2017 Review of SMITHS Instruments News and Blogs

2017 Review of SMITHS Instruments News and Blogs

In 2017, we have written about the Aston Martin DBR1, 'new original' Jaguar XKSS, Triumph 6T Thunderbird and many other cars and motorcycles from our rich motoring history.  Here is our summary review of the news and blogs that we have posted in 2017:


Our first article of 2017 announced our involvement in designing and supplying the gauges for the 'new original' Jaguar XKSS.  We were thrilled to be involved in the project and even got a mention on the Jaguar Classic stand at the Goodwood Revival (September 2017).

SMITHS gauges are a common feature in the dashboard of the classic MG sports car and we looked at the MGB GT that was produced between 1966 and 1967.

The British classic Mini has always held a special place in the hearts of motoring enthusiasts.  Our January article reviewed the Mini Clubman and 1275 GT, produced between 1969 and 1980, that failed to capitalise on the popularity of the Mini in the 1960s.


In February, we went back to 1968 and the launch of the first Jaguar XJ luxury car, with SMITHS gauges in the dashboard.  Nearly 20 years later, legendary director John Hughes, released the classic movie 'Ferris Buellers Day Off ' and there was a starring role for a SMITHS speedometer.  Our last article on the month was on the history of the Land Rover Series IIA, launched in 1961.


Our focus in March was on the MG Midget Mk I sports car (1961-1964).  We also launched a new electronic speedometer for the Mini Cooper S.


Our first 'Aston Martin' focused article featured in April.  SMITHS designed the gauges for the classic DB5, made famous by appearing in several James Bond movies.  This was followed by a review of a car used by royalty, sheikhs and billionaires, the Rolls -Royce Phantom V and VI


With Le Mans taking place in June, we reviewed the British competitors taking part in 2017.  In a total contrast, our next article went back to 1950 and the launch of the first Volkswagen Transporter.  


To celebrate Le Mans 2017, our article looked back at the battle between Ferrari and the Ford GT40 at Le Mans in the 1960s.  Our review of the classic MG continued with the evolution of the MG Midget Mk II.


In August, we covered the news that an Aston Martin DBR1 had become the most expensive British car ever sold at an auction, being purchased for £17.5 million.  We also launched a new SMITHS digital tachometer for another iconic British car, the classic E-Type Jaguar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Later in August, we looked back at the history of the Jaguar E Type, the car that Enzo Ferrari is reported to have called "the most beautiful car ever made".

Our announcement about making gauges for VW Camper Vans with bespoke face designs generated a great deal of interest, especially leading up to Busfest in September.


At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the National Motorcycle Museum were displaying several classic British motorcycles, all featuring SMITHS instruments.  Our first review of those classic motorcycles started with the Triumph 6T Thunderbird, the motorbike that featured in Marlon Brando's 1953 movie 'The Wild One'.

Gavin Roberts (our Managing Director) took some great photos at the 2017 Goodwood Revival and it was amazing to see so many classic cars with instrumentation supplied by SMITHS such as the Aston Martin DB4GT from 1960 and a fabulous Lotus.  The Classic Jaguar stand also featured the 'new original' Jaguar XKSS and a wonderful quote about SMITHS made by Kev Riches, the Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager.


The month started with an article that looked back at the origin of the Aston Martin DB series with the DB1.  Our review of the origins of iconic cars continued with the SS Jaguar 100, the last car released before SS Cars Ltd changed their name to Jaguar Cars in March 1945. 

Our second classic motorcycle review in 2017 focused on the 1965 BSA Gold Star.  The motorcycle theme continued in the month with the BSA Lightning Motorcycle that starred in the James Bond movie 'Thunderball'.


For the first time, we featured an article on an Austin Healey classic.  The Austin Healey 3000 sports car, built between 1959 and 1967, is a wonderful British classic car.  Our 2nd article in November had a wedding twist as we reviewed a 1936 Rolls-Royce 25 20 hp, a beautiful car that has escorted thousands of brides to their grooms.  We continued our review of Aston Martin cars with the ever-so-60s DBS.


Our final blog of the year was again inspired by the National Motorcycle Museum stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.  On display they had a classic Triumph Bonneville Motorcycle, beautifully restored and featuring SMITHS gauges on the handlebars.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our news and blogs in 2017.  With our rich SMITHS history we have plenty of stories to tell in 2018.  In the meantime, if you are interested in receiving further information on any of the articles or details on new or classic gauges, please contact us on:

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Phone: +44 1639 732200

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