Witham News


Getting in the Vintage Spirit!

Posted on Wednesday April 10, 2019

It’s great to see the Witham Group featured in this month’s Vintage Spirit magazine.  Vintage Spirit is a magazine for steam and industrial heritage enthusiasts and general fans of classic vehicles.

Vintage Spirit Magazine

In the latest issue (May 2019), there is an article that explains why oil is so vital for an engine.   Oil is to an engine what blood is to the human body and using the wrong oil can cause machinery and vehicles to breakdown. For older engines, using incorrect oil can be disastrous as most modern engine oils are not compatible with classic engines.  There is also a guide for Vintage Spirit readers on how to choose an oil for a classic vehicle, recommending Witham as a reputable lubricant manufacturer.

Vintage Spirit article

The magazine also includes our lovely new advert for our Classic and Vintage range of products.

The Witham Group has been making popular classic  products since 1921 (although they weren’t classic then!).  As engine technology has developed over the past 100 years, Witham has produced tried and tested oils and greases for a whole array of classic and  vintage vehicles, carefully made to the correct formulations as originally recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.

To see our whole range of classic engine oils, brake fluids, greases and rust prevention products for classic and vintage vehicles and buy online please visit: www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/classic-range/ 

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Motul 300V Motorsport Racing Oil

Posted on Thursday April 04, 2019

In 1971, Motul grabbed the limelight when it launched the first 100% synthetic lubricant ever designed for cars: the famous 300V, applying aeronautical technology.  It was in tribute to the 300 victories obtained by the brand up to that point that this revolutionary lubricant was named “300V”.

Motul 300V advert from 1971

The 300V Motorsport range of lubricants is specifically formulated for racing applications.  The range is based around Motul’s unique ESTER Core® technology, which combines the best performing synthetic base oils including esters with bespoke dedicated chemical additives.  Used exclusively in the 300V range, this technology guarantees maximum performance, over and beyond existing standards.

Motul 300V racing oil

ESTER Core® technology guarantees more:

POWER – Reduced internal friction.

RELIABILITY – High temperature resistance and oil pressure stability.

PROTECTION – Optimised polarity for maximal adherence of the oil film.

LOW LUBRICANT CONSUMPTION – Exclusive formulation of low volatility synthetic base oils.

The result is unrivalled power increase, outstanding lubrication and optimal protection –  the best conditions for ultimate victory.

The 300V range has been developed for leading Factory Racing Teams Worldwide, but is also available to buy in the UK from Witham Motorsport – the official UK distributor.

To order any Motul automotive lubricants click here or call Witham Motorsport on 01353 723373.

otul 300V racing motor oil

 

 

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Looking after your treasured classic car

Posted on Wednesday March 20, 2019

Choosing the right oil for classic vehicles

All vehicles, whether old or new, need oil in their engines and on working parts to help keep them lubricated. The oils help prevent friction, causing wear and tear and rust, all of which can lead to expensive repairs and breakdowns.

There are many factors to be considered when choosing a lubricant for a classic vehicle and these often need assessing on a case by case basis to ensure optimum protection and performance as well as the correct balance of additives sympathetic to that individual vehicle.

For older engines, using incorrect oil can be disastrous as most modern engine oils are not compatible and could cause significant damage.  Using a modern lubricant in a vintage vehicle could lead to break downs, scouring the engine where in extreme cases the resulting debris could potentially block oil ways, ultimately resulting in failure.

A reliable and trustworthy lubricant supplier

The Witham Group has been making classic products since 1921 (although they weren’t classic then!).  As engine technology has developed over the past 100 years, Witham has produced tried and tested classic oils and brake fluids, carefully made to the correct formulations as originally recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.

We blend over five million litres of oil every year and produce a range of blended and straight oils suitable for use in vintage and classic engines, as well as gear oils, anti-freeze, grease and a range of paints and specialist coatings.

Reliable and trustworthy, our lubricants are proven to prevent rust, wear and tear, improve fuel economy and help extend the life of your treasured classic.

Quality counts

Trusted and preferred by many vintage vehicle societies, and individual discerning owners, including family estate owners, all the products in the Classic range carry the highest reputation and reliability, and are made using the highest quality raw materials – carefully made to the correct formulations and viscosities as originally recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.

Going the extra mile for a prominent owners’ club

A prominent Classic Owners Club approached Witham to find a solution to overcome a mechanical problem – oil loss in classic engines.  The vehicle in question would have traditionally required a 20W-50 oil, but several owners were finding that they were losing pressure and suffering excessive oil consumption. Witham therefore successfully developed a bespoke 20W-60 viscosity oil that was more viscous at the top end to try and minimise these issues.

Buy online

Witham’s range of Classic & Vintage products are available to buy online:

These products are available in vintage classic tins or modern plastic containers – with next day delivery available (on orders over £50).

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Motul to sponsor Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport in 2019 BTCC

Posted on Wednesday February 20, 2019

Motul, the world-class engine lubricant company, and its UK distributor Witham Motorsport, are set to sponsor Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport as they prepare to embark on the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season.

Speedworks has had great success in the BTCC in recent years and has now upped the ante by joining forces with Toyota GB – an iconic name in motorsport – who make a welcome return to the series with their all new UK built Corolla.

Driver Tom Ingram – widely tipped as a future BTCC champion and one of the series’ undisputed rising stars, will be driving the new Corolla, changing from the Toyota Avensis that has won him nine races and secured consecutive Independent Team and Driver Trophies in 2017 and 2018.

The new Corolla Hatchback
The new Corolla Hatchback

Witham Motorsport – who are the UK distributor of Motul automotive products – have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Speedworks and the BTCC.  “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring and supplying Motul lubricants to Speedworks and Tom Ingram for a fifth consecutive year in the BTCC. 2019 marks an exciting new chapter after gaining factory backing from Toyota GB, which will no doubt help push for the overall BTCC title,” said Richard Scarbrough, Sales Director.

Christian Dick, Speedworks Motorsport Team Principal said: “Motul and Witham Motorsport have supported us since Tom came on board in 2014 and have become a major part of the team, their support has been infallible and we look forward to embarking on this new chapter with them. Good quality oil and fluids always improves performance so we’re delighted to be working with Motul and Witham Motorsport for what I hope will be our best season yet”.

Christian Dick & Tom Ingram
Christian Dick & Tom Ingram in 2018

The BTCC championship annually attracts over one million viewers on TV and thousands of spectators at each race.  The official season launch will take place over two days at Brands Hatch on 27th March where the new racing livery for the Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport Corolla will be revealed.

The first round of the BTCC will commence on 6/7 April on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, moving on to Donington Park, Thruxton, Croft and Oulton Park.

 

About Witham Motorsport
Witham Motorsport, part of the acclaimed lubricant and oil manufacturer, The Witham Group, is the official distributor of Motul automotive lubricants in the UK.

The Witham Group manufactures the Qualube passenger car and classic ranges of lubricants and supply industrial paints to Motorsport teams and racetracks all over the UK, including Silverstone.

Witham is the UK distributor of Motul oil
Witham is the UK distributor of Motul oil

About Motul
Motul is a world-renowned French company specialised in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants. In 1971, Motul became the first lubricant manufacturer to formulate a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines. Motul supplies many racing teams including those in series such as the FIA World Endurance Championship, Super GT, Drift, Pikes Peak, Japanese championship Super Formula, Blancpain Endurance & Sprint Series, MotoGP, World Superbike, F1 Boat and many more.

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Extended Anti-Freeze & Coolants Offer

Posted on Friday February 01, 2019

Bbrrrr … its very cold out there and you need to be safe and warm in this weather. The Witham Group stock a range of 3 anti-freeze products, designed for all cars and lorries, vans, plant and off road vehicles that need to be reliably starting on these cold mornings. We have extended our January offer to include free Screenwash and De-icer with purchases of anti-freeze (which are also coolants on warmer days too!)

Don’t forget our every popular Traffic film removers make vehicle washing a doddle and help keep cars and vehicles clean of dirt, salt and other road chemicals. Pop into your local depot or visit our website for more information or to buy online: https://www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/antifreeze-products/

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New Venue for Lamma 2019

Posted on Tuesday January 08, 2019

We are excited about the new venue for LAMMA 2019 this year – the NEC in Birmingham. LAMMA Show is the UK’s leading agricultural machinery show which started in Lincolnshire in 1982 as a major showcase for the latest agricultural machinery for the local farms. Witham was involved in the original establishment of the show with a small group of local agricultural equipment manufacturers and associates. The show has grown beyond recognition to become Britain’s largest machinery show. Over the past 37 years the show has suffered from bad weather as it has traditionally been an outdoor event. This year the move to the NEC will enable visitors and exhibitors to enjoy all that the show has to offer in spite of the weather in a central under cover location. This year Witham is attending the show with our customers Sparex Ltd and we are looking forward to meeting old and new customers and seeing what amazing latest technologies and products are on display. We are proud to be associated with LAMMA – come and find us on the Sparex Stand Hall 20, Stand 20.550.

#lamma2019 #withamgroup #sparexltd #necbirmingham #agriculturalshow

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Proud to support the Speedworks Motorsport Team in 2019 BTCC with all-new Corolla!!!

Posted on Wednesday November 28, 2018

  • Former Independent squad gains Manufacturer support for BTCC title bid
  • Cheshire-based outfit to campaign all-new Toyota Corolla in 2019
  • Talented Bucks ace Ingram aiming to lead team to championship glory


Reigning two-time British Touring Car Championship Independent Champions Speedworks Motorsport will join the series’ Manufacturer ranks in 2019 after gaining factory backing from Toyota GB and rebranding as Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport – and an all-out title assault is on the cards.

Having developed a reputation as the BTCC’s biggest giant-killer in recent seasons – tallying nine race wins with Tom Ingram, consecutive Independent Team and Driver Trophies in 2017 and 2018 and coming within just 12 points of clinching the outright Drivers’ laurels this year – Speedworks has now upped the ante in Britain’s premier motorsport series by officially joining forces with the UK arm of Toyota.

Ever since debuting in the BTCC in 2011, the Cheshire-based outfit has campaigned Toyota’s Avensis, but next year will herald a new dawn as the all-new, UK-built Corolla – due to take to Britain’s roads in 2019 – enters the fray.

Ingram – widely tipped as a future BTCC champion and one of the series’ undisputed rising stars – has competed for Speedworks since making his bow in 2014, and the 25-year-old Bucks ace will spearhead the Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport challenge as he bids to add the most coveted crown in national motorsport to his burgeoning career CV.

Both the Corolla – the best-selling car in history, achieving more than 45 million worldwide sales to-date – and Team Toyota GB have a proud heritage in the BTCC. Chris Hodgetts memorably claimed back-to-back championship titles in a Corolla GT Coupé in 1986/87, and Team Toyota GB remained a front-running force in the series through to the popular 1990s Super Touring era.

The 2019 BTCC season will begin at Brands Hatch (Indy) on 6/7 April, meaning Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport’s new contender will take to the track at the same time as the latest-generation road-going model arrives in British showrooms. The campaign will conclude on the legendary Kent circuit’s Grand Prix layout six months later.

Christian Dick, Team Principal, Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport, said: “We have been speaking to Toyota GB on-and-off for the past couple of years, establishing an ever-closer relationship and nurturing that bond through our common passion for motorsport, engineering excellence and, ultimately, success. To now have them officially on-board is fantastic news, and will enable us to take that final step to really push for the overall BTCC title. The intention is to develop the new Corolla in 2019 before building up to a two-car assault in 2020. We feel we have proved what we are capable of on the Independent scene and we are well aware that the BTCC Manufacturers’ battle is another level higher again, but as a team, we are ready to pitch ourselves against the very best in Britain and – with Toyota GB’s backing – we are confident of doing just that.”

Tom Ingram, Driver, Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport, said: “Having dreamt about racing in the BTCC since I was a little boy, the past five years have been something of a whirlwind for me, if I’m totally honest. What we have accomplished as a small Independent outfit – particularly over the last two seasons – has been nothing short of mind-blowing, and demonstrates just what this little team is made of. To attract the support of a major manufacturer is a phenomenal achievement and huge credit must go to Christian and Amy [Dick – Team Manager], who have worked their absolute socks off to pull this deal together. For Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport, 2019 starts now – and I cannot wait to see how it all unfolds!”

Andrew Cullis, Marketing Director, Toyota GB, said: “Bringing the Corolla name and Team Toyota GB back to the British Touring Car Championship in 2019 is a great way of helping us launch this important, all-new British-built car. Speedworks Motorsport and Tom Ingram have a winning track record and we look forward to working with them throughout the coming season.”

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Midlands Machinery Show 2018

Posted on Thursday November 22, 2018

Having a great couple of days at the busy Midlands Machinery Show 2018. Great to see so many customers visting the Witham Stand this year. We are showcasing all our new products such as our new Hand Cleaner Range, Anti-freeze and Coolants and new Barn Paint colours as well as displaying all the different types of lubricants and greases, paints and coatings that we supply. We love chatting to our customers old and new so please come and visit us if you are at the show this year. Delighted also to be awarded Highly Commended for our stand.

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Our popular Barn Paint range covered in this month’s Equestrian Business magazine

Posted on Monday November 19, 2018

Delighted to see our amazing barn paint range covered in this month’s Equestrian Business magazine and on their facebook page. This product available in 7 colours is flying off the shelves helping protect and renovate barns, sheds, stables and outbuildings, fencing, gates, featherboard cladding and much much more. Which colour do you like best? Available from our online shop – For more information on our online wood treatments visit, https://www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/barn-paint-creocote/

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Witham Group UKLA Awards Night

Posted on Monday November 19, 2018

We are super proud here at Witham Group this week as we have scored a double honour of awards….Firstly, our very own Ian Wright based at Lincoln Head Office has won Young Employee of the Year Award 2018 from the United Kingdom Lubricant Association. Ian was awarded this coveted title at the industry’s annual dinner in London.
The UKLA – Young Employee of the Year Award recognises outstanding talent in our sector and is chosen from across the UK Lubricant Industry.

Joining Witham as a school leaver, Ian started working in the factory and since then has continuously shown that through his own hard work and enthusiasm he has developed the ability to think wider than just his day to day duties. Studying hard to gain the lubricant technical qualifications, and solving many problems, this award confirms his commitment to both our company, the team within it and of course our customers.

“Well done to Ian”, this is a very much deserved award”.

Secondly, our MD NIgel Bottom was also very surprised to receive the special Presidents Award for services to the lubricant industry both in the UK and in Europe. Nigel is passionate about the quality of lubricants, competition and fairness to customers, transparency of labelling and ensuring the blenders and manufacturers conform to the highest standards and latest environmental requirements. We are thrilled for Nigel and this is a great recognition of his hard work and commitment to the industry.

Well done both – we are super proud of all our Witham Team!

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