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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!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • We Help You to Avoid the Parts Hunt for Your British Car

    If you’ve had problems finding a particular part you need for your British car, you’re not alone. Customers have told us of their personal woes about trying unsuccessfully to get a particular part unsuccessfully. They’ve also told us how more and more local car parts businesses only stock parts for only the most common of vehicles. That’s where we come in.

    At British Parts Northwest, we are a family-operated business that opened our doors specifically to provide British car lovers with the ability to get parts easily and quickly so that they can drive and enjoy their car! Our motto is that we are “Large enough to serve, small enough to care about your British car.” We are not a parts locator service. Rather, we stock what we sell, and then ship directly from us to you. There is no middle-man involved. We’re in business so you can enjoy quality ride time with your European car!

    We provide parts and merchandise in the following categories that are tabbed for your convenience and ease in finding your needed part: AH BN1-BJ8, TR3-4A, TR250-TR6, TR7-TR8, Spitfire-GT6, MGA, MG TC TD TF, MGB, Sprite/Midget, Jaguar E-Type, and XJ 69-87. We also sell apparel and accessories and feature overstock specials and even featured products on our homepage.

    We maintain our customers as the focus, and remembering what it was like when the owner had to search high and low for parts when originally racing Triumph Spitfires in the late 1970s. The goal of today of the business has never changed from the onset; our focus is to provide new parts for British cars, Triumph, MG, Jaguar and Austin Healey, at reasonable prices with fast, courteous, prompt service to the customer.

    By having a reliable, honest “go-to” place for parts, there’s no reason why you can’t obtain and maintain the British car of your dreams!

    Finally, if you’ve been resisting making the choice to purchase a classic British car, we encourage you to resist no longer. With the hurdle of finding parts out of the way, we hope you are more confident in joining the ranks of British car ownership over here in the U.S.!

  • We Help You to Overcome the Parts Hurdle

    ZZ13297D6D.jpgThe top reason usually cited by Americans for not getting a British car is concerns over part and service availability. People tell us about horror stories about trying unsuccessfully to get a part, as it seems more and more car mechanics are opting to go mainstream and choose to stock parts for only the most common of vehicles. We are quite proud to say that British cars are indeed not “common,” and these classic and fun-to-drive cars with their sleek, unique lines and performance is why people love them so. That’s where we come in.

    At British Parts Northwest, we are a family-operated business that opened our doors specifically to provide British car lovers with the ability to get parts easily and quickly so that they can drive and enjoy their car! Our motto is that we are “Large enough to serve, small enough to care about your British car.” We are not a parts locator service. Rather, we stock what we sell, and then ship directly from us to you. There is no middle-man involved. We’re in business so you can enjoy quality ride time with your European car!

    ZZ206BD9B0.jpgWe provide parts and merchandise in the following categories that are tabbed for your convenience and ease in finding your needed part: AH BN1-BJ8, TR3-4A, TR250-TR6, TR7-TR8, Spitfire-GT6, MGA, MG TC TD TF, MGB, Sprite/Midget, Jaguar E-Type, and XJ 69-97. We also sell apparel and accessories and feature overstock specials and even featured products on our homepage.

    We maintain our customers as the focus, and remembering what it was like when the owner had to search high and low for parts when originally racing Triumph Spitfires in the late 1970s. The goal of today of the business has never changed from the onset; our focus is to provide new parts for British cars, Triumph, MG, Jaguar and Austin Healey, at reasonable prices with fast, courteous, prompt service to the customer.

    By having a reliable, honest “go-to” place for parts, there’s no reason why you can’t obtain and maintain the British car of your dreams!

  • Defining the Allure of a British Car

    What is the allure of a British car? Well, for any European car own, the answers are so obvious that they may be perplexed you would even need to ask? The sleek styling, unique body, performance, quality, prestige, and even the novelty of owning a British car are all reasons cited. The one downside occasionally cited, however, is finding parts.

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    Many service centers stock only the most common parts, making it a challenge for some British car owners to find the parts they need when they need it. But no longer. BP Parts Northwest understands that. That’s why we are in business. As British car lovers ourselves, our motto is, “Big Enough to Serve, Small Enough to Care about Your British Car.”

    Our online catalog includes overstock specials, apparel and accessories, new parts, hard-to-find parts, and we have categorized our offerings into easy-to-search lists. We make online ordering easy. But perhaps the best part is that we actually stock what we sell, so the item you need is shipped directly from us to your door. While some foreign car parts businesses are actually just a “locator” service and charge a mark-up to serve only as a middle-man, we maintain our stock. So, once you place an order, you can be confident it is actually on its way!

    For a limited time only, we are also offering free shipping on all orders over $750. Check out our website and review our featured products for your beloved vehicle. Whether it is a convertible top for your TR7 or TR8, or simply a brake hose for your MGB or Rear Sprite Midget, we have you covered. We feel confident that once you order from us the first time, you’ll become a loyal customer!

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