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!

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.

 

 

Bromyard Speed Festival at Shelsley Walsh 2018

On Sunday 13th May Holden Morgan were proud to join thousands of classic car enthusiasts, owners and trade and club representatives at The Bromyard Speed Festival On Tour at Shelsley Walsh.

Bromyard Speed Festival was founded in 2012 with the purpose of celebrating Bromyard’s rich motoring history which includes links with companies such as Morgan, Austin and Bean. Each year since, thousands have travelled from across the country to this picturesque town to view up close a number of fascinating motorcars spanning the decades. Those of you who attended in 2017 will remember The Beast of Turpin (among other landspeed record holders) thundering through Bromyard’s winding cobbled streets, the engine of which could be heard for miles. But what made 2018 a little different was that unlike previous years, the festival went on tour and took place at the historic Shelsley Walsh hill climb.

Shelsley Walsh is host to the oldest hillclimb in the world, dating back to 1905, and has accommodated continuous classic motoring events ever since. It was only fitting, therefore, that the speed festival should choose to go on tour at this location, where spectators could enjoy panoramic views of the 140+ classic cars in attendance, as well as refreshments, up-close viewing in the paddocks and the opportunity to meet motoring enthusiasts and professionals from across the country and beyond.

The festivities began at 10am and we were fortunate to enjoy blue skies and warm weather throughout.

A particular highlight for the Holden Morgan team was the chance to drive and display the 1970 Plus 8 currently available for sale, a video of which you can view here.

This stunning Morgan was despatched from the Factory on 1st August 1970 via Basil Roy Ltd in London and was originally finished in yellow with black upholstery. The car has benefitted from a ground up rebuild by Main Agent Brands Hatch Morgans, has been fully prepared to FIA Appendix K specification for Period ‘G’ sports cars, and offers entry into some of the most prestigious historic Motorsports events, such as The Tour Auto, Tour Brittania and HSCC 70’s Roadsports series, where a +8 is a front running car. Whilst having been built first and foremost as a competition car, it has in no way compromised its tractability on the road. The gearbox, having been attended to by renowned Moss box experts JB Sports Engineering is precise, offering the quick change expected of a competition car, the handling and ride has been very carefully set up as the car holds the road superbly, better perhaps than expected on slightly bumpy roads, the ride quality far from the race track. The supportive seats suggest that this is a car not just for racing but also perfectly suited to a little high speed touring as well. For more information on the car’s specifications and history, click here.

Another Morgan proudly driven by Charlotte Holden was the Plus 4 Supersport.

Also for sale at Holden Morgan, this beautifully finished car is one of only sixty of its kind. It features a carefully considered specification including an array of performance upgrades, track inspired accessories and fashionable sixties themed aesthetics. This truly versatile car promises all the reliability of the modern Morgan but with a large injection of legendary sixties racing spirit. If you’d like to view this car in person or arrange a test drive, you can contact Katie Turner on katie@holden.co.uk or click here for more information.

It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces at the event, including Granville Orange who recently purchased a three-wheeler from Holden Morgan (pictures below), which has received a stunning sheepskin interior makeover! We also had the pleasure of catching up with Stephen and Anne Massey who came in their beautiful Roadster.

Other cars and bikes of interest on the day included an Alfa Romeo GT Junior, Ford Model A 1928, Sunbeam Alpine 1967, Laverda Tipo Spaceframe 1975 981cc and a Dodge Tourer 1924.

Katie Turner, General Manager for Holden Morgan, said, “Bromyard Speed Festival On Tour was a huge success and the entire Holden Morgan team and customers enjoyed themselves immensely. The day presented a unique opportunity to see some spirited driving against a beautiful backdrop and it’s clear from the attendance levels and reception that it was a treat for all who came. We look forward to supporting Bromyard Speed Festival again in 2019 when it is expected to return to Bromyard.”

If you have any questions about the Morgans for sale at Holden Morgan, please email katie@holden.co.uk. We look forward to seeing you again on 7th April next year!

 

Morgan Parts for Mofidication

This week we want to share with you some modifications that have been made to a customer’s +4, some of which we have completed, others the customer has finished himself. These modifications mostly relate to the added boot rack, sensors and sun visors, which you can see from photographs below.

Car Lenses: The red and amber lenses are replaced by clear lenses. 

Badge: The customer has replicated the original Morgan badge which is no longer produced. 

A Boot Rack is added. (You can purchase a boot rack for your classic vehicle on our website.) 

High level break light converted to clear from red

The Sun Visor has been modified by the customer so that the mirror does not need to be adjusted prior to the sun visor being lifted. (To view our range of sun visors, click here)

Morgan Motor Company To Celebrate 50 Years Of The Iconic Plus 8 With Limited Edition Anniversary Model Due In 2018

Morgan Motor Company will celebrate its most iconic Plus 8 with a 50th Anniversary Special Edition. The British marque has today released teaser images and video for the exclusive special edition ahead of its much-anticipated reveal at the Geneva Motor Show. 

The family-owned, bespoke sports car manufacturer will produce 50 of the special edition models, each to be sold through their existing Dealership network. The Plus 8 50th anniversary edition will be a true V8-powered thoroughbred tribute to Morgan’s most celebrated 4-wheeled model.

Morgan’s crowning vehicle for fifty years, the Morgan Plus 8 continues to pioneer new technology within the classic Morgan bloodline. Deriving its name from the famed eight cylinder engines it has adopted throughout its 50 years, the Plus 8 consistently offers the greatest power to weight ratio of any Morgan.

The Morgan Plus 8 is the ultimate combination of craftsmanship, luxury and technology. A lightweight aluminium chassis and 4.8 litre BMW engine sit beneath the traditional Morgan body. At just 1100kg, the Plus 8 is one of the lightest V8 passenger cars in the world and is capable of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
First conceived by Peter Morgan, the head-turning Plus 8 prototype was revealed to the public at the Earls Court Motor Show of 1968. With a Rover V8 engine and a Moss gear box, the original Plus 8 was based on a Plus 4, however was proportionally bigger and featured a large number of changed or upgraded hand-crafted parts.

The British coachbuilder’s first Plus 8 production model, MMC11, was one of the most successful cars that the company has ever built, and production continued for 36 years. Approximately 6,000 Plus 8s were built at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road factory until the model was discontinued in 2004 when the production of Rover V8 engines ceased.

In 2012, the Plus 8 was reborn into the Morgan range, on a lightweight aluminium chassis with the powerful 4.8 litre BMW engine, as used in the Aero range. With a restyled body, the new Plus 8 was proportionally larger and significantly quicker than any ‘classic’ Morgan before it.

This very special car will be the star of the show on the Morgan stand when it makes its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next March alongside the race inspired Aero GT. 
Steve Morris, Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company, said:
 
“The Plus 8 has always been the driver’s Morgan. Born of the racetrack, and having been no stranger to it since, has meant performance pedigree underpins every Plus 8 we have built. The Plus 8 has raced, and won, all over the world and has a fanatical following among Morgan owners. 
 
“We can’t reveal everything about the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Special Edition yet but we’re excited to show some teaser images today. We can’t wait to unveil the car at Geneva in March.”

Jon Wells, Head of Design at Morgan Motor company said:

“Each design detail of the Plus 8 50th has been considered to celebrate the Plus 8 and what it has meant to Morgan and its customers over the last 50 years. This famous V8 was a darling of the automotive industry in the sixties and has today become an unrivalled machine offering raw exhilaration and effortless power delivery. Overlooking the long wide bonnet sat directly on the rear axle, when driving a plus 8 you are very aware of, not just its sound track, but its significance and its capability. The design of this special final edition hopes to do both justice.”

Holden Morgan have secured two build slots secured for this iconic car. Contact us now to ensure you don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Contact Katie@holden.co.uk or call us on (0) 1885 488488

 

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!

Join Us At Run For The Hills!

Join us alongside thousands of Morgan owners and enthusiasts from around the globe on the 26-27 August 2017 for Morgan Run For The Hills, located at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

Held in association with the Morgan Sports Car Club, Run For The Hills 2017 promises a packed schedule of all-things-Morgan.

As we recently became a Morgan Dealership, the team at Holden Morgan will be attending alongside other Morgan dealers, trade stands and specialists.

Things To Do

There’s so much on offer this year, we’ll be surprised if you can fit it all in! Over the course of the two day event, you’ll be able to take part in any of the following:

Pickersleigh 3

If you’re the proud owner of a 3-Wheeler, you might like to take part in the Pickeesleigh 3 run on the morning of Saturday 26th August. Pickersleigh 3 is an organised run from the Morgan factory on Pickersleigh Road, to Run For The Hills. All 3-Wheeler owners are welcome to turn up at the factory for 8.15am and take part in the 15 mile scenic run which will conclude with a victory lap around the main area of Run For The Hills in front of a sea of spectators.

Race a Morgan

If you’re not currently a Morgan owner, or even if you haven’t got a driving licence, you can take a thrilling passenger ride in one of our factory Morgans around the AutoSOLO course. This is the perfect activity for Morgan enthusiasts young and old, and will give you some fantastic photo opportunities too!

The Morgan ‘It’s An Auto Knockout’ Obstacle Course

Morgan drivers will go head to head in this hilarious and gripping challenge where the aim is to dodge obstacles and navigate a complicated course in the quickest time. If you think you’d like to have a go, you can register your interest by emailing runforthehills@morgan-motor.co.uk.

Demo Runs

Morgans old and new will be taking part in demo runs throughout the weekend, with a commentator narrating the day via a loud speaker. If you’re a Morgan enthusiast, you’ll love the variety of Morgans on display and will have a chance to get up close and personal with them too.

The World’s Fastest Car

The 1000mph Bloodhound SSC is a land speed record car that can cover a mile in 3.6 seconds. Yes you read that correctly! It’s powered by a jet engine and a rocket, and will be on static display at Run For The Hills this year!

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy a breathtaking view of Malvern and the surrounding areas by taking a thrilling hot air balloon ride. Rides are free, but are limited on a first come first serve basis and will be weather dependent.

Watch A Stunt Show

On both the Saturday and Sunday you and the family can enjoy stunt displays by Bold Dog FMX and Richard Goodwin. Bold Dog FMX will be occupying the main arena to show off their motorcycle stunt skills, while Richard will be taking to the skies in his extraordinary muscle biplane!

And the fun doesn’t stop there! Throughout the weekend you can also enjoy delicious artisan food and drink, a range of stalls and services, an up close view of live motoring craftsmanship and delightful music from the English symphony orchestra. This event is not one you and your family will want to miss, so whether you’re a Morgan owner or just a really big fan, we’d love you to stop by and enjoy the weekend.

 

photo credit Morgan Motors

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!