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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 MG MGA

    The MG MGA is a British made sports car that was in production from 1955 to 1962, when it was replaced by the MGB. The design of the MGA was innovative from that of the older vehicles and boasted an uncommon feature, no exterior door handles.

    Here is the timeline of the MG MGA:

    1951- Designs begin on the MGA.

    1955- The MGA is officially launched and production of the MGA 1500 begins. The 1500 was the largest produced model of the MGA, with 58,750 made.

    1958- Production begins on the MGA Twin Cam. The Twin Cam featured a 1.6L engine and a double overhead cam. It was built for high performance.

    1959- Production of the MGA 1500 ends and the MGA 1600 production begins. The MGA 1600 was the second largest produced model of the MGA, with 31,501 made. There was also a De-Luxe version of the 1600 which were made with leftover special wheels and four wheel disc brakes of the Twin-Cam.

    1960- Production of the Twin Cam and 1600 models ends and the 1600 Mark II is produced. The Mark II had a larger engine and a higher ration rear axle, designed for a more relaxed drive at high speeds. There was also a De-Luxe version of the 1600 Mark II, with 290 roadsters and 23 coupes produced.

    1962- Production of the MGA 1600 Mark II ends.

    The MGA also “starred” in a few movies, including Blue Hawaii, Animal House and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

    See Also: British Cars in the Movies, Timeline of the Jaguar-Type

  • 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

  • [Video] How to Change Your Valve Cover Gasket

    If you start to see oil leaking out from under the gasket of your British car, you will know that it is time for a new valve cover gasket. Luckily, we offer these parts for Austin Healey's, Triumph's and MG's, just to name a few.  Also this is an easy process for you to do right at home and this video will walk you right through!

    To see more tutorial videos, please visit our YouTube channel!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Product Reviews, Feedback Welcomed on Our New Website

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    Calling all British car lovers! If you haven’t checked out our website recently, take another look now. We think you will be happy with what you see as we are constantly improving our services!

    We have updated our website to make it more inviting and easier to find parts for your beloved Austin Healey, Jaguar, Land Rover, MG, Mini or Triumph. Not only is our website easy to navigate, we feature specials and promotions on our site along with our low prices. We’ve turned our love of British cars into a family parts business so that we can offer the lowest prices with a specialized staff to make every customer a preferred customer!

    To help you with your parts selection, we welcome product reviews so you can exchange information with other British car owners. We even feature a video tutorial posted on YouTube to walk you through the process of writing a product review. Sharing information as a product review, on Twitter, or on Facebook helps us all to keep our rides performance, race or show ready! We also love seeing pictures of your car and announcements about upcoming events.

    At BP Northwest, we stock what we sell. Our goal has always been, and will continue to be in the future, is to provide new parts at reasonable prices with fast, courteous and prompt service to the customer.

    Browse our site and see our offerings, and we always welcome your call to see if we can help you find what you need so you can enjoy your ride!

  • British Car Manufacturing Enjoying a Boom

    As British car manufacturing is enjoying a boom, one British manufacturer is warning about the lack of demand in the UK car market.

    Thousands of new jobs have been created by Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota amongst others, but sales of cars in the UK are actually falling according to a recent economic report.

    Most of the new jobs being created are satisfying demand from overseas car buyers, but MG is warning that something may need to be done to stimulate demand in the British car market.

    In 2011 new car sales fell by 4.4 percent. That trend has continued this year, meaning the thousands of new jobs in the British car industry are all to satisfy foreign demand. MG does not yet sell cars in Europe, instead choosing to re-establish itself in Britain first, and now it's concerned that falling UK car sales could affect its ambitious expansion plans.

    Americans continue to love British cars, and whether it is a classic design or a new car on the market, we continue to appreciate the sleek lines, performance, and overall beauty.

    The only downside often lamented by British car owners is finding parts for them.  Due to today’s continued tough economy, many car parts stores have downsizes their offerings in terms of stock, and only care the most common parts for the most ordinary cars.  That sometimes leaves owners of British cars in a quandary when a part like a water pump, turn switch, fan motor, or similar needs to be replaced.  Often, it meant lots of calls and runs to various stores and then a very long wait for the part to be located and shipped.

    British Parts Northwest has changed all that, however, and we’ve made ordering the parts you need simple, secure, and hassle-free.  We stock what we sell, and the parts are shipped direct from us to your door.  Shipping is free on all orders over $750.

    Not only do we pride ourselves in our customer service, but we promote that we are, “Big enough to serve, but small enough to care about your British car.”  We are a family operated business with personal pride and experience concerning British cars, including Triumph, MG, Jaguar and Austin Healey.  Our goal is to provide you with fast, courteous, prompt service at reasonable prices.  We feel confident that once you order from us, you’ll be a return customer the next time your car needs some attention.

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