This Week In The Workshop

As ever, a week in the Holden Morgan Workshop is both busy and pleasingly diverse.

We started the week with a brand new +4 to do a pre delivery Inspection on. See the Car Sales pages of our website to view the Dove Grey +4. This is something we, as a main dealer, do with every new car that we receive from the factory, to ensure that all the nits and bolts are done up correctly and that everything about the car is as it should be. Here at Holden Morgan we give the same treatment to a used Morgan that passes through our hands as the new cars, on giving it a thorough inspection before it goes on sale.

The components side of the workshop has also been busy completing a batch of 10 RF95 Control boxes for Holden Vintage & Classic, and also assembling 60 of the Lucas L548 lamps. This particular lamp is a product that is unique to Holden, in that all of the component parts are manufactured specifically for the company, using, in some cases, the original Lucas factory tooling, combined with a little modern computrickery in the form of a CNC machine to produce the lamp bases.

On top of this, a small cleaning job on Jeremy’s vintage Vauxhall in advance of the VSCC Welsh Trial turned into proper pre event preparation, and to end the week, the brakes for the Jaguar 240 returned from having been completely rebuilt, and a kind customer dropped off a rather sad looking 1969 4/4 for inspection. More this next week!

Thanks For Coming To The Holden Morgan Dealer Open Day

We’d like to thank everyone that came along to the Holden Morgan Dealer Open Day on 14th October. It was a superb event that attracted huge crowds of Morgan enthusiasts – some local and others who had travelled from much further afield.

Three fantastic Morgan cars were sold on the day, including two Plus 4s and a Roadster. The lucky new owners will be enjoying a luxury stay at an Italian villa next year, as well as a number of other special extras that were complimentary with their purchase. There were also three raffle winners who between them won a signed Morgan book, bottle of Belvevine whiskey and a Morgan factory tour with afternoon cream teas. If you entered the raffle on the day but haven’t heard from us, don’t be disappointed, we haven’t informed two of the winners yet so it could still be you!

The open day also consisted of an up close look at our ongoing Morgan restoration project, a browse around the remarkable new Holden Morgan showroom and, of course, ample amounts of our Holden branded beer.

Katie Turner, General Manager of Holden Morgan said, “The Holden Morgan Dealer Open Day was a huge success and I’d like to thank the teams at both Holden Morgan and Morgan Motors for their efforts in making it happen. It was a pleasure to speak to so many visitors throughout the day and I’m thrilled that several people have now become the proud owners of Morgan cars. We will be hosting more events like this one in the future, and will keep you posted with our latest news and events, including updates on some fantastic new cars we have coming in shortly.”

Prepare Your Classic Car For Winter Storage


It’s that time of year again. The leaves are beginning to fall, there’s a slight chill in the air and for the first time in months you’re considering putting the heating on.
For those of you who only like to drive your classic vehicle in the sunshine, now is the time to think about tucking it away for the winter. And there’s a number of steps you’ll need to take to ensure your car is kept safe and dry, and in tip-top condition between now and spring.

Give It A Clean

Let’s start with the basics. Water stains, tree sap or bird droppings left for weeks or months on your classic vehicle can cause damage to the exterior. That’s why it’s critical that you take the time to shampoo your car before storing it. Autoglym bodywork shampoo conditioner is sufficient for this job, and if you require additional peace of mind, you could finish it with an extra protection gloss or wax. Removing dirt from the underbody is important too. Remember, dirt holds moisture which in turn can cause rust – a true enemy of any classic car. Finally, give the interior a good overhaul using an Autoglym interior cleaner and use a hand held hoover suck up any crumbs. Critters find ways of sneaking into stored cars in search for leftover food, which won’t be a welcome surprise once you’re ready to drive again. Skipping these steps will only put you at risk of needing restoration in a few months time, so make sure it’s prioritised!

Change The Oil

If you’re storing your vehicle for more than a week or two, it’s a good idea to change the oil beforehand. This prevents any contaminants in existing oil from causing corrosion, and will give you peace of mind that once spring arrives, your car will be good to go! Castrol provide a number of excellent classic engine oils that ensure your motor is protected from oxidisation and corrosion whether it’s running or resting in your garage.

Avoid Flat Spots

So often, classic car owners forget to see to their tyres before storing a car for winter. But this is a mistake because tyres left unused are prone to developing flat spots. Flat spots occur when a car has been left stationary and are particularly prone to occurring in cold temperatures. While most flat spots resolve themselves after a few minutes driving, sometimes they can become a permanent feature on the tyre rendering it unusable. To prevent this, we recommend you use a tyre trainer which not only helps to prevent flat spots but reduces the potential for cracks too.

Keep It Covered

Whether you’re storing your classic vehicle inside a garage or out on the driveway, you need to keep it covered. A lightweight and breathable cover will protect your car from the elements, as well as bird droppings, tree sap and knocks. What makes the covers available at Holden Vintage & Classic particularly effective is that they can be placed on a wet or dry car, and still allows water to evaporate. For a car stored indoors, you can purchase a semi fitted cover or cair-o-port indoor storage solution to protect it from dust, scratches and corrosive damage.

If you’d like to talk to one of the team about further ways you can protect your car whilst it’s in storage, or discuss the best products for your vehicle, you can call us on 01885 488 488.

October Classic Motoring Events

 

It may be a little brisk out there, but there’s still just enough sunshine left to enjoy a number of exhilarating classic car events throughout October.

Here’s our picks:

7-Oct-17 Jaguar Track Day Castle Combe

Join hundreds of car clubs and thousands of enthusiasts at Castle Combe for a must-see Autumn track day event. Dress in period clothing and get up close to the track while enjoying refreshments and entertainment throughout the day. New this year is the GT and Sports Car Cup for pre-1966 GT and pre 1963 Sports cars. Some spectacular 500cc Formula 3 cars return once more, as well as a huge grid of 1950s sports cars for the Fiscar Inter-marque race. Not sure what to wear? Our motoring clothing sale is on NOW.

7-Oct-17 Loch Ness Classic Car Tour Scotland

New to the event calendar, the Loch Ness Classic Tour is a non competitive event designed to raise money for some excellent charities. With beautiful views, any classic car owner will be pleased to take part in this 150 mile tour. There will even be some time for monster spotting and refreshment halts along the way. There’s no entry fee, but sponsorship is required. Click here for more info.

8-Oct-17 Autumn Motorsport Festival Brooklands

Spectacular competition cars from Formula 1, F5000 and GTs, to touring cars and Group B rally cars are once again taking to the Mercedes-Benz World circuit for October. Spectators will enjoy an up close view, and can even take part in autotest demonstrations. Tickets from £11.

8-Oct-17 Malvern Festival of Transport

Come to the Three Counties Showground between 10am and 3pm for a celebration of all things motoring. Browse a huge autojumble and incredible vehicle displays, and enjoy a wealth of entertainment suitable for the whole family. This year a mini and commercial vehicle feature. Tickets are only £9 for an adult.

15-Oct-17 Amberley Classic Land Rover Day

Set in South Downs National Park, this glorious motoring event will see a spread of Land Rovers from across the series. Enjoy cream teas and gorgeous surroundings while meeting likeminded Land Rover owners from all over the country. Tickets start at £11.50.

21 to 22-Oct-17 HSCC Silverstone Finals

The Silverstone Finals is a 2 day classic motoring event celebrating historic road sports, 70s road sports, historic touring cars, historic formula Ford and much much more. Join thousands of others at the iconic Silverstone track for an incredible motoring experience sure to thrill any classic and vintage enthusiast.

22-Oct-17 Malvern Classic Motorcycle Show and Autojumble

Come along to an extraordinary motorcycle show and autojumble located in the recently refurbished Wye Halls. You’ll be able to view a selection of classic bikes while browsing hundreds of trade stalls and an exciting autojumble. There will be a judging arena for the concours competition and a number of eateries for when you get peckish. Tickets £7.

22-Oct-17 Newark Autojumble

Treat yourself to some new parts for your next restoration project at the Newark Autojumble! Located at the Newark Showground, hundreds of stalls are due to be set up at this bustling event. There will also be a classic car and bike display area so that you can get your full dose of classic motoring before the day is finished. From £7.

Not sure what to wear to these events? We have a clothing sale on NOW! Click here to find the right motoring outfit for you.

Come To Our Holden Morgan Dealer Open Event!

Get up close and personal with some of the most prestigious cars on the planet.

On Saturday, October 14 Morgan dealership, Holden Morgan, will be holding an open day from 9am-3pm at Holden Vintage & Classic, Linton Trading Estate, Worcester Road, Bromyard.
And you are invited.
This is a unique, not-to-be-missed opportunity for Morgan aficionados, enthusiasts, and would be owners, to view a superb collection of elegantly classy vehicles including a three wheeler, a roadster, and the iconic 4/4, which is the longest running production vehicle in the world.
And if that’s not enough visitors will be also be able to catch up with the current Plus 4 Restoration Project, a car that’s being completely restored in time for Rallyround’s Rally Africa in October 2018.
The Holden Morgan team, as well as representatives from Morgan Motors, will be on site throughout the day to answer questions, give detailed information on the latest cars and services while offering a selection of refreshments and light entertainment.
A raffle will be drawn for the chance to win one of three superb prizes, including a Morgan Motors factory tour with cream teas for two.
And as an added bonus customers who purchase an unregistered new Morgan on the day will be given some fantastic extras, including a 2 year service plan and a £500 discount on any paint option. You will also be entered into an exciting national raffle with prizes that include two tickets to the 2018 Geneva show including flights and accommodation.
This is an opportunity not to be missed and, to express your interest, please contact Kate Turner at katie@holden.co.uk

September 2017 Classic Motoring Events

The summer isn’t quite over! There’s still plenty of classic motoring events you can attend with friends and family throughout September. Here’s a selection of our favourites:

1-3 September St James Concours D’Elegance at Hampton Court

Set against the backdrop of the picturesque Hampton Court Palace, this incredibly elegant motoring event is perfect for classic car owners and enthusiasts alike. On Friday, owners can enjoy a stunning procession of rare classic cars to celebrate the grand opening. The Saturday and Sunday are then open to spectators and their families, who can enjoy amazing displays, stalls, entertainment and refreshments. An adult day admission ticket is £40 with concessions available.

2-3 September International Autojumble Beaulieu

If you need to stock up your home garage, there’s no better place to shop than the International Autojumble Beaulieu. The saying is “if you can’t find it at Beaulieu, it doesn’t exist”, so head on down to The New Forest National Park and spend the day enjoying the ultimate shopping experience. Entry is just £15.20.

3 September Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar Show

Get up close and personal with over 500 stunning classic and supercars at Blenheim Palace. While you’re there, you’ll have the privilege of witnessing the Pirelli Prestige and Performance Competition which will feature 80 superb cars across 8 categories built from 1976 to modern day. Tickets from £15.30.

8-10 September Goodwood Revival

Goodwood Revival is a classic car festival you won’t want to miss. Celebrating the spiritual home of motoring, the event encourages spectators to dress in period vintage attire while surrounded by some of the most incredible cars that have ever been manufactured. Main features include historic racing, hundreds of stalls and trade stands, and competitions throughout the weekend.

16-17 September Land Rover Show Peterborough

Calling all Land Rover drivers and enthusiasts. The Land Rover Show Peterborough is a thrilling weekend event packed with races, live demos, musical performances and much more. You can book a camping spot for the entire weekend if you’d really like to make an occasion of it. Tickets are available from £14.

16-17 September Kop Hill Climb Buckinghamshire

Enjoy the view of vintage and classic cars from the last century at the Kop Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire. Special attractions include Genevieve, a twin-cylinder 10/12 hp Darracq built in Paris in 1904, celebrity appearances and a focus on Ferraris 70th birthday! Tickets are available from £10.

17 September Selkirk Rally

The Selkirk Rally promises a great day out for the whole family. Located at Sunderland Hall in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the event promises a display of veteran and military cars, car club displays, quad biking, children’s treasure hunts and an autojumble. Perfect for car enthusiasts young and old.

17 September The Big Welsh Classic Car Show

The Big Welsh Car Show is a charitable event for the whole family to enjoy. Set at Chepstow race course, the event promises an array of spectacular cars, family entertainment, trade stands, refreshments and classic car activities. Tickets are available from £10 with concessions available.

23 September Porsche Club GB National Event

Explore the stunning grounds of Ragley Hall while enjoying this year’s Porsche Club Concours d’Elégance. The Ragley gathering will give you the opportunity to sit back and relax amongst beautiful Porsches and likeminded owners. There will also be a Club marquee with refreshments, as well as exclusive parking for Club members.

24 September Hinckley Classic Motorshow Leicestershire

Get amongst more than 500 classic vehicle owners and 17,000 spectators from all over the country at Hinckley Town Centre for the Hinckley Classic Motorshow. Organised by the Hinckley BID, the show will display stunning cars, motorcycles, vans and scooters. Coventry Transport Museum will also be in attendance, as well as trade stands, entertainment and plenty to eat and drink.

27 September Brightwell Classic & Vintage Auction

Head down to the Brightwell Classic & Vintage Auction and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a fun and fast paced auction. Appraisals are free, and to discuss entering your vehicle please contact Toby Service on 01568 611122 or email classiccars@brightwells.com.

Need some ideas on what to wear to one of these events? Head over to our motoring clothing page!

 

 

photo credit Goodwood.com

Holden Morgan At Run For The Hills

Last weekend thousands of Morgan owners and enthusiasts travelled from around the globe to Run For The Hills, an extraordinary motoring festival organised and hosted by Morgan Motors.
This year, the team from Holden Morgan were in attendance and spent the weekend of the 26th and 27th August basking in the celebratory atmosphere and sunny weather.


As you know, Holden Vintage & Classic launched Holden Morgan back in May after enjoying a long relationship with Morgan Motors spanning four decades. Katie Turner, general manager of Holden Morgan, said “Run For The Hills gave us a fantastic opportunity to get to know some other Morgan dealers that we’ve not met before, as well as many Morgan enthusiasts from around the country. Everyone was so complimentary of Holden Morgan as well as Holden Vintage & Classic and expressed real interest in our recent move towards becoming a Morgan dealership.”
The work-in-progress Morgan Plus 4 restoration chassis displayed at the Holden Morgan stand was a big hit with spectators, many of whom were intrigued to discover the ambitious aim that the car will be ready for the Rally Africa in October 2018. A 4/4 currently available for sale was also parked up for viewing.

 

Thanks to the glorious weather and array of activities, the festival was buzzing with excitement on both the Saturday and Sunday. Particular highlights included the ‘Pickersleigh 3 Run’, which involved a proud parade of beautiful 3-wheelers, as well as some impressive craftsmanship demonstrations and the Bold Dog motorcycle display. On the Saturday evening an elegant gala dinner was held for guests, which included the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who has under his belt a number of world records for his courageous expeditions.


Sunday saw some brilliant family entertainment including street style music, stilt walkers, a craft market and The Worcester Male Voice Choir. That evening, after a productive day talking to customers, the Holden Morgan team rested in a marquee and enjoyed a delightful spread of brie and rosé courtesy of two of our customers, while the festival concluded with a spectacular performance by the English Symphony Orchestra. This, as well as a stupendous fireworks display, marked the perfect end to an exhilarating weekend, and provided an opportunity for festival goers to sit back and relax as the sun set over a landscape of beautiful Morgan cars.

Join Us At Run For The Hills!

Join us alongside thousands of Morgan owners and enthusiasts from around the globe on the 26-27 August 2017 for Morgan Run For The Hills, located at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

Held in association with the Morgan Sports Car Club, Run For The Hills 2017 promises a packed schedule of all-things-Morgan.

As we recently became a Morgan Dealership, the team at Holden Morgan will be attending alongside other Morgan dealers, trade stands and specialists.

Things To Do

There’s so much on offer this year, we’ll be surprised if you can fit it all in! Over the course of the two day event, you’ll be able to take part in any of the following:

Pickersleigh 3

If you’re the proud owner of a 3-Wheeler, you might like to take part in the Pickeesleigh 3 run on the morning of Saturday 26th August. Pickersleigh 3 is an organised run from the Morgan factory on Pickersleigh Road, to Run For The Hills. All 3-Wheeler owners are welcome to turn up at the factory for 8.15am and take part in the 15 mile scenic run which will conclude with a victory lap around the main area of Run For The Hills in front of a sea of spectators.

Race a Morgan

If you’re not currently a Morgan owner, or even if you haven’t got a driving licence, you can take a thrilling passenger ride in one of our factory Morgans around the AutoSOLO course. This is the perfect activity for Morgan enthusiasts young and old, and will give you some fantastic photo opportunities too!

The Morgan ‘It’s An Auto Knockout’ Obstacle Course

Morgan drivers will go head to head in this hilarious and gripping challenge where the aim is to dodge obstacles and navigate a complicated course in the quickest time. If you think you’d like to have a go, you can register your interest by emailing runforthehills@morgan-motor.co.uk.

Demo Runs

Morgans old and new will be taking part in demo runs throughout the weekend, with a commentator narrating the day via a loud speaker. If you’re a Morgan enthusiast, you’ll love the variety of Morgans on display and will have a chance to get up close and personal with them too.

The World’s Fastest Car

The 1000mph Bloodhound SSC is a land speed record car that can cover a mile in 3.6 seconds. Yes you read that correctly! It’s powered by a jet engine and a rocket, and will be on static display at Run For The Hills this year!

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy a breathtaking view of Malvern and the surrounding areas by taking a thrilling hot air balloon ride. Rides are free, but are limited on a first come first serve basis and will be weather dependent.

Watch A Stunt Show

On both the Saturday and Sunday you and the family can enjoy stunt displays by Bold Dog FMX and Richard Goodwin. Bold Dog FMX will be occupying the main arena to show off their motorcycle stunt skills, while Richard will be taking to the skies in his extraordinary muscle biplane!

And the fun doesn’t stop there! Throughout the weekend you can also enjoy delicious artisan food and drink, a range of stalls and services, an up close view of live motoring craftsmanship and delightful music from the English symphony orchestra. This event is not one you and your family will want to miss, so whether you’re a Morgan owner or just a really big fan, we’d love you to stop by and enjoy the weekend.

 

photo credit Morgan Motors

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.