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  • British Cars Built for Racing

    British Parts Northwest Classic Car Racing

    Vintage Sports Car Racing is something that many British car enthusiasts may find of interest.  There are several classic British cars that were built specifically for racing and we wanted to highlight a few of those cars.

    Austin Healey- The Austin Healey was one of the most popular British racing cars. It was raced by the Donald Healey Motor Company in Europe at Le Mans and in Sebring in the U.S . The last Big Healey to win an SCCA National Championship was the class E Production Austin-Healey 100-6 driven by Alan Barker at the Daytona ARRC in 1965. You can find parts for several Austin Healey models here at BP.

    Jaguar- There were multiple models of the Jaguar that were involved in racing, including the C-Type, D-Type, E-Type, XJ13, XJ-C, XJ41 and XJ42. If you are the proud owner of an E-Type, you can get parts for your car, right here from our website!

    Land Rover- There are a couple of modified Land Rovers that have competed in off-road racing, specifically the Dakar Rally and the Camel Trophy.

    MG- In the MG family, the MGA, MGB, and Midget (MG Midget Racing Coupes) all had models that participated in racing. The MGA had considerable success, racing extensively in the U.S. There were MGBs that were specially tuned for racing, which achieved success including a Grand Touring category victory in the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally. There were 3 Midgets that were ordered by MG racing driver, Dick Jacobs. The cars were campaigned from 1962-1964. We have parts for the MGA, MGB and the Midget, in addition to other models of the MG.

    Triumph- The Triumph Spitfire and GT6 both had models that were built for racing. We proudly carry parts for both of these Triumph models, in addition to other Triumphs!

  • Give the Gift He Really Wants!

    Christmas is just around the corner and you are still stumped for ideas. You got your British car enthusiast a tie last year...and a pair of socks the year before. But this year you want to give him something that he could really use and REALLY wants. How about a gift certificate to BP Northwest? After all, it is a very practical gift and it will bring the car restoration one step closer to being done, which means you get your side of the garage back. What do you have to lose?

    We offer thousands of parts for several types of British cars including Austin Healey, Jaguar, Triumph, Land Rover, MG and Mini!

    For a special offer on gift certificates this year, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter!

  • 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!

  • Our Favorite Facebook Fan Photos-Fall Edition

    We here at BP Northwest love our Facebook fans. They are devout customers and they do a fantastic job of helping us share our love for British cars. In order to show them a little appreciation, we have selected a few of their photos that they have shared with us in order to highlight them in a fall edition photo album. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do!

    This orange beauty, a '75  MG Midget was shared with us by Tim Howard.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Dianne Paquette refers to these gorgeous cars as her "twin Jags". We love how they look in a lovely fall setting!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This 1963 Morris Mini Cooper was shared with us by Kevin King. Here is the background of the car that he included with the photo: The first year of the "S". 1071 engine used for that year only... they made about 900 of them. Mine had a factory conversion with full wood interior, roll up windows, sunroof, etc.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Trevor Robertson shared this photo of his fall colored 74.5 MGB in Banff, Alberta.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you would like to see more photos shared by our fans or would like to share some of your own, please visit our Facebook page! You never know, you might just see your photo show up in our blog someday too!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Jaguar Unveiling New F-Type Roadster in the Fall

    Jaguar is invoking its iconic E-Type roadster with its first two- seat sports car in almost four decades. The F-Type, due to be unveiled in September and go on sale as soon as next April, will be Jaguar’s smallest automobile in more than a half-century as the maker seeks a return to its sporting tradition following decades spent focusing on luxury sedans, according to British care news reports. The roadster will be built in Birmingham, England.

    “If the product can do what the original E-Type did for Jaguar, it will be a huge boost,” said Peter Schmidt, managing director of Warwick, England-based Automotive Industry Data. “What they’re doing is laudable, it’s good for the brand and it’s good for the image. But nobody should expect miracles.”

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    The E-Type, introduced at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, was described by Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car ever built,” and became synonymous with the London of the “Swinging Sixties.” Yet it has taken the $2.5 billion purchase of Jaguar by India’s Tata Motors Ltd. in 2008 for a pure-bred sports model to return to favor at the British manufacturer, according to JustBritish.com.

    If you are a lucky owner of a Jaguar, whether a classic model or a present-day style, you may find it frustrating to find parts to keep our sleek machine performance and ride ready. You’ll be happy to know that at British Parts Northwest, we have a section dedicated to parts for your Jaguar—or other British cars for that matter. We offer affordable pricing and fast shipping, because we stock what we sell. And as a family owned business, our motto is to keep our customers happy and coming back throughout the lifetime ownership of their car.

    So, even if you are enthusiastically awaiting the future debut of the F-Type, you can keep your current prized car road ready. Check out our new and improved website for easy looking of parts. We’d love to hear from you!

  • British Car Production Continues Upward Trend

    A recent report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed that UK car production levels are higher than they have been for eight years. For British car owners, the report simply confirms what they already knew: that British cars provide the performance, looks and durability that make them classics.

    ZZ42A16462.jpgHere are British car top picks, according to a recent Whatcar? article. Despite BMW ownership, Mini remains a thoroughly British brand and all of its models – bar the Countryman – are assembled in Oxford. None of these sums up the appeal of the Mini brand as well as the Mini Coupe, which is fun to drive.

    Jaguar Land produces 10 models in the UK, at factories in Birmingham, Coventry and Liverpool. The Jaguar XF remains a favorite executive choice, thanks to its excellent ride and handling and generous standard equipment. Due a series of updates, the Jaguar XK remains one of the preferred big coupes – there's much more to it than just looks.

    Thumbs up are given to the Land Rover Discovery, which is an outstanding family car that mixes executive saloon refinement with MPV practicality and 4x4 ruggedness.

    Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls Royce are no longer British-owned manufacturers, but they produce hugely desirable models that blend cutting-edge technology with old-school British charm.

    The Vantage coupe is a pick of the Aston Martin model range, all of which are built in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The Aston Martin Vantage is a credible Porsche 911 rival, with all the style and performance you'd expect.

    Bentley is now part of the VW Group empire, but its cars are built using traditional methods in its Crewe factory. For us, the Continental GT sums up what a modern Bentley should be.

    For lovers of classic cars, it is all well and good to know what new production lines are yielding, but most argue nothing rivals the cars of the past. Keeping a classic is perfect show, racing or driving form requires maintenance and upkeep, and that is where we come in. We stock what we sell, and we are in business to keep the love of your life—the one with four wheels, that is—on the road and looking lovely! For a limited time, we are offering free shipping on all orders over $750. Contact us and let us see how we can make you a satisfied customer.

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