Southside British Cars, Danville, Virginia


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This Winter we acquired a huge collection of MG Midget and Mini parts as well as an MG 1100 car. These parts and the car were left following the untimely death of a NC shop teacher that truly appreciated these little British cars. These parts are now in our warehouse and need to be sold! See our "For Sale" page for specifics. We still have a few cars for sale and new offers are coming our way all the time. Call us if you are looking for something specific in the British Car realm.

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Race Engines at Southside British Cars

Race Engines at Southside British Cars

Race Engines at Southside British Cars

Race Engines at Southside British Cars

Race Engines at Southside British Cars

Race Engines at Southside British Cars

Race Engines at Southside British Cars

Race Engines at Southside British Cars

Race Engines at Southside British Cars

Race Engines at Southside British Cars

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British cars restoration Southside British Cars

British cars restoration Southside British Cars

British cars restoration Southside British Cars

British cars restoration Southside British Cars

 

  • Race preparation for Spring race season
  • Total restoration services
  • Power and performance tuning
  • Reliability upgrades
  • Vintage race builds, preparation and support
  • Dealer for Moss Motors, Victoria British, Pertronix, Mini-Mania and more!
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Southside British Crew
The Southside British Cars Crew: From left to right: Tony Dix, Jim Allen, Mike Allen

Floor Sweepings

I just came in from the shop after spending some time restoring order, sweeping and cleaning after a busy week. As I was sitting here looking at my e-mails and such I figured maybe I should take some time and see what I could add to the web-site. What I decided was it was time to do some sweeping and cleaning here as well!!

I stay busy on cars each day and sometime that is a distraction from tending to the basics of business. One of the basics, which is also an essential, is our web page. Some times updates are a chore but then I reflect on that and realize what the site is meant to do for us. This is technically where we put our "advertising dollars". We use a local web site designer to help us with the maintenance tasks and he is our anchor for the site. We get monthly reports showing our activity broken down by the total number of visits, new visitors and the search engines used to find us. We can also see the "key-words" used in the search. Try to get that from print advertising! That's when I have to do a reality check and tend to business.

This web site has been very good to us and it is where the bulk of our business comes from. The car that is farthest from home right now is a TR3 that is here from Alabama. The car that is closest to home is a TR6 from Indian Valley, VA over near the Blue Ridge Pkwy or fifty miles from here. When we have a local car here it's usually for service or maintenance work. And that's fine too........it keeps the lights on.

And that leads me to another point......you can't see the composition of the web site without a computer, and two weeks ago I found that out the hard way! I had a friend (also techie guru) in to look at the computer I use daily for business. The goal was to clean up some junk, move some files and increase speed. While he was doing this he noted that the hard drive was acting funny. The first question he asked after that revelation was "what do you use for back up?" I swallowed hard and answered "CD discs". "When did you do that last" he asks. Sheepishly I answered " I don't remember.....but it couldn't have been all that long ago." In actuality it was several weeks / months ago!

You can guess what comes next can't you? Yep, three days later the hard drive crashes and all I have to look at is the "Blue Screen of Death"! And, no I didn't do a back up. But you knew that as well didn't you?

Jump ahead a week where I drive sixty miles one way to find a new hard drive so my guy could reconstruct my files. And fortunately he had the skills to do just that. He was able to retrieve some 90% of the data in my files by piggy-backing on the old drive. I lost all my e-mail history and some seldom used programs but most were re-installed from the disc that came with the computer (always save these!) and from going out on the web to find "Free Downloads".

So, as well as having my computer back I also have a back up devise linked through the LAN that does an automatic (the operative word here) back up of all the computers in our office. And I guess that's my "lesson to be learned" segment for this update. Now......back to the car business!




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912 Lynn Street, Danville, VA 24541
Email:jallen@southsidebritish.com

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