January Classic Motoring Events 2018

The new year brings with it a host of extraordinary classic motoring events across the country, from the iconic Brooklands Museum New Years Day Gathering to vintage motoring film events and classic autojumbles. Read on to discover an event near you this month.

1st January 2018 Brooklands Museum New Years Day Gathering

From 9am until 4pm, Brooklands Museum will open its doors to classic motoring enthusiasts and owners across the country for a festive new years day celebration. Numerous display paddocks, as well as an abundance of food and drink will be available for you and the entire family to enjoy. If you are coming in a pre-1988 vintage or classic car, or you are part of a pre-paid and pre-booked club display with a window pass, you should use the Campbell Gate off Brooklands Road. 

1st January 2018 New Years Day Gathering Cotswolds

Run by a local group, this free New Years Day event is a celebration of all classic cars, both old and new. Most members own cars dating from 1900 to the early 1990s. Open from 11am to 3pm.

11th – 14th January 2018. AutoSport International Show 2018

Hosted by NEC Birmingham, this year’s Autosport International Show is bound to mesmerise. Featuring celebrity appearances from the world of motorsport, a coys auction, trade stands, restoration demonstrations, a rally feature and much, much more, this large scale event is not to be missed. Tickets from £33.

14th January 2018 4X4 & Vintage Spares Day

Hosted at Wye Halls, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, this fun filled vintage spares day gives you the opportunity to find parts and accessories for your vintage 4×4. If you’d like to pitch a stall, the participation price is £35. Admission price is £6.50.

24th January 2018 MAC Clee Hills Trial

Run by Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, this fantastic road based classic car trail runs for approximately 75 miles in the picturesque Shropshire countryside. Unlike 2017, which celebrated the climb’s 70th anniversary, the 2018 event will see additional diversity with the introduction of classes for motorcycles.

27th January Vintage Motoring Film Evening

Head over to Brooklands museum from 6.30pm and indulge in some classic motoring films alongside your friends and family. Tickets include an exquisite 2 course dinner and bar service. To book, email annwatson@brooklandsmuseum.com or phone 01932 857381 Ext 243. Tickets are £25.

 

 

Make A New Years Resolution For Your Classic Car

With 2018 only days away, you might be considering a series of ambitious New Year’s Resolutions, most of which (let’s face it) you’ll have forgotten about by Spring.

So how about making and sticking to a resolution for your classic car instead? After all, we’re sure there’s plenty more you’d like to do with your vehicle, so why not plan ahead and make it happen?

Here’s 5 resolution ideas you might like the sound of:

  1. Show your vehicle off at an event

Each month of 2018 will play host to numerous classic and vintage vehicle events across the country (and the continent!) These superb events are overflowing with likeminded classic motoring enthusiasts, breath-taking displays of spectacular cars and motorcycles, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to meet motoring legends. If you couldn’t attend any of these events in 2017, make a New Years Resolution to drive your beloved vehicle to a show or run near you over the next twelve months. We regularly update our blog with the latest classic car events, so keep an eye out in January for the next update! Or, come along to the annual Bromyard Speed Festival in April and talk to us about it in person!

  1. Give it some TLC

All of us at some point have been guilty of procrastinating over much needed classic car restoration work. Whether your speedster requires a lick of paint or a whole new chassis, make 2018 the year you act. Holden Vintage & Classic offer servicing and restoration at our Bromyard premises, or alternatively you can purchase the parts and accessories for a home garage restoration from our website.

  1. Spruce up your car’s interior

The outside of your car might be gleaming, but a grubby interior can make for an uncomfortable drive. If the seams of your leather seats are lined with crumbs, make 2018 the year you complete a full spruce-up of your interiors. We recommend purchasing the Autoglym leather cleaner, hi-foam interior shampoo and hi-tech interior microfibre. You can also use Autoglym fast glass to wipe down both sides of the windows.

  1. Learn a restoration skill

If you have a home garage and enjoy dabbling in the occasional restoration job, why not give yourself the gift of a new skill next year? There are a number of regional car restoration courses you can attend ranging from beginner to expert, or alternatively you can visit us at our premises and make an enquiry in the workshop about your particular interest. From there, you can be advised on parts and tools you will need to complete the job at home.

  1. Find your car a friend

If you’ve enjoyed a long and passionate relationship with your classic vehicle(s) and wish to expand your collection, 2018 might be the year to do so! There are a number of classic car auctions you can attend across the country, including a monthly auction hosted by Brightwells, or, if you think your next purchase could be a Morgan, our Holden Morgan showroom is frequently filled with some of the most spectacular Morgans around. Enquire with General Manager Katie Turner on katie@holden.co.uk or visit the Holden Morgan website for an up-to-date listing.

Whatever resolution you decide on, we’re here to help you make it a reality. From the team at Holden Vintage & Classic, we wish you a Happy New Year!

Fred Spaven’s All-Electric Royal Enfield Bullet

Having watched the recent rise of electric power with interest, we have decided to get involved in battery vehicle project to see what all the fuss is about. Local engineer Fred Spaven is building an all-electric Royal Enfield Bullet to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groat’s next summer and we are helping sponsor the build.
Fred Spaven, of Spaven Engineering, has been restoring classic cars and bikes locally for some years now but, after graduating from Cambridge University, initially went into a career in superconductivity research – the perfect background for an electric vehicle project! After looking at the electric bikes on the market he decided none had quite enough vintage style and a half-completed Royal Enfield restoration was commandeered for the conversion.


To retain as much character as possible the bike’s frame will remain unaltered, with a new subframe fabricated and bolted up in place of the original engine and gearbox. This will hold a dozen Nissan Leaf battery modules to provide power for a British-built Saietta motor capable of 22hp at 48V. The resulting bike will have a similar balance, weight and power to the original Enfield except with no maintenance, fuel costs or oil drips: the ideal commuter bike!
With a few road miles of testing under the tyres, the bike will then be ridden from Land’s End to John O’Groats; charging along the way at public charging stations, campsites & hostels and they might even pop in here for a top up! For more details and regular updates on progress, check out the project website: charging-bullet.co.uk
We’re hoping that the lessons we learn working with Fred on this project will help us understand this new world of battery vehicles, including Morgan’s eagerly anticipated EV3 electric three wheeler.

December Classic Motoring Events You Can’t Miss

It might be bitterly cold outside, but that shouldn’t stop you from attending these fantastic classic motoring events across the country. Here’s a list of some of our favourites – and don’t forget to wrap up warm!

5 December 17 – COYS True Greats Auction

If you’d like to treat yourself (or someone else) to a classic vehicle this Christmas, turn up to the COYS True Greats Auction in London. Their listing includes a 1987 Caterham Super 7 HPC-BDR and 1973 Triumph TR6. For more information visit their website.

8-12 December 17 – HERO’s Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability Trial 

Considered by many as one of the most demanding and challenging classic motoring events in Europe, the HERO Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability Trial is open to pre-1986 vehicles. For a full description of the route, and expected weather conditions, click here.

10 December 17 – Newark Autojumble

Browse an enormous range of classic motoring parts, accessories and memorabilia at the Newark Autojumble. Situated just off the A1/A46/A47 junction, this event offers you a last chance to stock up on gifts for the classic motoring enthusiast in your life before Christmas. Opens at 10am. Admission from £7.

16 December 17 Waterloo Classics

Join fellow classic vehicle owners at  the Lower Marsh Market – on Lower Marsh Street just behind Waterloo Station, between 12pm and 4pm on 16th December and enjoy a casual friendly atmosphere with plenty of refreshments on offer. A wonderful relaxed event that allows you to expand your classic motorist network and show off your favourite car.

26 December 17 – Benington Classics Boxing Day Special

From 12pm onwards, classic motoring enthusiasts and owners are welcome to join the company of likeminded petrol heads at The Lordship Arms, Stevenage. You don’t need to be a member to attend, and it’s completely free.

If you’d like something snug to wear to these exciting motoring events, head over to our website or our ebay page to browse a range of classic motoring and country clothing.