The Venhill VT46 Rotating T-Driver Gets Updated

Ever heard of a T-Driver? It’s a good substitute for a screwdriver or socket in fiddly areas, and can help apply more torque to get stuff undone. And if you want one, the Venhill VT46 Rotating T-Driver has just been updated to make it more even more useful. And it’s available to buy individually for £20.89, or as part of the VT45 Tool Set with screwdriver bits and sockets included.

Venhill VT46 Rotating T-Driver in the VT45 Tool Set

So what’s improved? Well the rotating handle can now slide up and down the shaft to click into position. Which means it’s more versatile for those fiddly jobs without much space. And being compact and lightweight, it’s also good for travelling and touring, especially if you might have to mess around with luggage racks and other equipment on the road.

Venhill VT46 Rotating T-Driver Vertical

And that’s about it really. It features a standard 3/8 inch drive, so it’ll work with most sockets and adaptors. And you can also order it with a selection of hex and Torx, slotted and Phillips screwdriver bits, plus the most commonly used sizes of metric sockets. Which means less time spent hunting around for that one screwdriver you last used about a year ago and now can’t find. And more time looking like a pro pit mechanic as you screw away with ease.

It’s probably more amazing that we’ve managed to avoid crude jokes about tools, shafts and screwing so far. But the Venhill VT46 Rotating T-Driver looks like a solid piece of kit that’ll save time and space, so worth knowing about…

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BMW Backs New LA Branch for The House of Machines

Normally the advice in life is to focus on one thing. And yet it seems ‘motorcycle lifestyle destinations’ are popping up all over the place. For example, The House of the Machines started 4 years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, providing a combination of ‘coffee, cafe, craft beer, cocktails, live music, menswear and custom bikes’. And now BMW is one of the partners for a new LA branch for The House of Machines. Proof that wherever you may go, you’ll meet friendly motorcyclists and a bearded bloke who has paid way too much for a bad 70’s-based cafe racer thing.

BMW Backs New LA Branch for The House of Machines

Still modern motorcycle seems to involve Strategic Directors and corporate synergies for consumer activation points. Which is presumably why BMW Motorrad is partnering with The House of Machines (THOM). And it even involves a new men’s fashion label named Limits No Longer Appl (LNLA) initiated and inspired by BMW Motorrad. Because of course, it bloody does. Apparently you’ll only be able to buy via the store or online in the U.S and each item will only be available for 12 months.

BMW partners with LA motorcycle shop The House of Machines

Don’t get us wrong. There are great venues all over the place, including in London, where you can get food, drinks, check out some bikes and gear, and have a lovely time. And that’s a good thing. As much as we enjoy a good fry-up at a rundown greasy spoon by a dual carriageway, it makes sense to go with the times. If that means I can drink a good craft IPA and eat some tacos while chatting about bikes, then I’m all in favour.

BMW partners with LA motorcycle shop The House of Machines

But do we really need to describe what sounds like a decent place to hang out for a bit as ‘a place for people with a love of detail, a striving for perfection and a passion for the motorcycle lifestyle’. Or as THOM’s Strategic Director calls it ‘Where man and machine coexist’. Well, technically man and machine also coexist on the floor of any factory or online retail warehouse, but I’m not stopping there for a coffee.

BMW partners with LA motorcycle shop The House of Machines

So to sum up, The House of Machines looks like it could be a good new place for bikers to visit in the Arts District of LA. And it’ll have coffee, drinks, food, clothes, custom bikes and more. So if you’re in the neighbourhood, you should check it out (and let us know what it’s like). And it’s also time to stop trying to cram every single buzzword into any description relating to custom motorcycles based on an older style. Before doing things a bit different ends up becoming a bit naff.

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It’s been a half-century since Pininfarina created the timeless shape of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4. On March 11, 2018 that happy anniversary will be celebrated at the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance with a special class of the rare and significant Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”.

2018 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS: FERRARI DAYTONA!It was revenge, not Ferrari that gave the 365 GTB/4 its popular nickname. The name of America’s first superspeedway clung to the big Italian GT after Ferrari prototypes avenged themselves on American soil following their stinging defeat at Le Mans in 1966. Three victorious Ferrari P4 and P3 prototypes executed a perfectly choreographed photo finish winning the 1967 Rolex 24 at Daytona, below. It mocked Ford’s botched photo finish at Le Mans the previous June. There was little subtlety in it and everyone got the point. And the name Daytona stuck to the 365 GTB/4 almost at once.

2018 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS: FERRARI DAYTONA!So the mighty 365 GTB/4 became known as “Daytona” even though Ferrari never made it official. Some historians claim that the project was labeled “Daytona” internally during its gestation following the 1967 Daytona 24 Hour sweep. Then the internal nickname “Daytona” leaked. Ferrari himself was said to have squelched the use of the name when it became public.

Today the Daytona has a special place in Ferrari’s lustrous history. Automotive tastes and the traditional designs that had served Ferrari so well for two decades were under assault in the late sixties. So Ferrari made one last thunderous declaration regarding the creation of the thoroughbred grand touring car. They labeling it in traditional Ferrari fashion: 365 ccs per cylinder, Grand Tourismo Berlinetta, four overhead camshafts; 365 GTB/4.

Nearly 1,400 Daytonas were built in coupe and convertible configurations. It outgunned its pricier and rarer 3-liter predecessors with a muscular 4-cam 4.4-liter V-12 fed by six enormous 40-mm Weber carburetors. This exotic recipe makes 380 horsepower and propels the big two-seater to nearly 180 mph. A sobering number for a 3,600-pound GT. Engine powers Daytona #65, top.

Despite its weight the Daytona made a fine race car. Ferrari created 15 special competition 365 GTB/4s from 1971 through 1973. They scored class victories at Daytona, Watkins Glen and Le Mans and won the 1972 Tour de France outright. Second overall (with class victories) at the 1973 and 1979 Rolex 24 at Daytona, appropriately, are the Daytona’s North American racing high water marks.

2018 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS: FERRARI DAYTONA!“The Daytona has traditional Ferrari provenance, presence and poise.” said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.  “The Daytona is the last of the true ‘Enzo’ Ferraris created before the Fiat influence arrived in Maranello in 1969. The howl of that big V-12 should be part of Il Canto degli Italiani, the Italian national anthem. The big Daytona is a car, a name and a legacy worth celebrating in grand style.”

Now in its third decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. The 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 9-11, 2018. For more information, please visit

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New Weise Stuttgart Textile Bike Jacket for 2018

The new Weise Stuttgart textile motorcycle jacket is new for 2018. And it aims to combine value for money with versatile performance. The German city of the same name isn’t just the base for the likes of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. It’s also a similar climate to the UK, although with more extremes of hot and cold weather.  So that’s handy to know.

Weise Stuttgart textile Motorcycle Jacket Stone Blue

Back to the jacket itself, and the design looks alright. The outer has a waterproof, windproof and breathable liner. And inside is a removable 120-gram thermam quilted lining. The Weise Stuttgart textile jacket has adjustment at the waist, upper and lower arms, and cuffs, to enable you to get comfortable and avoid the jacekt flapping around or letting cold weather in. And there’s a Neoprene trimmed collar at the top, plus an 8-inch connection zip for Weise riding trousers at the bottom to enclose you as much as possible.

Weise Stuttgart textile Motorcycle Jacket Back Stone Blue

The Weise Stuttgart textile motorcycle jacket also has zipped vents at the chest, back and lower arms to keep you chilled when the temperature rises. And there’s CE-approved armour at the shoulders, elbows and in the back if you’re unfortunate enough to need it.

Weise Stuttgart textile Motorcycle Jacket Stone Gun

Other details include the reflective details to help you be seen in low light. And there are waterproof external pockets, a large rear map pocket and two hand-warmer pockets for storage. So you should have plenty of space for your wallet, phone and keys.

Weise Stuttgart textile Motorcycle Jacket Stone Neon

Another practical feature is that the Weise Stuttgart textile motorcycle jacket comes with a two-year warranty. It’s available in sizes S-5XL in either Stone/Gun or Stone/Neon colours, and in M-3XL in Stone/Blue. And it will cost you £179.99.

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Preparing Your Car for Winter

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Modern cars are far more reliable than they used to be, but they are not immune from things going wrong, especially if essential checks are neglected. As the nights draw in and the temperature drops we should remind themselves of how to drive safely in wet and icy conditions.

During Winter recovery companies are at their busiest. These days, we need them more than ever. Unless you have a laptop and the right diagnostic equipment on hand there is precious little chance of you being able to solve a problem yourself at the roadside. So if you don’t have breakdown cover, take a look here for some unbiased customer reviews to find the best provider. You are less likely to need them if you run through the following checks.

1) Service due?

Whether you’ve been meaning to get the car serviced for a while or it’s not quite due yet but soon will be, get it done before winter takes hold. Half the problems that manifest on cars could have been prevented by some simple maintenance. Many garages offer free winter checks, so you might as well take advantage and book the car in now.

2) Check the battery

In days gone by, you would get plenty of advance warning that a battery was on its way out, with the engine cranking slowly first thing on a cold morning. Today, they tend to die suddenly, dramatically and completely, usually at the most inopportune moment. If the battery is more than three years old, get it checked for free and replace if necessary.

3) Check the tyres

As temperatures drop towards zero, road-holding gets tougher, and a good set of tyres could spell the difference between a close call and a visit to hospital – or worse. Check the tread and condition, or pop into your local tyre centre and they will be happy to check them for you.

4) Top up the antifreeze

We’ve all been guilty of topping up the coolant with water during summer rather than shelling out for summer coolant. That’s not a problem as far as it goes, but it does mean the antifreeze gets diluted, so now is the time to put a litre or two in there to get the concentration back up to 50/50.

5) And the screenwash

Admit it, we are even worse about screenwash. If this freezes and you can’t squirt the windscreen, it can easily lead to disaster, so fill up with proper screenwash. It’s not expensive and it could save your life.

6) See and be seen

When the gritters start to do their thing, the roads become full of filthy spray that can cover your lights, front and rear. Not only does this reduce your night vision, it also means other road users can’t see you. Give your lights a clean prior to setting out, particularly at night. While you are doing so, also make sure the number plates are not coated in grime – you could be landed with a £1,000 fine if the police can’t read them.

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