We remove and fit a lot of tyres here at Beaulieu. With these volumes we inevitably spot a few common, and some quite uncommon, mistakes made by other fitters. Let’s start with stickers inside tyres. Not a problem if you’re running tubeless, but even the smallest of stickers will chafe against an inner tube, wearing it away until […]
Engineer, Fred Spaven is building an all-electric Enfield Bullet to take on the classic Land’s End to John o’ Groats challenge. A lot has happened at Spaven Engineering in the last few months. The Charging Bullet has progressed from a collection of parts to something vaguely resembling a motorcycle. The plan to convert an old 350cc Enfield […]
One from the archives. A very frantic blast in an Escort MkI with John Taylor at the wheel. Splendidly frantic commentary from the man himself and a drift to end all drifts at 0:58. Enjoy on maximum volume!
It was great to catch up with Ben and the team at Vintage Tyres again today – I’ve been coming to Beaulieu for tyres for at least 25 years but hadn’t been down for far too long. This was an extra special visit, because it marked the fulfilment of a dream… For too many years […]
Fred Spaven’s all-electric Charging Bullet looks amazing fitted with a brand new pair of Ensign Universal tyres supplied courtesy of project sponsor Vintage Tyres of Beaulieu. The vintage tread pattern really suits the ’60’s vibe of the Bullet. Fred’s also fitted the centre stand, a very slightly modified standard Enfield part, meaning he can do away with the […]
The latest addition to the Michelin classic range, the 155 R15 X, has just arrived at Vintage Tyres. Great news for Beetle owners, but this iconic X-pattern tyre fits a wide range of classic cars from Alfa through to Wolseley. See the second page of the information sheet below for a full fitment list.
You’ll read a lot about what tyres you should and shouldn’t fit to and E-type or XJ6. And if you believe all you read there are apparently a number of contenders for the original-equipment crown. These extracts from the equipment section of the sales brochures for both cars prove that if you want to stay O/E the Dunlop Aquajet is […]
Custom bike builders love the Firestone Deluxe Champion. The mixture of zig-zag tread and statement-making chunkiness means it’s on brats, bobbers, cafes and many bikes creating their own categories the world over. We only sell the genuine Firestone, anything else isn’t worth putting on your project. In stock now in these sizes: 350-16, 500-16, 350,18, […]
I have always defined the love for a particular classic by whether or not it has the ‘glance-back’ feature. Those in the know will now be nodding in agreement with a wry smile on their faces, but if you don’t, then let me explain. I’ve been very fortunate to own a reasonable number of classic […]
I’ve spent years trying to hone my MG Midget into a fast-road, occasional hill-climb car. It’s been a bit of a journey. I’ve been through three engine specs, including the once-popular Rover K-series, but I’ve now settled with a 1293cc A-series engine and an Eaton M-45 supercharger. Like many people taking the engine-uprating route, I […]
Engineer, Fred Spaven is building an all-electric Enfield Bullet to take on the classic Land’s End to John o’ Groats challenge. It’s a journey that has tested pioneering vehicles for time immemorial, and Fred’s doing it on our tyres. The pair of Ensign Universals (325-19 front, 350-19 rear) were en-route to Fred’s workshop when this film was shot. […]
It’s been an extremely busy year so far. So much so that the 944’s road tax became rather suddenly due, at which point I realised it needed an MoT, too. And it failed. Nothing major, thankfully, but the advisories included the need for four new tyres. Ouch. So I called Vintage Tyres of Beaulieu […]