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Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • How to Troubleshoot your British Car

    What do you do if you can't get your classic car started? In this video Travis explores several different ways to find the issue if your car isn't starting.

    First, check to see if you actually have gas in the car. You'll want to physically check this rather than rely on the gas gauge.

    If that is not the problem Travis then takes you through the next steps on how to find the issue that is keeping the car from starting. When you find the issue that is keeping your car from starting up it's likely you will need a new part and we've got the solution to that problem as well!

    At BP Northwest we've got thousands of parts in stock and ready to ship. Whether you are running an Austin Healey, Land Rover, Triumph, or one of the popular MG models we've got the parts you need. Even better is that you can get free shipping on all orders over $750.

    Find more videos from BP Northwest on our YouTube Channel or you can chat with us directly on our Facebook Page.

    Good luck and enjoy the ride!

  • Ways to Get into the London Olympics Mode

    The 2012 Olympics in London are underway and news articles are promoting ways to get into the British mode of thinking to enjoy the captivating and inspirational event.  Ways to enjoy the Games even more include planning some Olympic family fun, cooking some British favorite meals, and even making wagers on whether temperatures will be hot or cold, rain or not.

    But for those of us lucky enough to have a European car, getting into the British spirit comes easy!  What’s not to love about taking your pride and joy out for a spin, to a local rally or car event, or just proudly find ways to show it off?

    At British Parts Northwest, we not only understand but promote American’s fascination with the best of British beauties.  Our business is built on that love affair, and our family business pledge is to provide customers with quality parts at reasonable prices, and with prompt shipping and exemplary service.

    We stock what we sell, and we have a large array of parts for various models of your Austin Healey, Jaguar, Land Rover, MG, Mini or Triumph.  Our easy to use website allows you to look for parts you need or upgrades you want so that your car is road or show ready when you are.

    We even offer free shipping on all orders over $750.  So, while the Olympic fever takes over America for the next few weeks, you can fan the flames with your beautiful car and also shop for any part or accessory you may need to keep the fan fancy on high!

    Give us a call and let our friendly, experienced staff help you find what you need and check out our offerings.

  • GREAT British Rally Planned for 2013

    It’s taken 15 years since the last one, but a GREAT British Car Rally is a definite yes for 2013. So, if you are planning your vacation for next year and are a British car rally fan, here’s a trip to consider!

    The GREAT British Car Rally was last held in 1997. The 2013 race was only launched this month, but over 50 cars have already signed up to participate. Rally organizers are inviting British cars of all marques and eras and hoping it will strength bonds between New Zealand and Great Britain. Organizers plan for a minimum of 300 cars carrying at least two people each for the New Zealand route. It will leave Auckland on Feb. 17 and pass through Wairarapa on Feb. 20 before finishing in Christchurch on Feb. 22. The route passes through vineyards and beautiful towns. Money raised will be donated to various charities.

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    Even if a trip abroad isn’t on your to-do list, you may celebrate your love of British cards with your own. At British Parts Northwest, we stock and sell parts and accessories for your beloved Austin Healey, Jaguar, Land Rover, MG, Mini or Triumph. Our easy-to-use website lets you see exactly what we have in stock by the make and model of your car. Simply choose what you want to add to your cart, check out, and the items will be on their way.

    We even have a section of featured products that are often-requested items, so you can see at a glance what we have. If we feature it on our website, we have it for you. There is no middleman and extra hassle or delay when ordering from us.

    Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and other media sites for extra savings and promotions, and to keep up with British car news. Our motto is providing the lowest prices with a specialized staff to make sure that every customer is a preferred one.

  • MG’s Parent Company Opens Operations in America

    SAIC Motor, MG’s parent company, has opened a base in the USA to extend its North American operations.

    Nearly 100 people will be based in SAIC’s offices in Birmingham, a suburb of Michigan, according to a recent press release. They will focus on three key areas: purchasing, logistics and technology and engineering.

    SAIC has a long standing joint venture with General Motors and senior engineers at MG Motor UK are involved with GM on the development of future engines.

    ZZ0679A9A4.jpgLast year SAIC Motor sold more than 4 million vehicles and is the eight largest automotive manufacturer in the world. China overtook the USA to become the largest car market in the world in 2009 and last year 20 million new cars were sold in China.

    Other news for MGB owners is that big celebrations are being planned by the British MG Car Club and the MG Owners’ Club to celebrate 50 years of the legendary MGB.

    The two Clubs are organizing a number of events throughout 2012 in recognition of this significant anniversary which will be of particular interest to the MGB owner, but all MG enthusiasts are equally welcome at all of the events. 

Full details of the main Blenheim Birthday Party and other associated events are available on the dedicated website www.mgb50.com.

    If you are a lucky owner of an MG TC TD TF, MGA, MGB, MGC or Midget, we at British Parts Northwest have you covered! We stock what we sell, and for a limited time, we are offering free shipping on all orders over $750! Of course, we have parts for your Austin Healey, Jaguar, Mini, Triumph or Land Rover as well!

  • The World's Most Expensive Car Accident: $31 Million Ferrari

    The recent news of a $31 million Ferrari that was involved in the world’s most expensive car accident last week, has all car racers and fans saddened and shocked. American businessman Christopher Cox was involved in a collision during a motorcade of GTOs through France en route to the La Mans Classic. While passengers in both cars were hurt, luckily no fatalities were reported. And, it’s yet unknown whether the car can be salvaged. Although betting on the emotional and financial attachment to the vehicle, it’s likely that every attempt will be made!

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    Performance car accidents may be a risk its owners take, but when the vehicles involve classics that have been lovingly resorted to their (or past) their original beauty and capabilities, it evokes additional emotions and gasps to car race fans everywhere.

    We know many of our customers have restored their British cars to performance shape for the purpose of racing in many cases, or just showmanship or personal pride in others. We sell what we stock, and at BP Northwest, we have a wide array of items for your Austin Healey, Jaguar, Land Rover, MG, Mini or Triumph. Whether you are looking to get your British car ready for an upcoming rally or just make some finishing touches in time for an upcoming town event or parade, we are in the business to get you the parts you need at prices that are fair.

    Our business was started with owner Greg Sherick’s love of races and finding parts that were needed. It started out as—and remains the same way today—a family operated company. As always, we strive to provide new parts for the British cars noted at reasonable prices and with fast and courteous service!

    Check out our website to find the parts you need, or contact us and let us know how we can help!

  • Austin-Healey Racing Car at Center of 1955 La Mans Tragedy to Be Sold

    An Austin-Healey racing car involved in the worst crash in motor sport history is set to sell for nearly £1million.

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    The disaster at the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1955 saw 84 people killed after the car was clipped by a Mercedes, which then flew into the crowd.

    But now, the Austin-Healey's anonymous owner has decided to sell it at auction after keeping it locked up for the past 42 years at a garage in the north of England.

    Scores of spectators were killed instantly as debris hurtled towards them at 150mph and fires erupted in the grandstand from the wreckage. The French driver of the Mercedes, Pierre Levegh, also died in the crash, in north-west France.

    After the tragedy, the Austin-Healey - driven by British racer Lance Macklin - was impounded by the French authorities before it was released to the British company the following year.

    It was later sold to several private buyers before the current owner of the car - registration NOJ 393 - bought it for £155 in 1969.
    Despite its macabre past and rusty state, motor sport enthusiasts are said to be willing to pay huge sums for it as it is a 'crucially historic landmark car', according to U.K.’s MailOnline news.

    Austin-Healey remains a beloved British car. With is sleek and unique styling and performance, collectors continue to lovingly refurbish and restore these cars back to its original finery. At British Parts Northwest, we have a large selection of parts for your Austin Healey, or for your Jaguar, Land Rover, MG, Mini or Triumph for that matter.

    Unlike many other British parts supply stores, we stock what we sell. Our motto is to have returning satisfied customers who can count on our fair prices, fast shipping and availability of parts. Currently, we are offering free shipping on all orders over $750.

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