Received Some Holden Gift Vouchers? Here’s Five Ways To Spend Them

If you’ve recently been given one of our Holden Vintage & Classic gift vouchers, or are thinking about buying some for a friend, we’ve got plenty of fantastic classic motoring equipment, accessories and clothing that you may be interested in. If, however, you’re feeling a bit indecisive, here’s five ideas on how you can spend your gift vouchers so that you get the best value for money.

1. Stock up on maintenance essentials

Maintaining your classic vehicle is critical to ensuring it runs for a good long while with minimal problems. Neglected cars are more likely to end up in the garage and will rack up large bills for the owner! To avoid the inconvenience and expense of a broken-down classic car, make sure you’re sticking to a maintenance routine. Cleaners have varying purposes – but all vehicles will need a decent bodywork shampoo and conditioner. You’ll also be wise to get an interior leather cleaner for your seats to keep them in tip-top shape. To cover all grounds, why not get the full Autoglym collection which also includes polish and wheel cleaner? Now, good maintenance requires more than keeping the car nice and shiny. You’ll also need good lubrication designed to keep your car’s working parts in optimal condition all year round. We’re pleased to stock some excellent automotive lubrication brands like Castrol and Millers Oils which provide high quality oils for your brakes, engines and chains.

2. Look dapper in brand new motoring clothing

It might be that you’re well stocked up on classic car maintenance essentials but need a motoring wardrobe makeover. If this is the case, look no further. Whether you’re headed off to a classic motor show or simply want to look the part as you drive through the countryside, we have a huge variety of classic motoring clothing across brands like Belstaff, BSA and Grenfell. Stuck for ideas? Check out our dedicated blog post for ideas.

3. Add some electrical accessories to your vehicle

It’s important to customise your car to your liking, and you can do this by adding some extra details here and there. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your aerial or install a 40 watt loudspeaker, we have all the parts you need. For those of you that enjoy a Corona cigar as you drive, we have cigar lighters that can be easily wired in too!

4. Treat yourself to a new tool kit

Can you really ever have enough tools? Every classic car owner needs to have at least a basic tool collection so that you can get to work on making minor repairs should you need to. If you think your spanners are looking a little tired, why not upgrade and get yourself a 14 piece spanner set? For more complex work, we have engine overhaul kits, carburettor adjusting tools and metal working tools. Once you’ve selected a range of new tools, you’ll need a fresh tool bag to put them all in. We offer a range of fabric and leather tool bags and tool rolls so that you can find the right one for you.

5. Give your motor a lick of paint

If your car would benefit from a slightly brighter body, why not treat it to a paint touch up? We stock POR-15 and KBS paint systems with rust prevention properties to ensure you keep pesky rust at bay for longer. If you regularly display your engine, you might want to consider using POR-15 engine paint to give it that extra special detail.

Of course, there’s plenty of other items you can choose from, so head over to our website now and choose how you’d like to spend your vouchers!

Order Your EZCarLift Now

 


If you’re keen to do some restoration or repair work on your classic motor from your home garage but are worried you’ll run into practical problems, we have the solution. It might be you have nowhere to store a conventional, bulky car lift, or find it a struggle to manoeuvre around a static car in close quarters. Exclusive to Holden customers, our new EZCarlift will give you the space and freedom to work on your motor from home.

Beautifully engineered in America, the EZCarlift is able to raise a vehicle 26 inches off the ground and can hold up to 4,400 lb in weight. It’s completely compact and easy to assemble, meaning that we can ship it to you via a regular courier.

So how does it work?

The main difference between the EZCarlift and a traditional car lift is that it doesn’t require a heavy hydraulic motor. In fact, all that’s needed to get this lift going is a high powered reversible drill with variable speeds. Once the lift arrives, you will slot the two separate pieces of steel underneath your car. The type of cross beams you use will depend entirely on the car you own. To check out the full list of cross beam compatibilities, click here.
You will be able to connect your drill to the end of the lift, switch it on and watch your car lift up with ease. Once it’s at the right height for your restoration purpose, you can get to work with full access to your vehicle.

The other fantastic feature the EZCarlift offers is its detachable wheels. Should you want to manoeuvre the car or push it to another area of your garage, you can use the four wheels supplied with the lift to do so. It’s up to you whether you fix the wheels into a ‘backwards and forwards’ or fully rotating position. For a demonstration on attaching the wheels to the lift, watch Julian Parker show you how it’s done in the video.

When you’ve finished the work, you’ll be able to power down the EZCarlift with your drill and store the lift on its own wall plates, out of the way until you next need them.

Take the hassle out of your home based car repairs and restorations by ordering your EZCarlift today and receive your order within 7-10 working days.

August Classic Motoring Events

The summer isn’t over yet. August is packed with a huge range of classic motoring events spanning the entire country. So, pack a picnic, load your family into the car and head off to one of these extraordinary events that you won’t want to miss.

4-6 August 2017 Cambridge Mini Chill for all classics in Herts

Enjoy a chilled out weekend for just £2 to £10 per adult at the Marley Eternit Social Club in Hertfordshire. The weekend includes access to a huge range of minis on display, as well as a disco and opportunity for camping and BBQ s. You’ll be sure to meet likeminded classic mini drivers and have a relaxing weekend.

5 August 2017 Bentley Drivers Club at Silverstone

This annual event has been running for 68 years now, and continues to be a popular destination for Bentley drivers across the country. Enjoy a day of Bentley parades, races, live music and refreshments at the iconic Silverstone race track. Entry is £10 but there’s a discount for members.

5-6 August 2017 Supercar Weekend Beaulieu

Watch a parade of prestigious supercars and get up close and personal with the retro rallycross display at the Supercar Weekend Beaulieu. Not only will your ticket give you a pass to the festival, but also to the World Of Top Gear, National Motor Museum and Beaulieu Abbey!

5-6 August 2017 VSCC Prescott Hill Climb

Watch 250 pre-war racing and sports car take the challenge of the prestigious 880 yard course. There’ll be paddocks open to the public, as well as refreshments and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

6 August 2017 RREC North of England Rally

Now in its 38th year, this rally promises all things quintessentially English. Enjoy a view of stunning Rolls Royce motors while picnicking on the lawn, or take a walk to the terrace café for afternoon cream tea.

12 August Formula Vintage

Formula Vintage is returning this year to Mallory Park for the hallowed Bob Gerard Memorial Trophies. The one-of-a-kind event will promise a capacity grid of international Pre-1918 machinery, as well as an impressive period display in the paddock. Spectators can get tickets from as little as £8 and members will have access to the exclusive members lounge.

12-13 August 2017 Shelsley Walsh Champion Challenge

Celebrating 70 years of the British Hillclimb Championship, this two day event is set to have 4 run-offs over the weekend, as well as refreshments and entertainment for all. Invited clubs include Ferrari, and all MSA registered clubs and ticket prices are from £16.

20 August 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Host to 200 of the most prized collector cars from around the world, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an event you won’t want to miss. This is a contest of elegance rather than speed. Motorcars and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy and overall style. View them up close and personal and watch the awards being presented between 1-5pm in the afternoon.

25-27 August 2017: CarFest South, Laverstoke Park Farm, nr Overton, Hampshire

Television personality and presenter Chris Evens first came up with the idea for CarFest, an all round entertaining weekend of music, classic cars, family fun and amazing food. Attractions include a vintage village, all day races, a carnival parade, family focused games and much more. All proceeds go to Children In Need.

26-28 August Morgan Run For The Hills

Get together with thousands of likeminded Morgan owners at the Malvern Three Counties Showground and enjoy a full schedule of entertainment and attractions. You’ll be able to see a number of stunning displays, live music, craftsmanship demonstrations, stunt shows, interviews, races and much more. Tickets from £13.15.

August 27, 2017: Syston Park Speed Trials, Syston, near Grantham, Lincolnshire

The Syston Park Speed Trials invites pre-1939 cars from across the country to take part in the famous half a mile hill climb. The day will commence at 10am and will feature several Syston Originals, as well as some fantastic period machinery from grand prix cars, eccentric aero engined Edwardian specials and works motor cycles from the TT. Tickets are £21.55.

27 August Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport

This event is truly unmissable. Featuring a huge range of classic cars and motorcycles, as well as VW’s, Hot Rods, Customs and Americans, Kit and Sports Cars, the Festival of Transport never fails to impress. You’ll also get to hear a running commentary throughout the day from a motor commentator and watch some vehicle judging in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace.

If you’d like to dress the part for these stylish motoring events, head over to our motor clothing page and place your order today.

Silverstone Classic

Silverstone Classic is the world’s largest classic motoring festival and this year the team at Holden Morgan will be attending!
The jam packed weekend runs from 28-30 July at the iconic Silverstone race track and will welcome over 10,000 classic vehicles and 100 car clubs from across the globe. Not only that, there will be a wealth of music, refreshments, displays and trade stands to keep you and your family thoroughly entertained.

What’s on?

Just some of the main attractions at this year’s event include:

25th Anniversary of the XJ220

All XJ220 owners from around the world have been invited to attend Silverstone classic for a special celebration, including a circuit parade around the Silverstone track. Special models including the Martini car and the XJ220 LM will be in attendance, as well as some important guests who have been closely associated with the car design, manufacturing and overall on-track success. This event will take place on Saturday.

Celebrity Challenge Trophy Race

Well known celebrities separated into ten teams will race a huge grid of Austin A30s and A35s on Saturday, providing much entertainment and laughter for onlookers. The celebs are spending this week at the Silverstone Racing Academy to get ‘up to speed’ with their driving techniques, so hopefully everything will run smoothly on the day! The prize for the winning team is £10k, which will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK. Confirmed celebrities include Dragons Den’s Theo Paphitis, Boxing Champion and Sky Presenter Carl Froch, and Take That’s Howard Donald.

Air Displays

Enjoy pyrotechnic air displays by The Gazelle Squadron and Twister Aerobatics on Friday and Saturday evening as they provide a stunning backdrop to the musical entertainment. You’ll also get to see them during the lunch time breaks throughout the weekend.

Auction

Over the weekend, Silverstone Auctions (who are partnered with the event) will host three separate auctions featuring classic cars, memorabilia and motorcycles – all up for grabs. These take place in the Silverstone Wing building which you can find via the Wing ramp at the North end of the International Paddock (Red Zone 21).

Live Music

The evening’s of Friday and Saturday will play host to a number of high profile rock and pop acts on the main stage, including The Bootleg Beetles, Tony Hadley, The Dire Straits Experience and Who’s Next.

Live Demos

There will be numerous live demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend, including a high speed demonstration by Williams FW14B, an eBay restoration live, the street car shootout and plane demos on the jet village green!

Adrenaline Zone

If you’re planning on bringing the family, the adrenaline zone is a great place to visit. Open all weekend, this area features a vintage funfair, bungee trampolines, climbing walls, a laser maze and much more. Plus, over 12s (and adults) can enjoy the thrilling experience of drifting in a F-type Jag alongside a professional driver!

Motor Racing

Of course, you wouldn’t expect to go to Silverstone and not see a ton of motor racing. This year there will be historic racing action from Formula One, Sports, GT and Touring cars from 9am until 7pm on Friday and Saturday. For a full program, click here.

If there’s only one classic motoring event you’re attending this year, make sure it is this one. For accommodation information, including the details of campsites and motor home hire, as well as directions to Silverstone Classic, head over to the visitor information page.

 

Millers Oils For Your Classic Car

When you own a classic motor, it’s critical to select an engine or gear oil that has been specifically formulated for a classic vehicle and its components, rather than a standard modern oil. This is because classic vehicles have unique features not found in modern cars, such as lower revving, hotter engine temperatures and greater metal-to-metal tolerances. They can also feature rope or cork seals, and might have excess carbon build up making their lubrication needs unique.

One of the things that makes classic oils different is that they have a higher viscosity. This means it is more resistant than modern oils, offering improved oil consumption and a lesser chance of the bevel gears and cross shafts flinging it off. Furthermore, oil seals are less likely to leak when the oil is of a high viscosity, saving you from a possible major problem.

The other important feature of classic car oil is the anti wear additives. Historically, car oils contained a zinc and phosphorous compound known as ZDDP, but due to its effects on exhaust emission systems, the mixture was phased out and engine designs were altered so that it was no longer required. Unfortunately, the newer oils can cause substantial damage to classic vehicles which is why it’s critical to use an oil based on the original formula.

If you’re wondering which classic oil brand to go for, we recommend Millers Oils.

Millers Oils was founded all the way back in 1887 by John Watson Miller, although at the time it was called Millers Bros. It was, and still is, very much a family run business, and has played a major role in transportation lubricants over the years. In fact, Millers Oils were the first producer of long drain interval oil for trucks, and also produced the first diesel specific engine oil for cars!

What we offer

We currently stock three types of Millers Oils – Engine, gear and worm steering wheel.

Engine Oil

Pistoneeze mineral oil is a monograde oil designed for veteran and vintage cars built up to the 1960s, but can also be used on cars built up to the 1930s if you feel confident that no dirt or debris has accumulated in the crankcase. Featuring moderate amounts of detergent, this mineral based oil provides excellent engine wear and anti oxidant protection, and remains at the right consistency even in the higher temperatures often seen in classic engines. We currently stock SAE 40 and 50.

Gear Oil.

High viscosity gear oils are essential for protecting your gear system from wear. We offer a number of different gear oils, including EP 140 GL4 which is designed to stand up to extreme pressure thanks to special high performance additives. We also stock a selection of vintage green gear oils which are formulated to prevent rust and ensure the longevity of your gearbox.

Worm Steering Box Oil

This is a high viscosity, low friction mineral oil for worm steering wheels designed to lubricate and preserve the steering system, creating an easier and superior driving experience.

To see our full range, head over to our dedicated Millers Oils page.

Selecting The Right Toggle Switch For Your Classic Car

At Holden Vintage & Classic we offer a range of toggle switches for your classic car, including both Lucas and reproduction Lucas varieties.

If you are less familiar with the purpose of a toggle switch, we’re happy to explain.
Almost every function performed by your classic vehicle involves a switch – whether it be a lever switch, push button or a toggle switch. A toggle switch in particular is manually operated by moving a short handle and has a ‘springing’ action, giving you the ability to control the flow of electricity through a circuit. They are more commonplace within classic cars than modern vehicles and can handle a large voltage.

Lucas toggle switches come in licensed and reproduction varieties but there’s very little difference between the two. Lucas toggle switches feature copper terminals as opposed to steel and the reproduction is very slightly thinner. Having said that, they’re both rated at the same ampage and are built to the highest standard, often used by many of the top international motor sport teams including McLaren, Prodrive and Williams.

In the above video, Julian Parker, Managing Director, explains how to use toggle switches to meet the particular requirements of your classic car. Some of the most common toggle switches available on our website include long level toggle switches, Lucas levers and stainless toggle switches.

To see our full range, click here.

Frazer Nash Alpine Trial – The Final Two Days



Last week we told you about Jeremy’s adventures on the Frazer Nash Alpine Trial, which concluded on Friday. Now that he’s back from his exhilarating trip, we thought you’d like to know how the final two days of the trial panned out.

On Thursday and Friday Jeremy and Julian Rodway (who owns the Super Sport) took on the Southern route, which brought about just as many surprises as the Northern route did!


As you can see from the above picture, Thursday required an early start from their base in Valloire. In one day Jeremy and Julian drove 267 miles where they ended up at the Chalet Hotel Montana in Le Sauze, France. The route passed through the Col du Galibier, a 8399 ft mountain pass in the southern region of the French Dauphiné Alps, as well as Briacon, a commune in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. A particular highlight on Thursday was the special stage at Colle delle Finestre, a mountain pass in the Cottian Alps, consisting of 9.9 miles of unmetalled road.

While (against some expectations) the car ran smoothly for the entire 267 miles, the long drive must have got to Julian because he left his passport and a number of other valuables in Briacon! Luckily, he was able to retrieve them the following day on the route back.

As you can imagine, once the pair arrived at the hotel, they enjoyed a couple of beers during early evening servicing followed by a well deserved kip before rising again for another 5am start on Friday.
Friday saw some minor issues for the old Super Sport, but again, nothing Jeremy and Julian couldn’t handle. For one, the car was experiencing some fuel starvation due to the heat. However, they overcame this by simply rolling down the hills – in fact, they predict that one of the hill rolls spanned 11 miles before they turned on the engine! Another issue was that the pair got a little off track somewhere around Col d’Esischie. After asking a local farmer for directions, Julian and Jeremy were sent off down a long and dusty road. The only problem was that they were met at the other end by a lone shepherd who sent the pair back the way they came! Following this, they stumbled across some stragglers who were having car troubles, so dedicated some time to helping out their fellow petrol-heads before heading back to Valloire.

Now, it’s worth mentioning at this point that there were a few skeptics who thought the old Super Sports wouldn’t finish day one of the trial, let alone the entire week! This is because, if you remember, there were some significant problems with the piston rings the day before the trial commenced. However, unsurprisingly to us, the hand crafted pistons that Jeremy created held up to the steep, winding roads allowing him and Julian to complete the trial – albeit in last place, but to a very well deserved standing ovation.

 

Update on Jeremy’s Participation In The Frazer Nash Alpine Trial

As you know, over the weekend Jeremy travelled to Valloire in the Italian French Alps with his friend Julian in a Frazer Nash Super Sports to take part in the Frazer Nash Alpine Trial.

We also mentioned before that Jeremy had encountered a few mechanical issues prior to the trial commencing. Here’s what happened!
While on their way to Valloire, Jeremy and Julian received news that a friend, who was situated about an hour and a half to the West, was having some car trouble. In order to help, they took a detour. Unfortunately, while doing so, the Super Sports began to partially seize! The car was trailered to the alps where Julian and Jeremy, as well as a number of other brilliant car enthusiasts on the trial, spent all day fixing it. After taking the car apart, they realised the piston rings were melting into the pistons, with one piston ring broken altogether. Using nothing but a Swiss Army knife, Jeremy managed to fix the problem, working until 11.30pm to ensure the job was done.
On Monday morning, following not much sleep, the pair took to the roads on the northern route around Mont Blanc, which is situated between France, Switzerland and Italy. The weather was superb and the car ran like clockwork. During the evening, the group relaxed in a hotel restaurant overlooking their Frazer Nash’s with a stunning mountain backdrop while enjoying fantastic food and even better company.

Tuesday was a slightly more problematic day, although nothing this pair of petrol heads couldn’t cope with!

While driving through Switzerland, the banjo bolt which holds the float chamber to the carburettor, came undone and disappeared! Jeremy, driven by pure determination, walked a mile back along the road, searching the gutters and surrounding terrain for the bolt. He didn’t have any luck at first – but amazingly, after deciding to scan the pavement in one last attempt at finding it, there it was!

They made it back to Valloire. And even though they were a couple of hours late, they were thoroughly exhilarated after 450 hard road miles.

Today (Wednesday) the group are relaxing. But stay tuned, because we’ll have more updates for you tomorrow when they embark on the Southern route.

Frazer Nash Alpine Trial 2017

Each year, over 30 cars compete in the Frazer Nash Alpine Trial, which takes place in the beautiful landscapes of the Italian French Alps. This year is particularly special because our very own Jeremy Holden will be taking part, and spent last weekend traveling to Valloire in South East France with a Frazer Nash Super Sports car he owned until twelve months ago. This week, he’s driving 200 miles per day (with a break on the Wednesday) alongside the car’s current owner Julian Rodway. The route is split into two loops, northern and southern, both of which circle back to Valloire.

Jeremy owned the Frazer Nash Super Sports for six years before Julian purchased the car from him last year. Prior to this, the car was owned by Mike Fowler, an engineer who finished rebuilding it in 1999.

Jeremy has a real love of the Frazer Nash Super Sports, and even won the Frazer Nash Club’s Geoghegan Trophy with it in 2011. It’s no wonder, therefore, that he recently got in touch with its new owner, eager to take the car out onto the open road again.

Last Thursday evening Jeremy and Julian took the overnight ferry from Portsmouth, before trailering to Dijon and then ending up in Valloire in order to prepare for the event’s start date on Monday morning. Given that the route is steep, narrow and a little bit bumpy, they were keen to ensure the Super Sports was in tip-top shape before taking to the road. Unfortunately, it wasn’t! Complications arose, but thanks to Jeremy and Julian’s collective expertise (and sheer determination) they managed to get going as planned this morning.

We’ll be giving you regular updates throughout the week about Jeremy and Julian’s progress, so keep an eye on the blog for new posts and photos!

Sports Bucket Seats


If you’re looking for a sports bucket seat that provides you with optimal support while driving, we’re pleased to offer high quality trimmed or untrimmed seats in a range of colours and styles, including custom options.

Each bucket seat is hand made locally and is specifically designed to provide optimal lateral support and weight distribution, which is especially important while cornering. Thanks to its lightweight steel shell and sturdy wooden base, as well as the removable back cushion, you’ll feel confident that the sports bucket seat can hold you safely and securely without compromising on comfort.

In the video, Julian Parker demonstrates how a modern sports bucket seat can be installed into both old and newer cars alike. If you’re installing a sports bucket seat into an older model, it could be you’re able to use the existing runners, but if not, we sell runners separately. Julian also gives you a glimpse of the 1955 Morgan +4 that’s beginning a long and labour intensive restoration in the Holden Morgan service and restoration bay which you can read more about here.

Should you wish to choose a colour other than black, all you need to do is send in a sample of your preferred colour and we’ll do our very best to match it. After you’ve approved the final colour choice, we’ll get to work at creating your custom seat. While most of our sports bucket seats are finished in leather, PVC material is also available.

For the full range, including trimmed and untrimmed seats, head over to our page.