Classic Sports Car

Tested this month



Classic car enthusiast­s are a good-natured bunch in the main, but sadly there’s no accounting for other road users. With road rage an increasing problem, Redline Security’s John Fearnall decided to create a personal alarm torch to give motorists a legal means of defence should they be unfortunat­e enough to encounter an assailant. As well as functionin­g as a torch, the unit is also capable of emitting a dazzling 400-lumen, 20Hz strobe and an ear-piercing 130db siren – tactics used by the Dutch police for crowd control – to frighten off any aggressors. It’s available in two sizes: regular at 15.5cm and XL at 22.4cm. The larger unit we tried costs £24.95 and can operate in its low setting for 18 hours, with an eight-hour recharge time via a USB cable. It impressed on test, and we’re sure it would give any would-be attacker pause – even if it were never used, anxious drivers may take some reassuranc­e in simply knowing it is there. Our one gripe is that you have to cycle through three brightness settings before being able to switch it off. GM redlinesec­


When all else fails, a set of Mole grips is a great way to shift a stubborn or damaged bolt, but winding the jaws out to the required gap can be a pain. These 250mm-long locking grips from Laser Tools (part no 8022) get around that by neatly self-adjusting to the perfect size. Apart from it being awkward to fully open the 48mm jaws in a confined space, we found the tool worked brilliantl­y and felt really sturdily built – as you’d expect for £50.30. Invaluable. AC


Stuck for a gift idea for the petrolhead in your life? If they like a good cup of proper coffee, your prayers could be answered by Irish classic restoratio­n specialist Lyons Garages. The operation based in Spanish Point, Co Clare – or, as Michael and David Lyons like to call it, “the Malibu of Ireland” – has released its own range of car-themed coffees. The 100% Arabica ‘Classicbea­ns’ and ‘Minibeans’ blends are mellow and smooth, the Frenchroas­ted ‘Mgbeans’ dark and powerful, but my favourite – unlike my motoring tastes – is the Indonesian Arabica ‘Bugbeans.’ All come presented in stylish and fun traditiona­l oil tins that alone are almost worth the cost of entry (€15 for a 250g tin, or €28 for a two-pack). AC 00353 86 2604658; lyonsgarag­

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