Christmas Gift Ideas For The Classic Motorist

With Christmas around the corner, you might be wondering which classic car gifts you’d like to receive. Alternatively, you might have a friend or family member who could use new tools, driving clothes or garage gear – in which case, we have exactly what you’re looking for!

Here are our suggestions for your 2018 Christmas list!

Introducing Loake Driving Shoes

New to Holden Vintage & Classic! Sophisticated, smart and incredibly practical, the Loake Driving Shoe for men is full of character with driver-enhancing properties. Made from real leather with a full interior leather lining, this convenient driving shoe features nodules on the bottom of the sole for excellent grip and control. So, whether you’re going on a short drive around the block or travelling for many hours, you can rely on the Loake Driving Shoe for optimal comfort and safety on your journey. At Holden Vintage & Classic, we are proud to stock Loake Driving Shoes in multiple sizes and colours!

Don’t forget, if you’re going to sport a pair of leather driving shoes, it makes sense to match them with a smart pair of driving gloves too! Find your perfect driving glove by clicking here.

Freshen Up Your Tool Kit

Electric Drill Reversable 230 volt 1050 watt

Tired of your rusty spanners and temperamental drill? Treat yourself or your loved ones to some fresh new tools to help restore and maintain your classic car. At Holden Vintage & Classic, you can purchase tool kits, problem solving tools, metal working tools and much much more. Click here to be redirected to our website to view the full range.

Enhance Your Garage

Car Lift - E-Z - Mobile for Home and Professional Use

Have you begun to bore of your dull, dreary workspace? If you have a restoration lined up for the new year, you might want to give your home garage a do-over to create the best quality working environment. We offer a range of signs and posters to decorate your garage walls, as well as an innovative and convenient EZCarLift to support and manoeuvre your vehicle with ease as you work.

Discounted Belstaff Jackets

Belstaff Hairpin Waxed Jacket - Ladies - Black

A high quality leather jacket can make all the difference to either top-down driving or motorcycle riding. And we don’t believe you can do any better than Belstaff. Dedicated to creating smart, innovative clothing for men and women, Belstaff are a brand we are proud to offer. And what’s more, we currently have a sale on across Belstaff jackets! Click here to view our range.

Ladies Driving Gear

Alpaca Fur Halo - Dark Brown

During the cooler seasons, you may want to consider a stylish, warm and supportive hat for top-down driving and winter classic motoring events! We’re pleased to offer you a gorgeous range of Alpaca hats for women in a variety of colours and styles. Many of these hats looks fantastic alongside a pair of ladies driving gloves, our full range of which you can find by clicking here.

Suixtil Clothing

Suixtil Nassau Polo - Navy Blue

Will you be attending any classic motoring events in 2019? If so, we recommend you check out our range of Suixtil motoring clothing! Suitable for both men and women, this stunning clothing range is made from high quality materials and is designed to be worn all-year-round.

Got something else in mind? Feel free to get in touch! We often have stock not listed on our website, so, if there’s a part or accessory you are keen to find, send us an email on sales@holden.co.uk

Ride Safe and Snug This Winter

Road safety should always be the greatest concern of any motorcyclist. But in Winter, there are additional weather-related threats that can hinder even the most experienced rider. It is crucial, therefore, that you prepare your body and your bike for winter riding in a slightly more cautious way. Here are our tips:

Be prepared for the roads

To ride safely in Winter, ensure you are prepared in advance of travel for the unpredictable and challenging roads. Ice, gravel, salt and snow can create difficult environments for even the most seasoned riders, so caution is advised. Plan your journey before leaving home, ensuring you have plenty of opportunities for stopping and resting should you become too cold or if conditions suddenly worsen. Check your bike’s lights are working properly and that the tyres are pumped. Also ensure your chain is lubricated and oil topped up. The last thing you want is to break down in icy conditions, so these checks are vital to help guarantee your safe journey and return home. When beginning your journey, practise braking a few times before entering a main road and, of course, always take a charged mobile phone.

Wear the right gear

One of the most significant dangers to bikers during Winter is the cold weather’s impact on your body and concentration. Being able to safely hold the bike up and make quick decisions is imperative and being freezing cold will hinder these processes. Therefore, you need appropriate winter riding gear. Winter riding clothing can feel very different on your body to lighter summer apparel, so it’s advisable to take a test ride before commencing any long journeys. We recommend a strong and sturdy Belstaff jacket, warm riding gloves, a neck warmer, goggles, warm socks and appropriate riding boots. We currently have a sale across our Belstaff jacket range, details of which you can find here. Of course, you also need to own a safe, reliable and warm helmet. You can view our range of riding helmets by clicking here.

Stay alert

The winter months post two significant risks to the alertness of the rider. Firstly, dehydration is subtler because we do not feel as thirsty in the cold as we do in the heat and therefore may overlook the need for regular hydration. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and confusion, compromising all-round safety. Secondly, Christmas and New Year’s Eve sees many more alcohol-related driving accidents and fatalities, meaning you have to be extra cautious of other drivers’ behaviour. It goes without saying, of course, that you should leave your bike at home if you’re thinking of drinking alcohol at a Christmas event. Tiredness will also impact your alertness so make sure you get enough sleep and never, ever ride after a big night out!

Holden Vintage & Classic Celebrates Its 30th Year

Last Friday we were proud to mark 30 years of serving the classic and vintage car community with a fantastic party at the Holden premises. Accompanied by some of our most prominent trade customers, Morgan representatives, key suppliers and friends & family, we enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere with a band, bar, hog roast and video footage of some of our greatest achievements over the past 30 years.

Looking back to our humble beginnings in Hartlebury, it’s incredible to see just how much we have achieved in three decades, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our customers. Therefore, we want to say an enormous thank you to those of you who have stayed with us over the years.

Taking you back to the beginning; Holden Vintage & Classic was founded in 1988 and moved to the historic motoring town of Bromyard (where we remain) in 1994. It is at this location that a factory was built giving room for larger stores, a sales office and a graphics studio to cope with the increased catalogue production (which by this stage was over 300 pages) and website development.

Bromyard itself has a special place in our company ethos and we have regularly participated in community events, including the fantastic Bromyard Speed Festival and more recently, the newly returned Bringsty Grand Prix.

As well as community events, special projects have also played a significant role in the Holden ethos, with a well-documented MGA Coupe rebuild and V8 Caterham restoration taking up much of the early noughties and, more recently, a challenging and exhilarating Morgan Plus 4 restoration which was completed within 1 year in preparation for RallyRound’s 2018 Rally Africa. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us with our projects over the years and look forward to many more in the future!

It’s also important for us to mention our special relationship with The Morgan Motor Company. Any of our customers will know that Morgan cars have always been at the forefront of Holden’s interest. In 2017, we proudly launched Holden Morgan, the official Morgan dealership for the Midlands. It had been no secret that Holden’s owner Jeremy Holden had a lifelong passion for this iconic British car and given that the premises were a mere 10 miles from the Morgan factory, an eventual partnership seemed inevitable. A gleaming new showroom was installed on the premises offering new and used Morgans for sale as well as Morgan hire and servicing, and a wealth of new staff and apprentices were onboarded to keep up with growing customer interest. You can watch a video of the launch here.

Looking to the future, we are anticipating a fresh, highly functioning website by the end of 2018 and are excited by the offerings of our newest staff members who collectively bring years of industry expertise to the company.

Without a doubt, it has been a tremendously successful thirty years and we very much look forward to the coming developments and expansions, offering even more to the lifelong classic car enthusiast. Thank you once again to our loyal customers, without whom, none of this would be possible.

Prepare your classic car for the winter

Any classic car enthusiast knows that Winter is not the ideal time to take your much-loved vehicle out for a spin. The elements at this time of year can be harsh, and all that extra salt, mud and water on the roads is bound to cause any unprepared driver a host of expensive problems. If you need to drive your vehicle during the cooler season, it is important that you give it all the care and maintenance required to ensure you can do so with minimal issues. If, on the other hand, you want to store your car for the winter, we have a blog post giving you the best information on doing this properly.

Here are our tips for maintaining a running classic vehicle at this time of year:

Keep it clean

Before and during the winter months, it is imperative that you give your classic car a thorough clean, both internally and externally. As the weather begins to chill, your car is more susceptible to the threat of ice build-up, which affects every aspect of your classic vehicle including the engine, braking system and steering wheel. The Winter Care Collection by Autoglym comes in handy for this job, as it features a powerful de-icer, a screen wash, ice scraper and de-misting microfiber cloth for windows. At only £16.73 it’s a bargain, especially when compared to the cost of repairing rust damage caused by melted ice.

Address any rust

As the rain sets in, there’s an increased risk of rust build-up within your classic car. And that’s never, ever welcome! Rust can destroy your car’s body, electrical systems, engine and undercarriage. If left, your classic vehicle will eventually cease to be safe (or possible) to drive. Waxoyl Rustproofing Aerosol is a weather resistant spray that solves the problem of ‘hidden rust’. It draws moisture out of the vehicle and seals the vulnerable areas to prevent against the reintroduction of water.

Fit Winter tyres

Consider fitting winter tyres to take on the wet roads with ease. Winter tyres are made from a softer compound and have a different tread pattern to standard tyres, helping them to move through snow and similar harsh conditions without losing grip. We also recommend you get yourself a tyre trainer to avoid flat spots and extend tyre life.

Give the battery some attention

Inactivity, or less activity than normal, can kill a battery – as can extreme cold! As the Winter begins to set in, find some time to disconnect both the positive and negative battery terminals, clean and grease them, then check the battery and top up levels as necessary. Then connect a battery conditioner, making sure that there is no chance of the wires getting trapped as you close the bonnet.

Prepare for the unexpected

Winter is unpredictable. If you get caught out in the snow, you need to be prepared. We recommend you keep in your boot a triangle warning light, emergency puncture repair and a snow chain.

Book a servicing

The best way to put your mind at ease during this time of year is to have a professional check your classic car over, giving it all the attention it deserves to ensure good performance during Winter. To bring your car into our workshop for a full servicing, or to discuss your particular needs with one of our experts, call us on 01885 488 488 or email sales@holden.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Restoration of ‘Sol’ The African Rally Morgan +4 (Chapter 4)

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As those who have been following our story will be only too aware, the deadline has now passed and Sol has set off on the first leg of the journey, but what happened following the last video instalment?

Work continued at an ever gathering pace to get Sol to a point where the car was ready to go to be trimmed, this involved making and fitting a wiring harness, made by The Wiring Harness Company just a few miles from our Bromyard Workshop, collecting and installing both a fuel tank and a radiator and ensuring that anything needing fitting or drilling both under and indeed on top of trim had been drilled. One item that roved a bit of a challenge at this point was a mounting bar for the seat belts – the car being fitted with 4 point competition type harnesses – as this has to be fitted to the rear wheel arch, but of course, there was no trim on the wheel arches, so after a couple of discussions with the trimmer, a suitable gap was left and holes drilled!

Sol was now ready to go to Custom Coach Trimming, again a local company, run by an ex Morgan Factory Trimmer who set about the interior, making door cards, wheel arch tops and sides, a gearbox cover and sundry other bits and bobs. Custom Coach Trimming were also going to make a hood, but this was to come at a later date.

Once trimmed, the car returned to the Holden Workshop and work pressed on to get it all together. The braking system pipework was checked over before being filled with fluid and the air bled out of it, providing us with a fully functioning braking system. Once this was done, the front wings were fitted and the lights wired up and tested. Finally at the front, the cowl was added and the bonnet fitted to line the cowl up correctly. The bonnet was then removed to allow for better access to the mechanicals. Correct water hoses, and an exhaust silencer together with a tailpipe were all sourced from Melvyn Rutter. Our local Motor Factor was able to source a length of flexible exhaust pipe, which was used to connect the manifold to the silencer, in order to offer an amount of movement to the exhaust and remove any stresses that may come from rougher roads.

At this point, Sol went back to Custom Coach Trimming for the hood and side screens to be fitted. Here we discovered that the windscreen was fitted at the incorrect angle, so had to make a hurried correction, thus enabling the use of standard Morgan sidescreens, a decision which saved time and the need for a custom made set! It soon became clear that the original pattern hood frame would not work with the addition of the roll over bar, so this was put to one side – it will be used for the Interim +4 project that is in the Workshop as the hood frame for this has all but returned to nature! Meanwhile, a more modern Morgan hood frame was modified to fit, providing enough support for the hood and giving a line that was pleasing to the eye from the side, whilst also being able to offer enough headroom inside.

Once the car returned to the Holden Workshop, engine, gearbox and axle oil was added, together with water to allow us to start the engine. Loose ends of wiring and pipework were clipped up safely out of the way and tidied up whilst the fluids settled in. A small drip of oil became evident under the engine – difficult to see as it was beautifully clean – seemingly coming from the sump plug and dripping on to the sump guard that had been fitted. Applying a spanner revealed the plug to be tight. Careful inspection of the sump pan, having removed the now slightly oily sump guard showed a dent, possibly from an impact at some point, or an over enthusiastic mechanic jacking the car up under the sump, which was leaking! This was deemed to be somewhat less than ideal and all the clean oil was hurriedly drained out! The sump pan, once removed, revealed a small crack inside that had gone unnoticed. Fortunately, the sump from the TR2 engine that is destined for the Interim car was on the shelf, having been cleaned ready for the engine build at a future date, so this was commandeered, fitted and refilled. No more leaking!

Now we could finally start the engine! After spinning the engine over without plugs to obtain oil pressure and roughly setting the ignition timing, plug were refitted, leads connected in the correct order and the fuel system primed. Happily, we were soon making a noise and filling the Workshop with the smells of a freshly built engine running for the first time!

As the hour was advancing and progress was good – it ran and sounded really good, was all together and would be driveable in the morning – it was time for home. Arrival the next morning however was a bit of a low, as the contents of the radiator was found on the Workshop floor! The water pump it seemed, was leaking from the gland seal within. Hurried phone calls were made to Moss Europe to try to locate a TR water pump. Our nearest proved to be in Bristol, so Charlotte sallied forth to go and get it. A chance phone call with a colleague, who as it turned out was in Bristol and a mere 5 minutes away from the Moss premises helped a great deal, and the 2 were able to meet at half distance and exchange parts. By lunch time the new pump was installed and the front end of the car going back together. All we had to remove was the radiator and front cowl box, the outer panel staying in place!

So, all back together and holding fluids, Sol was removed from the ramp and set on the nice flat Workshop floor to set the front wheel alignment and adjust the ride height on the front suspension. With this done, it was time for a drive around the yard. It seemed to be ok, although adjustment to the clutch was required as it slipped a little, and some ignition and carburettor tuning was required. With this done, we set off firstly around the yard, then up the service road around Linton Trading Estate, and after a few further adjustments, a trip up the road! The clutch required a little more adjustment and a few carburettor tweaks before a bigger journey, from Bromyard, along the main A44 towards Worcester and around a favourite and testing route. Those familiar with the area will have heard of Ankerdine Hill, used years ago as a hillclimb course and a real test for an engine’s state of tune. Although going gently as the engine was fresh, it pulled well and reached the top with ease.

Adjustments to the front dampers improved the handling characteristics greatly and the journey back to the Workshop ended with a broad grin and a feeling of great satisfaction that all worked well and was getting better with every mile.

After a thorough check over and a few more little adjustments, further and longer journeys over Herefordshire Roads were covered, before loading Sol with the kit that had been put ready, the last minute realisation that the fire extinguisher needed permanently bolting in, before the journey to the shipping company who were handling the first ‘leg’ of the adventure.

 

3 Reasons to Hire A Morgan For The Weekend

Very few cars emulate the class, nostalgia and performance that a Morgan offers, and at Holden Morgan, we want as many people as possible to experience this iconic car in all its glory. That’s why we provide a hiring service that allows you to make memories while experiencing the Morgan’s many unparalleled features.

But why should you want to hire a Morgan for the weekend? Here are three very good reasons:

Treat yourself to a weekend away

A weekend spent in the countryside helps you to restore and rejuvenate, and we think there’s no better way to spend this quality downtime than with good friends and a classic Morgan. You can pick up your Morgan at 4pm on a Friday, drive in style to a destination of your choice (see our blog post on our favourite romantic drives for inspiration) and keep it all the way until 10am Monday morning, with an opportunity to travel up to 250 miles in one weekend. Pack a picnic, enjoy a spot of top-down driving if the weather permits and take in the views as you enjoy the full Morgan driving experience. You can also visit a local attraction such as Hampton Court or Chase Distillery to make it even more memorable.

A gift for a special someone

Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or special occasion, giving a loved one the opportunity to drive (or be a passenger in) a Morgan for the weekend is bound to go down well. They might already be a Morgan enthusiast, or perhaps you’re keen to share with them your own passion for this iconic car. Either way, this unique and memorable experience gift is a fantastic way to show someone you care.

Try before you buy

It could be that you’ve been toying with the idea of buying a Morgan for a while, but are still on the fence about such an important purchase. And that’s why we encourage you to hire a Morgan for the weekend to really get to know the car before you make up your mind. The great news is that, should you absolutely love the car you’ve hired (and we’re sure you will), and you decide to purchase it, we will refund you either a day or weekend’s hire cost (depending on whether you buy a used or new Morgan).

Am I eligible to hire a Morgan for the weekend?

At Holden Morgan we like to give as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy the full Morgan experience. We do, however, have some eligibility criteria that you should be aware of before trying to hire a Morgan for the weekend.

You must be:

30 to 70 years of age
A resident in Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man
A holder of a current, full, valid UK driving licence and have held this for 1+ years
Free from any disqualification on the driving licence
Free from any special terms imposed by insurers in respect of driving or had an accident in the past 3 years
Free from any current or pending offences on the driving licence, with the exception of parking and up to 2 speeding offences
Free from any medical conditions requiring referral to DVLA
Willing to complete a questionnaire to satisfy the above requirements

Next steps

If you’d like to enquire about hiring a Morgan for the weekend, please contact joel@holdenmorgan.co.uk or click here to get more information on prices and terms & conditions.

 

 

 

* Please note that the Morgans pictured in this article are not guaranteed to be available for hire at the time of reading. Please check with the team at Holden Morgan about current Morgan hire availability.

For Sale: 2005 Morgan Roadster 3.0 V6

There are few British classics as instantly identifiable as those made by Morgan. Hand-crafted with thorough attention to detail, Morgan cars are unparalleled in their performance and aesthetics.

This Morgan in particular is the Roadster, a V6-powered car that sits in Morgan Motors’ ‘Classic’ range of vehicles. That means it has traditional looks and building methods, with a few modern touches thrown in for good measure.

Introduced in 2004 as a replacement to the Plus 8, this incredible car is the most powerful of all the models in the Morgan ‘Classic range’. It is fitted with Ford V6 mechanicals, giving it momentous power thanks to the combination of its engine and lightweight frame. This means you can enjoy unmatched driving performance while easily controlling and manoeuvring the car on lengthier drives.

We are pleased to offer this stunning four-seater dark blue Morgan Roadster with extremely low mileage (just 8600) and superb features for just £37995.

Aesthetic features of this Morgan Roadster include a dark blue paint finish with a contrast tan leather interior and gorgeous blue carpets with contrast piping. There is also a Mohair Hood Pack with Tonneau Cover and a walnut dash.

Other features include front and rear over riders, a radio and CD player and stainless-steel wire wheels plus a spare. There is also only 8600 miles on the clock!

Given the fine craftsmanship this Morgan offers, as well as the high levels of care given to it by its previous owner and extremely low mileage, we are confident it won’t be with us for long! This car, as well as many others, is just one of the Morgans you can view up-close at the Holden Morgan Dealer Open Day on Saturday 18th August.

If you’d like to enquire about this car ahead of the event, please email joel@holdenmorgan.co.uk.

 

 

The Charging Bullet: Crowdfunding

With their planned Land’s End to John o’Groat’s run fast approaching, we called in to Fred at Spaven Engineering to see how he’s getting along with his electric bike; the Charging Bullet.

Since our visit last month, the bike has come a long way yet looks like he’s back at square one! Following the successful dry build and testing it has now been stripped right back for painting and powder-coating ahead of the final assembly. The only evidence of the hard work to date are shelves of batteries and electrical gubbins. Quite a few of the smaller parts have been finished now, such as a set of aluminium covers for the various battery boxes and the vital homemade ‘state of charge’ meter (the finished bike’s fuel guage) sits on the bench awaiting one final resistor.

To keep everyone up to date on the project they have just launched an Instagram , Facebook and of course @chargingbullet Twitter account so click and ‘follow’ them for the latest updates!

There has also been a lot happening outside the workshop and filmmaker Finn Varney , who is documenting the build and long distance adventure, has been back getting the final shots for the next short update film. As Fred rides the length of the country he will be visiting fellow engineers he has met while researching and building the bike, and filming their projects to show how much progress is being made in cleaning up our transport infrastructure. If you would like to support the making of this film (and receive some exclusive Charging Bullet goodies in return) check out their kickstarter crowdfunding page or for regular updates keep an eye on:

www.charging-bullet.co.uk

An American Classic – Ian Hadley’s 1970 Chrysler 300

This week it has been a pleasure to receive a guest post from Ian Hadley, who took a leap of faith and purchased a 1970 Chrysler 300 from the States, relying only on photographs and a bit of courage to seal the deal. Read his personal account below:

“The car was a 1970 Chrysler 300, 2 door hardtop (Coupe), 440 Cubic Inches (7.2 Litres), 350 hp, 480 ft lbs of stump pulling torque. Near 20 ft long, 7 ft wide and weighs just north of 2 tons. Three speed automatic transmission (manual not available for this model). She had allegedly been a one family owned car and spent her entire life in and around the environs of Pasadena (a suburb of Los Angeles, California). Originally purchased new by the vendor’s great aunt. I guess that makes her the original “Little Old Lady from Pasadena”! There are two basic types of American car which every enthusiast finds desirable. The first I would term the “Daddy’s Girl Car”; usually a sporty model with upgraded brakes, handling package and all the toys but with the base engine. Just begging for an engine swap. The second I call the “Sunday Go To Meeting Car”; a personal luxury coupe or sedan, little used, low mileage.

With 56k genuine miles on the clock, this old girl of a Chrysler falls into the latter category. Whilst not my first rodeo concerning the importation of a car from The States, one never quite knows what to expect until the vehicle gets here. Relying entirely on photographs and the vendor’s description requires a great leap of faith and is not to be recommended to those faint of heart. In this case she lived up to expectations and I find myself well pleased with my purchase.

The car proved to be totally rust free, an advantage of importing from a dry State. Unusually for a 300, the car was not highly optioned having no Air Conditioning, no Power Windows, and just the basic Bench Seat interior. I managed to extract the Broadcast Sheet from it’s under seat hiding place and discovered the car came with the “fuel economy” rear axle, a fact I found hilarious! Having been maintained in an excellent mechanical state, she needed very little to pass her first MOT. The rear indicators required a rewire and colour change. The washer bottle was non existent. Old technology plastic bottles do not last and are virtually impossible to obtain NOS or used. The old sealed beam headlights needed improvement too. Now in the old days, when headlights came in standard sizes, one only needed to visit the local automotive factor for an off the shelf replacement. Not so easy in the 21st Century.

This is where Holden Vintage and Classic came to the rescue.

These fine folks carry a range of suitable replacements, enabling one to convert your classic to utilise more modern halogen lighting. Whilst I was shopping, I purchased a generic aftermarket washer kit too. Not being a matching numbers aficionado, the lack of originality does not bother me. Suffice to say, MOT passed first time! And finally, just to answer the often-asked questions; you can get four bodies in the trunk and it does 12 – 14 mpg on a run which falls to 5 – 6 mpg in stop start driving. If two litres did it for me, I’d have got me a Pepsi!”

If you’d like to share your classic car story, please email us today on charlotte@holden.co.uk.

Charging Bullet Update: Test Ride

A lot has happened at Spaven Engineering in the last few months and the Charging Bullet has progressed from a collection of parts to something vaguely resembling a motorcycle. The plan to convert an old 350cc Enfield Bullet to pure electric power and ride it from Land’s End to John O’Groat’s is coming together, slowly but surely.

Since we last spoke to Fred, he has finished welding up the main component; the subframe which bolts to the original Enfield engine mounts to hold the motor, batteries and all the electrical gubbins. This has now been mounted in the 1961 Enfield Bullet Frame, the motor and a small, tester battery pack was installed before wiring could begin and tangles of multicoloured spaghetti began pouring from the bike.

Finally, with the bike up on stands to keep the rear wheel off the ground the ‘ignition’ switch was flicked. The Battery Management System (BMS) went through it’s obligatory cell checks before turning on the main contactor (a giant relay) a half a second later. This satisfying clunk signalled that the battery power was ready to be unleashed and a gentle twist of the grip sent a swarm of electrons down the hefty 350 amp cable to the motor. With the bike still largely unpainted and still lacking (among quite a few other things) a front brake, it was time to wheel it outside for a spin around the yard.

The best way to describe the ride is: easy, the Enfield’s laid back handling works perfectly with the zero fuss electric drive. The clutchless operation doesn’t take much getting used to but I did keep feeling my toes reach for a gear lever that isn’t there! Handling was excellent and, at least up to 25mph or so in the yard, the bike felt stable and controllable just as it should. Of course brand new bearings, tyres, forks etc. help enormously and everything felt tight and new making for a very confident ride. It’s never going to win races but the easygoing feel and lack of fuss make the bullet a really user friendly machine and it should fit the bill as a daily commute down country lanes or city streets.

The bike is far from finished, however, and Fred’s still got a lot to do before the big Land’s End to John O’Groat’s run later in the year, from fabricating covers that will keep the Scottish rain away from the batteries to fitting the instruments: a speedo and State of Charge Meter, effectively the electronic ‘fuel’ gauge.

For more information and updates or to get in touch check out: www.charging-bullet.co.uk