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.