Blog is Reborn!


Its been a while since a blog post was added to this, in fact it’s been over eight years!

The forums were not being used as Facebook has taken those discussions and they are now carried out on their platform, so this domain was basically sitting dormant.

I had the old DB still, so figured why not relaunch teh blog and get it back to where it used to be all those years ago!

If you have news/articles or press releases you may want to share with us, we’d welcome them all!

Send them in to [email protected] and someone will ensure they are posted. Please ensure you have permission to send it to us and also please include images you also have permission to use.

Yay! 2018, Baby!

Richbrook Discarnect. The Undoing Of Car Thieves Everywhere

The blissfully simple Discarnect from Richbrook is living proof that the best ideas in life are often the most straightforward.

The simple device, retailing at just £9.95, fits in just minutes, yet offers a brace of benefits for any conscientious car owner. The unit fits any type of battery post including the Ford ‘square’ type.

Once fitted, simply undoing the plastic knob in the middle disconnects the high-tension side of the car’s ignition circuit, rendering the vehicle immobile immediately. This can be secreted around the car or in a pocket, to be refitted when the owner returns. Ingeniously, a small fused link is included to allow low current drain items like clocks, radios and alarms to still function perfectly. This fuse however, can’t handle ignition duties, ‘blowing’ harmlessly should somebody try to start the vehicle.

With this fused link removed, The Discarnect becomes a superb ‘lay-up’ device for the classic car fraternity. Lack of use is the most common cause of failure for most laid-up cars batteries, yet the fitment of the Discarnect allows the owner to quickly and cleanly connect and disconnect at will, drastically extending the life of any car that is infrequently used.

Whether you buy it for car security – or battery longevity – or both! It will doubtless be the best tenner you ever spend on your car!

Samcosport Launch New Autoglym Silicone Hose Wipes

Samcosport, the world leader in performance silicone hoses has joined forces with Royal-warranted surface care manufacturer Autoglym to produce a superbly effective new valeting product; Silicone Hose Wipes. Launched at the 2010 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the product has already picked up their Global Media Award on its first day on sale!

As the name suggests, the new product offers a safe and convenient way for valeters, detailers and anybody who takes pride in their car to achieve a flawless finish on any silicone or rubber components in the engine bay. Throughout the development process, both Samcosport and Autoglym technicians have taken great trouble to test the active ingredients in all manner of real life and simulated conditions, ensuring that neither heat cycles, traffic film or engine deposits can phase these super-effective wipes. Regular cleaning of the hoses helps them to maintain their factory finish and lustre, preserving their looks for the lifetime of the car.

Samcosport Product Development Manager Mark Hale said, ‘We have developed this product in response to an overwhelming demand from our dealers and end-users. We wanted to develop a highly efficient cleaner that could be tightly targeted around the engine bay, cleaning only the hose, without contaminating either belts, paintwork or components with cleaning products, as can happen with spray-type alternatives.’

Each box contains 10 sealed sachets of pre-impregnated lint-free wipes, ready for action on the showground, concours line-up, or even just on the driveway on a Sunday morning. Priced at just £6.98 including VAT, they’re a perfect addition to your cleaning kit and available from all Samcosport retailers.

Santa Pod Raceway Presents Club RWYB Event – Sunday 6th March 2011

Santa Pod Raceway, the home of European Drag Racing, has just announced its latest innovation in truly competitive, cost effective motorsport; Club ‘Run What You Brung’.

The inaugural event, to be held on Sunday the 6th of March, offers car clubs the unique chance of experiencing an EXCLUSIVE track hire session, but without the cost!  This new initiative to a RWYB day will allocate attending car clubs exclusive sessions on track, so for the first time, they can run as a collective group and can race in dedicated sessions.  This will ensure  that friends and ‘bar-room rivals’ get the chance to race side by side and settle old scores on the FIA-approved track, under fully timed conditions.

The more cars that each club pre-books, the more track time will be allocated to them. Spilt into sessions 10 to 20 cars will get a total of 40 minutes of track time, 30-40 cars will get 80 minutes. And so on and so on – meaning that every car in each club can expect a minimum of 4 runs each, conditions permitting.

Then as an extra twist to the event the fastest runners in each club will be run wheel to wheel at the end of the day in a competition style elimination ladder, to reveal an overall champion for the day… ‘The King (or Queen) Of Clubs’!

When not on the hallowed quarter mile, guests can avail themselves of the handling circuit or drift course at no extra cost, making the day exceptional value for money. Clubs are also invited to have free stand space to socialise and recruit and of course, passengers and guests are all very welcome to join in the days activities. With full catering facilities and the ‘Pod Shop’ open all day, you don’t even need to bring any sandwiches!

Upon announcing the event, General Manager, David Lloyd-Jones said, ‘We’ve aimed this day squarely at the true enthusiasts that make the scene what it is – the Clubs. Many have wanted to hold their own exclusive event but in most cases, the cost of hiring the whole venue prohibits single clubs being able to.  With our new Club RWYB event we have been able to offer exclusivity while spreading the cost amongst a number of clubs.  Sunday 6th is our first but we have more planned and expect to make it a monthly fixture. We hope Club RWYB will make a dynamic change to static monthly club meets, and with the handling track and drift arena there to fill in any down time, it means there will be loads to do all day.’

The track opens at 9.30am and closes at 5.30pm, but in case of track down time can run under floodlights all the way through until 9pm, with a short lunch break. As the perfect way to blow out the cobwebs for the season opener at The Marangoni Fast Show, this is the ideal event to get you, your club and your cars ready for the 2011 race and show season!

The cost for a Club RWYB ticket is only £50 if brought in advance before Friday 18th February.  This includes general admission, track sign-on and drift and handling track admission.
For non drivers and spectators general admission £10 on the gate and passengers wishing to ride in a car on track is £10. For more information visit

FIA GT1 World Championship Round 10: Qualifying Race and Championship Race Reports

5th December 2010
San Luis, Argentina

Sumo Power GT did all they could to score a top-three position in the FIA GT1 World Championship Teams’ standings in this weekend’s two races at the unique Potrero de los Funes circuit near San Luis in Argentina. Although both Nissan GT-Rs performed well in the near 30-degrees of sunshine, it was not the end to the season the team were hoping for, as both its cars retired in the final Championship Race.

Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck in car 23 were battling for a top-five place in both this morning’s Qualifying Race and the afternoon’s Championship Race, until accident damage after contact with another car caused their car’s power steering to stop working. Warren Hughes and Jamie Campbell-Walter had overcome a frustrating start to the weekend and were looking good for a top-ten place in the main Championship Race, until a gearbox problem intervened in the latter stages.

This morning’s Qualifying Race saw both Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-Rs make good starts; Krumm in car 23 from 7th on the grid and Hughes in car 22 from 18th. Both drivers headed to the outside of the track to keep out of trouble, as one false move was likely to end in one of the walls that line almost all of the 3.9-mile (6.3 km) circuit that encircles a volcanic lake.

As it transpired, their caution was justified, as the Aston Martins that occupied the front row came together at the first corner and the remainder of the grid all had to take evasive action. This played into the hands of the two Sumo Power GT drivers and they crossed the line after the first lap in 5th and 13th places respectively.

With other incidents occurring in front of him, Hughes moved up a further two places on the second lap and another one on lap three, before the Safety Car was deployed after a Lamborghini had struck one of the walls in a narrow part of the circuit. After three laps behind the Safety Car, there were then just three laps before the mandatory pit stops.

First to pit was Krumm, and, after a blisteringly quick wheel-change by the crew, Dumbreck emerged on the track in third. However, for car 22 the stop took a little longer, as the sand and dust on the surface of the pit lane caused Hughes to overshoot his mark and more than 10-seconds were lost during the change-over of driver and wheels.

Campbell-Walter did all he could to recover the situation, but the grip levels on the track coupled with the closeness of the walls meant his usual spree of overtaking was not forthcoming. He therefore crossed the line in 13th place.

Meanwhile, Dumbreck was holding his own at the front, until an overtaking move meant he had to come off the racing line and picked up sand on the sticky tyres. With reduced grip, he found he could not get the power down a few corners later and suddenly found himself being passed by three other cars. Although doing what he could to claw back the positions, it was over a lap before the tyres worked effectively again and he ended the race in sixth place.

With a car ahead of him receiving a penalty, Dumbreck in car 23 started from fifth on the grid in the Championship Race, with Campbell-Walter in car 22 13th. This time, a clean start by all saw no incidents in the first few corners and Dumbreck was able to hitch up with the leading group of five cars battling for the lead.

Keeping out of trouble, Campbell-Walter had dropped a place but was happy with the way his Nissan was handling and therefore aimed to move up the order as the race went on. Positions throughout the field remained constant for the next seven laps. But then, on lap eight, Dumbreck spun on the tight hairpin at the bottom of the circuit, a combination of sand blown onto the track and hot temperatures doing their worst as far as grip was concerned.

Thankfully keeping his car away from the walls and other cars, he got going again – albeit in 17th place. Now up to 12th, Campbell-Walter was the first of the two Sumo Power GT Nissans to stop for the compulsory mid-race visit to the pits, with Hughes re-joining the race in 10th.

Dumbreck came in to swap with Krumm a lap later, who set about making up as many places as he could. Battling hard, he managed to climb to 13th, but damaged the front of his Nissan after coming into contact with another car –the subsequent impact causing the power steering to stop working.

With the car becoming more and more difficult to manoeuvre, Krumm had little choice but to retire after lap 18. Little did Hughes know that just four laps later he too would be ending his race in the pits, when noises started coming from his car’s gearbox on lap 24, which then quickly turned into a mechanical problem.

For Sumo Power GT, who have been challenging for a top three position in the Teams’ Championship since the middle of the year, not scoring points in the final round meant they ended the season fifth, with Krumm and Dumbreck ninth and Hughes and Campbell-Walter 13th in the drivers’ standings. However, the whole team is delighted with the outcome of its first ever season, the highlights of which were two race wins, nine podium finishes and the awarding of the Tourist Trophy.

Both of the races were won by Fredric Makowiecki and Yann Clairay in the Hexis AMR Aston Martin. Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini were crowned the Drivers’ Champions, with Vitaphone Maserati claiming Teams’ Championship honours.

For more information on Sumo Power GT, visit