THE DUCKHAMS STORY

Duckhams, the British oil brand, is well known and respected by classic car enthusiasts for it’s high quality, green coloured motor oils. Many of the iconic car manufacturers that built the classic cars of today recommended the use of Duckhams lubricants in their engines and drivelines. The 10th November 2017 marked the return of the new and improved Classic range; when we re-launched at the NEC Classic Motor Show.

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THE DUCKHAMS STORY

ALEXANDER DUCKHAMS

Alexander Duckham, was an English chemist and businessman who in 1899 founded Alexander Duckham & Co, in Millwall, England.

Relocating from Millwall to Hammersmith in 1921, he dedicated a lifetime to solving technological problems relating to lubrication and produced the first multigrade oil for motorists; which by 1967 Duckhams was regarded the largest independent lubrication oil company in the UK.

Alexander Duckham was famously an early aviation pioneer and close friend of cross-channel aviator Louis Blériot. Duckham accompanied the French aviator in 1909 in the first powered cross-channel flight and the following year broke the British altitude record, reaching a height of 1,600 feet.

THE DUCKHAMS STORY

Q20W-50

In 1951 the decision was made that the multigrade oil was the oil of the future. The famous Q20-50, with its distinctive green colour, could be used universally in all forms of transport and motorsport.

Today, we have relaunched the Classic oil that transformed lubricant technology forever. You can shop our new and improved (still green) Classic range here.

THE DUCKHAMS STORY

ALDRIDGE WORKS

To cope with the demand of motorists desire to give their car engine the utmost care, a new manufacturing plant was opened in Aldridge, Staffordshire in 1968. The previous home of Duckhams in Hammersmith was later turned into Thames Wharf Studios and famous Michelin star River Café.

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TRIED AND TESTED

There was never a more sophisticated engine oil back in the day. Team Surtees carried out an RAC observed test at Silverstone, using Duckhams oil purchased from a garage by the RAC scrutineer. The test was over 201.96 miles at an average speed of 123.8mph, and the engine was subsequently dismantled and pronounced to be in a totally satisfactory condition.

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RACING DAYS

This sparked an increased involvement in motorsport that was to cover Grand Prix support for Team Surtees, Team Lotus, Graham Hill, Embassy and Hesketh. Also, Van Diemen and their Formula Fords have been a success story in their working relationship over the years.

If you list the names of drivers who have had support in their early years, it reads like a Who’s Who: Hill, Coulthard, Irvine, Mansell, Brundle and Senna, to name just a few on four wheels. On two wheels, Paul Smart, John Cooper, Ray Pickerell, Dave Crockford – and we mustn’t forget the 1995 British Championship winning rotary-engined Duckhams Norton.

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TODAY

By combining our experience of over 110 years of oil production with modern blending technology, every green drop of Duckhams Oil will give your classic engine extra protection, in all conditions, helping you keep your cherished classic running beautifully.

To celebrate the return of Duckhams, we launched three classic oils, including the Collector’s Edition Q20w-50 in the style of the cans people loved and remembered from that period.

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