British Cross Country Championship – Round 5 at Bovington

21751884_10159266539035321_6269642254158603493_nWe have just returned from round 5 at Bovington and they played out like this….

Arriving at Bovington camp on the Friday afternoon, the forecasted weather was upon us and we set up service in wind and rain Once the car was passed scrutineering we retired and focused on the day ahead.

Once the car was passed scrutineering we retired and focused upon the coming race as the season is drawing to a close and we needed to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd to maintain our lead in the overall standings. Jim arrived and joined us for the weekend and it was great to have someone from Britcar to come and cheer us on – to be honest, by the end of the weekend he was fully integrated into the team and is welcome back any time…

21761841_10159266538925321_3464528707046229845_nSaturday started bright and sunny and we set good times across a 6 mile lap that was predominately rolling sand and grit with large amounts of standing water interspersed with gooey sand and very rough forest. We finished day 1 in 1stplace with a small margin of time.

After heavy rain during the night it was no surprise that the circuit was very very wet on the Sunday, what was a surprise was that on the first corner of the day there was a large noise and the cars handling went very poor. I took a decision to try to complete the rest of the 6 miles as stopping in stage would lose enough time to put our position in jeopardy. Two or three times the car tried to veer suddenly to the right and threatened to take us into the undergrowth, the steering was quite bad and at some points the steering wheel was 180 degrees out just to maintain a straight line.

21752208_10159266538915321_6838408882169213660_nOnce back it became clear that we had sheared off the top of the right hand front damper and this had been flopping about under the wheel arch for the entire lap over all the bumps. Although it cost us about 2 minutes in time, having seen the damage I was quite pleased to have got back to service!

Mongo the mechanic changed out both front struts and replaced them with standard Freelander items, as these are lower it gave us a dragster style nose down look!

 

21761434_10159266538930321_7655406919895957959_nWe continued through the day although with the nose down we hit every bump on the track and that slowed us down quite considerably. The worst run was when we had a sudden rainstorm halfway through the lap which reduced already poor conditions to those of extremely hazardous to be racing in with no clear line over obstacles and a flooded track. I have uploaded this to the teams YouTube channel and I have posted a link in the teams FaceBook page.

We pressed on and at the end of the event found that, even though we had lost several minutes due to the suspension issue, we had finished first. Well actually we finished joint 1st as we had amazingly set exactly the same time as another competitor – however the win went to us as we had set the fastest 1st lap.

 

 

Britcar charity calendar

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Britcar will be releasing a charity calendar for 2018, and we’re looking for photos from customers to feature in the calendar.  We need you to send us photos of your Land Rover that you’d like to see published in a wall calendar that will be sold to people all over the world.

The photos don’t have to feature majestic scenery or wild animals to be featured, anything unique or unusual that captures the essence of Land Rover ownership would be perfect.

Images for the calendar must be sent as JPG, PNG, or RAW files with a minimum resolution of 300dpi. Files can be sent by email, Dropbox, google drive,  or physically delivered via USB or DVD. to photos@britcar.com

All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be donated to Parkinson’s UK. Any images sent to us may be used by us for current or future marketing purposes, but will not sold or supplied to other companies or organisations.

Product focus – Defender roof rack and ARB roof tent

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In a bid to prepare his 110 for an overlanding holiday in Morocco, Jim has been investing in some hardware to increase the practicality of his truck.

The first new addition was a full-length roof rack from Allmakes 4×4  (part number TF975). The roof rack arrived flat-packed, and took a few hours to install; be aware, this is not a one-man job!

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Once the roof rack was fitted and secure, the ARB roof tent (DA8981) and side awning (DA6826) were added. Installation is “simply” a case of lifting them up onto the roof rack and strapping them on.

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With everything loaded up, Jim was pleased to find that the 110 doesn’t feel especially top-heavy, and the fuel consumption has only dropped a couple of mpg. With one successful camping trip already under his belt, Jim is already looking at the catalogues to choose the next upgrade…

Parts used:

TF975 – Terrafirma black aluminium roof rack (110 only) – £695.70 +VAT
DA8981 – ARB Simpson tent (supplied by Britpart) – £1125.72 +VAT
DA6826 – ARB 2500mm x 2500mm awning (supplied by Britpart) – £249.98 +VAT

NEW 3-5 Day USPS Shipping Service

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As one of the UK’s leading independent Land Rover & Jaguar parts specialists, we understand the importance of supplying our huge selection of parts to continental US customers. Up until now, using standard Royal Mail International delivery has been a both a financially expensive and time-consuming process, taking around 3-6 weeks to arrive. We are now pleased to announce an entirely new solution for our US customers.

Open for all orders up to 5kg in weight, USPS delivery transit is estimated at 3-5 days, and is a fraction of the cost of Royal Mail International delivery. Your package will be couriered from the UK to the USA overnight by DHL, and is then passed over to the USPS to be sent straight to your delivery address. Every package will receive a USPS tracking number, meaning that you can keep an eye on your purchase from our door to yours.

Use Shipping Type ‘USPS Smart Mail’ at checkout to take advantage of this great new service.

 

New features on brit-car.co.uk

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At Britcar, we’re always working on new ways to improve both the online store, and how we process orders. After a significant amount of behind-the-scenes work, we’ve just launched three major updates to brit-car.co.uk:

New streamlined checkout process

We’ve overhauled the checkout experience on the site to make it easier to complete the checkout and payment steps. The new layout breaks up the various stages of entering your information, making it clearer and quicker to pass through the checkout. The updates to the checkout were designed to complement the other changes launched on the site.

Fully-functional mobile site

We now have a completely redesigned mobile site, which you will automatically switch over to when viewing the site. The mobile version still contains all of the content and functionality of the desktop site, all bundled up into a neat little package.

International address finder

Fed up of typing in your full address details into websites? Our new checkout design and account creation includes a global address finder, making it far quicker to enter your details. The same system allows our staff to rapidly identify addresses from postcode or street name, completely eliminating the risk of failed deliveries due to incorrect addresses.

There are more changes coming in the new year, and we welcome any comments or feedback on our online store.

Christmas 2016 opening hours

The last ordering date for dispatch before the Christmas break is Wednesday 21st December. For UK customers, the 21st will also be the cut-off date for delivery before Christmas (mainland addresses only). If you are an overseas Trade customer, please get in touch to find out your last ordering date for a pre-Christmas delivery. Please bear in mind that we will not be able to guarantee delivery before Christmas for overseas orders, due to possible delays in transit.

Our opening hours over the 2016 festive season are as follows:

Friday 23rd Normal opening hours
Saturday 24th Closed
Monday 26th Closed
Tuesday 27th Closed
Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th Open 9am – 5pm
Saturday 30th Closed
Monday 2nd Closed
Tuesday 3rd => Normal opening hours

While we are open on the days between Christmas Day and New Year’s the office will be manned by a skeleton staff only, so there may be a slight delay in responding to emails and phonecalls. There will also be no Live Chat support.

We would like to wish all of our customers and friends a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Fundraising cheque handed over to Parkinson’s UK

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Duncan and Sandy Mansfield, and the team at Britcar (UK) Ltd were delighted to present a cheque for £4,077 to Lisa Burns from Parkinson’s UK this week.

The funds were raised during their charity open day on the 3rd September 2016, and online at justgiving.com. Several hundred friends and customers attended the open day, playing games and taking advantage of some very good deals available on the day!

Sandy, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, will be working closely with the local branch of Parkinson’s to decide where the money will be directed.

Britcar are proud to be supporting a charity that makes such a huge difference to the lives of local people.

Charity open day activities and guests

We’ve pretty much finalised everything that’s going on during the Charity Open Day on the 3rd, so we thought it would be good to publish a full list so that people can see what there is to do on the day. Don’t take this as 100% complete though – Duncan is still throwing ideas around like they’re going out of fashion!

Activities

  • Raffle (see our other post for the prize list)
  • Tombola
  • ‘Make me an offer’ stand – lots of good stuff on offer, and a chance to practise your haggling!
  • Name the teddy
  • Guess the number of packing air pockets in the van (they’re better than balloons)
  • Radio-controlled Land Rover racing
  • Name the part / odd part out (amateur and pro versions)
  • Darts challenge (a score of over 60 with 3 darts wins a prize)
  • Many cakes
  • Hot & Cold drinks
  • Hog roast & hamburgers

Special Guests

  • Bearmach
  • Britpart
  • Sealey Tools
  • Hangar 53 Custom Motor WorksMarshall Land Rover
  • Mansfield 4×4
  • Several of Duncan’s toys

Remember, anything you spend on the day is being donated to Parkinson’s UK – whether you’re buying raffle tickets, cake, or coffee every penny is going to a good cause.

Charity eBay auction – 110 Station Wagon roof rack (BA3861)

Bearmach have very generously donated a brand-new Defender 110 station wagon roof rack for our charity open day. We’ve used our other donated items for the tombola and raffle, but this fantastic part is a very specific fitment, so we decided to list it on eBay instead. As with the rest of the open day, the full amount taken for the roof rack will be donated to Parkinson’s UK.

Full details for the roof rack can be found on the auction listing, or on our product page.

Open day – Grand Raffle prizes

Britcar are having an open day on the 3rd September 2016 to promote the move to our new premises, and raise money for Parkinson’s UK. There will be a range of activities on the day, but the headline event is a Grand Raffle with some really rather good prizes.

Our final list of goodies is made up of:

  • A fantastic 9,000lb T-Max winch
  • 20″ Land Rover child’s mountain bike
  • Hawkeye diagnostic tool (suitable for home or professional use)
  • Land Rover factory tour
  • Meal for two in a local restaurant
  • £30 Amazon voucher
  • Scorpion Martial Arts Academy voucher for 3 months’ free training in universal karate / kickboxing / fitness (choose when redeeming your voucher)
  • Magnum of Champagne

T-MAX OUTBACK SERIES 9,000LB WINCH

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  • 5.5HP/12v
  • Remote control included (cable 3.7m)
  • Gear Train – Planetary 3 Stage
  • Gear Ratio – 172.8:1
  • Clutch – Sliding Ring Gear
  • Brake – Automatic in-the-drum
  • Rope – Wire 28.5m x 9.2mm diameter
  • Fairlead – 4-Way Roller
  • Recommended Battery – 650CCA min for winching
  • Weight – 36.5Kgs
  • Dimensions – 557 x 205 x 160mm
  • Mounting Pattern – 254 x 114.3mm
  • Drum Size – 224 x 64mm diameter

 Retail value: £308.96 +VAT!


20″ LAND ROVER “CORDONZA” BOY’S MOUNTAIN BIKE

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Land Rover no longer produce kids’ bikes, so this could be your last chance to grab one! A lot of ‘brand’ bikes are based on a cheap frame and built with unbranded components, making them a bit of a gamble. This isn’t the case with the Land Rover bikes; they’ve got solid frames and proper, branded components (brakes and gears).

The Cordonza features:

  • Lightweight 7005 Aluminium frame
  • Suntour M2025 front suspension forks
  • Shimano Tourney 6-speed gears
  • SRAM MRX gripshift
  • Tektro alloy V-brakes & levers
  • Alloy rims with Innova 20″ x 2.1″ tyres
  • Front mudguard

For the full specification of this great kids’ bike, see the full listing on our site.

Retail value: £230.69 +VAT!


HAWKEYE OBD-II FAULT CODE READER

ba5070_4This popular tool connects to the on-board diagnostic port on your vehicle (OBD-II ports only), and allows you view and reset stored fault codes. This Hawkeye prize comes with a J1962 cable (BA5071), zipped protective couch, quick reference guide, and one vehicle type unlock code. Once you’ve unlocked the Hawkeye to work with your vehicle (P38 / Discovery 2 / L322 etc), you’re able to use the tool on other vehicles of the same type. If you need to use it on more vehicle types, further single unlock codes (BA5075) can be purchased separately.

  • Robust and self-powered hand held unit
  • No PC / laptop required
  • Free unlock code for one Land Rover vehicle type
  • Can be unlocked for additional Land Rover vehicle types
  • Free updates for future applications
  • Reads fault codes with descriptions
  • Live data real-time monitoring
  • Service reset option
  • Ideal for DIY enthusiast as well as specialists

Retail value: £236.25 +VAT!


MEAL FOR TWO

This prize is for 2 people to have a free meal in a local restaurant. If you win this prize, we’ll get in touch to discuss the final details and get your meal booked.


LAND ROVER FACTORY TOUR

If you win this prize, we’ll send you and a friend on a guided tour of the Land Rover manufacturing plant at Solihull. This fantastic prize takes you behind the scenes at one of the most high-tech factories in the world. See more information on this amazing prize on the Land Rover website.


We’d like to say a special thanks to all the companies who have generously donated prizes to support our charity open day, we very much appreciate you all!