The Restoration of ‘Sol’ The African Rally Morgan +4 (Chapter 3)

A year ago, we introduced you to ‘Sol’, a tired Plus 4 in desperate need of some restoration. Over the last 12 months, the team at Holden Morgan have been working tirelessly to restore sorry Sol in time for RallyRound’s Rally Africa. You can read more about the steps taken to this stage here and here.

Below, you’ll find a video of Jeremy and Adam demonstrating the latest project developments from the Holden Morgan workshop. We don’t have long to go and very much look forward to sharing with you this amazing car’s journey through Africa in October.

 

A customer’s restoration journey

This week we are honoured to have spoken to Peter Linn, a lifelong classic car enthusiast and owner from Essex who now lives in Brisbane, Australia.

Peter currently owns a selection of cars, including a 1955 Austin Healey 100, which was bought part restored in 2008, and a 1947 MG TC/Q type special, which was purchased as a basket case in 2016. These are the last of a string of British classics starting with a 1952 Series MM Morris Minor in 1966, through 1953 MG TD owned from 1970-1986 (in the UK), 1966 Daimler 2.5 litre V8 (1992-2003 in Australia), 1955 Special bodied Austin Healey 100 ‘the Ward Special’ (2003-2015) which is now in Holland, and an Ausca bodied Healey 100.

The current Healey was found in a paddock in NSW where it had sat for 20 odd years. Most of the mechanical bits were long gone, so it needed a replacement engine (3.8 litre Holden V6). The MG was bought from a friend as a project. The chassis is one from a car he owned in the ‘60s which he crashed. He then replaced the chassis and subsequently straightened the original one and collected bits to build another car. That’s what Peter bought. The body is a fibreglass Q type replica of which a handful were made in Melbourne.

A personal passion for restoration

Peter gets a particular kick from building something out of nothing (or very little) as well as resurrecting cars that very nearly cease to exist. That was the case with both the Healey and the MG, and also the Ausca bodied car, which was built from scratch after finding the body in Victoria.

Holden Vintage & Classic have helped Peter bring these cars back to life

Peter has used Holden Vintage & Classic products in many of his restorations. In the MG, he used an alloy rocker cover, sidelight innards, reflectors, halogen headlamp globes, electronic SU fuel pump, badge bar clips, cabling, spark plug caps, spring bonnet catches, and a pair of goggles and driving gloves!

In the Healey, he needed headlamp seals, Healey-specific rear indicators, headlamp stone guards, reflectors, lift the dot studs and decals.

And in the Ausca bodied car (now sold) he required complete headlamp units, MGA tail lights, reflectors, indicator lamp lenses and a few other small parts.  When asked about his experience, he said, “HVC is the first place I refer people too when they’re looking in particular for electrical and hardware bits”.

 

So how does Peter enjoy his projects once they’re finished? Well, as a member of GEAR (Golden Era Auto Racing), Peter told us he runs the Healey and the Ausca at the club’s two monthly track days at the 2 Queensland race tracks – Lakeside and Queensland Raceway. He also enjoys taking his classics to shows such as the annual All-British day. We are pleased that Peter has found the right hardware, electricals and accessories to help him enjoy his restored cars to their maximum potential and look forward to seeing what he has up his sleeve in the near future!

If you’d like to share your restoration story, get in touch with us today!

 

 

 

 

 

June Classic Car and Motorcycle Events 2018

Expect an exciting line-up of classic car and motorcycle events this month, from the historic Bringsty Grand Prix to the fun-filled Fathers Day Motorfest – whatever takes your fancy, we’ve found an event that’s just right for you.

1st-3rd June 2018 Vintage Nostalgia, Stockton Park

Enjoy this summer family classic car festival with an eclectic autojumble, over 100 vintage stands, classic cars, children’s activities, live music and more! Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Wylye Valley, you’re welcome to bring your tent, yurt, caravan, classic car, vintage motorbike, and join in the fun. Tickets from £10 a day.

3rd June 2018 Brighton Beach Classic Car Show

Opening at 10am on the Brighton Beach promenade, this fun and sunny family day out is perfect for the classic car enthusiast who also enjoys a stick of rock or a rum and raisin ice cream. Featuring an array of cars spanning the era, as well as activities, children’s entertainment and runs throughout the day, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

9th June 2018 Loch Ness Classic Car Tour 

The Loch Ness Classic and Vintage Car Tour is a non-competitive event restricted to entries from classic and vintage cars plus cars of a sporting nature as well as vintage and classic motor cycles. This year, the car tour is raising money for two charities –Children 1st and the Charity Account of the Rotary Club of Inverness Loch Ness. To take part in this scenic event, simply visit the website. 

9th June 2018 Jaguar XK70 celebration Shelsey Walsh

Dress up in your best motoring heyday outfit and head to the oldest hill climb still running in the world, Shelsley Walsh, to celebrate all-things-Jaguar. View a spectacular range of Jaguars, enjoy Q&A sessions with a panel of Jaguar experts, eat and drink from a variety of vendors and watch some incredible runs throughout the day.

9th June 2018 Bringsty Grand Prix

Returning for the first time in almost half a century, this incredible motorcross event will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view some beautiful motorcycles from across the decades. The venue will be Tiblands Farm, Linley Green Road, Bromyard WR6 5RE.

10th June 2018 Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run

Back for its 55th year, the Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run is an enjoyable event for any classic vehicle owner. Starting from Worsley Old Hall near Manchester this Touring Assembly gives entrants a choice of 3 routes tailored to cars of different types. Veteran and Edwardian entrants can elect to start from the lunch halt. This year the route takes in many ‘new’ roads as it makes its way from Worsley to a rest halt at Haslingden then on to a lunch halt in Fulwood Preston. From Fulwood the route takes in Wrea Green to finish at the Italian Gardens in Stanley Park Blackpool where a simple Concours will be held with awards for the different classes.

17th June Fathers Day Motorfest

Treat your Dad (or son) to all-things-classic-motoring at Barleylands, Billericay CM11 2UD. Enjoy a display of incredible vehicles, a chance to watch live demonstrations, as well as some great entertainment on the main stage from DJ Crazy Nadge rock n roll and The Foxy rock Dancers, Motorbike football, Amazing Stunt Team and a huge kid’s area with fun fair rides, huge bouncy castle village and kids entertainers.

23rd-24th June 2018 The Classic and Sports Car Show in Association With Flywheel

For transport lovers everywhere, this year’s show features classic car, aircraft and military machines, as well as club displays, trade stalls, autojumbles, entertainment and refreshments. MGB fans will be delighted to see one of the very earliest MGBs in action – one of the first 20 ever made, in fact, and amongst those taking to the demonstration course will be a 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Sports works car that competed in the 1926 Le Mans 24 Hours. You can read more about the lineup on the day by clicking here.

24th June 2018 Really Retro Show

Now in its 4th year, the Really Retro Show will feature world-class cars and bikes, a dazzling array of vintage aircraft, an impressive collection of military machines and incredible live demonstrations both on the ground and in the air at the historic site. There’s also a Vintage Village featuring period fairground rides, live music performances, shopping and food stalls.

For any parts, accessories or clothing you might need to attend one of these events, visit the Holden Vintage & Classic website.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Classic Motoring Events for May

May is the first month of 2018 to play host to an enormous range of classic motoring and transport events across the country and beyond. From The Mini London To Brighton Run, to The Monaco Grand Prix Historic, this month is sure to offer something for any classic motoring enthusiast or owner. Scroll down to read about some of our favourite events, including the Bromyard Speed Festival which Holden Morgan will be attending.

4-6 May 2018 Donington Historic Festival

With a spectacular selection of world-class grids, Donington Historic Festival 2018 will welcome several hundred classic racing cars spanning nine decades at the world-famous Donington Park track between 4th and 6th May. For a full timetable, please click here. Tickets from as little as £10 each.

4 May 2018 T.S.S.C. Triumph Weekend Isle of Wight

Celebrating the historic Triumph on the beautiful Isle of Wight on May 4th. This family-friendly event promises beautiful views, refreshments, entertainment and a chance for likeminded Triumph owners and enthusiasts to come together in a breath-taking setting.

5-7 May 2018 Caledonian MGCC Three Day Scenic Tour

This year’s May three day scenic tour will take place around the Borders in the beautiful region of Dumfries and Galloway. This event is now full so please add your name to the Waiting List in case there is a cancellation. For more information on the route and participating cars, click here. Spectators are of course welcome, and the beautiful scenery makes for a beautiful picnic backdrop!

5 May 2018 Brooklands Auto Italia Day

The Brooklands Auto Italia Day is one of the biggest events of the year at Brooklands, celebrating the all things Italian. This year the event will be celebrating its 33rd year, and will welcome an abundance of beautiful Italian cars and motorcycles, as well as Italian food, themes and music. Highlights on the day will include a live demonstration of a rare 1955 Maserati A6G Zagato, a Lancia Stratos Group 4 Rally car and an Intermeccanica Indra, built by Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica. Tickets £16 for an adult.

5-6 May 2018 Shelsley Walsh Speed Into Spring

Taking place at the historic Shelsley Walsh, this fantastic family-focused classic motoring event promises fast cars, new faces and never been seen before cars. Trade representatives will also be present to answer questions. Click here for the full line-up. Tickets from £8 when booked in advance.

6 May 2018 Bowood Spring Classic Car & Bike show Wiltshire 

A first for Bowood House, May 6th will be the first of two new classic vehicle shows. The event takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday 6 May and offers a spectacular day of motoring heritage ideal for enthusiasts, day trippers and families. As well as beautiful grounds and refreshments, there will be a full vehicle concours overseen by leading commentator and vehicle expert Les Clayton. Advance purchase tickets from as little as £4.50.

6-7 May 2018 Stratford Festival of Motoring

On 6-7 May, the historic town centre streets of Stratford-upon-Avon will be shut to normal traffic, permitting motoring enthusiasts to showcase over 300 cars per day! There will also be engaging summer activities for the family, making this a fun day out for everyone. Entries for cars are now closed but spectators are welcome on the day.

7 May 2018 Swansea Classic Car Show 

The Swansea Classic Car Show has now been running for more than 30 years and is due to take place at Singleton Park, Swansea West Glamorgan, SA2 8PY, Monday 7th May. The day promises all-round family fun featuring more than 500 cars, an autojumble and trade stands. Children’s entertainment, fair and full range of catering will also be offered. .

11-13 May 2018 Monaco Grand Prix historic

Running since 1997, the Monaco Grand Prix Historic is a not-to-be-missed, spectacular event for all motoring enthusiasts across the globe. Set in the heart of Monaco, the programme this year features F1 Grand Prix cars from 1966 to 1972 inclusive, a parade for pre-war Grand Prix cars, a prize giving Gala Dinner and much much more. For the full programme details, click here.

13 May 2018 Bromyard Speed Festival On Tour

This year, the annual Bromyard Speed Festival will be going on tour and taking place at the historic Shelsley Walsh. You can expect up to 140 spectacular classic cars and motorcycles, many of which will be displayed in paddocks for the public to enjoy up close. Refreshments and entertainment, as well as trade stands and club representatives will also be in attendance. For more information click here.

20 May 2018 South Wales Classic Car Show   

Taking place at the Cardiff City Football Stadium, this year’s classic car show promises a huge range of classic vehicles spanning the decades, as well as visits from motoring experts across the country, trade stands and club representatives. For more information click here.

20 May 2018 Mini London to Brighton Run

The annual London to Brighton Mini Run is organised by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club and remains one of the biggest events along Madeira Drive with parked Minis stretching all the way from the Sealife Centre to Blackrock. The event is open to all types of Mini, as well as a Show and Shine competition, which has 8 different classes, differentiated by criteria such as age of vehicle and degree of modification.  In addition, the Mini Run is an enormous market selling everything and anything you could want for your Mini. Basically, if you’re a Mini owner or a Mini enthusiast, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

26-27 May 2018 Land Rover Spring Show Scotland

The Scottish Land Rover Show returns to The Royal Highland Showground, Ingilston, Edinburgh on the new date of May 26th & 27th 2018. Major manufacturers, retailers and hundreds of autojumblers will be bringing the very best Land Rovers, parts and accessories to your doorstep. Hundreds of Land Rovers and Club Displays, Jam Packed main arena action, fun and games and evening entertainment will ensure there’s something for all the family. Advance tickets from £12.

Should you need any parts, clothing or accessories to attend any of these events, head over to our website now.

 

The Restoration of ‘Sol’ The African Rally Morgan +4 (Chapter 2)

Since I last wrote about progress on Sol, a good deal has happened, as following on from the making of the brake lines the car was despatched to VSM for the wings to be fitted. We had sourced a set of new Superform wings from the factory. Not strictly correct, or quite the right style for Sol, but more readily available and also having a link to Holden, in that Holden Aluminium (now part of the Sapa Group) form the extruded outer edge wing beading for Superform. In fact, prior to Holden Aluminium relocating to Bromyard, the wing beading was formed in the very building in which Sol is being restored!

In an amazingly short period of four days, Steve had managed to trim and fit all four wings, Sol being retrieved on the fourth day to take up a position on the Morgan Sports Car Club stand at the Practical Classics Restoration Show, gaining much admiration and questions about the rebuild, the specification, the general construction of a Morgan, as well as the ever present ‘I thought these cars had a wooden chassis’ question!

Following the Show were four days until Sol could return to VSM, so as the wings were fitted the opportunity was taken to fit the wing stays. Front wings are supported at the centre line of the front wheel, the other end being attached to the top of the cross head. Previously, making these has been something akin to Blacksmithing, as the Factory supplied items were only ever somewhere near to fitting, in that there was a bolt hole at each end and a shape something like the wing profile. However, nowadays things are different! Someone at Morgan has discovered that by making the bracket a shape much more like the wing and putting slotted holes at each end, one part can fit a multitude of cars! This main front stay aside, all the rest had to be made from flat steel strip. There is still one more to do, but this can only be done once there is an exhaust system in place.

Whilst ferreting through a box of parts for the car, we found the door locks which thankfully had been rescued off the old doors. With a little bit of a clean up and some light oil they appeared to work well and showed little signs of much wear, so as the doors were currently being held shut with a small piece of wood and a screw, they were fitted. Not without having to make a packing piece from a piece of thin steel! A little careful adjustment and they latched shut, albeit being a bit on the tight side – but as the body settles and once it is firmly bolted to the chassis the locks will no doubt need some more fettling to get them spot on.

Having done these relatively minor tasks, I tackled the brake line across the back axle and the main line from the front of the car to the rear. This runs down the chassis rail on the passenger side of the car, opposite to the master cylinder which makes the pipe run somewhat longer, but it does keep it well away from the exhaust!

With these few little tasks completed, Easter was upon us, and the following Tuesday Sol was due back to VSM for the bonnet to be made. Dodging the ever present rain showers Sol made the journey from the Workshop to VSM without getting wet or dirty. Amazingly!

Just over a week later, a phone call to say that Sol was done and could be collected was a bit of a surprise, as the anticipation was that it would be at least another week. Steve had done the job quicker than he had suggested and it was ready.

The bonnets and cowl were now fitted, the cowl box had been made and bolted in – this insignificant sounding and fiddly to fit bit of sheet metal is the part that holds the front of the valances together and provides the mounting point for the Morgan grille. Steve had also fitted the windscreen for us and at the same time cut the slots for the windscreen wiper wheelbox spindles in the scuttle. Both of these jobs being far easier when a template and plenty of experience are readily available! Getting the angle of the windscreen wrong can affect the aesthetics of the car, not to mention cause a nuisance when it comes to fitting side screens.

This the brings us to the point where some of the ‘furniture’ can be fitted. So far, a pair of headlights have been fitted, using period correct 3-adjuster steel headlamp bowls instead of the more modern plastic option, a set of front indicators added, which is something that we don’t think Sol would have had from new, but are being fitted from a safety point of view. With these installed, Sol has somehow taken a leap towards becoming a complete car!

Wiper wheelboxes have been put in place, together with a new piece of tube for the wiper rack. This comes as a lovely straight piece of tube and has to be carefully cut and shaped to fit, ensuring not to kink the tube or bend it too tightly, otherwise the rack simply won’t run smoothly and the motor will be straining to operate correctly. A modern 2 speed motor has been fitted in place of the original single speed one to hopefully provide better wipers, although we are hoping the trip through Africa will not see too much rain, you never know!

Another job was to fit the tread rubbers to the wings. These comprise a very soft aluminium extrusion that is bolted to the wing with plenty of small coach bolts, which are then hidden by the rubber strip. These have had to be ordered from the Factory, so a couple of old ones that had been replaced on a car in the Workshop were used as templates.

The final job that brings us currently up to date has been to fit the bellhousing to the gearbox and overhaul the clutch operating mechanism. Those readers familiar with a Moss box in a Morgan will understand this, others may not. Essentially, the Moss gearbox is mounted remotely from the engine at the end of an approximately 2 feet long Magnesium bellhousing. At the flywheel end there is a cast aluminium sleeve that contains a carbon clutch thrust pad, this slides within the magnesium casting to operate the clutch by pushing against a steel pad in the centre of the clutch cover. The sleeve is connected via a mechanical linkage to the pedal and has 5 separate pivot points, each one wears and contributes towards the linkage being sloppy, add this to a lack of grease having been applied to the grease point where the aluminium sleeve slides and the end result is a clutch that is terrible to operate at best.

The cure for the lack of grease – and hence the slide for the aluminium sleeve becoming oval – is to machine the magnesium casting back to round and press in a piece of seamless steel tube. This job was entrusted to GEE, who helpfully had one available as an exchange! The rest of the linkage was overhauled and new pivot pins and split pins fitted to make it all work correctly. Once the bellhousing was bolted to the gearbox with the connecting shaft fitted first (the muff coupling on the nose of the gearbox input shaft does not fit through the aluminium clutch sleeve) it was placed in the chassis. At this point, we could not resist fitting the propshaft – just to make sure it fitted!

The coming week or so will see the fitting of the beading to the outer edge of the wings, fitting rear lamps, the addition of the bonnet catches and sorting out the fuel tank. Once this is all done, we will be somewhere near to being ready for paint. The burning question now, is what colour……..!

Make the most of your classic car while the sun is shining!

We Brits know that the weather can be notoriously unpredictable. One moment, the Beast From The East is causing a national freeze, the next it’s 25 degrees and we’re digging out last year’s leftover sunblock.

So when we do get to enjoy a spot of fortunate weather, it’s important we make the most of it by bringing our classic motors out of their winter hibernation. After all, there really is no greater feeling than driving down beautiful country lanes with the top down on a warm Summer’s day.

Here’s what you can do to enjoy your classic car throughout the remainder of Spring and into the Summer months.

1. Give your classic motor a spring clean

This is the perfect time of year to really show off your classic car, especially if you’re scheduled to attend a classic motoring event sometime over the coming weeks. That’s why we recommend using the Autoglym Full Bodyworks and Wheels kit. This fantastic collection of cleaning products includes instant tyre dressing, shampoo conditioner, super resin polish, extra gloss protection, alloy wheel seal and clean wheels wash. Over the last few months of rain, wind and unprecedented levels of snow, your car will need a thorough wash down using the Autoglym shampoo conditioner to remove unwanted grime. You’ll also need to clear any grit and dirt from the wheels using the clean wheels wash. After the wheels have dried, you can use the alloy wheel seal to spray the rim of the wheels, although you must be careful not to spray through wheels onto brake discs or calipers. Once applied, buff the surface with dry cotton cloth and finish with the instant tyre dressing for a beautiful shine. Back to the car’s body, once the shampoo conditioner has dried, you’ll be able to apply the polish and extra gloss protection, giving your motor a spectacular shine while guarding it from common Summer hazards.

2. Treat your classic motor to a splash of paint

If you think your classic car’s chassis is looking a little dull, you might want to consider treating it to a lick of paint in time for the summer months. This can bring any classic vehicle back to life and give you an added sense of pride if you’re attending classic car shows or similar motoring events. POR-15 make a number of suitable paints, all of which have anti-rust properties to keep your car in better shape for the long haul. If you’d like to try out this paint before committing to it, you can purchase the POR-15 Super Starter Kit which includes metal prep, rust prevention coating and a cleaner degreaser, as well as latex gloves and two wooden handle paint brushes. Remember that cleaning your car is critical before applying paint so that fibres and bugs aren’t trapped beneath the paintwork, as this can create an uneven coating.

3. Take your car to an event

Throughout the rest of April and into May, classic car and motorcycle events are found in abundance across the country and beyond. At Holden Vintage & Classic, not only do we list our favourite events each month on our blog, but attend many of these ourselves! If you’ve seen an event that’s caught your eye and are thinking of entering as a participants, we are more than willing to talk to you about the best ways you can prep your car beforehand. Alternatively, you can bring your car into our Service and Restoration Bay for a full check-up.

And while you’re here….

We’d like to present to you this stunning Morgan 3-wheeler for sale at the Holden Morgan showroom.

Ordinarily, when purchasing this stunning classic motor from the Morgan factory directly, you would expect to wait months before becoming its owner. But with us, there is no wait at all. Treat yourself to this gorgeous new and unregistered car with 0 mileage for just £39995. For more information, click here or email Katie@holden.co.uk.

 

Classic Motoring Events April 2018

With the race season fully underway, we are excited to see what April has in store for the classic motoring enthusiast. This month Bromyard Speed Festival goes on tour, and Bringsty Grand Prix returns after a 70 year absence. You can also find some exciting workshops and bike shows across the country in the coming weeks.

 The Bringsty Grand Prix POSTPONED

The Bringsty Grand Prix will run in the Herefordshire countryside for the first time since 1947. Supported by local land owners and in keeping with the ethos of The Bromyard Speed Festival, this historic motorcross event will take place at the Tiblands Farm, Linley Green Road, Bromyard WR6 5RE, where motoring enthusiasts from all over the country are expected to gather in celebration of its much-anticipated return. PLEASE NOTE THE ORIGINAL DATE  OF 7 APRIL HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WATERLOGGED GROUND.

7 April 2018 The Carole Nash Great Scottish Bike Show 

Based at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, this fantastic classic bike show will feature classic bike fire-up paddocks, celebrity motorcycle guests, children’s motorcycle experiences, a custom bike show and numerous trade and autojumble stands. You can get your tickets (starting at £13.85) by clicking here. 

7 April 2018 – The Cardiff Motorcycle Show Glamorgan 

Back for its 26th year, the Classic Motorcycle Show will take place at  Llanishen High School, Heol Hir, Cardiff Glamorgan, CF14 5YL and this year will feature 150 bikes spanning the eras. Over a thousand guests are expected to attend, with trade stands and experts on hand for a chat about the latest motorcycle news.

15 April 2018 – Classics At The Mill, Somerset 

Classics at the Mill is a family friendly classic vehicle meeting at the Haselbury Mill, a captivating venue in the heart of the Somerset countryside. The day will feature family centric entertainment, including crafts and activities, 150 classic vehicles on display and a hog roast ready to eat for when you get a bit peckish. Local pubs and restaurants will be open as usual.

15 April 2018 – The Southern Classics Spring Show, Sussex

The Southern Classics Spring Show is planned to take place at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere, Chichester Sussex, PO20 2ES. Featuring an autojumble and trade stands, this classic motoring event is the perfect opportunity for classic car owners to come together.

21 April 2018 Classic Virgin Experience Day Classic Car Ownership Workshop

Gain a better understanding of classic car maintenance with this superb workshop for classic car owners. The day will kick off with a session offering expert guidance on the practicalities of classic car ownership including rally participation, club membership and social activities, facilities you will need to care for your car, finance, insurance, and what to look out for when choosing your classic car. After this you’ll attend a practical session in a fully decked out restoration workshop and learn the fundamentals of classic car maintenance, from filter changes and brake fluid checks to ignition and fuel care.

21-22 April 2018 Formula Vintage Championship 

The Formula Vintage Championship will take place on the National Circuit of Silverstone on 21 and 22 April. The exhilarating two day event remains one of the VSCC’s most popular events with spectators and competitors alike, and this year will feature free access to the paddocks, an opportunity to dress up in vintage motoring clothing and classic motoring stalls and trade stands. Tickets from £15. If you’d like to treat yourself to a new vintage outfit for this event, you can look in our Holden Vintage & Classic shop. 

28 April 2018 – British & Midland Championships Weekend, Gloucestershire 

The British & Midland Championships Weekend is planned to take place at Gotherington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April 2018 and is expected to feature some of the fastest hillclimb cars in the country. Trade stands and experts will be on hand to answer your questions, and there is refreshments available for the whole family to enjoy.

Should you need any parts, accessories or clothing for any one of these classic motoring events, you can visit our website.

 

The Bringsty Grand Prix 2018

The Bringsty Grand Prix will run in the Herefordshire countryside for the first time since 1947 on 7th April 2018.
Supported by local land owners and in keeping with the ethos of The Bromyard Speed Festival, this historic motorcross event will take place at the Tiblands Farm, Linley Green Road, Bromyard WR6 5RE, where motoring enthusiasts from all over the country are expected to gather in celebration of its much-anticipated return.
Assisted by one of the spectators at the 1947 event, the original course has been identified, and it is still possible to follow most of its alignment over one mile traversing bog, stream, ledge and steep climb.
The one-day spectacular starts at 10.30am and is an ideal opportunity for onlookers to get up close and personal with some of the finest classic motorcycles in the country with unrivalled views of the event running across Garness, Brodie and Carter land.
The Bringsty Grand Prix first took place following the end of the Second World War and to reflect the historic link, and money raised this year will be given to charities which will include Help for Heroes. It goes without saying that motoring events such as these are not only a way to promote the area and boost tourist interest, but to also bring people together in recognition of an important time in British history.

SOL – The African Rally Morgan +4 at the Practical Classics Restoration Show

Built in 1955 at The Morgan Motor Company, this car was one of the early Morgans to carry the now familiar traditional Morgan body style that has been in production for over 60 years. Echos of its predecessor, the Flat Rad +4 are still evident in the rear section, where the car carries 2 spare wheels vertically behind the rear axle and the fuel tank.

Sadly, little is known of its early history, aside from it ending up near to the Solway Coast,  Scotland in the 1970 where, not too long after receiving an exchange TR2 engine from the Standard Motor Company, it was laid up in a barn. This was possibly due to the replacement engine suffering a failure of some sort, as we found a couple of bent push rods on disassembly. We believe that the recorded mileage on the odometer of approximately 75,000 miles is pretty much genuine, as other parts of the car showed little evidence of too much wear.

Fast forward to March 2017, and the car appeared in a listing on a well-known Auction website, very much a restoration project, but looking quite complete. Jeremy Holden, the car’s owner, was the successful bidder and it was decided that the car would make an interesting centre piece for the new showroom of Holden-Morgan, the Midland Morgan Agent, that was founded in the April of 2017.

Towards the middle of the year, information circulated from Rally Round regarding an event that would take place in October 2018 in Africa, going from Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town over 28 days and 7,000 Kilometres. Holden Vintage & Classic are a supporter of Rally Round, and it was felt that it may be interesting to take part in one of their events. The old, tired +4 was an ideal candidate, being rugged, simple mechanically and a vehicle which Holden are familiar with.

The rebuild commenced in earnest at the end of November 2017 with much work being carried out. Far more has been achieved than is currently on display, as the gearbox has been rebuilt, the engine is all but finished, brakes have all been fitted, as has the steering. These components have been removed currently for final finishing and painting, and for the wings to be fitted. The engineless chassis being far easier to manoeuvre around the Workshop than a complete car!

The next step is to fit the bonnet, and then to remove all the panel work and send it to the paintshop during which time the mechanical side will be completed ready for the finished body work.

New showing: The Bromyard Speed Festival – On Tour to Shelsley Walsh,  8th April 2018