Top Car Customisation Tips

The whole team here love car customisation. We take great pride in restoring and repairing diamond cut alloys as wheels like this can really change the look of a car. Here are some of our favourite customisation tips.

Fit Better Quality Brakes

We don’t need to tell you how important having good brakes are for your car. What brakes will suit you and your car really comes down to how you use your car. If you only take short journeys around town, then the brakes your car came with will suffice.

Another important element is how you use your brakes. Some people are a little more brake happy than others. If you use your brakes more than others you will experience brake wear and tear and this will render them less effective in the long run.

Maybe you like the idea of owning a car that’s capable of high performance. If that is the case, upgrading your vehicle braking system might be a good option. If you have professionally tuned your car’s engine to accelerate faster and generally drive faster, a better grade of the brake would be required.

There are many parts to a car’s braking system that you could upgrade. Pad’s, callipers, brake lines and rotors are all areas you could upgrade. Just ensure you make upgrade decisions that work well with your vehicle.

Install An Up to Date Sound System

There’s nothing quite like cruising along on road trips with the sounds blasting out. Getting prepared for a long road trip is an exciting prospect.

Ensuring you are comfortable, have plenty of food and drink is essential. But, a great sound system is a bonus accomplice. Prepare your favourite artists and songs on your road trip playlist. Your tunes for your road trip will be better experienced with an up to date sound system!

Most sound systems that come with new cars these days are pretty good. However, there are those that are a little tinny and cheap.

Modern cars have adapted to embrace new technology which certainly beats having your favourite compilation cassette tape getting chewed up by your car’s stereo! So, if the sound system that came with your car is the original and is not so good, consider an upgrade.

Drive in Comfort and Style

Having a sporty or custom looking car is the aim of the game. We’re guessing that you will still want to take it on long journeys, adventures and road trips.

Long trips mean hours sitting down and if your car’s seat isn’t comfortable, you’ll arrive at the other end with a sore bum! There’s nothing worse than sitting in a bucket seat that was designed for a racing car. Might look great but not very practical.

If you are looking to upgrade your car’s seating then you will find a plethora of choices. Different colours, materials, shapes and sizes. Something sporty or something comfy? An important decision to make. 

If you are only planning on changing the drivers or front seats then your seat purchasing decision will be fairly straightforward. Do you have children?

If you do and you are planning on changing all seats then your decision will be more complex. There are certain safety laws that you will have to adhere to so be sure to research and investigate in depth.

Advice on Adventurous Road Trips

Summer is a great time of year. Not just for its warmer climate but it enthuses us with fun and adventure. It’s also the time when we long for road trips in our custom or classic cars.

There is no better way to enjoy your car than by going on a summer road trip!

Most road trip lovers and adventurers know that the views they’ll see will be spectacular. You don’t want to drive fast through areas of beauty, you want to coast along and enjoy it all at your own pace. If you are deciding on taking your classic or custom car on the road, you are going to need to plan ahead.

Here are some of our best tips on what we do before taking our car on a long adventurous drive.

It goes without saying for any endeavour, proper planning can remove stress and be caught unprepared. It is worth knowing that some of the cities and towns that stand in between your home and destination may have low emission zones.

If you own a custom or classic car then there are good chances that its emissions will be high. Knowing this in advance allows you to plan accordingly so that you can bypass any such areas. Knowing all of this upfront gives you great confidence and peace before setting off.

We know you’ll have this covered but you’d be surprised how many people do not do this. Go over your car with a fine-tooth comb. Check everything from engine liquids, tyres and give it a thorough service if possible.

You will need plenty of screen wash, oil, spare wheel in good condition, engine coolant and appropriate levels of brake and clutch fluid. You can always take your car to a local car repair garage and have them check it over for your peace of mind.

It is easy to get too excited and be over-prepared. This can result in you taking too many items! One item you want to remember is a spare tyre in good working order, a jack and a toolkit.

You don’t have to take all of your tools but making sure you have the appropriate ones for your car is of course of high importance. Basic tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, spanners, ratchet as well as safety items like a warning triangle and jump leads. Take some additional engine oil as well as a small first aid kit. If your car has spark plugs, take some spares just in case.

Before you leave, be sure to run through your insurance paperwork. You want to double-check that you are covered adequately by your insurance for your road trip.

You want to make sure that there are no restrictions on how many miles you can drive for. Some leased cars may have clauses in their contracts that permit you to only drive a certain amount of miles per year.

Facts About The Classic Mini Motor Car

The little mini-car has a lot of history and can be considered an icon of British engineering and style. We love mini’s here, we repair and have applied tints to the windows of many models of mini’s.

One company called BMH has continued to supply parts and bodywork shells to keep the tradition of the British mini going.

The mini not long ago celebrated its 60th birthday, so it’s quite something for the love of the car to be very much alive today as it was 60 years ago.

Cool Mini Facts

We’ve collected numerous cool facts about our prized and cherished motor car which we’ll share with you in this article.

The British mini was originally and specifically made to fit inside a box measuring 10 x 4 x 4 feet. The pockets in the doors of a mini are extremely large given the mini’s small frame.

This was a design feature purposely installed in order to hold the designer’s favourite bottle of alcoholic beverage.

The Italian Job

Ever seen the movie the Italian job? Mini’s racing around the streets of Rome. Except they were not the streets of Rome, they were the streets of Coventry! The famous fashion designer Mary Quant named the mini skirt after the car as it was her favourite to drive.

The mini has enjoyed many famous drivers from the Beatles as well as movie and sports stars. The mini’s designer was actually born in Turkey to a Greek father and a mother of German heritage.

There was a version of the mini that was designed to be used in the military. Unfortunately, it wasn’t suitable for the task. That version of the mini did go on to enjoy a role as a recreational motor car. Mini’s were also used quite extensively in the motorsport area.

You may believe that minis are small but did you know that at one time twenty-seven people managed to fit inside one! Not sure how health and safety would view that! Have a guess at the original sale price for the British mini? You wouldn’t believe it … £497!

The Original Mini

The original mini, the morris mini minor and were smaller than the morris minor. So the mini was actually called just the “mini”. It wasn’t until the late sixties that the mini actually got its own name, it was called the mini moniker!

The mini enjoyed much success in the Monte Carlo rallies, having won twice in 1964 and 1967! There is no other British motor car that had more version of it made than the mini. The different versions made were the saloons, Cooper, Cooper S, ERA Turbo, Elf Hornet, 1275 GT Clubman, Traveller, Countryman and Mokes. Quite a range there!

How many mini’s do you think were ever made? Well, if you were to assemble them all bumper to bumper, they’d actually go around the British coastline twice!

Forming associations and car clubs are quite a common thing for classic and custom cars. There are to date 720 different clubs dedicated to mini drivers and owners! Although it doesn’t seem long, the original production of the mini took around 30 hours.

The mini was produced and sold for over 40 years, but the car was not a profitable venture for its company.

The Car Industry Changes in Light of the Pandemic

There will be many changes to many different industries in light of the pandemic of 2020. Only a small handful of industries may prosper but the majority will be affected especially the motor industry trade. That may have a knock-on effect on car customisation including repairing scuffed or kerbed wheels and other issues that car owners experience.

Having said that, we all still need to drive and cars will need maintaining, servicing, repairing. Car enthusiasts will still have the time and money to customise their beloved motor cars.

Just recently the team at Lamborghini announced to the press that they will no longer be doing motor shows. They will of course still do some public shows but mostly small ones geared towards owner clubs etc.

This is a huge shame for motor show enthusiasts and other companies. Lamborghini will always bring in the big crowds, so in a way, every other motor show stands owner benefits from the additional foot traffic. Without them, attendance is sure to be down affecting each and every car stand and hospitality company.

The pandemic of 2020 has many knock-on effects, noticeably to the financial and economical sector. Many jobs have been lost in the motor trade with many companies needing to cut their costs as much as possible. These cost cuts will affect every car manufacturer’s budget.

Attending a 7-day motor show for a car manufacturer can be a huge cost, a cost that will be the target of budgeting. Many manufacturers will choose to not attend a lot of these motor shows and will decide to place their budget elsewhere where a bigger return on investment can be produced.

All motor trade companies are run for a profit. If they put a lot of money into attending these motor shows but do not get a direct return then they may be just throwing money away.

With the digital age maturing and expanding almost every day, I don’t think it will be too long before physical showrooms become a thing of the past. There’s a lot of money tied up with renting premises and having expensive cars sitting there with multiple sales and administration staff. Showrooms require upkeep, cleaning and also heat, water and facilities to maintain.

I see a future where the showroom becomes a digital artificial intelligence experience. Potential customers won’t need to leave their homes to look around the makes and models on offer.

The experience won’t be 100% digital because when people are looking to buy a car, of course, they want to physically touch it, sit in it and also see what it feels like to take it on a test drive.

A potential scenario could be that a potential car buyer sits at home and uses some type of AI interface to look around at the different makes and models. The car dealers representative could interact with this digital experience so they could answer any questions that the potential buyer had.

Once the potential buyer has their sights set on a particular car, they could complete a form in order to request a test drive. The representatives at the car dealer could then drive the car to the potential buyer so that they can take it out for a short test drive.

This is one potential scenario of how technology and the current pandemic could affect parts of the motor trade.

Driverless Cars Are Science Fiction – Or Are They?

When someone talks about cars being able to drive themselves, your first thought may be one of disbelief. Technology has come on leaps and bounds.

Many people honestly believe that this concept is impossible. A made-up idea or a science fiction authors mad dream. Driverless cars or autonomous vehicles are possible and in fact, they are most likely coming to our roads in the very near future.

If you would have told us the same 10 years ago I would have thought you were mad.

Even cars in 2020 have autonomous elements or parts in them. Adaptive braking and cruise control being two of the most popular.

It only takes one company to invent driverless technology like Tesla for the rest to follow suit and for an explosion of new car technology to inundate the motor car industry. It’s similar to the one-minute mile. They thought it could never be done but once one person did it, many others did too.

Insurance laws in the UK that protect drivers have also been updated to cater for the new breed of car. It’s a scary thought! It’s a big signal as to the reality of this concept for an industry as slow-moving and large in size to start adapting in readiness for this technology.

There are many benefits to driverless cars and lorries etc. It could really help and support the elderly and those that are less mobile. It could also lead to fewer accidents and better all-around road safety.

These cars would be able to circumnavigate and avoid congested cities and towns.

There are plans to have millions of driverless vehicles on the roads. One of the biggest obstacles will be the trust of the people. It would take a lot for people that had been driving for many years to all of a sudden give over control and let a car drive you on a busy road with other vehicles driving past at speeds.

The true nature of a driverless car is that little to no interaction will be required by the driver. These cars travel around using artificial intelligence that consists of radar, sensors and cameras to navigate around in the environment that are in.

It is worth noting that there is a difference between driverless cars and self-driving cars. Self-driving cars give you luxuries such as cruise control but you are able to override and take back control whenever you wish. Driverless cars do pretty much everything for the driver and they do not need to take any control of the vehicle’s operations.

The driverless vehicles will require a connection to the cloud in order to access map and traffic data as well as the positioning of other nearby vehicles. Most of these driverless cars use laser technology for the detection of other objects and also can monitor the blind spots in order to gauge the whereabouts of other vehicles.

A futuristic sci-fi dream?

No, there are driverless cars on sale now in 2021!

Repairing Stone Chips on Your Custom or Classic Car

You can do your best to take the utmost care of your prized car. It’s always in pristine condition and you receive many compliments on just how good it looks.

During the weekly washing of your car, a ritual that keeps it looking in top nick, you find something that really disappoints you. It disappoints you because of the care and attention you invest in your car. But, unfortunately, some things cannot be helped.

Stone chips are going to happen no matter how careful you are. It’s a shame but unless your car stays parked on the drive, it’s inevitable.

So let’s cover some tips and advice on how you can fix these annoying stone chips.

First, let’s start by saying that you love taking your custom or vintage car out for a ride. If you have knowledge of the roads you’ll be driving on then you’ll know which ones are more prone to loose stone chippings. Obviously, you want to avoid the roads that have a lot of loose stone chippings.

Another important thing to think about is that most stones are thrown up in the air from the back of a car. If you have a lot of stone chips you may want to not drive too close to the car in front.

There are many things that you can do to avoid getting stone chips including having a protective film fitted on your paintwork. Stone chips do not look good and can lead to rust over time.

So what if you currently have stone chips on your car, what can you do?

Here are some tips for you:

Carefully clean the chip with some alcohol or solvent. This serves two purposes, it protects the inner paintwork from becoming rusty but will also make the new paint bind better to the chip indentation.

You want to make sure that all dirt, dust and residue is removed from the chip. You may on occasions need to use a very small wire brush to clean deeper. If you can see signs of rust then clean thoroughly and apply a special rust stopper.

Bear in mind that your car’s paintwork may consist of an undercoat, topcoat and in some cases a metallic finish and a clear lacquer. A lot of paint touch up kits consist of thick paint which makes the job a lot harder. We have found that the smaller nail varnish style of pots work the best.

Apply a base coat. Use a light base coat for light paints but you can get away with any colour of your topcoat is dark paint.

Apply the main coat. Build this up using 5 to 8 very thin layers of paint and be sure to leave about 60 minutes in between the different layers.

Once you have finished applying the 5 to 8 coats gently rub down with some wet and dry sandpaper to take the new paint below the surface of the old paint. Blend in the new paint with the existing paint using a circular motion.

Lastly, apply the metallic or clear lacquer top coat.

The Laws On Car Modification in the UK

So, you’ve fallen in love with car customisation and modification. You spend a lot of your time buying cars that are in bad condition. You restore them then customise and turn them into mean machines before selling them on.

Many young people enjoy customising their cars. It’s worth noting though that there are laws on what you can and can’t do with modifying cars in the UK.

Car Customisation

Customising a car is a fun pastime but it’s not fun if you break the law, end up with a fine or even worse have your car taken away.

Whatever modification you want to make to your car it would be wise to consult the UK traffic act to see where your proposed customisation fits in. You want to ensure that after the modification, the car is still seen as roadworthy and also compliant with the law.

Laws of course change all the time so make sure you check the traffic act anytime you decide to modify your car. 

Car Insurance Implications

Another important thing to note is making sure your insurance company is aware of any modifications that are made to your vehicle. These modifications may impact your insurance premium and failing to disclose this information may make your insurance policy void.

Let’s discuss some specific modifications and the impact they have with regard to the law.

Under car lights or neons seem to be a growing trend. They look fantastic at night but are they legal in the UK. Well, kind of. Some are and some aren’t. The laws and the rules on under-car neons are very strict so it would pay to seek additional advice on the matter.

Popular Car Customisations

Window tinting is another popular car customisation. Not only do tinted windows look sleek, but they can also protect from sun glare when the sun is low in the winter and keep out a lot of the sun’s heat in the Summer. Some window tints like very dark tints could be breaking the law.

There are actually different rules for window tints depending on whether it’s for the front, rear or side windows. Again, consult with a legal professional who understands the laws governing car customisation.

If there’s one thing that can turn heads, it’s the sound of a meaty exhaust as a car revs as it passes down the street. Big exhausts are another popular car modification choice.

Many car owners fear that their cars won’t pass their MOT with a big exhaust fitted. But, the size of the exhaust is not tested in an MOT, the technician will test for emissions not the exhaust’s size.

It is worth noting that many of the large bore exhausts are actually illegal in the UK so again be sure to check with a legal expert.

Young Drivers

Many young drivers like to be fancy with their number plates. If it’s a personal number plate you’re looking for then you’ll find that there are specific guidelines on what you can and can’t do.

Your best bet is to find a registered number plate provider who has a good understanding of the laws that govern number plates.

This will give you the peace of mind to browse their product selection with the knowledge that whatever number plate you purchase will comply with the laws.

As we’ve reiterated in this post, whatever modification you intend to make, check with a legal professional before you spend your hard-earned money or waste your time getting it all fitted.

The Clock Tower in Leicester

Clock Tower Leicester is one of the important landmarks in Leicester, United Kingdom. It is situated in the centre of the city within the circle-road and has been at the same spot where five major roads meet: Gallowtree Road, Humberstone Road, Haymarket, Churchgate, and Eastgate.

This tall clock tower stands on the top of a banked lawn about 300m from the road. The tower is built in the Gothic revival style and originally was meant to be a tollhouse.

It is actually an open-air stone structure with a three-storey-high clock tower. It consists of seven bells chimes which are played every twenty-four hours, by the town bell-man. It is constructed of slate, bricks, and mortar.

The shadow of the tower does a delightful dance over the surrounding city as the sun moves from east to west each day. Due to its shape and position, it can be seen for several miles in any direction.

The Clock Tower has also become one of the major attractions in Leicester’s tourism industry. Many visitors from all over the country come to see the unique clock tower.

Its presence conveys an impression to many people that Leicester is an old city, which has some truth to it. Also, during Medieval Times, the clock tower was used as a monastery.

You can also reach this point by several main routes. The best way to reach it is by travelling on Peel Street. By travelling in a southerly direction, you will find it at the corner of Peel Street and High Street.

You can also reach it from its sister buildings at Cherry Street and St. Nicholas’ Street. If you decide to make a visit to the clock tower on a weekend, you can go during the week.

The Lewes Royal Borough is responsible for preserving the buildings of the area. All regulations are strictly followed. There are strict rules that must be followed by any individual who wishes to buy a piece of land here.

It’s important to the local residents, businesses, and government to preserve the character and charm of this place. They honour and cherish their history and take whatever steps they deem necessary to protect it.

Still, that doesn’t mean being a tourist here is all that stressful. It’s a rare chance to step back in time and see how the European world used to be while enjoying modern amenities, comforts, and conveniences.

If your travels happen to bring you to this corner of the world, then make sure you take the time to enjoy the Clock Tower and its surroundings.

Aspiring landowners in this area love buying properties that have a view of the Clock Tower, but they must abide by the covenants and restrictions. Still, it can be well worth it given the view out the window.

The real dream is living in a place where you can leave the patio doors open and hear the clock going off every hour on the hour. You’ll always feel connected with the world around you if you do this! Even staying the night at one such place is well worth it.

Leicester’s Abbey Park

Leicester’s Abbey Park is an iconic attraction in Leicester. It is located in the city centre near the railway line known as the Lea Marston. The park was originally created to provide a place of worship for the Roman Catholics who lived in Leicester.

Today it is one of the world’s famous tourist attractions with its collection of pubs, shops, and restaurants. It also includes a spectacular stagecoach station, which provides a great view of the city of Leicester.

Abington Park is a wide-open public park, under government jurisdiction. The park has been designed by architects Robert Mullins and William Turner. There are also many picnic facilities for playing sports.

The park offers facilities for canoeing, cycling, walking, swimming, jogging, and climbing. In fact, there are almost too many activities to mention!

The main attraction at the park is the Abbey Theatre, which was built in 1840 and is located just off Park Road. Built over a series of stone arches, the auditorium is made of wooden posts and has a central stage surrounded by two large circular stages.

The seats in the theatre are placed in the corners, opposite each other in a row, which gives the feeling of being on top of the hill the abbey was built on.

Leicester’s Abbey Park is also popular for hosting events. These events include horse racing, live music, and a number of other cultural displays.

Park attractions include gardens designed by award-winning landscape architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the Midland Museum of Natural History, the largest natural history museum in the world.

People who would like to enjoy some shopping can take in Leicester Square. Here they can find some of the best brands in fashion, electronics, clothing, accessories, jewellery, and other supplies.

The Leicester Playhouse Theatre also plays host to a regular show. Other local venues include the Leicester Science Centre and the Leicester Fringe theatre.

The park features a walking and cycling trail as well as many shops and restaurants. Many businesses have local outlets as well as outlets in London. The Leicester Museum and Art Gallery feature William Shakespeare’s birthplace, and the British Museum has a massive science fiction section.

The National Trust is responsible for preserving Leicester’s archaeological heritage. Leicester Cathedral is the biggest building in Leicester, and it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

The park features many popular restaurants and cafes and hundreds of stores. There is a huge variety of nightlife in Leicester. During the day, the park offers several attractions including the famous Leicester racecourse and the Fox Street Path, while in the evening, the West End theatre district is an ideal place to see a show.

This park is very picturesque because of its medieval appearance. It attracts people from all around the world. Tourism in Leicester has grown dramatically due to the tourism industry.

Leicester is a great town for families and young people and the park is a great way to explore Leicester and the surrounding area.

Leicester Tigers Rugby

Founded in 1880, Leicester Tigers or, Leicester Rugby Club, has celebrated many years of success, becoming among the most talked about and well-known rugby clubs across the globe.

In 1987, when League Rugby was introduced, the Leicester Tigers became the most successful team or club in English rugby, where they won the league 10 times in a row. They last won the Aviva Premiership title in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Appearing in nine successive Premiership finals, while retaining 6th position or higher in this league, the Leicester Tigers are 1 of only 4 teams to never be relegated from this top division. They are also the only British side to qualify to participate in every European Champions Cup.

Supported significantly by a large following of fans, the Tigers hold an extremely enviable position in this game across Europe and at home, and have managed to set an excellent example for many other clubs to aspire to.

Welford Road is the home grounds of the Tigers, which was built between Welford and Aylestone Road. It turned into the home grounds for this club in 1892 when these grounds opened officially with the first game against Leicester Rugby Union. With a crowd of only 1,100 people watching the game, the Tigers won 17-0.

Thirty years later The Crumbie Stand was built, named after Tom Crumbie the secretary of the club. One year later, there was a terrace added and extensions made to the Members’ Stand. This increased the capacity of the ground to a far larger 10,250.

This expansion almost forced the club into bankruptcy, but it played a role in attracting a few of the top players in the country, laying a foundation for future success for this club, especially during the 1920s and 1930s.

Today the stadium has a capacity of 26,000, which has made it the biggest purpose-built union ground for club rugby in the UK. In the year 2015, the capacity was increased to 30,000, where the existing clubhouse was demolished, and replaced with a temporary stand with a 3100 capacity housing a brand new clubhouse, and VIP premium lounge.

In the early part of the 1970s, this club only had 600 to 700 members, but after the Tiger’s cup final successes over the next 10 years, the club started to expand very quickly.

Many players and supporters, associated the overall expansion of this club with Chalkie White. He joined the club in 1968, and with his forward-thinking attitude and unique coaching style, brought this club massive success, helping them to attract a far wider following.

The Leicester Tigers were really thriving by 2000, securing the Premiership title for 4 years in a row from 1999 to 2002. They also became the very first team to dominate the European Cup in successive seasons.

They also secured 57 unbeaten wins at home from 1997 to 2002, which included an impressive 62 successive wins. Out of 92 games that they played over 4 seasons, they only lost 14 games.