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Following on from our race and rally helmet and racewear guide, which you can find here, we thought some information on kart racewear and helmets would be useful, since certain karting championships are tightening up their regulations on the homologations of clothing used.

Of course, “karting” covers a large range of arrive-and-drive organised events, where you would most likely be offered a helmet and overalls by the circuit...

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On behalf of a BlendLine supported team we are offering this extremely exclusive Spedeworth/Ludlow Mercedes SLK racing car.
This car has been converted to a silhouette for 2021 and many components are brand new...

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Uncle Keith did a rally once in 1973, so you can just borrow his old helmet and overalls, right? Nope!

There are strict homologations in place for competing in the UK and around the world, and the equipment you have to wear is approved to keep you safe in the event of a large accident or fire while out competing. This guide is aimed at all areas of Motorsport UK governed competition, and states the generally approved standards for competing in rally, race, hillclimb and rallycross disciplines. We will also cover some aspects of the racewear now required by International racing standards too. 

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Knowing that I was going to be re-building the engine from the Subaru, I could look for cheaper cars with running issues, I wanted a 2.0 litre engine which is optimal for rally use so my eye balls were focused on GD Impreza WRX 2002 - 2007 models. It had to have a manual transmission and the running gear to be mechanically sound in order to save on start up costs. Most importantly the chassis needed to be in good condition with minimal rot, especially around the suspension mounting points. I found a 2003 Impreza WRX with an engine smoking issue for good money. Perfect...

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By the time Sion comes back from his run I'm another coffee down, and its time for me to jump in the pilot seat for my first shakedown of the car. Initial impressions are good, we're aware of a noisy rear damper fairly early on and add that to the mental checklist of things to assess later. The stages are beautiful, barely touched due to the lack of high speed rally traffic in the weeks prior and even with a layer of gravel and dust on top, although that soon shifts by the time we've done a few loops. As my confidence with the car grows, naturally the lap times get quicker...

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