Last Friday we were proud to mark 30 years of serving the classic and vintage car community with a fantastic party at the Holden premises. Accompanied by some of our most prominent trade customers, Morgan representatives, key suppliers and friends & family, we enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere with a band, bar, hog roast and video footage of some of our greatest achievements over the past 30 years.
Looking back to our humble beginnings in Hartlebury, it’s incredible to see just how much we have achieved in three decades, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our customers. Therefore, we want to say an enormous thank you to those of you who have stayed with us over the years.
Taking you back to the beginning; Holden Vintage & Classic was founded in 1988 and moved to the historic motoring town of Bromyard (where we remain) in 1994. It is at this location that a factory was built giving room for larger stores, a sales office and a graphics studio to cope with the increased catalogue production (which by this stage was over 300 pages) and website development.
Bromyard itself has a special place in our company ethos and we have regularly participated in community events, including the fantastic Bromyard Speed Festival and more recently, the newly returned Bringsty Grand Prix.
As well as community events, special projects have also played a significant role in the Holden ethos, with a well-documented MGA Coupe rebuild and V8 Caterham restoration taking up much of the early noughties and, more recently, a challenging and exhilarating Morgan Plus 4 restoration which was completed within 1 year in preparation for RallyRound’s 2018 Rally Africa. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us with our projects over the years and look forward to many more in the future!
It’s also important for us to mention our special relationship with The Morgan Motor Company. Any of our customers will know that Morgan cars have always been at the forefront of Holden’s interest. In 2017, we proudly launched Holden Morgan, the official Morgan dealership for the Midlands. It had been no secret that Holden’s owner Jeremy Holden had a lifelong passion for this iconic British car and given that the premises were a mere 10 miles from the Morgan factory, an eventual partnership seemed inevitable. A gleaming new showroom was installed on the premises offering new and used Morgans for sale as well as Morgan hire and servicing, and a wealth of new staff and apprentices were onboarded to keep up with growing customer interest. You can watch a video of the launch here.
Looking to the future, we are anticipating a fresh, highly functioning website by the end of 2018 and are excited by the offerings of our newest staff members who collectively bring years of industry expertise to the company.
Without a doubt, it has been a tremendously successful thirty years and we very much look forward to the coming developments and expansions, offering even more to the lifelong classic car enthusiast. Thank you once again to our loyal customers, without whom, none of this would be possible.