Aston Martin DB2, Le Mans 1951. MPH Models, £220. Quite how one finds 139 things to modify on an established 1/43 model remains something of a mystery, but that is what MPH has done to its Provence Moulage-based DB2. Headlamps lowered by I .5mm, handbrake release
• Another Veloce publication, in quite a different direction from their Nuvolari tribute, is what they claim to be “the best owner’s workshop manual in the world”. It is for those who want to completely dismantle and then reassemble their Mazda MX-5s or just maintain them correctly. Veloce’s Rod Grainger. with assistants
button picked out, reprofiled silencer,twin glove lockers hollowed out. . .
The price of such attention to detail is high; the availability is not. Only 25 such Astons are being produced. Details from MPH at Hookgate Cottage, Hookgate, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 40D (0630 672903). Judith St Clair Pedrosa and Pete Shoemark set about discovering all about the MX-5, in a domestic garage using tools. Two years later the manual, by the two men, arrived. It has more than 1200 photos and 400plus line drawings. It costs £20.00 and can be obtained from most decent bookshops (ISBN: 1 874105 055). W B