‘How Fast’ is a competition………….run by Club MSV, the in-house trackday division of Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision operation.

Drivers are given the opportunity to enter their own (or others’) cars and test themselves against the clock in a similar fashion to ‘Stig’ on the ‘Top Gear’ track.  Only, on this occasion, the venue used is the challenging 1.8-mile West Circuit at PalmerSport’s superb 700-acre Bedford Autodrome circuit complex.

The organisers, Club MSV, log the lap times recorded by all entrants, which are later displayed on the league table on the ‘How Fast’ website. At the head of the leaderboard currently is evo More >


Major news from Road Track Race this week………..concerns their Australian agent, Southam Automotive Engineering, who has announced that the Antipodean version of the Rocket is now fully road compliant for that territory.

The Aussie Rocket has had a few minor tweaks to the chassis to comply with ADR regulations but can now boldly go where most rivals can go i.e. on the roads of Australia.

More information from Southam Automotive Engineering via www.southam.com.au or for the UK factory visit www.roadtrackrace.com ENDS.


Sammio Motor Company has been………….doing extremely well with their Triumph Herald-based Sammio Spyder kit that really harks back to the days of the specials bodyshell movement in the late fifties and it is certainly affordable as you can build a decent example from around £2500! The bodyshell costs £895 with an interior support frame at £300 (or £450 for the deluxe version).

In true Derek Buckler and Dick Shattock style you can also select from several body types for the Spyder such as fifties Lancia D24 or Mercedes style and also a centre bar a la Jaguar D-type.

Meanwhile, the company’s 550 Spyder More >


Autoglym has recently launched………………..an all-new formulation of Super Resin Polish, the UK’s most popular car polish, which has been under development for more than two years.

New Super Resin Polish imparts a deep shine, exceeding that achieved by its predecessor, while its durability is also greatly enhanced, ‘beading’ for three times longer than the previous generation Super Resin Polish and, Autoglym claim, more than twice as long as its nearest competitor.

The new SRP retains the attributes for which its predecessor was renowned, remaining very easy to use while gently and effectively removing harmful surface contaminants and rejuvenating lightly deteriorated and swirled More >


Simon Scleater is a well-known man………..in engine tuning circles and his company Caral Automotive is particularly sought after in Lotus and Vauxhall VX220 circles.

He’s also just launched his new S-Sport division, which deals with GM LS V8 and the new Ford 5-litre DOHC ‘Coyote’ V8 that delivers a cool 412bhp straight out of the box, which the Blue Oval’s answer to the LS series and is all-aluminium, features 32-valve technology, forged crank and con-rods and an 11.0:1 compression ratio.

A ‘BOSS’ version is also available from S-Sport and adds lots of pretty bits and around 50bhp, while for the ultimate bang More >


Twenty students at the Wilmington Grammar School in Kent………..will build a Caterham Seven from scratch in 24 school weeks, having taken delivery of the iconic British vehicle in kit form recently.

The build project, part of Caterham’s ‘Sevens for Schools’ initiative, will take place as an extra-curricular activity.

The students, aged 11-19-years, participated in X-Factor-style auditions, which enabled them to express why they should be chosen to take part in the project. The after-school project will be utilised across Physics, Maths and Business Studies to enhance classroom learning.

Two former students, who have a younger brother currently studying Engineering at Wilmington Grammar School, More >


MEMfast’s new tool……………is flying out the door and, in the near future, they also add UNC and UNF conversion kits and rivet stud kits, and all of these will be available in easy to adapt kits for the main tool components.

The innovative company’s Rivet Nut packages will be joined by stainless steel items with knurled bodies (greater torque resistance) in both flat and thin sheet head versions, plus aluminium with thin sheet head adding to their very popular existing flat head versions

They’ll soon have a range POP Rivets of multigrip type with aluminium bodies and steel mandrels, while they already More >


Rapidfit Looms is constantly looking………….to both increase and improve their range of wiring looms. The recent development on their website has resulted in many products now being available to buy online and this will be increased over the coming months.

Recent innovations have been the DeLuxe loom, which offers many options that can be added to the standard item to meet the customer’s specification. The latest of these options are Standard ECU connector together with additional fuse box that allows for the ECU to be independently fused. Included within this option is the mating ECU connector and terminals. The configuration will More >


Keeping your car windscreen clear and streak-free……….is essential for safe driving. During the winter months in particular, the glare from a low winter sun on a smeared windscreen can contribute to a hazy vision of the road ahead. While there are hundreds of pricey, specialist car care products on the market, simple and inexpensive White Vinegar is just as effective at removing dirt from glass.

To keep windscreens clean and clear, spray White Vinegar directly on to the glass and buff to a shine using a microfibre cloth. This method can also be used to clean the inside of windows, as More >


According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents………….40 per cent of road accidents occur at night. This is a total of 82,316 casualties between the hours of 7pm and 6am.

Two contributing factors for this high rate are fatigue and a decrease in visibility.

Ring Automotive has developed the world’s first with the Xenon Ultima is the first vehicle bulb said to produce 120 per cent more light on the road when compared to a standard bulb.

This increased performance allows objects to be seen earlier and more clearly at a distance of 75m on a dipped beam, giving drivers more More >