038 Lucas Battery- And New Tyres for This Wolsley Elf Mini

 038 Lucas Battery and Tyres that we fitted  were 145X10

I am totally amazed at the number of classic cars that are still on the today I thought that the time I reached my sixties, all these cars would have disappeared, but how wrong can you 038 Lucas Batteryget.

When Spring arrives all these old cars come out of their garages and are proudly driven about by their owners. This is when we see these cars in my garage, not a week will go by without us seen at least two classic cars having new tyres fitted or a new battery fitted or delivered from our internet site.

038 Lucas Battery

Triumph Spitfires are fitted with 038 Lucas Battery

The most popular battery this year has been the 038 Lucas Battery. This is the battery that was the big seller in the late sixties and early seventies, it fitted most British Leyland cars including the Wolsley Mini as  well as Vauxhalls and Hillmans. The 038 Lucas Battery fitted such cars as all the Mini Cars and 1100,s Vauxhall Vivas, Hillman Imps and many more. Many other models including the Triumph Spitfires also used the 038 Lucas Battery, making the battery very popular, even today.

Many of the older models were fitted with a 6volt battery system, which we still sell today. There is only one company that makes the 6 volt casings and this is in South Africa. They export this battery to all over the World where it is labelled up by many companies including Tungstone batteries and Numax batteries.

Back to tyres ?

038 Lucas Battery

Wolsley Elf having its new tyres fitted

However this week we were honored to have a Rolls Royce Wraith and this Mini visit us the Mini was owned by a local retired business man from Sowerby up in the hills next to Halifax, who called in to buy two front and have the wheel alignment corrected.

Anyhow the tyres were fitted and the wheel alignment carried out and of the car went. I cant wait for next week to see what the next classic car comes through the doors.

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Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Leisure Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Dunlop Tyres Motorsport-in Birmingham may close ending a long history in the City

Dunlop tyres Motorsport division was a memorable visit for me in the 60s

The Dunlop Tyres Motorsport division always brings back great memories for me . In the sixties a local would would be racing driver called Paul Craven wanted us to obtain some Dunlop

Dunlop Tyres Motorsport

Dunlop sports maxx tyres are a result of Dunlops tyre development in the field of motorsport. All major tyre companies can tie the fact that the tyres that we use on our roads are a result of testing and research in the field of car sports, the closure of this at Fort Dunlop will be a sad loss for the People of Birmingham UK.

racing sliks for his racing car (i think it was F2 racing but I am not sure). Paul was the wealthy son of a Company that made building breeze blocks out of waste from the local coal fired power station (now pulled down).

In those days I worked for the local National tyres in Dewsbury West Yorkshire UK, and I was chosen to go to the  sports division in Birmingham the West Midlands. This was in pre-motorway days and the journey would have been about four hours. We did not have sat-navs then but I finally found the giant  tyre factory. In those days we did not ever travel far away from our small tyre depot, so I was very excited. The guys at the factory were very helpful and showed me round the racing division, the rally tyres and the F1 tyres and of course the ones that I had to collect were loaded onto my van and off I went back North, a great day out.

The  factory was now becoming old and was systemically dismantled over the coming years and the tyres were made in other parts of the World, only the racing division remained.

  Dunlop Tyres Motorsport now to close

Read more…Dunlop Tyres Motorsport

 

 “Fears for future of Dunlop Tyres Motorsport in Birmingham;Birmingham MailNILGOSC claimed that its proposed development will employ about 140 people, but the Dunlop Motorsport unit, off Ashold Farm Road, currently employs 303 people, many of them highly skilled”…http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2012/10/12/fears-for-future-of-dunlop-motorsport-in-birmingham-97319-32016092/

Story by Eric Roberts … www.pellonautocentre.com

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres-A tyre for the sporting car and driving enthusiast

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres; launch a new bread of “sports TYRES”

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres; Dunlop tyres vintage sign

This new tyre from Dunlop tyres has been specially designed. Hence, for the “driving enthusiast”. Dunlop has had a long heritage and standing in the field of motor sports. This new tyre is no exception. The new tyre. Naturally, has been developed to give much-improved road holding. Especially, for the driver who likes to live close to the edge. Therefore, with much-improved road holding due to the addition of racing technology.Plus, 120 years of racing experience built into the new Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres

This tyre gives much-improved grip. As a result, in both wet and dry road surfaces. This is due to the increased contact area of the road. Because of the tyres huge outer shoulder block area. The new Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres. Also, boasts two large centre grooves. So, that enable the tyres to dissipate water quickly. Thus, and resist aquaplaning. Keeping the tyre firmly in touch with the road surface in very wet weather. The water is pushed away from the centre grooves via through a set of lateral grooves and away from the tyre.

This new tyre is clearly aimed at the “Ultra High Performance” (UHP) tyre market. The new tyre will be available in 17 and 18-inch tyre sizes and will cater for high-performance car brands such as Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, BMW and Maserati’s. The new Dunlop tyres will also be available for the BMW Mini and jaguars.

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres also introduce the Sports Maxx RT (Race Tyre)      

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new sports max tyre

This new tyre has been designed to be used by the Worlds fastest cars to perform on and off the race track. This new race tyre gives the same quality as the Sports Maxx road tyre but with added compounds used in the development of Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres racing division. This tyre is clearly going to be a winner after the thousands of hours that the Dunlop development team have worked on this project. This is the difference that I always talk about when explaining the difference between cheap tyres and the leading tyre companies, research and development costs a lot of money, this is why companies such as Dunlop tyres are able to command best prices for Dunlop tyres online at Pellon tyres Halifax

Eric Roberts

 

Dunlop Tyres-One the founder and therefore earliest tyre companies and still a great tyre company.

Dunlop Tyres

John Boyd Dunlop invents the pneumatic tyre for Dunlop tyres

It was back in 1888 in Scotland. Thus, when the pneumatic tyres were invented by John Boyd Dunlop. Yet, another great British invention. He was working on his son’s bicycle at the time. Hence,he came up an inflated rubber tube filled with air. Of course,it was fitted around a metal rim for comfort. Hence, the rubber tyre was born.This invention paved the way for the future of the great company we now know as Dunlop tyres.

In 1985 Dunlop were bought by BTR plc and later a Japanese company Sumitomo were given the rights to make tyres under the Dunlop tyres road brand, it then started producing tyres in its UK subsidiary under the Dunlop Tyres Ltd name.

In 1999, the Sumitomo group began talks with Goodyear tyres and Goodyear bought a 75% stake in the company. Sumitomo carried on making Dunlop products in Japan and Goodyear made Dunlop in North America.

Dunlop Tyres

In 2006, The new Goodyear/Dunlop tyres company stopped making tyres here in the UK. Motorsport tyres are still produced out of Fort Dunlop in BirminghamDunlop Tyres UK, turning out about 300,000 specialist tyres a year.

Fort Dunlop can still be seen from the M6 motorway as you travel through Birmingham but it is a shadow of its former self, joining in with the rest of the decline of British manufacturing in the UK, very sad, I have had many visits to the old tyre factory in its former glory days but now the tyres are produced in China, Poland and Slovenia, not a British product anymore.

 Goodyear Dunlop tyres also own two smaller tyre companies,

 Fulda and Sava both brands that we used to sell in past and are good quality tyres. Goodyear tyres now operate from offices in Luxembourg and Brussels, who report to the main head office which is still in Akron USA.

 Eric Roberts

Dunlop Tyres-A Brief History of one of the companies that i worked for.

Dunlop Tyres

Dunlop Tyres

Bicycles the first for Dunlop

In the days of Queen Victoria Britain was going full steam ahead in the industrialized nation that we had become. Inventions were arising thick and fast.

In the year of 1889 patent from John B Dunlop. His company was founded in Dublin and called the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co Ltd.This company manufactures his very own patent the Pneumatic tyre, in those days just for the bicycle.Dunlop Tyres

The bike was getting very popular in those days, and people were starting to form clubs for racing. A famous racer in those days was called Willie Hume who won seven races on the new Dunlops. Word soon spread, and full production started in 1890 in Belfast Northern Ireland. Dunlop were able to open up similar businesses in Europe and North America and opened a factory in Australia.They then began having financial difficulties and indeed had to sell off the overseas operations. Furthermore, to this day The company had to split and in Australia they have been a separate company, both making different brands using the same name.

Dunlop UK then opened a large factory in Birmingham the UK, and in a short time they started the production of car tyres, and the Birmingham plant became known as “Fort Dunlop” a very famous part of the Birmingham Brummy landscape. I visited the fort many times in the past and was always made to feel very welcome. consequently, they became a very rich company and had Worldwide operations in distribution, manufacturing including owning their rubber plantations in Ceylon and Malaya.

In the 1930s Dunlop  went into making other products

In the 1930s Dunlop Began diversifying into other rubber products, these were latex, golf balls, and other sporting equipment. They also started making rubber boots and “O” rings. In 1950 they then started making and supplying tyres for Formula 1 cars.

In 1971 Dunlop merged with Italian tyre giants Pirelli to form the biggest companies in the world. By 1984 they once again started with financial difficulties and the company was sold to Sumitomo Rubber Industries of Japan. The tyre brand name was split up over three groups and also all the other products that Dunlop made such as sports goods were sold off to various other companies. That just about brings us up to date,  Dunlop and Goodyear now trade under the same brand names with the same parent company and made in different factories around the World.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I used to work for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I

Dunlop Tyres

Dunlop Tyres-Dunlop were a major contributor to the motor racing scene

Dunlop Tyres

now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Pellon tyres MOT-Lanchester Vintage Car Passes its MOT, not surprisingly in mint condition.

Pellon tyres MOT; presents another exciting car (Lanchester) at Pellon Autocentre for its annual MOT test.(it passed with flying colours).

Pellon tyres MOT; This blog is a short article about the diversity of cars that come to us for MOT testing at Pellon Autocentre, and Eric Roberts would like to thank the owner for trusting such an expensive car into their care.
The car, designed by Mr George Lanchester, who followed an upmarket version of the” BSA ten” from around 1933. Furthermore,they also developed a car known as the Roadrider or the Fourteen before the second world war broke out. Consequently,  Lanchester was bought out by BSA, who also owned Daimler. Furthermore, Lanchesters were made to take second place to the new Daimler models in production.

Sadly the last model of the Lanchester known as the sprite was phased out in 1956.
Originally, the company that made the cars were facing financial difficulties and the bank called in the companies overdraft. Rather than causing an immediate seizure of the companies assets.Consequently, Lanchester cars came out of the BSA factory in Sparkbrook a suburb of Birmingham and because of this, a deal was made to sell Lanchester to BSA. Because the deal finalised in 1931. Finally, Lanchester cars were bought out by BSA for £26,000,

Pellon tyres MOT

Pellon tyres MOT; BSA Scout 1204cc side valve four cylinder engine with a three-speed gearbox and front wheel drive. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ultimately, this sale was considered a bargain by the financial institutions and a fraction of the real value of the company. Lanchester was now the sister company of Daimler and production, transferred to their factory at Radford. Lanchester cars came outfitted with Dunlop tyres known as the” Dunlop Gold Seal tyres”.

Especially relevant, these were also followed by Avon tyres the “Avon Turbospeed tyres” and also Michelin tyres appeared on the market. These days many tyres are imported. A make called “Goodrich Silverstone tyres” are now available from specialist tyre dealers. Finally, I hope that this blog is interesting, we at Pellon tyres Department are very proud to be associated with cars of our past heritage and history.

 MOT by Pellon Autocentre on behalf of car restorers

http://www.horsfieldsofhalifax.co.uk/projects.htm

Pellon tyres MOT

Pellon tyres MOT

“Find the tyres you need at discount prices using the Pellon Auto Centre
tyre selector” and linking it to https://www.pellonautocentre.com/tyres.htm

Dunlop Motorsport Tyres-Are they second to Pirelli tyres in the motorsport scene?

Dunlop Motorsport Tyres

Dunlop Motorsport Tyres; In my opinion, Dunlop tyres have taken second, or even third place when it comes to supplying tyres to the motorsport teams. This is true for most kinds of motorsport. The good news for Dunlop is that in recent days they have qualified for three sessions on the famous LeMans 24 Hour race.

Dunlop invented the Pneumatic tyre, way back in 1888. Since then the former British tyre company have been involved in many different types of motorsport racing. Indeed, their first win was also at the LeMans circuit. This was way back I 1924, (even before my time). LeMans is a good hunting ground for Dunlop Motorsport Tyres. This is the event that has seen them as number one tyre manufacturer.

Tyre fitted to race cars have won 35 races at LeMans. In fact, Dunlop Motorsport Tyres have been successful on cars in the LMP2 class of racing cars. The LMP2 cars have won on Dunlop tyres in 2011 and for every year up to 2015. Dunlop became the choice for the FIA World Endurance LMP2 Championships. Dunlop Motorsport TyresConsequently, they have also been winners at the Nurburgring 24 hour’s race series in Germany.

Dunlop Motorsport Tyres, also support the Touring Car races

Dunlop is also supporters of the British Touring Car Championships and the Australian V8 Supercar championship. These top-flight races are always televised and give the giant tyre company excellent TV advertising exposure. Sky television broadcasts live action from Australia, where the Dunlop tyres get maximum exposure.

Dunlop also supplies tyres for the Isle of Man TT race series. They are the Official tyre partners to the FIM Moto2 and Moto3 race series, also seen regularly on TV coverage.

This is just a small sample. They also cover small race meetings at a local level. My main question though must put Dunlop in third place compared to the amount of input that Michelin and Pirelli put into motorsport.

http://motorsport.dunlop.eu/dunlop-at-the-track/#/