Duckhams - Lubricants Partner

We are very proud to have the support of the heritage British oil brand, Duckhams. Duckhams contribute through the creation of lubricants training module material for our Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship, teaching the next generation of historic transport engineers. They provide this in addition to educational pieces for the FBHVC newsletter and technical support on all matters relating to the lubricants for the historic vehicle sector. Duckhams consult with the FBHVC when developing new products, such as their fuel additive, which helps to guard against effects of ethanol in historic vehicle fuel systems.

Wayne Scott, PR Consultant to Duckhams says, “Duckhams are acutely aware that the freedom to use historic vehicles on our roads relies on a mixture of research, campaigning and education by the FBHVC. We are very keen to support the FBHVC to ensure it has the resources to undertake this important work. Furthermore, we recognise the importance of car clubs which are the very backbone of the classic car community. So, through our support for the FBHVC, we hope to ensure a prosperous future for all car clubs large and small.”

Who are Duckhams?

Duckhams, the much-loved oil brand, known around the world for its distinctive green hue, has been inextricably linked to British motoring heritage since 1899. Duckhams invented Europe’s first ever Multi grade oil, Duckhams Q in 1951, an advancement that changed the face of automotive lubricants forever. Duckhams relaunched with an initial focus on oils for classic vehicles, with the intention of expanding the range into motorsport and modern vehicles in the near future. Duckhams, which remains one of Britain’s finest exports, reaching over sixty countries worldwide, was specified by almost all UK vehicle manufacturers responsible for producing cars from the golden era of motoring. MG, Morris, Wolseley, Rover and BMC all recommended that you didn’t use anything else!

Motoring fans cannot fail to be impressed by the achievements that Duckhams has to its name. Through the further development of Q20W-50 with Morris, they made the ground-breaking compact design of the Mini possible, through providing Morris with an oil that could cope with the shear factors involved in lubricating both an engine and gearbox from the same sump. MG broke land speed records in Utah in the early 1950s, Jacky Ickx won the race of champions at Brands Hatch in 1973, James Hunt took his first F1 victory for Hesketh and Ari Vatanen won the World Rally Championship in a Mark II Ford Escort – all with Duckhams Q in their sumps!

What are the current Duckhams products?

Duckhams re - launched with special edition collectors can versions two mono- grades, SAE30 and SAE40 and their well-respected ground-breaking multi-grade, Duckhams Classic Q20w-50. More recently, our lubricants partner has added three gear oils 90Z, 80W - 90 GL4 and 85W -140 plus an engine oil for more modern historic vehicles, Classic Q 10W - 40.
Furthermore, along with the FBHVC Duckhams have created a fuel treatment for historic vehicles that not only protects fuel systems from the effects of Ethanol but is also free from the harmful chemical Ferrocene. FBHVC members can find a discount code for free postage on all orders from in each of the FBHVC newsletters.

Why is Duckhams great for historic vehicles?

Whilst the oil remains true to its history by retaining the famous and distinctive green hue, Alexander Duckham and Co. Ltd, has sourced the very best raw materials for a perfect combination of heritage and innovation to create motor oils that deliver unrivalled protection and superb performance for classic and vintage engines. High quality base oil combined with optimised levels of ZDDP work in classic car engines to ensure their preservation and longevity for many more generations to come.

Martin Gough, Director for Classic, Motorsport and Industrial explains, “As car fans, we are fiercely proud of our contribution to British motoring heritage. We are especially looking forward to supporting the clubs and enthusiasts that make up our vibrant classic car community. Duckhams has succeeded since 1899, precisely because of a fantastic combination of experience, knowledge and innovation, which we will continue.”

Martin Gough adds, “We have painstakingly recreated the green colour to Duckhams Q20W-50 Multigrade that everyone knows and trusts, but have ensured that the formulation has moved with the times to offer the latest technology to protect cherished engines, both out on the road and in winter hibernation.”

Video – Meet the Duckhams Team!

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