Product Of The Week – 2 Tonne Light Duty Car Jack

One of the most important pieces of equipment you can own for servicing your classic motor is a car jack. A car jack is critical for maintenance and repair and is therefore a staple tool for anyone who’s serious about keeping their classic car in tip top condition, or undertaking a restoration project.
So what do they do? Well, car jacks are used to lift the car high enough to access the essential components during a repair procedure. You might use it to complete an oil change, or to replace brake pads, tires and rotors. As well as raising the car itself, jacks can also elevate the motor. This is to provide additional clearance within the engine bay, for example, during an engine mount replacement procedure.
When working with a jack, safety is advised. The use of axel stands will prevent avoidable accidents and damage. It is also important to think about the maximum weight load you’re looking to support and match these between the jack and the axel.
Our product of the week is a trolley 2 ton light duty jack.
A trolley jack is a type of floor jack. It consists of a trolley with four wheels that contains a hydraulic cylinder which is responsible for raising and lowering a lever arm. This lever arm has a small platform that interacts with your car or truck. The advantages of working with a trolley jack over alternative designs is that they are extremely easy to use as they do not need you to put in much physical effort to lift a vehicle. The rear swivelling castors help to keep the jack properly positioned underneath the car which conveniently minimises the risk of jack lean and makes for an all around safer repair session.
The trolley 2 ton light duty jack features a 2 tonnes capacity and a lifting range of 130 to 350mm. Its overall size is 492 x 218 x 132mm.
So, if you’re interested in purchasing a jack or looking for similar models in our range, head over to our dedicated page now and place your order.

The Clevedon Lions Classic Car Show Review

Hundreds of classic motors gathered today for a sunny afternoon by the sea in the picturesque town of Clevedon, North Somerset. Organised by the Clevedon Lions in aid of various local charities, the event (which has been taking place annually for 9 years) started at 10.00am at Cadbury Garden Centre, Congresbury, followed by a 28 mile countryside drive that concluded at the Salt House Fields where spectators got up close and personal with the cars.

A particular highlight of the show was Duncan White’s Austin Healey 1006 BN4 (pictured below). Having owned the motor for 13 years, Duncan rebuilt the back half of the car while managing to retain its original appeal. It features disc brakes all around, a 2.6 litre engine and has overdrive in 3rd and top gears. It is also rumoured to be one of the run of 100 standard road cars with discs all round that was needed for the race and rally cars to be homologated as standard production. Duncan attends the car show annually, while also partaking in numerous local rallies.

Another highlight included Peter Osbourne’s 1962 Mercury Monterey S55. A beast of a car, this left hand drive automatic (pictured below) was originally painted beige! It has a 5.8 litre engine and was certainly a big hit amongst spectators.

Ken Todd’s Ford F100 was also a focal point of the day. His enormous bonnet was raised to display some interesting Jack Daniels features within, explaining that his kids’ escapades with the drink inspired him to incorporate it into the design of his car during restoration. The car had recently undergone an entire restoration from the inside out and it has been finished to an extremely professional standard.

Pat Leech arrived in his gorgeous Buick 6 (pictured below), a 3.3 litre engined classic car that spent most of its life in Australia and New Zealand before arriving in the U.K just over 6 years ago. Minor modifications have been made to the car including within the petrol pump, air filter and indicators but otherwise it remains pretty much in its original state. The foot controls are standard except for the brake which is on the right hand side, and an extra rear light has been fitted as it only came with one. Pat has taken the car to numerous rallies, including ones in Belgium and France.

Last but not least, we wanted to show you Richard Clark’s BMW Isetta (below). With only two seats compacted in a very tight space, this amazing little car actually requires the driver to climb out of the front of the car in order to exit! It features a 300cc engine with 13 horsepower and has been fully restored from the inside out.

So, if you’re looking for something to do next year, head over to North Somerset and get in on the action!

Product Of The Week – POR-15 Engine Paint

The aesthetics of your classic car engine are important, especially if it serves as a focal point for your vehicle, which is why we recommend POR-15 Engine Enamal.

If you like the idea of painting your classic motor engine, you should know in advance that you will not be able to use standard car paints. Engine paint uses a specific formula in order to withstand extremely high temperatures while resisting gasoline, oils, and other chemicals – something that standard paints simply do not do. Furthermore, the paint needs to be robust enough to last a long time without chipping or wearing away, so it’s important you select the correct brand.

POR-15 enamel paint offers a glossy, hard finish and maintains excellent colour retention as well as optimal heat resistance. A decent engine paint like POR-15 is designed to withstand around 500 degrees Celsius so that your under hood temperature will not affect the engine’s appearance.
Furthermore, POR-15 enamel engine paint provides excellent chip resistance, and also helps prevent rust – which, in the long run, saves you money on restoration and cleaning.
Painting an engine can be done either before assembly or after, it doesn’t really matter. However, always make sure pre existing paints have been properly removed before applying POR-15. Here’s our tips for application:

 

1. Create a well ventilated environment before you begin painting, with an ideal temperature being 22 degrees Celsius.
2. Take some time to sand the engine. You can use a wire brush to remove old paint and debris. Rust is ok to paint over, but loose rust will be problematic if not removed.
3. Clean the block with a grease and wax remover to get rid of unwanted oils.
4. Wipe the engine down to minimise loose particles.
5. You will not need to apply a primer when using POR-15.
6. Stir the paint. Do not shake.
7. You may want to thin the POR-15 engine paint with a thinner, but do not do this by more than 20% (1 part thinner, 5 parts enamel paint)
8. Use a brush to apply the paint. One coat should be sufficient.
9. Allow to dry for at least 8 hours.
10. Should a second coat be desired, wait 24 hours before applying.

 

POR-15 boasts a superior colour and texture to other engine paints on the market. This is because POR-15 mix their paint in such a way that it has a composition of 80% solids. This means a high proportion of paint goes onto the engine and less solvent disperses into the atmosphere.

We are proud to offer a range of POR-15 engine paints, so head over to our dedicated POR-15 page now and place your order. There’s also an instructional video you can watch for further information on engine paint application. Please note that typically a pint (0.473 litre) is enough to cover an entire engine.

Why We Recommend Cibie Lighting Systems

Drivers don’t tend to pay much attention to the lights on their cars, unless of course they’re failing. But as you know, they’re absolutely critical to a car’s overall functionality, and without them it simply can’t run. That’s why it’s essential to install lights onto a classic car that are hardwearing, reliable and don’t require a second thought once you’ve hit the road.

While many believe that Lucas or Bosche are the largest producers of car lights, you may be surprised to know that Cibie actually take first place.
Founded in 1919 by a young French technically talented man called Leon Cibie, the company benefitted from the get-go from his lighting expertise and enthusiasm. With a love for all vehicles, not just motor cars but aircrafts too, Cibie helped revolutionise what was, at the time, emerging technology and create robust and effective lighting systems.

At the beginning of the First World War, Cibie was asked to develop and manufacture lighting systems for night-flying aircrafts and broke new ground by inventing the world’s first mobile lighting system, in which the generator was controlled by a voltage regulator and was used to light takeoff and landing strips.
The company continued to expand and by the end of the Second World War, the Cibie factory was located in Rue Haxo in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. Following the liberation of France, the company was nationalised and became the sole supplier of production headlamps for Renault – a relationship that continued for many decades to follow.
The factory in Rue Haxo was too small to keep up with the massive growth in Renault production and so it was transferred to Bobigny, where it covered nearly 12,000 m2.
In addition, Peugeot and Simca, as well as many other new customers, joined in using Cibie as their main supplier of car lights.

For the past few decades, Cibie have continued to be the top pick for driving lamps, sports lamps and fog lamps and have supplied to numerous motorsport teams and disciplines such as the Monte-Carlo rally and Le Mans series. The lights are very easy to fit, and classic motorists benefit from a powerful beam while enjoying minimised energy use and consumption.

The legendary Oscar is the most famous of all the sporting lamps, hailed throughout the motorsport world. Its trademarks include the chromed rim, black painted domed steel shell, and E marked hardened glass concave lens. It can also be used with a variety of lenses. Throughout the years, the Oscar has been fitted as original equipment to many of the worlds finest cars and used by many rally teams.

We’re proud to supply a huge selection of Cibie driving lamps, fog lamps and sports lamps, so head over to our dedicated Cibie page now and place your order.

Bromyard Speed Festival 2017


At 10am on a crisp Sunday morning, Peder Nielsen, Bromyard’s Town Crier, formally announced the opening of Bromyard Speed Festival – the much anticipated classic motoring event that attracts thousands of classic motor enthusiasts from around the country annually.

You might be wondering – why Bromyard? Nestled between Worcester and Hereford, it turns out this charming town has a rich and fascinating classic car history. In fact, it has played a central role in the birth and development of the motorcar itself, with Morgan, Austin and Bean originating in surrounding areas. It’s no wonder people journey far and wide to celebrate motoring history in this picturesque setting.


It was clear from the offset that this year’s event was incredibly popular, with nearby parking lots filled to the brim and the narrow streets packed with thousands of onlookers from all walks of life. Queues of excited spectators lined up to gain access to the paddocks and given the turnout we can assume with some certainty that local food vendors were kept extremely busy all day.
As well as bringing together enormous crowds of likeminded petrol-heads, the festival provided a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some seriously impressive classic cars and motorcycles.


Three land-speed record holders were displayed in a paddock for the public to view and photograph. These were the Beast Of Turin (pictured), a tremendous car that achieved 116mph in 1911, Babs, who beat the land-speed record in 1926 and The Napier Bluebird, a replica vehicle that achieved 174.883mph in 1927. Both The Beast and Napier Bluebird later took three laps around the streets (and may have shattered a few window-panes as they did). Babs, however, decided to remain in her paddock for the day and soak up the glory – we can’t blame her really!

The morning and afternoon saw groups of cars take a few spins around the town while being cheered on by the excited crowds. Categories included ‘vintage cars’, ‘rally cars’ and even ‘electric cars’, giving spectators a wonderfully diverse range of motors to view and enjoy.

Local classic car owner Brian Bedford had a particularly popular motor that certainly got people talking. His one-of-a-kind 1952 Ford Prefect Police Car (pictured below) featured a 11 72 side valve and had been recently restored to an immaculate standard. It even had a working siren that could be heard for miles as it raced around the town.


The Laverda Club were there displaying a range of legendary motorcycles, and owner of Slater Laverda Richard Slater was also present alongside many of his employees past and present.

Holden Vintage & Classic along with Morgan Motor Company, Brightwells Classic Motoring, South Hereford Garages and a range of other organisations sponsored the charitable event and pitched stalls in the market square where the cars commenced. Jeremy Holden, founder of Holden Vintage & Classic and Holden-Morgan, said, “The crowds and cars this year were fantastic and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout. It was a wonderful day with perfect weather. We are so thankful to the volunteers, local businesses and participants for their enthusiasm which helped make the day so spectacular”.


Photo credits Rhiannon Carvell-Crook

Product Of The Week – Classic Castrol Oil

Choosing the correct engine oil for your classic motor is critical in ensuring it runs smoothly with maximum wear protection.

Older vehicles require a different formulation to newer models. Unlike engine oils for modern engines that are required to adhere with the most recent API ratings of SN/CF as well as ACEA and OEM specs, classic car oils tend to have somewhat opposing characteristics. They feature cork or graphite seals, a greater dependence on ‘splash’ or ‘cling’ lubrication as well as lower revving with greater machine clearances.

That’s where Classic Castrol Oil comes in.

Castrol is the world leading manufacturer and distributor of lubricating oils to the transportation industry. Based in the UK, the company operates directly in over 40 countries, with a delivery network that branches throughout over 140 countries.

Founded by Charles “Cheers” Wakefield in 1899, the company (named CC Wakefield& Company) began by producing lubricants for trains and heavy machinery before expanding to automobiles and planes in the early 20th Century. Faced with new engine types, a challenge existed in trying to manufacture an oil that was slippery enough in cooler temperatures and thick enough to withstand hotter temperatures in order to work efficiently. After some research, Wakefield noticed that adding castor oil created the ideal consistency – hence creating the brand name ‘Castrol’.

Promoting his product through the sponsorship of landspeed record attempts and motoring events, Wakefield was able to expand the brand, introducing new lines of lubricants catering to car manufacturer’s individual engines.

Since then, Castrol oil has played a key role in many exciting transporting events, from lubricating the largest ocean liner of its time’s maiden voyage in 1967 to having direct involvement in NASAs first ‘Rover’ mission to Mars in 2012. It’s probably safe to say that when Wakefield invented the substance he never imagined his product would end up assisting in an interplanetary space mission a century later!

So what is it about Castrol classic engine oil that sets it apart from the rest? Well, there are a number of things:

1. It remains the right consistency in hotter temperatures. This is very important because clogging can easily occur in the oil galleries if the oil becomes too thick.
2. It features less detergent than modern oils. In classic vehicles, carbon has built up over the years which can be scoured off by detergents, causing it to flake and create blockages. Sometimes this can cause oil leaks, because it breaks away carbon that is actually acting as a seal. So, Castrol uses less detergent to help maintain good vehicle health.
• Castrol oil has anti-wear additives which ensure that if there is a breakdown in the oil film between moving parts, permanent engine damage is prevented.
• It contains the correct anti corrosion inhibitors, so that the components are well protected.
• It is designed using the original formula as a foundation, but also with the latest appropriate technology and carefully balanced additives for optimal protection.

So which Castrol oil product is right for you? Well, the answer depends on your vehicle type and age. We have a wide range of Castrol engine oils, gear oils and two stroke oils so head over to our dedicated Castrol Oil page now and place your order.

The Classic Cars of Steve McQueen

He was best known for his portrayals in timeless movies such as The Great Escape, Le Mans and The Thomas Crown Affair, but Steve McQueen was more than just an on-screen icon. As a classic car enthusiast, McQueen took every opportunity to drive (or ride) a number of legendary motors both on and off screen, some of which you’ll be able to see at this year’s Bromyard Speed Festival.

Here’s some of our favourites:

1970 Porsche 911

(Photo credit https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_911_(classic))

The original 911 series is regularly cited as the most successful competition car ever. The Porsche 911 features a rear engine, 5 speed manual transmission and 2+2 seating. It played a significant role in the film Le Mans, where McQueen insisted on driving the car himself at full rally speed. You’ll also be relieved to know that replica radio controlled models were used for crash scenes.
You can buy memorabilia from Le Mans here.

1960s Ferrari 275 GTB/4


(Photo credit http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2014/08/steve-mcqueen-ferrari-is-worth-12-million)

The 275 GTB/4 is part of an extremely limited run of vehicles. In fact, there were just 280 produced over the course of a couple years. Purchased while filming Bullitt, McQueen’s Ferrari recently sold for a whopping $12 Million in 2014! This model in particular won’t be gracing the Speed Festival this year, but there’ll be a whole range of other stunning Ferraris to view on the day.

1961 Austin Mini Cooper S


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Designed as a high performance vehicle by race car builder John Cooper, the 1961 Mini Cooper was a hugely popular car in the rally racing world and has remained so ever since.
It features a 2 door saloon body with a front engine, overhead valve and 1 litre naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine. McQueen regularly drove his Mini Cooper S around town and you’ll be able to see one at this year’s Bromyard Speed Festival.

 
The TT Special 650 Triumph


(Photo credit http://www.mcqueenonline.com/thegreatescapetriumph.htm)

Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the iconic TT special 650 Triumph from The Great Escape. Featuring 6500 rpm, a four stroke parallel twin engine, and 365lb weight, this incredible motorcycle was actually disguised in the movie to resemble a wartime German BMW. Funnily enough, McQueen was so eager to show the bike’s full capacity, the stunt motorcycles following him during a chase scene couldn’t physically keep up. Instead of slowing down, McQueen took the place of several stuntmen so was effectively chasing himself!

Of course, McQueen owned and drove many more classic vehicles, including the 1972 Mercedes Benz, The Shelby Cobra and 1956 Jaguar XKSS.

We have a whole range of McQueen memorabilia and gifts available in our shop, why not head over and take a look?

if you’d like to attend the Bromyard Speed Festival, find out more at www.bromyardspeedfestival.co.uk

Women In Motoring History

Believe it or not, there are now more female drivers in the U.K than there are male drivers. Not only that, contrary to androcentric belief, women are now considered to be safer and (dare we admit it) better drivers than the opposite sex. We won’t tell our ‘better halves’, of course. We wouldn’t want to upset the balance of the universe or anything…

It wasn’t always this way, however. In aid of International Women’s Day, we’ve put together a brief history of women in automobile culture in to celebrate the achievements of past and present.

1914-1945

Pre-war Britain saw very few females involved in transport at all, let alone driving their own cars at leisure. While a small sub section of women set up chauffeuring and mechanic businesses pre-1914, it certainly wasn’t commonplace (or trusted) and even women themselves often felt it best that only men took to the wheel. Then the First World War happened and, as you know, women’s history changed forever. The role of women in transport expanded rapidly and urgently as their men were called away to duty, leaving behind an entire society to keep going during their (often permanent) absence. Increasing numbers of women were not only learning how to fix or alter vehicles, but actually began to think ahead in terms of designing transport with women in mind.

And then along came Dorothee Aurelie Pullinger. Dorothee was a British-French car enthusiast who, in 1924, designed the Galloway – an iconic car constructed just for women.

(Photo credits Scottish Engineering Hall Of Fame & BBC).

Following the war, Dorothee was accepted into the Institute of Automobile Engineers after being previously rejected prior to the conflict due to her gender. She went on to receive an MBE and manage Galloway Cars, which not only built on the philosophies of the suffragettes, but hosted an automotive school for women on the side.
Come the Second World War, 2.2 million women were building ships, aircrafts and automobiles for the war effort.

Post 1945

It wasn’t just automobile engineering and design that inspired women during the war era. Have you ever heard the expression, ‘Women can’t read maps’? Of course you have – there was an entire book written on the subject in 2001 unfairly attributing this stereotyped trait to every woman on the planet. However, the next time you’re assigned such a fundamental cognitive flaw, remember to remind your accuser that it was, in actual fact, a woman that invented the famous London A-Z book of maps. Her name was Phyllis Pearsall and she was a British artist that dedicated her adult life to documenting the streets of London so that motorists and pedestrians could navigate their way far more easily than ever before. Impressed? We certainly are!

Come the 1950s, women started to be accepted into broader areas of automobile culture. Aside from contributing to the engineering and maintenance of motors, women began to play a hand in Formula One racing.


(Photo credit The Telegraph, Rex Features)
Maria Teresa de Filippis (pictured) was one of the first female Formula One competitors, participating in a total of five World Championship Grand Prix’s. While she scored no championship points, Maria showed the cynics that it was possible to participate in a male dominated world and be taken seriously.

The 1960s

One of the defining moments of the 1960s was the release of the Ford Mustang. You may not know this, but the Ford Mustang was the first car marketed solely at women and was advertised in the women’s section of over 2,600 newspapers. The campaign worked, and the first person to buy this iconic car was Gail Brown, a 22-year-old schoolteacher from Chicago (pictured), for $3,419.

(Photo credits adramch, & Forbes)
In terms of a wider movement, the 1960s saw the first formal protest for equal pay. While this fight is still ongoing, it may interest you to know that it was at the Ford UK factories that the first strikes took place.

Come 1962, the British Women’s Racing Drivers Club was established, allowing women from all walks of life to learn the sport and meet likeminded people.

Onwards and Upwards

There’s been much success in the world of motorsport since the 1960s – far more than we can credit in one sitting. However, some names worth a mention include Lella Lombardi, the first woman to score points at a Grand Prix in 1975, Michelle Mouton, who won four rallies for Audi in the 1980s, Jutta Kleinschmidt, the winner of the notoriously tough Dakar rally in 2001 and Dancia Patrick, the first (and so far only) woman to win an IndyCar race in 2008.

An interesting contrast to just 100 years ago, women now make up around 16% of the automotive trade in the U.K, many of whom are holding senior positions, with a record number of women now applying to become mechanics. Furthermore, a wide range of cars have been created over the last 60-odd years with us petrol-birds in mind, making it more enjoyable than ever to show off our superior driving skills in comfort and style.

So, if you’re keen on cleaning the cobwebs off your classic speedster this spring and taking it for a well deserved drive, head over to our page and stock up on the gear you need so that your next ride is a smooth one.

Bromyard Speed Festival 2017

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On Sunday 2nd April we will be returning to the streets of Bromyard to celebrate the annual Bromyard Speed Festival.

Every year, over 5000 spectators travel from all over the country to watch more than 140 vintage and classic cars and motorcycles drive through the picturesque market town streets of Bromyard.
As part organisers of this charitable event, Holden Vintage & Classic join The Morgan Motor Company, Brightwells Classic Vehicles and a wealth of partners and volunteers to coordinate one of the most exciting events in the classic car calendar.

As you may already know, Bromyard has a rich motoring history. As the birthplace of Morgan Cars and with a manufacturing history dating back to 1910, it couldn’t be a more appropriate setting for a classic car enthusiast to spend the day.

Last year’s festival was a triumph and featured one of the most incredible cars in motoring history – the Sunbeam 350hp ‘Sunbeam Bluebird’, which broke the land speed record in 1924 at 146.16mph. The car was originally driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell, who later went on to improve his record in 1925 by reaching an impressive 150.76mph.
You may be interested to know that Lord Montagu, conservative MP, activist and founder of the British Motor Museum, purchased this car in 1957 in poor condition. After spending many years shelved in a museum without a working engine, the car underwent over 2000 hours of reconditioning before taking to the streets again in 2014.
A real hit with spectators, ‘Bluebird’s’ thunderous engine echoed through the market streets of Bromyard stirring excitement and curiosity from all corners and creating quite a spectacle for both the eyes and ears.

This year we’ll be spending some time with ‘Babs’, the land speed record holder driven by John Parry-Thomas in 1926 that reached an outstanding 171.02mph. The car was restored in 1969 by Owen Wyn Owen and will be causing quite a buzz in Bromyard this April. Furthermore, we’ll be joined by Malcolm Campbell’s ‘Napier Bluebird’, which achieved the world land speed record in 1927 at Pendine Sands. A re-engineered version then recorded over 200mph at Daytona Beach the following year.

As well as these land speed record holders, we’ll be celebrating the legendary Laverda motorbike. The first Laverda model (the Laverda 75) was introduced in 1950 and went on to have great success in Italian Championship Motogiro. Following this success, the Laverda 1000 and Laverda 650cc were born, with the company going from strength to strength from there onwards. It’ll be exciting to see a number of Laverda motorbikes on display as well as the Laverda Owners Club in April and we’re very much looking forward to it.

The Bromyard Speed Festival, as well as being an opportunity to showcase and view a range of classic vehicles, is a fantastic family day out.
The cars run in batches throughout the day starting in the town square on Broad street and returning via Rowberry street. Ordinarily the running starts with Morgans and Austin Healeys as well as a mix of other classics, then moves on to racing and rally cars and concludes with a series of stunning motorcycles. Each batch drives for approximately 15 minutes and is accompanied by a running commentary from the public address system. With the offer of both morning and afternoon sessions, there’s no reason for you to miss out on any of the festivities.

When stationery, the vehicles are held in paddocks that are open to the public for £3 per person. That means you can get up close and personal with some of the most famous and sought after cars in the world. Excited? We certainly are!

But that’s not all. Trade stands and entertainment will also scattered around Bromyard, as well as plenty of places to grab a hearty lunch, a snack or a cool drink. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet a wealth of likeminded enthusiasts and industry experts that share in your passion for classic and vintage cars.

So don’t delay! Head over to www.bromyardspeedfestival.co.uk now for more information.

Why You Should Choose A Brantz Tripmeter

IMG_1900If you’re looking to kit out your classic rally car with a tripmeter in order to take competition to the next level, you can’t go wrong with Brantz.
The Brantz brand offers rallying equipment to anyone with an interest in classic rally cars – from enthusiastic novices to well oiled professionals. So no matter how many miles you’ve clocked up, there’s sure to be a product suitable for you.

Back in the sixties, serious rallying competitors utilised mechanical tripmeters to refine their navigation and gain a better speed record. Some rally regulations continue to allow only mechanical tripmeters and don’t permit tripmeters that display GPS or speed averages, however, many historic or retrospective rallies around the globe have recently approved the Brantz RetroTrip tripmeters, giving you more in the way of choice.

Retrotrip tripmeters feature electro-mechanical clicking digits and are calibrated to the car by operating switches on the unit. They are ordinarily used with an electrical sensor on the speedometer cable. Alternatively, you can use a wheel or propshaft sensor. The propshaft sensor consists of two magnets that are fitted to either side of the propshaft and can be easier to install than a dedicated wheel sensor due to the fact the design can accommodate larger clearances between rotating components.

Older cars with 6 volt electrics or doubtful 12 volt charging systems should also consider using the power conditioner. A power conditioner is designed to provide a stable voltage source so that it can function properly.

If you’re more interested in modern rallies, it’s recommended you use one of the Brantz International electronic tripmeters which rely on an electrical signal which is then processed electronically.

There are two main international tripmeters offered by Brantz.

For those of you who are road rallying or rallying at club level stage events, we recommend the Brantz International 1. This is a basic single readout tripmeter featuring a single red LED display and push wheel switches on the front.

For professional rally drivers we recommend the Brantz International 2. This offers all the same features as the international 1 tripmeter, but additionally has a second display showing intermediate distance as well as a remote reset button and a STEP knob on the front allowing adjustment to the Total distance.

If you’d like to measure average speed as well, The Brantz 2 ‘S’ Pro has all the features of International 1 and 2 but also the addition of a highly accurate speedometer which displays selectable or average speed. Bear in mind that rally regulations tend to not permit the use of average speed tracking via a tripmeter.

Now, for those of you that own multiple rally motors and wish to uninstall and reinstall the same tripmeter into more than one car, this process doesn’t need to be difficult. You can choose to use the plug and socket kit which is installed with the tripmeter allowing for straight forward removal once you’re finished.

Why not head over to our dedicated Brantz page and browse the latest products?