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The David Manners Group at Classic Motor Show 2013

The David Manners Group at Classic Motor Show 2013
The David Manners Group at Classic Motor Show 2013

Earlier this month, the David Manners Group attended the Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham.

The show was a huge success with some stunning debutants on display that we just had to photograph. Amongst some of our pictures include many of our customers and in some cases, their cars have been built entirely from David Manners Group Parts.

Take a look at our first batch of pictures that include Jaguar, Daimler, MG, Triumph, Classic Mini and Morris Minor.

Check out our Facebook page for some great pictures by clicking here.

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DMG Triumph at the Family Business Awards 2013

DMG Triumph at the Family Business Awards 2013
DMG Triumph at the Family Business Awards 2013

 

In November, the David Manners Group successfully won the Highly Commended Family Business Award for 2013.

There were a record number of applicants for this prestigious category with several well-known high street brands and industry power houses in the mix, so to scoop this award made each and every one of us proud of the achievement.

We will certainly support the awards again next year as it goes from strength to strength.

DMG Triumph at the Family Business Awards 2013
DMG Triumph at the Family Business Awards 2013

 

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Norwegian Classic Mini en route to Classic Motor Show

Norwegian Classic Mini en route to Classic Motor Show
Norwegian Classic Mini en route to Classic Motor Show

 

Last week, one of our friends from Norway made a simple pit stop to Mini Spares Midlands (part of the David Manners Group) to purchase some parts en route to the Birmingham Classic Car show at the NEC. Infact, we had an influx of Classic Mini cars stopping off to see us on the week building up to the car show, so we must be in the flight path for long distance visitors.

Earlier this week, we showcased an immaculate Mini from one of our French customers who bought along 3 Classic Mini’s on the same day with his colleagues. We will show more on these in the coming days.

For those who attended the Classic Mini Show earlier this month, you may recognise some of the cars shown on our page.

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Morris Minor 1000 at the David Manners Group

Morris Minor 1000 at the David Manners Group
Morris Minor 1000 at the David Manners Group

I was fortunate enough to snap this Morris Minor at the David Manners Group a few days ago, but did not have chance to speak to the owner. However a quick Google search for the registration ‘XFO 125’ show more pictures on the Morris Minor Owners Club in Birmingham.

As luck would have it, before I could get in touch with the Morris Minor Owners Club, a feature of ours last week on a Jaguar XJ6 showcased this delightful Moggy innocently in the background and the owner pre-empted my attempt to ask for permission to add the pictures. If you are reading this again, please feel free to let us know how the car is running.

From what we can see, it certainly looks a great little run-around, and the boot rack is always a welcome addition to all Morris Minor cars in our opinion.

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Award Winning Mini at Mini Spares Midlands

Award Winning Mini at Mini Spares Midlands
Award Winning Mini at Mini Spares Midlands

 

The Classic Mini featured here had just returned back to Mini Spares Midlands (part of the David Manners Group) after being featured at the Birmingham NEC Classic Motor Show.
The owner, who is a very good customer and friend of us at Mini Spares Midlands, bought 3 of his Classic Mini’s with him for us to showcase for you before returning back to his native France later in the week.

This stunning Classic Mini has been completely restored and built all from Mini Spares Midlands parts, so to finally see it completed was a treat for us all.

The owner was particularly proud to show off the engine bay, and you can see why here. It is clear why it is fresh from winning an award this week.

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1982 Jaguar XJ6 at the David Manners Group

1982 Jaguar XJ6 at the David Manners Group
1982 Jaguar XJ6 at the David Manners Group

 

Those of us at a certain age will probably associate the shape and colour of the Jaguar XJ6 with ITV’s Minder. In the early 1980’s, owing a Jaguar XJ6 was for some a sign that you have ‘made it’ in life, backed up by the fact that this was and still is a powerful and confident car that looks as strong today as it was meant to when it was first released.

Jaguar followed later models without too much deviation from the classic shapes, so in effect the XJ6 hasn’t aged too much compared to other cars of a similar age. Infact, the shape of the Jaguar XJ6 has become a modern classic in our opinion. It is even more pleasing to see an example in such perfect condition. It has clearly been well looked after over the years (we like to think that David Manners Group has played some small part in this) so we are even more delighted to showcase this XJ6 for you now.

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Immaculate show stopping Triumph TR6

Back in June, we showcased a Triumph Herald at the David Manners Group. It was a great run-a-round and in good roadworthy condition and we were delighted to see it here in the 2 weeks we had for summer. Ironically on the same day, this immaculate Triumph TR6 came to see us. Maybe it’s something to do with good weather.

Our professional photographer was at hand to capture this Triumph TR6 in its pristine glory and the photos were then archived until they re-surfaced this week (we withhold the right to deny we lost them)!

The Triumph TR6 was produced from 1969-1976 and followed the tradition of earlier TR model shapes (only eclipsed by the radical design of the Triumph TR7 that followed). The Triumph Stag is still a personal favourite of ours, but the TR6 in this condition certainly changed a few people’s minds on the day.
 
From profiling our customers, we know that we have a lot of TR6 owners many of which are mail order web customers. So when we get a local TR6 owner that travels to see us, we will be sure to bring them to you again.

Immaculate show stopping Triumph TR6
Immaculate show stopping Triumph TR6

 

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Austin A7 turns heads at the David Manners Group

Austin A7 turns heads at the David Manners Group
Austin A7 turns heads at the David Manners Group

 

You may or may not be familiar with the Austin A7, but you could easily identify it with a bygone age. At an estimate, you may say 1920’s/1930’s. Well, you would be right. Infact this delightful Austin A7 is from circa 1934. Produced from around 1922 – 1939, the A7 was probably the most popular car produced in the UK and only halted by the outbreak of WW2.

You may not see many outside of Museums and classic car shows, but if you are a resident of Oldbury in Birmingham, you would no doubt come across this Austin A7 at the traffic lights or roundabouts or a nearby supermarket.

The owner is a David Manners Group regular. We supply him Austin A7 parts to keep him on the road in all seasons and as the winter is fast approaching, our cautious customer was simply stocking up. And he has good reason too. This is his regular drive and uses it daily in most conditions.

We have had opportunities to photograph this A7 before, but the weather has not been in our favour. It was David Manners himself who spotted him driving down the road to our premises this week at around 40MPH. Looking at the tyres, you wouldn’t think these speeds were possible. Well, not only is it possible, it was cruising at this speed.

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Jaguar MKII Austrian Restoration Project

It has been a month since we updated on the progress of the Jaguar MKII Restoration project from our friend in Austria. And what a transformation in that time!

Jaguar MKII Austrian Restoration Project Phase 1
Jaguar MKII Austrian Restoration Project Phase 1

Our customer, Mike who has restored this Jaguar MKII from David Manners Group parts has now taken the car outside for the first time since the restoration began. The paintwork has now been completed ready for the interior to be fitted in the coming weeks. Keep following for more information on this project.

Jaguar MKII Austrian Restoration Project Phase 2
Jaguar MKII Austrian Restoration Project Phase 2