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4-way Ratchet, Socket and Bit Set Product Review

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4-way Ratchet, Socket and Bit Set Product Review

This is an interesting socket and bit set from Laser Tools (part number 6428) — an innovative 4-way reversible ratchet that features both 3/8″ and 1/4″ socket drives and 1/4″ and 5/16″ bit drivers. The ratchet is beautifully finished and balanced and features a super-smooth 72 teeth ratchet at both ends.

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Tested: Laser Tools Ratchet Crimping Tool (Part Number 6484)

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Tested: Laser Tools Ratchet Crimping Tool (Part Number 6484)

The timing could not have been better, with two major restorations underway and both vehicles blessed with 40 year old wiring; we took our chance to test Laser’s new Ratchet Crimper. What does it promise? Attach all your electrical connectors correctly, never over tightened or causing damage to the wiring or connection.

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Knowledge- Classic Buyers Best Friend

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Knowledge- Classic Buyers Best Friend

Although I am not a great fan of the phrase modern classic there are two machines from around millennium year that certainly offer future classic potential. Jaguar’s XK8 turns heads for sure whilst the R170 SLK Mercedes ticks so many boxes (both available in Veloce guides) and the market place offers plenty of choice at sensible money.

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Bugatti at its Brilliant Best

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Bugatti at its Brilliant Best

Veloce have again teamed up with author Barrie Price to produce a really fantastic, in depth look at the Type 57 in all its guises; a machine that Malcolm Campbell himself classified as the best all round super sports car he had enjoyed.

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Tested: Laser Tools – New Digital Torque Ratchet

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Tested: Laser Tools – New Digital Torque Ratchet

The name Laser Tools has been around for several decades now and most tool boxes will contain a selection of offerings from the Warwickshire based company. Let’s be honest, they were always considered the budget choice but usually represented value for money, producing tools that did the job although not always enjoying the longevity of names that cost three times as much; they were perfect for me.

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The Big Bugatti’s Book Review

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The Big Bugatti’s Book Review

The press release advised this Veloce Classic has been reprinted after several years’ absence; a concise illustrated history? Yes, but this book is so much more. If you share a passion for the offerings the famous French marque brought to the motoring world you may well already have this amazing work from Barrie Price on your bookshelf.

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Laser Tools Folding Work Mat Review

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Laser Tools Folding Work Mat Review

Suitable for both the busy workshop and to keep in the boot for emergency use, this Laser Tools Racing branded folding work mat (part number 6046) is both versatile and robust, and will keep you comfortable on the cold, dirty concrete workshop floor.

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The Last Real Austins 1946-1959 – Book Review by Grant Ford

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The Last Real Austins 1946-1959 – Book Review by Grant Ford

Publisher Veloce produces a series of ‘Those where the days’ books on a variety of transport themes; I recently enjoyed another in the range titled Austerity Motoring by Malcolm Bobbit so I was delighted to follow on that theme with Colin Peck’s The Last Real Austins. This style of publication is easy and incredibly informative reading and the era covered in terrific detail is one of the most interesting in UK transport history.

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Say ‘Bonjour’ to Classic Car Events

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Say ‘Bonjour’ to Classic Car Events

‘France: The Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts’ written by Julian Parish has 200 events, shows, museums and circuits for you to ponder, all helpfully split into regions of the country, so planning your trip couldn’t be easier. The author was born in Southport but has lived in France for 20 years and appreciates all things classic and has managed to collate not just the well-known events such as Le Mans and Angouleme.

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Book Voucher for Xmas?

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Book Voucher for Xmas?

If you have yet to use those Yule Tide credits I can only suggest a great book by Steven Parissien; The Life of the Automobile, a new history of the motor car. A very long title yes, but worthy certainly, a fascinating trip through time from the very dawn of motoring.

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