Silverstone Classic

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

What’s on?

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

25th Anniversary of the XJ220

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

Celebrity Challenge Trophy Race

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

Air Displays

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

Auction

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

Live Music

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

Live Demos

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

Adrenaline Zone

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

Motor Racing

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

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

 

Millers Oils For Your Classic Car

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

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

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

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

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

What we offer

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

Engine Oil

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

Gear Oil.

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

Worm Steering Box Oil

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

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

Selecting The Right Toggle Switch For Your Classic Car

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

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

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

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

To see our full range, click here.

Frazer Nash Alpine Trial – The Final Two Days



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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frazer Nash Alpine Trial 2017

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

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

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

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

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