The last few months have been hectic now that the Motorsport governing body have made the use of frontal head restraints (Hans device) mandatory from 1st January 2016 for circuit and rallying events in the UK. The new ruling has certainly caught a few people out, causing competitors to beg, steal or borrow equipment in order for them to compete. The situation has also been hampered by the bad timing of the relocation of the Bell Helmet factory which has not been able to produce FHR compatible helmets in time for the new season rush. This in turn has created a higher than envisaged demand for head protection but it has also created a general shortfall in the availability of helmets leaving some Manufacturers overstretched, but no doubt happy from the unexpected upturn in business. We have been fortunate enough to fulfill our orders, albeit some at the eleventh hour, but we are proud that we have not let anyone down and we have maintained a constant update with our customers to keep them fully informed of events.
Our experience with the FHR has so far unveiled some surprises as to what we perceived to be the most popular choice. Our expectations were the 20 degree option would be popular for saloon cars and 30 degree for single seater cars however, the Simpson Hybrid has certainly come out tops for drivers on both sides of the spectrum. The 20 degree Hans Sport 2 has been designed for the driver who sits in a more upright position, typically found in saloon cars and it has been priced rather keenly at £240 (our price £199.99). For single seater drivers the 30 degree recommendation jumps in price to a whopping £435 which made us steer towards the adjustable version which is still expensive at £408 (£365 our price) but cheaper than the static 30 degree design. The adjustable also gives the user a choice in inclination from 10 to 40 degrees, which is ideal for anyone competing in both vehicle categories. So, apart from it being cheaper it also makes sense to use this option for comfort too, after all not everyone sits in a car in exactly the same position whether it be upright or reclined! The Simpson Hybrid sport has certainly been the eye opener. It fits a bit like a "waistcoat" and is far more favorable with customers who have recurring back and neck problems, they have found it less restrictive and a lot more comfortable. It still comes at a price though at £485 (£399 our price).
Christmas is approaching at a rate of knots and it brings with it the usual headache of what to buy for the man in your life. Our products may not be the most romantic you can buy, but they are certainly the most practical. To help inspire you we have put together a few ideas specifically for the motorsport competitor in mind, and don't cost the earth. If you cannot call in to see us we can always have the items shipped to you.
It is interesting to see that a Lancaster University phD student has invented an identification chip that can be attached to an item to ensure it is the genuine article. Apparently it is so small that it cannot be seen with the naked eye and it is 1000 times thinner than a sheet of paper. This amazing device carries its own unique fingerprint which can be scanned by smartphone or tablet to check its authenticity. Maybe this ingenious design could be implemented in the Motorsport industry, especially since there have been a number of illegal copies of safety products appearing on the market.
We are stockists of Ashley manifolds for the Van Diemen RF1985 to RF 1989 Formula Ford 1600 X/Flow engine. They are constructed from mild steel and come unpainted or they can be ceramic coated to aid longevity for an extra £30. They are also supplied in "kit" form for simple push fit assembly which we have found helpful for manipulation when installing on to a car. We can offer a mail order service and we can have it shipped to your door carriage free.
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When we were originally approached to work on a Buckler car, our initial thoughts were that someone was pulling our leg. But as it turns out, the car is in existence and can only be described as possibly one of the first DIY race cars. The brainchild of Engineer Derek Buckler, the car was developed in 1947 initially for racing and featured a space frame chassis that was available fully built or in kit form for construction at home. The lightweight sports car supported a 1200 cc Ford engine and was marketed as the mkV to alleviate any concerns about it being a mk1. Combined with development and the cars popularity it was also used for general road use, rallies, trials, hillclimbs as well as racing and over time 400 cars were produced between 1947-1962. During the 1960's there became a decline in the kit car market and coupled with competition from other manufacturers and Derek's ill health the Buckler business was sold on in 1962. The Buckler legacy is still very much alive and there are a number of vehicles still in use today www.bucklercars.com/mkvs.htm. Derek Bucklers other notable achievements include the making of gear sets for Lotus cars and the first racing chassis for Brabham MRD.