Sunday 28 December 2008

Half Top Covers - Good or Bad?

We quite often receive calls from customers asking about Half Top Covers, normally from people with soft tops. We dont sell Half Top covers and there is a very good reason for it. Many people think they are easier and quicker to fit than complete covers, which they arent, due to the number of straps involved.
These straps to attach the Half Top to the car and usually run over the bodywork. This is a BAD idea.
a) Any straps that run over paintwork will scratch in time as they are abrasive.
b) Any serious amount of wind will cause the Half top to lift like a parachute as the wind gets under it, which defeats the object of putting something on the soft top.
c) Some are not soft top safe as waterproofing agent seeps through cover into soft top which can cause marks which are hard to remove.
Anyone seriously thinking about buying one of these should ask the right questions first. The above opinions and information are based on our experiences.

Wednesday 17 December 2008

Car Cover Alarm

Our best kept secret is now available to buy online. We have developed a Car Cover Alarm which can be added to any new Stormforce or Sahara Car Cover via ourselves at

An alarm sits inside the cover in a specially developed pocket and activates when the cover is removed by any undesireables.

The Cover can be used with or without the alarm active or installed; Alarm Car Be Fitted to Stormforce or Sahara Car Covers on purchase; Cover can be used with or without the alarm system; Protects your cover and your car; Adds a few extra days to delivery as the pocket has to be machined in ; No need for locking kit and padlock; Cant be fitted to Voyager or Monsoon

The Alarm feature can also be fitted to Sahara Car Covers incase you need added protection if your car is stored in a lockup away from home. Full Video and Picture Gallery Walkthrough coming soon. Price is £25 inc vat and includes the alarm and machining time for pocket.

Wednesday 10 December 2008

Did you know...

As well as selling fitted and tailored car covers we also have two other websites that reflect the other sides to our business. is a specialist website for motorcycle and scooter covers. The idea being you simply select your bike from a list of manufacturers and models and we supply the perfect fitting cover. No need for measuring or taking a chance on it fitting.

The replacement car carpet side of the business has been growing quickly with orders arriving every day now, from all over the world, as far away as Australia. In most cases we use the original pattern design to replicate a perfect duplicate replacement carpet set for your classic.

As cars from the 80s and 90s become classics in their own right now we are finding more and more people are looking to restore these vehicles and carpet sets are often no longer available.
We can offer a cut and stitched equivalent sets in black or colour for many of these cars now, from Escorts to Lancias to TVRs and more...

Saturday 29 November 2008

Cycle Race Team 2009

Plans to form and sponsor a cycle race team for 2009 are well underway. Currently we have 6 riders signed up and we will be supporting them next year in races throughout the country. We are currently looking for 1 more rider, preferably a 1st cat or proven tester to ride for us so if interested please email us for further details.

Saturday 22 November 2008

Car Cleaning and Detailing

OK so we are now an authorised Autoglym supplier and after purchasing our initial stock, ( have to say it was like christmas day receiving all these goodies ) I thought I should test some of the products first hand.

After cleaning the car and removing most of the water with the Hydra Blade, I applied the Aqua Wax, while car was still wet, with one of the pack cloths, then I buffed it off with the other cloth. Have to say the shine was very noticeable and I can safely say this is great product if you are in a hurry or have limited time but want a brilliant waxed shine.

Full Picture walkthrough on these products will be online soon and also included in our Youtube Channel.

Saturday 15 November 2008

Classic Car Motorshow

With the internet side of the business booming this year, we decided not to show at this years Classic Car Motorshow, but couldnt resist the urge to go "as enthusiasts" and drool over some fantastic cars.

Leaving early in the Lancia Delta we made good time down the M6 to the NEC, arriving around 9:30am and even by that time the crowds were massing.

Lots to see during the 5 hrs we were there, everything from fantasic traditional classics to modern supercars. Personal favourites included the new VW Corrado, 3 amazing Deloreans and a wonderful Pearl Porsche 356 Speedster.

The biggest disappointment I felt was the new Lancia Delta, which doesnt look anything like the old Delta at all, infact it looks like any other Euro Box but with fancy lights added. What an opportunity missed when you look at what has been done with the the New Mini and Fiat 500.

Some of the best cars at the show can be seen here on our Flickr Tour

Wednesday 29 October 2008

Why buy a Car Cover?

We have sold thousands of car covers over the years and here are some of the reasons why people buy them.

a) Bird Muck - If you leave your car outside, then bird excrement can be harmful to your paintwork. If you don't wash it off right away, your car's finish can be damaged. Some bird muck is so damaging that the only fix is a respray, even a buff and wax job won't completely restore the finish. A car cover will catch the poop before it does permanent damage. You may think this is never going to happen to your car, but we have seen it. The situation is normally worse in the summer, if it gets hot and people leave their cars unatended, during a holiday for example.

b) Tree Sap & Leaves - At certain times of the year sap, secreated from the leaves of trees can fall onto your car or windscreen and once it hardens it very difficult to remove. Leaves can block drainage channels and cause rain ingress into the car. Then you have the added threat of branches, buds, acorns, berries or worse falling onto the car if parked under trees.

c) Security - Many customers call and purchase a cover after having their car keyed or badges pinched, stating that the police have recommended they buy a car cover. With our locking kit and new ( in progress cover alarm system ) this makes the culprit think twice. Why choose your car when another is easier.

d) Polution & The Elements - Snow, frost, rain, hail etc are the main reason people by outdoor car covers.

e) Animals - Cats are a really big problem, especially with Soft Top Cars.

f) Dust & Protection - Indoor covers tend to be bought to keep dust off a car or protect from people in the garage brushing next to the car and scratching it by accident. Many under ground parking areas suffer badly with dust as other cars start and the exhaust blows dust from the floor up into the atmosphere which then settles on the other cars parked there.

g) Kids - A ball scuffing off the surface of a car can create a circular mark that can't be fixed by waxing of buffing. A car cover will prevent this.

Which ever way you look at it, buying the right cover can be an investment for the protection of your car. However its easy to buy the wrong cover as there are lots of bad ones about and you wont have to look hard to find will however have to look harder to find the good ones.


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Saturday 25 October 2008

Classic Car = Classis Investment

In these turbulent times of stock market crashes and bank rescues, its a welcoming thought to think that a quality classic car, purchased out of a longing for something different, is more than likely the safest investment you could make.

Having bought our Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 1 many years ago, not as an investment, but as a "propper" car with character and pedigree, one thing is for sure is thats it is still worth more now than all the cars we have bought in the interim.

The term ‘classic car’ is difficult to define and has been used to describe nearly any car from the 1940s that has a fan base. In general terms cars over 15 years old begin to gain classic status so from an investment point of view many factors need to be considered. As with most investments the rules of supply and demand apply. The common interest shared by classics is that they have a fan base which creates the initial demand allowing it to retain, or in some cases appreciate in value.

Hence, I would recommend buying a classic car as an investment and of course, pop one of our car covers on it, makes perfect financial sense and now you can justfy it to the Mrs at last!

Friday 24 October 2008

National Get Online Day

OK just when you had cracked the web addiction and were feeling good about yourself, a spanner in the works, UK National Get Online Day... A day dedicated to internet newbies to help them feel less intimidated by the web and more like having a go.

So any scheme that encourages customers to visit our website at has to be good.
Find out more about "Get Online Day" at

Thursday 23 October 2008

Faster than a speeding bullet!

On the day that Swindon council chose to abolish all speed cameras within their borough, a team of British engineers is aiming to break the 1,000mph (1,610km/h) barrier on wheels for the first time. The rocket powered craft called The Bloodhound, shown in the promotional video bears a striking resemblance to the craft Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond famoulsy piloted and crashed several years ago. Aiming to travel faster than a speeding bullet, we can count on one thing for sure. The Hamster wont be getting the call... watch video

Wednesday 22 October 2008

Car Cover Fitting Guide

We took the time the other day to photograph each stage of covering our Lancia Delta Integrale. The car was clean having been covered earlier but had some dust on it after driving to a nearby location. So we started with a dusting off using the Dust Particle Removing Wand, then unscrewed the radio antenna from its base and covered the "pointy" base with some foam, before covering. See

Cycle Race Team for 2009

Yes, its official, we will be sponsoring a 6 man cycle racing team in 2009. The team will compete nationally in both time trials and road races and will hope to build on this years successes.
The New Porsche Print team kit is "under construction" at the moment by Endura, and if early designs are to go off it will look superb.

Coaching will be available to the team via BCF regsistered coach Kevin Humphries at

Youtube Car Cover Channel

We have set up a Youtube Channel where you will be able to see us out and about at events throughout the year, plus handy videos of covers and cars in action and some of our favourite picks. Find our Car Cover Channel at

We will also be out and about at this years Classic Car Motorshow at the NEC in November

4 Layer Morris Minor Cover Tested

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Todays offering is that one of our new 4 Layer Stormforce car covers was recently put under scruitiny by The Minor Site, a specialist website run by and for Morris Minor enthusiasts.

The car cover in question was made for the Morris Traveller which has a wooden rear construction so breathability was a very important factor.

Read the full review and see the photos via The Minor Site