machine is the first of Cheltenham Welding’s own range after many months of development. It’s a 160A MIG welder with the added benefit of also being a 140a MMA/Stick Welder. It features low-spatter circuitry, can cope with 0.6, 0.8 and 1mm MIG wire.

All machines are tested by Noz-Alls before being despatched and are supplied with a two-year warranty they come with More >

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