Longstone Tyres are the people to talk to if you want a retro, veteran, classic or vintage tyre for over 30 years. We are attentive to all your vintage tyre and wheel needs and are here to offer you advice and support whatever your enquiry. You are welcome to view our retro rubber selection at our Bawtry warehouse where the kettle is always on, and there are usually several retro, vintage and classic automobiles worth a glance at the workshop. We offer free fitting and advice and occasionally biscuits. Our stock ranges from veteran beaded-edge tyres to the youngtimer millimetric Michelin TRX tyre, fitting everything from the beginnings of Daimler Benz to Renault Alpine and Ferrari Testarossa.
We are a passionate bunch of vintage petrol-heads with the expertise and skills to help you to make the correct decisions about the vintage tyre you need for your classic, vintage or veteran cars.
At its Bawtry base in South Yorkshire, Longstone Tyres has been operating under the keen hand of...
Vintage Tyre Expert...Managing Director Dougal Cawley since 1999. Dougal's history with vintage and classic cars is well established; Having been influenced by his family as a child he grew up to develop his own love for many vintage cars with a strong fetish for the Cortina MkV. Having joined the VSCC Dougal has, with his family, competed in trials in his 1928 Model A Fords as well as sprints and races in 1921 GN Ford 'Piglet'. Since running Longstone classic Tyres, Dougal's knowledge of the vintage tyre has become comprehensive and practically nerd-like; these days he is unable to walk past a vintage or classic without checking out its boots! He constantly delves into the history books to find information regarding Original Equipment (OE) tyres and will always endeavour to source the correct vintage tyre for every classic car - even if it means getting one made. Dougal's somewhat unconventional character has been seen championing Longstone vintage Tyres at many classic car shows across the world from Birmingham's NEC Classic car show to Cavalino Cassic, Florida via Retromobile in Paris. It has been known for him to appear in the press and on the television too - such is his passion for the company, selflessly courting air-time to promote correct vintage tyre choice. If you google Dougal (!) he takes up the first page.
Would love to own: 26M Maserati and Lotus Elite
Vintage Wheel Expert
Longstone Vintage Tyres are the distributors for the fabulous alloy rimmed spoked Borrani wheels for classic Italian exotica, mainly from the ‘50s and 1960s, though Borrani also hark back to Vintage car wheels of the 1920s. Mainly through Simons work, Longstone Vintage tyres are leading experts on Borrani wheels.
Would love to own: All the Lancias
Vintage Rally Tyre Expert...Tom Homan is Longstone vintage Tyres' workshop manager whilst also being vintage tyre salesman and has been with the company for 14 years. He's had his fair-share of vehicular oddities including a Ford Escort, Trabant and an MX5 which he part-owns and used as an MCC trials car. Tom's enjoyment of driving up muddy hills in the dark with poor visibility and a serious lack of sleep allows him to empathise with many other classic car owners. Tom and his brother have now taken up tarmac and forestery rallying. You will often speak to Tom on the telephone and he is present at most vintage car events we do.
Would love to own: An enormous wicker-bodied Edwardian
Vintage Tyre fitting expert...Adam Brocklehurst is chief vintage tyre fitter and is also the main player in our gift-wrapping department (OK - he tapes the tyres up for delivery). Alongside this, Adam has vastly outstripped Dougal in terms of tyre- fitting and can often be seen wrangling with rims and beaded edges. Adam too has a keen interest in cars and currently drives to work in a bright blue MkV Cortina.
Would love to own: Bond Mini Car!
Vintage Tyre Web Specialist...Fergus Cameron - is a tech-wizard and keeps our website running smoothly and user-friendly. His name is probably the most used in the office as we luddites constantly shout him when we can't do something on the computer or the system has run into problems. Having led a fairly solitary life thus far in his bedroom (he's just graduated from being a teenager) he is enjoying being part of the office banter and I'm sure his interest in cars and tyre tread patterns is growing daily.
Would love to own: Renault Twizy
Vintage Tyre Poster Girl...Liz Cawley - 'Longstone Liz' is Dougal's lucky wife (his words not hers) and has been demoted from housewife to being Longstone's marketing mogul creating the oh! so controversial vintage tyre adverts for the international and local club magazines. With a long-established love of all things old (Ahhhhh, Dougal - she loves you) Liz has taken little encouragement to involve herself fully with the Vintage Sports Car Club and Frazer Nash car club, owning a vintage model A Ford, an Austin 7 and competing in sprints in Dougal's GN 'Piglet'.
Would love to own: Navy Blue Ferrari 250 Lusso