Holden Morgan At Run For The Hills

Last weekend thousands of Morgan owners and enthusiasts travelled from around the globe to Run For The Hills, an extraordinary motoring festival organised and hosted by Morgan Motors.
This year, the team from Holden Morgan were in attendance and spent the weekend of the 26th and 27th August basking in the celebratory atmosphere and sunny weather.


As you know, Holden Vintage & Classic launched Holden Morgan back in May after enjoying a long relationship with Morgan Motors spanning four decades. Katie Turner, general manager of Holden Morgan, said “Run For The Hills gave us a fantastic opportunity to get to know some other Morgan dealers that we’ve not met before, as well as many Morgan enthusiasts from around the country. Everyone was so complimentary of Holden Morgan as well as Holden Vintage & Classic and expressed real interest in our recent move towards becoming a Morgan dealership.”
The work-in-progress Morgan Plus 4 restoration chassis displayed at the Holden Morgan stand was a big hit with spectators, many of whom were intrigued to discover the ambitious aim that the car will be ready for the Rally Africa in October 2018. A 4/4 currently available for sale was also parked up for viewing.

 

Thanks to the glorious weather and array of activities, the festival was buzzing with excitement on both the Saturday and Sunday. Particular highlights included the ‘Pickersleigh 3 Run’, which involved a proud parade of beautiful 3-wheelers, as well as some impressive craftsmanship demonstrations and the Bold Dog motorcycle display. On the Saturday evening an elegant gala dinner was held for guests, which included the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who has under his belt a number of world records for his courageous expeditions.


Sunday saw some brilliant family entertainment including street style music, stilt walkers, a craft market and The Worcester Male Voice Choir. That evening, after a productive day talking to customers, the Holden Morgan team rested in a marquee and enjoyed a delightful spread of brie and rosé courtesy of two of our customers, while the festival concluded with a spectacular performance by the English Symphony Orchestra. This, as well as a stupendous fireworks display, marked the perfect end to an exhilarating weekend, and provided an opportunity for festival goers to sit back and relax as the sun set over a landscape of beautiful Morgan cars.

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.

Why We Recommend Cibie Lighting Systems

Drivers don’t tend to pay much attention to the lights on their cars, unless of course they’re failing. But as you know, they’re absolutely critical to a car’s overall functionality, and without them it simply can’t run. That’s why it’s essential to install lights onto a classic car that are hardwearing, reliable and don’t require a second thought once you’ve hit the road.

While many believe that Lucas or Bosche are the largest producers of car lights, you may be surprised to know that Cibie actually take first place.
Founded in 1919 by a young French technically talented man called Leon Cibie, the company benefitted from the get-go from his lighting expertise and enthusiasm. With a love for all vehicles, not just motor cars but aircrafts too, Cibie helped revolutionise what was, at the time, emerging technology and create robust and effective lighting systems.

At the beginning of the First World War, Cibie was asked to develop and manufacture lighting systems for night-flying aircrafts and broke new ground by inventing the world’s first mobile lighting system, in which the generator was controlled by a voltage regulator and was used to light takeoff and landing strips.
The company continued to expand and by the end of the Second World War, the Cibie factory was located in Rue Haxo in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. Following the liberation of France, the company was nationalised and became the sole supplier of production headlamps for Renault – a relationship that continued for many decades to follow.
The factory in Rue Haxo was too small to keep up with the massive growth in Renault production and so it was transferred to Bobigny, where it covered nearly 12,000 m2.
In addition, Peugeot and Simca, as well as many other new customers, joined in using Cibie as their main supplier of car lights.

For the past few decades, Cibie have continued to be the top pick for driving lamps, sports lamps and fog lamps and have supplied to numerous motorsport teams and disciplines such as the Monte-Carlo rally and Le Mans series. The lights are very easy to fit, and classic motorists benefit from a powerful beam while enjoying minimised energy use and consumption.

The legendary Oscar is the most famous of all the sporting lamps, hailed throughout the motorsport world. Its trademarks include the chromed rim, black painted domed steel shell, and E marked hardened glass concave lens. It can also be used with a variety of lenses. Throughout the years, the Oscar has been fitted as original equipment to many of the worlds finest cars and used by many rally teams.

We’re proud to supply a huge selection of Cibie driving lamps, fog lamps and sports lamps, so head over to our dedicated Cibie page now and place your order.

Bromyard Speed Festival 2017

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On Sunday 2nd April we will be returning to the streets of Bromyard to celebrate the annual Bromyard Speed Festival.

Every year, over 5000 spectators travel from all over the country to watch more than 140 vintage and classic cars and motorcycles drive through the picturesque market town streets of Bromyard.
As part organisers of this charitable event, Holden Vintage & Classic join The Morgan Motor Company, Brightwells Classic Vehicles and a wealth of partners and volunteers to coordinate one of the most exciting events in the classic car calendar.

As you may already know, Bromyard has a rich motoring history. As the birthplace of Morgan Cars and with a manufacturing history dating back to 1910, it couldn’t be a more appropriate setting for a classic car enthusiast to spend the day.

Last year’s festival was a triumph and featured one of the most incredible cars in motoring history – the Sunbeam 350hp ‘Sunbeam Bluebird’, which broke the land speed record in 1924 at 146.16mph. The car was originally driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell, who later went on to improve his record in 1925 by reaching an impressive 150.76mph.
You may be interested to know that Lord Montagu, conservative MP, activist and founder of the British Motor Museum, purchased this car in 1957 in poor condition. After spending many years shelved in a museum without a working engine, the car underwent over 2000 hours of reconditioning before taking to the streets again in 2014.
A real hit with spectators, ‘Bluebird’s’ thunderous engine echoed through the market streets of Bromyard stirring excitement and curiosity from all corners and creating quite a spectacle for both the eyes and ears.

This year we’ll be spending some time with ‘Babs’, the land speed record holder driven by John Parry-Thomas in 1926 that reached an outstanding 171.02mph. The car was restored in 1969 by Owen Wyn Owen and will be causing quite a buzz in Bromyard this April. Furthermore, we’ll be joined by Malcolm Campbell’s ‘Napier Bluebird’, which achieved the world land speed record in 1927 at Pendine Sands. A re-engineered version then recorded over 200mph at Daytona Beach the following year.

As well as these land speed record holders, we’ll be celebrating the legendary Laverda motorbike. The first Laverda model (the Laverda 75) was introduced in 1950 and went on to have great success in Italian Championship Motogiro. Following this success, the Laverda 1000 and Laverda 650cc were born, with the company going from strength to strength from there onwards. It’ll be exciting to see a number of Laverda motorbikes on display as well as the Laverda Owners Club in April and we’re very much looking forward to it.

The Bromyard Speed Festival, as well as being an opportunity to showcase and view a range of classic vehicles, is a fantastic family day out.
The cars run in batches throughout the day starting in the town square on Broad street and returning via Rowberry street. Ordinarily the running starts with Morgans and Austin Healeys as well as a mix of other classics, then moves on to racing and rally cars and concludes with a series of stunning motorcycles. Each batch drives for approximately 15 minutes and is accompanied by a running commentary from the public address system. With the offer of both morning and afternoon sessions, there’s no reason for you to miss out on any of the festivities.

When stationery, the vehicles are held in paddocks that are open to the public for £3 per person. That means you can get up close and personal with some of the most famous and sought after cars in the world. Excited? We certainly are!

But that’s not all. Trade stands and entertainment will also scattered around Bromyard, as well as plenty of places to grab a hearty lunch, a snack or a cool drink. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet a wealth of likeminded enthusiasts and industry experts that share in your passion for classic and vintage cars.

So don’t delay! Head over to www.bromyardspeedfestival.co.uk now for more information.

Why It’s Important To Keep Your Classic Car Clean

British weather in February is never brilliant, is it? Strong winds and relentless rain make it impossible to hold an umbrella up without it blowing inside out, while mud and sludge seem to get on just about everything.
While you’re busy keeping your home and family safe and warm during the cooler seasons, don’t forget to look after your classic car too!

Wind and rain can be a real headache for classic car owners unless you take proper precautions. Water exposure can lead to rust, which in turn means spending money on spare parts, while strong gales and winds can blow stones, rocks and other muddy objects into the paintwork.
That’s why, for this month only, we have a special offer available exclusively to you. Should you spend £75 or more on any Holden Vintage & Classic products, you’ll receive a free Autoglym Aqua Dry Synthetic Chamois Leather with your order.

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The Autoglym Aqua Dry Synthetic Chamois Leather has a unique structure that allows it to perform a superior clean to natural chamois leathers. It’s absorbent, easy to use and less expensive than competing products. When paired with some of our other Autoglym cleaning products, you can be sure to achieve a superior look as well as long lasting protection against the elements.

Here’s a few examples of what else is on offer:

The Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo / Conditioner

If you regularly wash your car with Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner, you’ll not only effectively remove traffic film and dirt, but will also preserve the finish and appearance of your vehicle. This shampoo conditioner contains additional ingredients that create a glossy water-resistant barrier in order to protect and extend the effect of Autoglym polishes.

The Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner

Get rid of brake dust and dirt from chrome, polished aluminium and anodised wheels with the Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner. This product contains a special blend of biodegradable surfactants, solvents, and alkalis in order to create a balanced acid-free formulation which quickly and efficiently dissolves brake dust, corrosion and traffic film from even the most complex and intricate wheel designs.

The Autoglym High Definition Wax

There’s no better way of protecting your classic car from the elements than by applying the Autoglym High Definition Wax. It features the perfect combination of carnauba, microcrystallines, waxes and saturated hydrocarbons in order to give a high quality finish with long lasting durability.

Autoglym Super Resin Polish

If you’re looking for a universal polish that can be applied to any paint finish then the Autoglym Super Resin Polish is for you. Not only does it give your car a glossy shine, but protects against unfriendly environments and contains a cleaner that will lift harmful contaminants from the surface.

Outdoor Car Cover

If you keep your motor outdoors on a regular basis, it’s essential it has some form of cover to protect it from wind and rain. This outdoor cover is entirely waterproof and features four air vents to prevent excessive condensation. It comes in a variety of sizes depending on your needs.

The Autoglym Collection Valet Kit

If you fancy going all out, then why not treat yourself to the Autoglym Collection Valet Kit? It contains everything you need to keep your classic car in tip top shape all year round. This kit includes shampoo conditioner, super resin polish, screen wash, bumper care and much much more.

Remember, neglecting to protect your car during the cooler reasons will only cause you more problems in the future. If you invest in a good set of cleaning products, you’ll be sure to prevent damage and keep your car looking slick and clean.

Take a look at our cleaning collections here, and remember, if you spend £75 or more on ANY Holden Vintage & Classic Products throughout February, you’ll receive the Autoglym Aqua Dry Synthetic Chamois Leather for free by using the code chamois17 at the checkout.