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  • [Video] Cruisin' Through Deer Creek Canyon in my Spitfire!

    Hey guys, it's Travis the BP guy. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I took my 1972 Triumph Spitfire out for a ride in Deer Creek Canyon, Southwest of Denver, CO. It was a wonderful and beautiful drive and I just wanted to share a video of it with all of our favorite customers! Enjoy!

  • Insuring Your Classic British Car

    Owning a vintage car is a dream that a lot of people have, whether it be for recreation, hobby or just to have one. Along with this dream comes a lot of work and responsibility, including finding the proper insurance for your classic car. Luckily, there are specialty plans that are specific to the needs of a classic car owner.

    Collector's insurance is a special policy that is often times better and less expensive than a regular car insurance policy. The coverage is based on an "agreed value", meaning that you and your insurance provider establish an amount for the replacement cost of your car. This is often times cheaper than the "actual cash value" used on regular policies. Also, the deductibles for specialty policies is usually lower and in some cases, there is not a deductible at all.

    Before selecting the type of policy you want for your British car, make sure to shop around for the best prices and coverage. In addition, you should remember that in order to get all of the benefits of collector car insurance, there are a few restrictions. These restrictions are as follows:

    1) Age restrictions- most specialty auto insurers require policy holders to be 25
    2) Driving record- in most cases, you must have no moving violations or car accidents for three years prior to applying for a policy
    3) Current insurance- because vintage cars aren't supposed to be used every day, almost every collector car insurer requires proof of a registered, insured car for every day use
    4) Storage- when not in use, your car must be stored in a locked garage or other secure facility
    5) Mileage restrictions- most specialty auto insurers restrict the amount of mileage (usually to 1,000-5,000 miles annually)

  • We're Here to Support Your British Car Restoration!

    Our company revolves around having love for restoring British cars and we are here to support the love that you all have for British cars as well! In order to provide this support, we not only offer thousands of parts for Triumph, MG, Jaguar and Austin Healey, but we also provide you with educational material to ease the process of taking care of your car.

    A main concern for British car owners right now is how to winterize their vehicle for the winter. Luckily, we put together a blog for you last year that will take you through each step to do so! See those steps here: How To Winterize Your Classic British Car

    We have put together several tutorial videos that will walk you through the process of taking care of maintenance issues that you may come across. You can view these videos on our YouTube channel.

    Last but not least, we also offer social media platforms through Facebook and Twitter in which you can contact us with questions, comments, concerns or just to tell us about the journey that you've had with your own British car!

  • Colorado English Motoring Conclave

    The Colorado English Motoring Conclave gathering of British cars took place last month at Oak Park in Arvada, Colorado. The Conclave is the largest event in the Rocky Mountain region, with over 500 vehicles coming from all over to participate. We had one of our loyal customers contact us, saying that he went to this event and wanted to share his experience. Here is what he had to say:

    Hey BP guys, my wife and I attended the Colorado Conclave last month and just wanted to pass along the wonderful experience that we had. The car show was HUGE and VERY well organized. We were definitely impressed by how well they had everything sectioned  off, so you knew exactly what you were going to be looking at. We also found it impressive that people came from all over to attend. There was even a hand-painted, beat up Spit that came down from Wyoming. We couldn't believe they made it! In addition to enjoying the British cars, there was also a bagpipe band that was really good. Overall, we very much enjoyed the event (this the second year in a row that we've gone) and I intend on returning next year!

    -Dwight & Bonnie, Colorado

    Thanks to Dwight for telling us about his experience at the Colorado Conclave and sharing some of your photos (see below)! We are thrilled to share the love for British vehicles with other people throughout the country! If you have a story of a British car event that you've attended, please share it with us on our Facebook page!

     

     

    At British Parts Northwest, we stock and sell parts and accessories for your beloved Austin Healey, Jaguar, Land Rover, MG, Mini or Triumph.

  • British Cars in the Movies

    In last week's blog, we celebrated the anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise and this week we thought we would continue the theme and showcase other movies that have featured British cars. British cars have been featured in movies for years now and they continue to be seen in newer movies as well. Here are a few of our favorites:

    Austin Powers- International Man of Mystery featured a Jaguar E-Type that was patriotically painted with the Union Jack flag, like the one below.

    Another recent movie to boast a British car was Get Smart, which was based off of the 1960s TV series. In the movie, Steve Carrell drives an orange Sunbeam Tiger.

    In 2003's The Italian Job, you will see many British cars. While most of the publicity came to the three Mini Cooper S in the movie (similar to the one below), there was also Jaguar E-Types, an Aston Martin DB4 and a Land Rover Series IIa station wagon.

    If you have any favorite movies with British cars, we'd love to hear about it! Comment below or share with us on our Facebook page!

    At British Parts Northwest, we stock and sell parts and accessories for your beloved Austin Healey, Jaguar, Land Rover, MG, Mini or Triumph.

    Related Post: Spitfire in the Movies and Other Interesting Car Facts

  • British Car Clubs Near You

    There are two levels to British car fans. First, you love restoring and driving your car. The next level is that you love being around people that love their British car. If you've ever found a group of people that have a shared interest in classic cars you know it can be a wonderful community of friends.

    We've put together a few top ranking British car clubs around America in this week's blog post. There are many more clubs than the ones we list here, but we want to highlight these groups in the hope that it might inspire you to seek out a British car club near you!

    First let's start with the Cape Cod British Car Club. This friendly club has hundreds of members. They attend and host several events throughout the year, some of which do not require membership to attend!

    Next, is the Central Virgina British Car Club. Formed in 1984 by a group of MG owners, this group of car lovers host events focusing on the maintenance, preservation, and restoration of classic British cars.

    Finally, let's focus on an easy way for you to find a British car club near you. Meetup is a great way to find a local group of people that love cars, or even more specifically British Cars. Simply navigate to meetup.com and search for "British cars" based on your zip-code. There are more than 1,200 groups worldwide focused on motorcycles and cars. There are even some British car focused Meetup groups like The Pittsburgh MINI Cooper Meetup.

    Now get out there and share your passion for cars with some great people in your area!

  • How to Add Items to Your Wishlist

    With the launch of our new website this year we've added some great new features that makes shopping and buying parts for your car even easier. In today's blog post we have a short video that describes how you can easily add items to your wishlist.

    Adding items to your wishlist makes it easier to find them in the future. Think of it as a way to bookmark something you might be interested in viewing or purchasing at a later date.

    Watch the video below for a helpful visual tutorial on how to add items to your wishlist.

    Step One: Make sure you are logged in.

    Step Two: Find a part to add to your wishlist.

    Step Three: On the product page click "Add to wishlist."

    Step Four: Find your wishlist on the left hand side of the page when you are logged in.

    Thanks for reading and if you ever have any questions about the website or even questions about your British car you can contact us through our Facebook Page, through our contact page, or call us directly at 503-864-2001.

  • 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!

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