Powerlite Starter Motors

 


At Holden Vintage & Classic, we have in stock a huge range of Powerlite starter motors, so no matter which classic car you drive, we’ll be able to quickly supply a Powerlite starter motor to replace your original unit.

Powerlite have been supplying rotating electrics to the automotive industry for ten years and are based in the West Midlands not far at all from the Holden premises.

The motors are lightweight and offer increased cranking speeds and power when compared to your original unit, as well as less strain on the battery. Upon installation, no modifications are required to your vehicle as they work for both positive and negative polarity.

In the video, Julian shows the main differences in appearance and functionality between an original unit and Powerlite starter motor.

Goodwood Festival Of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an internationally recognised annual motoring event held in Chichester, north of West Sussex, at the beautiful park land surrounding Goodwood Estate owned by Lord March and his family. The sell-out festival has been running since 1993 and each year plays host to thousands of spectators, motoring enthusiasts and motorsports champions, making it an occasion you won’t want to miss!

This year, the Festival of Speed runs between 29 June – 2 July and promises four fun-packed days suitable for the entire family.

Highlights will include an action sports arena show, Red Arrows air display, numerous batches of cars and motorcycles across various categories including ‘pre-war cars’ and ‘Ferrari Sportscars’ as well as a visit from reigning world champion Nico Rosberg who will be taking to the road in his Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport W05 Hybrid!

Each year the Festival of Speed selects a theme for the event with this year’s being ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’, which celebrates racing machines that were so fast, powerful, complicated or expensive that the rules had to be changed to rein them in. For this reason, the festival will receive visits from 1980s era 1,000bhp turbocharged Grand Prix cars, unlimited Group 7 sportscars and the 750kg-formula European Championship leviathans from the 1930s. For those of you that are enthusiastic about bike-racing, there will also be 200bhp-plus MotoGP missiles, a number of 500cc Grand Prix bikes with their two-stroke powerbands and light-switch throttles, as well as the World Superbike winners.

Paddocks will be open to the public across the estate so that you can get up close and personal with some of your favourite motorcars, and refreshments are on offer for when you need cooling down in the gorgeous warm weather.

If you’re thinking of staying the entire weekend, accommodation is available. You can either pitch a tent at the nearby campsite, or book a room at the Goodwood Hotel. There’s also plenty of hotels and b&bs in the neighbouring area, all of which are only a short walk from the festival.

Given that this is such a prestigious event in the world of motoring, we recommend you look the part for the weekend. We offer a large assortment of motoring clothing, country clothing and even picnic sets and weekend accessories to make your trip extra special.

So what are you waiting for? Tickets are available now!

Are we up to the challenge? Of course we are! Morgan+4 Restoration

It’s not like the team at Holden Morgan to shy away from a challenge, and this is especially true of their latest venture – a monumental restoration project of a 1955 Morgan +4 currently occupying the new service and restoration bay.

We first introduced you to this broken down +4 back in March after Jeremy picked it up from Scotland following a bit of late night impulse shopping on eBay. Coincidentally, it turned out the chap he bought it off frequented the same old haunt Jeremy was once a regular at over 30 years ago, meaning their paths may have crossed a few times before. On Monday 13th March, after a celebratory dinner at the Anchor Hotel Kipford, Jeremy loaded the Morgan onto a trailer and it was transported back to the Holden premises in Bromyard.

Unfortunately, due to its fragile state, the car actually broke in half mid-journey, meaning that a new chassis will be required, a good job the Morgan factory is just up the road!

The exciting news is that there’s now an adventurous plan for the car. Not only will it be restored, in house, by June next year (which, when it comes to car restoration, is a bit of a tall order), but it’ll be modified into a rally car and taken to Rally Round Africa in October 2018!

 
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Rally Round Africa is a 6700km route that begins at Dar es Salaam, passing magnificent wildlife, bustling cities, breathtaking coastlines and dusty deserts before concluding in Cape Town. The question is; can this rather sorry looking Morgan handle the heat? We believe it can!
Follow our story over the next twelve months and watch us transform this tired and forgotten Morgan into a rally car fit for the African wilderness.

June Motoring Events You Won’t Want To Miss

Soon enough those pesky summer showers will clear and you’ll be able to take the top down on your classic motor again. So, in anticipation of blue skies next week, here’s a whopping 11 classic motoring events you might fancy taking part in or spectatoring at.

11th – 17th The Paris-Prague Rally (Rallyround)

If you’re a bit of a euro-explorer, you might be interested in this spectacular rally event organised by Rally Round. This year, the route spans 1,333 miles through Chateau de Chantilly on the outskirts of Paris, St Gallen, Kitzbuhel, Linz and Brno before concluding in Prague’s gorgeous Old Town. What could be more beautiful? Don’t worry if you miss it this time around, more events are being organised for 2018!

11th June Grand Pix de l’Age d’or

The Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or is this year celebrating its 53rd anniversary and its 13th on the amaking Dijon-Prenois circuit. It will see 10 grids on the track, including the Euro F2 Classic and the 2 Formula 1 grids, as well as the FIA Lurani Trophy. Spectators are able to view the cars up close in the paddocks, and there will be a number of stands, stalls and entertainment on offer!

11th June Shelsley Walsh Breakfast Club

Located on the outskirts of Worcester, the Breakfast Club opens this fantastic annual hill climb at Shelsley Walsh to classic enthusiasts from around the country. This year features a chance to see hundreds of classic and vintage motors as well as a unique opportunity to view a restored water mill in action. Admission for spectators is only £3.50.

11th June Jaguar Drivers Club E-type day at Prescott

Head over to Prescott Hill in Cheltenham for this fun filled day celebrating all things Jaguar. There’s plenty to see and do for spectators, including refreshments, stalls and entertainment. So, whether you’re a proud jag owner or just a really big fan, hop into your motor and drive over to Prescott Hill with the family to enjoy a relaxing day out.

17th & 18th June Bath Festival of Motoring, Walcot Rugby Ground

The Bath Festival of Motoring is a 2 day charitable event that last year welcomed over 6000 spectators! Tickets for spectators are £10 and include access to the classic cars up close, as well as entertainment, stalls and a true festival atmosphere. What could be better?

17th & 18th June Brookland Double Twelve Motorsport Festival

Brooklands has a rich motoring history and each year celebrates its classic car connections by hosting a fantastic event for the whole family. Saturday sees The Double Twelve Speed Trials on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit and Sunday will show The Double Twelve Driving Tests. The Test Hill Challenge will also take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Tickets for spectators are £11.

17th & 18th June HSCC Cadwell Park

This two day motoring event located in Lincolnshire is a spectacle for all the family. It includes categories like Classic Racing Cars, 70s Road Sport and Formula Ford 2000. To take part, simply fill out the registration form on the website.

17th June Open test day at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb

This will be the first time that the Midland Automobile Club has hosted an open practice day at Shelsley Walsh. It’s particularly good if you’re keen to gain further experience on the hill in a more relaxed environment while still benefiting from being timed. Those wishing to take part must possess a 2017 MSA licence. Spectators can go for free which makes it a lovely day out for the family.

24th & 25th June Bromyard Gala

With its rich motoring history, there’s no better setting than Bromyard for a classic motoring event. In celebration of 50 years, this two day classic car event features JCB’s world famous dancing diggers, as well as a fairground, bandstand and plenty of vintage and classic cars that you can see up close and personal.

24th & 25th June Flywheel Festival

Situated at Bicester Heritage, this classic car event is now in its 3rd year and gets better each time! The two day festival celebrates both classic cars, as well as historic military vehicles and aviation. Demonstrations take place over both days, and there’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Advance spectator tickets are £23 (£28 on the day) with family options and concessions also available. There’s also a fantastic auction on 24th. You won’t want to miss it!

29th – 2nd July Goodwood Festival of Speed

Each year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has a theme. This year marks 25 years since the festival started and its theme is ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’. Intrigued? We are! A weekend admission is £154 and packages or concessions are also available. With some seriously amazing classic motors in attendance this year, it’s an event you certainly won’t want to miss.

 

Holden Morgan Launch Review

On 26th May, more than 100 Morgan enthusiasts gathered at the brand new premises of Holden-Morgan to celebrate its launch.
Holden Vintage & Classic and Morgan Motors have enjoyed a long lasting relationship that’s spun 4 decades, starting in the 1970s when Jeremy Holden and his father met with Peter Morgan to discuss a bumper that Holden had produced. Following this, a close business relationship ensued; and with the Morgan factory being only a short drive from the Holden premises in the historic motoring town of Bromyard, it was completely fitting that the two companies should eventually join forces.
…And join forces they did! In April 2017, HoldenMorgan was born, and the launch proved only too well how much love there is still for the Morgan car throughout Bromyard and beyond.
The event was opened by Bromyard town crier Peder Nielsen at 3pm on a hot and sunny afternoon. The Holden car park was lined with shiny Morgans and in the showroom the prosecco was flowing. Guests also enjoyed refreshingly cold bottles of Holden’s very own Plus 8 beer, created especially for the occasion.
Following the arrival of the guests, Jeremy Holden, owner of HoldenMorgan, Dennis De Roos, Commercial Director and Katie Turner, General Manager, delivered a number of informative speeches about the history of the Holden Morgan relationship and exciting ventures ahead, before guests were able to roam the premises and enjoy the atmosphere.
Also in attendance was Councillor Fred Clark (the Mayor of Bromyard), Morgan’s purchasing director Gregor Dixon-Smith, and a number of tour guides from the Morgan factory – as well as Granville and Christine Orange, Holden Morgans very first customers who both became the proud owners of a MOG 3W!
Jeremy Holden said, “We are thrilled with the turnout at the launch of HoldenMorgan and the day couldn’t have gone any better. It was wonderful seeing so many Morgan enthusiasts together in one place, especially on such a beautiful sunny day. Even a number of unsuspecting visitors who turned up to the Holden Vintage & Classic shop for some engine oil ended up joining in with the occasion, leaving with a Holden Plus 8 beer in hand! We have much to look forward to, and I’d like to thank the team at HoldenMorgan, as well as everyone who attended, for making the occasion a memorable one”.

Julian Parker Explains Why We Use Magnecor

 

Magnecor are a leading manufacturer of high performance ignition leadsets. Made in the UK from high specification conductors, each set is specially designed to fit with ease onto your classic car distributor, and caters for both push fit caps and side entry caps.
When using a push fit cap, the Magnecor leads simply push down on top, and you’ll also notice that each lead is conveniently marked so that you can connect it without confusion. For side entry caps, the grub screw inside will fit with the Magnecor cable, and it’s important to select a Magnecor cable that has been specifically designed for this purpose.

Some of the fantastic Magnecor products we have on offer include:

Austin Healey 100/6 2.6 with Side Entry Distributor

This stainless steel conductor provides radio frequency interference suppression and a capacitive reserve to help ignition coil regeneration at high engine revolutions. It is surrounded by an EPDM insulator with fibreglass reinforcement, and covered with high temperature resistant silicone rubber. This set is for the Austin Healey 100/6 2.6 litre with carburettors and side entry distributor cap.

Triumph TR4 (Screw In Type)

This set is for the Triumph TR4 with screw in type distributor cap. It features radio frequency interface suppression, and is surrounded by an EPDM insulator with fibreglass reinforcement. As you would expect from any high quality product of this type, it also features high temperature resistant rubber.
Watch our video to hear more from Julian Parker, Managing Director, about finding the right Magnecor leadset for your classic motor. Then head over to our dedicated Magnecor product page and select the right leadset for you.

Plug Caps and Leads For Your Classic Car

Plug leads and caps make up vital components of your classic car which is why we are pleased to offer a range of reliable leads and caps from reputable brand names.

 
Our high performance plug leads have a robust outer coating so that they’re able to withstand higher temperatures – a feature that’s vital for classic cars. We also offer sturdy copper core cotton braided leads and modern graphite cable (note that graphite requires a metal connector in order to link to the appropriate cap).

 
Plug caps are split into two categories – suppressed and non suppressed and can be angled or straight. Both types of plug caps contain a metal element that screws onto the lead. It’s advisable that you cut the lead cleanly and form a small hole at the end in order to produce a better fit when fixing the two together.

 
Of course, it’s important you pair the right lead with the correct plug cap. A failure to do this can cause the plug cap to blow. Watch our exclusive video featuring Julian Parker, Managing Director of Holden Vintage & Classic, who explains more about finding the right plug leads and caps for your classic motor.

 

Plug caps we supply include:

Champion Right Angle Waterproof Plug Cap (Suppressed)
KLG Right Angled Spark Plug Cap (Not Suppressed)
Straight Suppressed Spark Plug Cap

Leads we supply include:

Copper Core Cotton Braided
Standard HT
Suppressed Graphite

Head over to our dedicated page now to place your order.

Is Your Classic Car Ready For Summer?

With the May bank holiday behind us, it’s safe to say that summer is well and truly on its way. But is your classic motor ready to hit the road again? Many owners tuck their classic cars away in the winter, anxiously anticipating the arrival of warmer weather. But that means you need to be extra vigilant in ensuring your motor is in optimal condition before taking it for a top-down spin around the countryside.

Here’s some basic checks you can complete before you embark on your next driving adventure:

 
Tyres and Brakes

 
It’s critical to make sure your tyres are in tip-top condition, so check the pressure first and that the tread is still legal. Then, hunt for any cracks in the tyre walls, along with any stones or nails that have potentially burrowed their way in during the winter and tighten the wheel nuts. As for the brakes, make sure the pads have plenty of life left in them and that the fluid levels are correct. If the brake pedals feel spongey when you push down on them, you may need to bleed the breaking system to remove any air and replace the brake fluid.

 
Oil

 
Check your oil level. If it’s low, you’ll need to top it up before you get going. Castrol classic oil is a superior product specifically designed for vintage and classic cars because it remains the right consistency at hotter temperatures and features less detergent than modern oils. To learn more about why Castrol oil is the best oil product for your classic car, click here.

 
Cooling System

 
It is vital to have an efficient cooling system in an older vehicle to prevent overheating. Check all parts within the system, including the hose, seals and radiator for leaks as well as the fan belt. You should also watch out for any perishing in rubber pipes. Should you need replacement radiator hoses, joiners or valves, you can find these on our dedicated page. Don’t forget to top up the coolant!

 
Lights, Wipers and Battery

 
Starting at the front of the car, test your main beam, side lights, fog lights, indicators and dipped beam. It usually helps to have a second person present to do this. Then move to the back and check the brake lights, reversing light and fog lights. Should any of these be faulty, use our Speedy Delivery Service to order yourself some bulbs. Ensure your wipers are in good condition with no ‘scudding’ on the screen. Should your wipers seem a tad worn out or damaged, order some more from our dedicated wiper page. As for the battery, you may have left this to trickle charge over the winter, in which case simply make sure you have enough charge to get going.

 
Clean and wax

 
You want your classic motor to look spick and span for the road, right? During the winter your motor will have likely acquired some grime and muck from the atmosphere. In which case, give it a wash with some good quality shampoo conditioner, wipe down the windows, clean out the wheels, and finish up with a touch of wax for that extra shine.

 
We know you can’t wait to get out and about in your classic vehicle again. But safety is paramount, so these simple checks are essentially before you get behind the wheel after an extended break.

What To Wear To Classic Motoring Events

Are you geared up for the vast array of fantastic motoring events this summer? May alone has many opportunities across the country to get out and about in your classic motor with the top down and a picnic in the boot. But if you’re going to go the full measure, you’ll want to look the part – that’s where we can help.

Perhaps you’re not sure what to wear to a motoring event, or feel your wardrobe needs a bit of a motoring makeover. Whatever it is, we have a huge range of authentic and stylish motoring clothing for both men and women in stock for you to choose from. Here’s some examples:
Mens Clothing

Woodcote gloves

Driving gloves not only look smart, but can protect your classic wheel from wear! Their design ensures maximum grip as you cruise through the countryside and keeps your fingers warm if you’ve taken the top down. They look especially sophisticated with a leather jacket and are sold in a variety of styles and colours.

Made to Measure Flying Jacket

Are you the kind of person that finds clothes never quite fit the way you want? If so, no worries. We have a made to measure service that allows you to wear this merino lambskin leather flying jacket with confidence. It also features slant pockets, tan coloured wool and a collar fastening.

Grand Prix Gulf Jacket

Look the part in this padded men’s Steve McQueen style Gulf Jacket. It features original colours and logos from the 1960s, external and internal pockets, metal zip and press stud at the collar. This is a truly authentic item of motoring clothing.

Suixtil Racing Trousers

This authentic rendition of the Suixtil race pants from the 1950s and 1960s will transport you right back to the heydays of motor racing. It’s constructed from pure cotton fine twill, with a comfort fit waistband and ankle cuffs. The inside leg is 32 inches.

Suixtil Targa Pima Red Long Sleeved Polo

Feel comfortable and stand out with this vibrant red long sleeved polo shirt. Perfect for all-day-wear thanks to its breathable cotton material, this men’s long sleeved shirt gives you that ‘fresh off the race track” look.

Grenfell Harrington Jacket

You’ll be in good company if you choose to wear a Glenfell Harrington jacket. Grenfell cloth has been worn by some of the fastest men in motoring history. Sir Stirling Moss drove for years in Grenfell Cloth, notably the Milli Miglia and British Grand Prix victories of 1955. Grenfell are particularly proud to have been associated with Sir Malcolm Campbell who wore Grenfell racing suits for both his 1931 and 1935 records.

Holden Overalls

Look the part in these traditional mechanics style overalls. Featuring ”BP Motor Spirit” printing on the back and a Holden logo on the front, this men’s outfit is perfect for serious classic motorists who are looking for comfortable clothing with a difference. It also has detachable arm bands to add to the authentic look, as well as an elasticated waist for an optimal fit.

Ladies Clothing

Belstaff Hairpin Waxed Jacket

Look smart and feel confident in this leather padded waxed jacket by Belstaff. It features an adjustable neck strap, pockets, adjustable gussets and built in belt for both a sophisticated and versatile look. Perfect for pairing with denim jeans and a chic pair of boots.

Gobi Sheepskin Hat

This gorgeous dark brown leather hat with honey coloured lambs wool trim is the perfect punctuation mark to your motoring outfit. Protect your hair and ears from wind as you drive down the open roads, and feel comfortable and snug on a cooler day.

Jack Murphy Tweed Jacket

Look smart and sophisticated in this high quality British wool tweed jacket. It features deep pockets, stylish moleskin detailing on the collar and elbow pads as well as back vents and royal blue inner lining. Perfect for any lady who likes to stay warm and look fantastic in her classic motor.

Scarves and Neck Tubes

Every lady loves to accessorise, and this should be no different when it comes to your classic motoring clothing. We’re proud to supply a range of neck tubes and scarves, as well as face masks, to give you optimal comfort when driving around in your classic vehicle.

Dents Ladies Driving Gloves

Treat yourself to a pair of luxurious soft leather gloves by Dents. Dents have been making the world’s finest leather gloves in England since 1777. Made from 100% sheep leather, these ladies driving gloves are soft to touch and will keep your classic wheel protected at the same time.

Vintage Motoring Cap

Complete your outfit with this stylish vintage motoring cap. Unlike regular caps, this design gives room for your hair and is specially constructed to not fly off when you’re driving at speed. It also looks particularly fetching with a pair of driving goggles.

Or, if you’d like to see more from our range, head over to our dedicated page now.