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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!

  • Timeline of the Jaguar E-Type

    The Jaguar E-type is one of the best looking British cars ever made and was initially designed as a rear-wheel drive in two-seater form and as a two-seater convertible. There were several versions of the E-Type that were made and we are going to break down the timeline of how they came to be.

    1957- The first prototype concept version (E1A) was developed. The car was used solely for factory testings and was never formally released to the public.

    1960- The second E-Type concept (E2A) was created. This car was completed as a race car as it was thought by Jaguar at the time it would provide a better testing ground.

    1961- Production began on the Jaguar E-Type Series 1. The Series 1 was initially introduced for export only in March of 1961. The body styles for the Series 1 included 2 door coupe, 2 door 2+2 coupe and the 2 door convertible.

    1962- The limited edition Low Drag Coupe was introduced, in efforts to create a car more in the spirit of the D-Type racer.

    1963-1964- Twelve limited edition Lightweight E-Types were produced as an evolution of the Low Drag Coupe, designed for racing.

    1968- Production on the Series 1 came to an end.

    1969- The Jaguar E-Type Series 2 was introduced. It featured:
    -open headlights without glass covers
    -wrap-around rear bumper
    -re-positioned and larger front indicators and tail lights below the bumpers
    -better cooling aided by an enlarged "mouth" and twin electric fans
    -uprated brakes.

    1971- Production on the Series 2 ended and began on the Series 3. The Series 3 had a new 5.3 L, twelve-cylinder Jaguar V12 engine, uprated brakes and standard power steering.

    1974- Production on the Jaguar E-Type came to an overall end.

    More than 70,000 E-Types were sold in it's lifespan and was ranked first on The Daily Telegraph's list of "100 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time" in March of 2008.

    At British Parts Northwest, we carry hundreds of parts for the Jaguar E-Type, in addition to other models of Jaguars, Austin Healey, Land Rover, MG, Mini and Triumph.

    Related Post: Jaguar E-Type Vehicles Amongst Most Coveted Beauties

  • 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

  • Celebrating James Bond and His Love for British Cars

    Today is the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise and we thought that we would celebrate by looking back at the British Leyland cars that were showcased throughout the film series.

    The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, hit the big screen on October 5th, 1962 and in it, Bond drove a Sunbeam Alpine. We enjoyed this video of a chase scene in the Alpine (notice they round the same corner three times-my how videography has changed!):

     

    The other Leyland vehicles that appeared in Bond movies include the Triumph Stag (Diamonds Are Forever), the MG MGB (The Man with the Golden Gun), the Leyland Sherpa Van (The Spy Who Loved Me), the Range Rover Classic and an Austin FX4 (Octopussy), the Land Rover Series III, Range Rover Classic and the Rover 800 (The Living Daylights), the Daimler Limousine and Range Rover (Tomorrow Never Dies), the Jaguar XKR (Die Another Day) and finally the Range Rover Sport (Casino Royale).

    Stay tuned for next week's blog, when we will talk about other British cars in the movies!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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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