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Jaguar E-Type Polish Restoration Project

The David Manners Group attended the Krakow Moto Show in Poland last weekend, one of the biggest Classic Car shows in the Calendar. It was an opportunity to catch up with some of our customers and the projects they had been working on.

One customer in particular was keen to show us the before and after shots of his E-Type Jaguar. Completely restored from David Manners Group Parts, (with some interior exceptions that were custom made), we are extremely proud of the progress made.

It is near completion, but his second E-Type project is just about to start in Germany. We are very much involved in that restoration too so we will be providing updates and photos in the near future. You can visit our Pinterest account here to see other E-Type Jaguar projects have progressed.

To visit our website, please click here where you will find our complete range of Jaguar E-Type Parts.

Jaguar E-Type Polish Restoration Project
Jaguar E-Type Polish Restoration Project
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MGB Barn Find: Racing Car Mystery

A few weeks ago, one of our regular MG customers purchased a rather fine looking blue coloured livery MGB Car that had been residing in a barn for the last few years. Aesthetically, it seemed in good condition, and a quick check over the finer details of the car convinced him to part with his money.

The MGB was bought as a project for his son who duly sold his own modern car with the sole aim of using this as his regular drive.

However there are 2 mysteries’ surrounding this MGB. Less important of course is how a family of field mice managed to make the rear part of the car their home until it was safely delivered to his homestead. But the livery asks the obvious question here: Was this previously used in some sort of Racing. The previous owner was unable to ‘shed’ any light on its history, so the owner is considering asking the MG enthusiasts club to see if they can help.

There are few things that needed doing immediately such as general servicing parts, but this trip to the David Manners Group was more about getting a New MG Steering wheel to look the part.

If you would like to see our MG Parts range, check out our website here. And don’t forget we have our new MGB Parts Catalogue that you can purchase or download for free here.

MGB Barn Find Racing Car Mystery
MGB Barn Find Racing Car Mystery
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1956 MGA: One of the first 2000 ever built

You may not have seen one of these cars outside a show or in a brochure before, but over 100,000 were built. So when one of our MGA Customers pulled up to buy some parts this week, we had to take a closer look. The numbers of MGA cars on the road have decreased over recent years (less than 2000 according to howmanyleft.com) so the common assumption would be the cars would all be kept in pristine show condition.

But as the owner explained to me, he uses this MGA as his regular car every day. The mileage is high and it has not been cleaned for a week or two (still looks good to us). Infact the owner of this delightful MGA even offered to take it to a car wash before we took some pics. We declined as it’s so refreshing to see an old classic being used as a car should be.

It is in great condition having been built in 1956, and keeps up with motorway traffic well. The owner informed us very casually that out of the 100,000 or so built, this was around number 2000 on the production line. Quite a boast.

If you have an MG Car, visit our website next time you need any parts. We are proud to keep Modern and Classic MG’s on the road.

1956 MGA: One of the first 2000 ever built
1956 MGA: One of the first 2000 ever built

 

 

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Kate Manners leading the Panel for Service Excellence Award

Kate Manners, the David Manners Group Managing Director is today leading the panel of Judges for the Service Excellence category at the Family Business Awards in Nottingham.

In 2012, the David Manners Group successfully won the Service Excellence Awards beating off several top class competitors in the process.  We put a lot of hard work into the application and the following interview process, so we are aware of the high standards required to win. This is why Kate Manners was invited to lead the panel of Judges for the 2013 Award, knowing that each year the standards get higher.

Kate said “The team at DMG were so proud to win the Service Excellence Awards last year. It put a smile on everyone’s faces after what had been a transitional year with expansions, new systems and new faces. Winning the Award allowed everyone to step back from the chaos and see just how well we had done. We were in our own little bubble, so the recognition had to come from somewhere else. These Awards are so important to Family Businesses and we want to be a part of them for many years to come”.

Kate will lead the team of Judges today interviewing Blue Castle Energy, Lea Marston Hotel, PDW Group, Webb Hotels, PCMS Group & Travel & GMS Security. Having already previewed the finalist’s applications, the standard this year has been taken to a new level. It may all come down to the interview stages and how each company is represented. The David Manners Group would like to wish each finalist the best of luck.

The 2013 Awards ceremony will take place in Birmingham, November 2013.
To read more about the David Manners Group, please visit our website. For more information about the Awards, please click here.

The David Manners Group are also in the final for Family Business of the Year. You can read more here.

Kate Manners on Business in Russia building on Service Excellence win
Kate Manners on Business in Russia building on Service Excellence win
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RED MGF Makes our Customer Spotlight Section

The MGF & MGTF are still fairly common in terms of numbers (according to howmanyleft.com) but you don’t see as many on the road as say 5 years ago. It’s still a great looking car so that’s why we have decided to include the Modern MG in our Customer Spotlight Section. It is after all, a future classic in the making.

This Red MGF is used as a primary car by its owner and has had no trouble since it was purchased from new.

It seems the MGF owners always take care of their cars as we at the David Manners Group rarely see anything other than the ‘just been valeted’ look.

To see our range of MGF Parts, please visit our website by clicking here.

RED MGF Makes our Customer Spotlight Section
RED MGF Makes our Customer Spotlight Section

 

 

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Poland’s Krakow Moto Show September 2013

The David Manners Group will be in Poland from Friday 6th September until Monday 9th September at the Classic Moto Show in Krakow.

We have a lot of Polish customers, so if you are thinking of coming along, be sure to say hello to our David Manners colleagues Piotr and Simon.

Classic & Modern Jaguar Cars are very popular in Poland, and the Classic Mini Market is also emerging. The Classic Moto Show is seen as one of the biggest in Poland and has been growing year on year. This is the first time we have been to the show as special guests of one of our customers.

If you would like to read more about the Krakow Moto Show, please click here. To visit our website, please click here.

 

David Manners Group at Poland's Krakow Moto Show September 2013
David Manners Group at Poland’s Krakow Moto Show September 2013