Nuts & bolts

  • Dates for Donington

    28 Jun 2011

    One for your diary: Organisers of the Donington Historic Festival - which featured  300+ cars on track at this year's inaugural running - have confirmed that next year's event will take place the weekend of May 5-6, 2012.  See:

  • Make your classic's battery last!

    28 Jun 2011

    Look after your classic's battery with this clever de-sulphator tool from classic car restoration tool specialist Frost.

    It costs £39.50 and is powered (using just 60mA) off the battery - making it a 'fit and forget' item. See: for more.

  • Clapton's Ferrari to sell

    27 Jun 2011

    A Ferrari 575M Maranello originally owned by legendary rock guitarist Eric Clapton is to go under the hammer at the Silverstone Classic on 23 July.

    The Giallo Fly V12 coupe is expected to make £58 - 66,000. See:

  • Rover's history on DVD

    27 Jun 2011

    The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust has released a trio of DVDs on the history of the Rover brand.

    ‘The Best of Rover in the Fifties’, ‘The Best of Rover in the Sixties’ and ‘Further Adventures of Land Rover' are the result of a year-long research exercise within the BMIHT archives.

    Visit: for prices and to order.

  • Classic life recorded

    21 Jun 2011

    Retired policeman James Glenroy has written a novel about the life a 1966 MGB GT sports car under the care of its 14 different owners. The novel is for sale via Authorhouse at £9.99 plus p&p and is also available at Amazon, Waterstones and WH Smith's websites, at £13.99. There is also a kindle version.

  • New socket sets

    21 Jun 2011

    Kamasa has introduced three professional quality socket sets, all manufactured from chrome vanadium and featuring  72-teeth ratchet handles with cushioned grips. Costing from £55.95 to £103.62, you can get more info here.

  • Ghosts of the highway

    21 Jun 2011

    A new book (available in the UK from Grantham Books on 01476 541080) explores the Ghost Towns of Route 66, the thriving towns left for dead when the famous road was superceded. The £16.99 hardback is written by Jim Hinckley with photography by Kerrick James.

  • Privé sells out (nearly)

    20 Jun 2011

    Only 60 tickets remain for the opening day of Salon Privé, 22 June, at Syon Park, Brentford. All other days are already dols out. If you want to snap up one of the last few tickets see here for details.

  • Vax valetting

    16 Jun 2011

    Floorcare specialist Vax has launched a car cleaning accessory kit. It has tools that fit any Vax upright or cylinder vacuum cleaner and costs £24.99 if you order now (RRP £49.99) . Click here for details.

  • FF for Festival

    16 Jun 2011

    Ferrari has announced that it will exhibit its new flagship V12 four-seater, the FF, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (30 June - 3 July) alongside the front-engined V8 California and the mid-rear mounted 458 Italia.