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.

 

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.

Sports Bucket Seats


If you’re looking for a sports bucket seat that provides you with optimal support while driving, we’re pleased to offer high quality trimmed or untrimmed seats in a range of colours and styles, including custom options.

Each bucket seat is hand made locally and is specifically designed to provide optimal lateral support and weight distribution, which is especially important while cornering. Thanks to its lightweight steel shell and sturdy wooden base, as well as the removable back cushion, you’ll feel confident that the sports bucket seat can hold you safely and securely without compromising on comfort.

In the video, Julian Parker demonstrates how a modern sports bucket seat can be installed into both old and newer cars alike. If you’re installing a sports bucket seat into an older model, it could be you’re able to use the existing runners, but if not, we sell runners separately. Julian also gives you a glimpse of the 1955 Morgan +4 that’s beginning a long and labour intensive restoration in the Holden Morgan service and restoration bay which you can read more about here.

Should you wish to choose a colour other than black, all you need to do is send in a sample of your preferred colour and we’ll do our very best to match it. After you’ve approved the final colour choice, we’ll get to work at creating your custom seat. While most of our sports bucket seats are finished in leather, PVC material is also available.

For the full range, including trimmed and untrimmed seats, head over to our page.

 

Powerlite Starter Motors

 


At Holden Vintage & Classic, we have in stock a huge range of Powerlite starter motors, so no matter which classic car you drive, we’ll be able to quickly supply a Powerlite starter motor to replace your original unit.

Powerlite have been supplying rotating electrics to the automotive industry for ten years and are based in the West Midlands not far at all from the Holden premises.

The motors are lightweight (about half the weight of the original) and also offer increased cranking speeds and power when compared to your original unit. There’s also a lot less strain on your car’s battery. Upon installation, no modifications are required to your vehicle as they work for both positive and negative polarity.

In the video, Julian shows the main differences in appearance and functionality between an original unit and Powerlite starter motor. You can also look at our range of Powerlite products by clicking here.

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!

Are we up to the challenge? Of course we are! Morgan+4 Restoration

It’s not like the team at Holden Morgan to shy away from a challenge, and this is especially true of their latest venture – a monumental restoration project of a 1955 Morgan +4 currently occupying the new service and restoration bay.

We first introduced you to this broken down +4 back in March after Jeremy picked it up from Scotland following a bit of late night impulse shopping on eBay. Coincidentally, it turned out the chap he bought it off frequented the same old haunt Jeremy was once a regular at over 30 years ago, meaning their paths may have crossed a few times before. On Monday 13th March, after a celebratory dinner at the Anchor Hotel Kipford, Jeremy loaded the Morgan onto a trailer and it was transported back to the Holden premises in Bromyard.

Unfortunately, due to its fragile state, the car actually broke in half mid-journey, meaning that a new chassis will be required, a good job the Morgan factory is just up the road!

The exciting news is that there’s now an adventurous plan for the car. Not only will it be restored, in house, by June next year (which, when it comes to car restoration, is a bit of a tall order), but it’ll be modified into a rally car and taken to Rally Round Africa in October 2018!

 
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Rally Round Africa is a 6700km route that begins at Dar es Salaam, passing magnificent wildlife, bustling cities, breathtaking coastlines and dusty deserts before concluding in Cape Town. The question is; can this rather sorry looking Morgan handle the heat? We believe it can!
Follow our story over the next twelve months and watch us transform this tired and forgotten Morgan into a rally car fit for the African wilderness.

June Motoring Events You Won’t Want To Miss

Soon enough those pesky summer showers will clear and you’ll be able to take the top down on your classic motor again. So, in anticipation of blue skies next week, here’s a whopping 11 classic motoring events you might fancy taking part in or spectatoring at.

11th – 17th The Paris-Prague Rally (Rallyround)

If you’re a bit of a euro-explorer, you might be interested in this spectacular rally event organised by Rally Round. This year, the route spans 1,333 miles through Chateau de Chantilly on the outskirts of Paris, St Gallen, Kitzbuhel, Linz and Brno before concluding in Prague’s gorgeous Old Town. What could be more beautiful? Don’t worry if you miss it this time around, more events are being organised for 2018!

11th June Grand Pix de l’Age d’or

The Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or is this year celebrating its 53rd anniversary and its 13th on the amaking Dijon-Prenois circuit. It will see 10 grids on the track, including the Euro F2 Classic and the 2 Formula 1 grids, as well as the FIA Lurani Trophy. Spectators are able to view the cars up close in the paddocks, and there will be a number of stands, stalls and entertainment on offer!

11th June Shelsley Walsh Breakfast Club

Located on the outskirts of Worcester, the Breakfast Club opens this fantastic annual hill climb at Shelsley Walsh to classic enthusiasts from around the country. This year features a chance to see hundreds of classic and vintage motors as well as a unique opportunity to view a restored water mill in action. Admission for spectators is only £3.50.

11th June Jaguar Drivers Club E-type day at Prescott

Head over to Prescott Hill in Cheltenham for this fun filled day celebrating all things Jaguar. There’s plenty to see and do for spectators, including refreshments, stalls and entertainment. So, whether you’re a proud jag owner or just a really big fan, hop into your motor and drive over to Prescott Hill with the family to enjoy a relaxing day out.

17th & 18th June Bath Festival of Motoring, Walcot Rugby Ground

The Bath Festival of Motoring is a 2 day charitable event that last year welcomed over 6000 spectators! Tickets for spectators are £10 and include access to the classic cars up close, as well as entertainment, stalls and a true festival atmosphere. What could be better?

17th & 18th June Brookland Double Twelve Motorsport Festival

Brooklands has a rich motoring history and each year celebrates its classic car connections by hosting a fantastic event for the whole family. Saturday sees The Double Twelve Speed Trials on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit and Sunday will show The Double Twelve Driving Tests. The Test Hill Challenge will also take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Tickets for spectators are £11.

17th & 18th June HSCC Cadwell Park

This two day motoring event located in Lincolnshire is a spectacle for all the family. It includes categories like Classic Racing Cars, 70s Road Sport and Formula Ford 2000. To take part, simply fill out the registration form on the website.

17th June Open test day at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb

This will be the first time that the Midland Automobile Club has hosted an open practice day at Shelsley Walsh. It’s particularly good if you’re keen to gain further experience on the hill in a more relaxed environment while still benefiting from being timed. Those wishing to take part must possess a 2017 MSA licence. Spectators can go for free which makes it a lovely day out for the family.

24th & 25th June Bromyard Gala

With its rich motoring history, there’s no better setting than Bromyard for a classic motoring event. In celebration of 50 years, this two day classic car event features JCB’s world famous dancing diggers, as well as a fairground, bandstand and plenty of vintage and classic cars that you can see up close and personal.

24th & 25th June Flywheel Festival

Situated at Bicester Heritage, this classic car event is now in its 3rd year and gets better each time! The two day festival celebrates both classic cars, as well as historic military vehicles and aviation. Demonstrations take place over both days, and there’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Advance spectator tickets are £23 (£28 on the day) with family options and concessions also available. There’s also a fantastic auction on 24th. You won’t want to miss it!

29th – 2nd July Goodwood Festival of Speed

Each year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has a theme. This year marks 25 years since the festival started and its theme is ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’. Intrigued? We are! A weekend admission is £154 and packages or concessions are also available. With some seriously amazing classic motors in attendance this year, it’s an event you certainly won’t want to miss.

 

Julian Parker Explains Why We Use Magnecor

 

Magnecor are a leading manufacturer of high performance ignition leadsets. Made in the UK from high specification conductors, each set is specially designed to fit with ease onto your classic car distributor, and caters for both push fit caps and side entry caps.
When using a push fit cap, the Magnecor leads simply push down on top, and you’ll also notice that each lead is conveniently marked so that you can connect it without confusion. For side entry caps, the grub screw inside will fit with the Magnecor cable, and it’s important to select a Magnecor cable that has been specifically designed for this purpose.

Some of the fantastic Magnecor products we have on offer include:

Austin Healey 100/6 2.6 with Side Entry Distributor

This stainless steel conductor provides radio frequency interference suppression and a capacitive reserve to help ignition coil regeneration at high engine revolutions. It is surrounded by an EPDM insulator with fibreglass reinforcement, and covered with high temperature resistant silicone rubber. This set is for the Austin Healey 100/6 2.6 litre with carburettors and side entry distributor cap.

Triumph TR4 (Screw In Type)

This set is for the Triumph TR4 with screw in type distributor cap. It features radio frequency interface suppression, and is surrounded by an EPDM insulator with fibreglass reinforcement. As you would expect from any high quality product of this type, it also features high temperature resistant rubber.
Watch our video to hear more from Julian Parker, Managing Director, about finding the right Magnecor leadset for your classic motor. Then head over to our dedicated Magnecor product page and select the right leadset for you.

Plug Caps and Leads For Your Classic Car

Plug leads and caps make up vital components of your classic car which is why we are pleased to offer a range of reliable leads and caps from reputable brand names.

 
Our high performance plug leads have a robust outer coating so that they’re able to withstand higher temperatures – a feature that’s vital for classic cars. We also offer sturdy copper core cotton braided leads and modern graphite cable (note that graphite requires a metal connector in order to link to the appropriate cap).

 
Plug caps are split into two categories – suppressed and non suppressed and can be angled or straight. Both types of plug caps contain a metal element that screws onto the lead. It’s advisable that you cut the lead cleanly and form a small hole at the end in order to produce a better fit when fixing the two together.

 
Of course, it’s important you pair the right lead with the correct plug cap. A failure to do this can cause the plug cap to blow. Watch our exclusive video featuring Julian Parker, Managing Director of Holden Vintage & Classic, who explains more about finding the right plug leads and caps for your classic motor.

 

Plug caps we supply include:

Champion Right Angle Waterproof Plug Cap (Suppressed)
KLG Right Angled Spark Plug Cap (Not Suppressed)
Straight Suppressed Spark Plug Cap

Leads we supply include:

Copper Core Cotton Braided
Standard HT
Suppressed Graphite

Head over to our dedicated page now to place your order.