Much has changed at British Motor Heritage (BMH) since Graham Payne assumed the role of Managing Director less than a year ago.
Manufacture of the company’s core products has been meticulously reorganised and a number of new product lines introduced. Moreover, there has been a radical change to the company’s secondary branding. Motoring Classics, BMH’s original online marketplace for accessories, car care items etc, has been axed and in its place the iconic Tex name has been brought to the fore. This significant makeover is reflected in two brand new websites – www.bmh-ltdand www.texautomotive.com.
The site dedicated to BMH itself provides full reference for the company’s renowned range of replacement bodyshells for the classic Mini, MGB, and MG Midget, plus the enormous line-up of individual panels offered for the same cars as well as the Morris Minor and Triumph TR, Spitfire, GT6 and Stag models. Most importantly it also gives full details for the 40-strong international network of BMH Approved Specialists through whom all such items can be purchased. Other pages on this new, easy-to-use website include one concerning the licensing of products and designs under the banners of Austin, Austin-Healey, Mini, MG Morris, Riley, Rover, Special Tuning, Triumph and Wolseley, a vital role for which BMH is responsible worldwide. There is also a fascinating page on the 1,000,000-plus original industry engineering drawings that the company saved from destruction when the Rover Group was sold in 2000, and which are currently being copied and categorised for the ongoing benefit of the classic car fraternity.
The Tex site is an extensive online marketplace from which visitors can purchase items from the genuine Tex-branded wiper and mirror ranges, many examples of which are manufactured by BMH on the exact tooling used to create product for the majority of the British car industry in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Other offerings hand-picked for the benefit of classic car owners include: EBC brake discs, drums, pads and shoes; Samco silicone hoses; Castrol oils, additives, coolants, hydraulic fluids, greases etc; the Renovo range of car care items; a selection of accessories ranging from badge bars to cigarette lighters and lifestyle products from Castrol classic merchandise to model cars.