Established in 2004 by Tim Earnshaw, Windrush operates two storage centres: a secure, secretive storage facility situated underneath the streets of Central London and an expansive headquarters hidden from view in the Cotswolds. Both are renowned for offering care and attention to owners of all types of vehicles.
Windrush has been at the forefront of car storage for 17 years. Undertaking a rigorous list of processes which take place when a car arrives, during storage and prior to departure they deliver in all aspects of client and vehicle care.
Windrush has spent many months investigating the issues surrounding fuel degradation over prolonged periods.
Modern petrol is hygroscopic due to the mandatory inclusion of ethanol in all unleaded and most super unleaded fuels. The downside of this becomes apparent when a fuel system is not designed to cope with ethanol, which includes most cars built before 2002, as ethanol corrodes fuel lines and can cause internal damage. In addition to corroding aluminium, copper and brass, ethanol also attacks plastics and rubber and absorbs water. The change to pump fuel due in September will move all regular 95RON fuels to 10% ethanol. These will be marked as E10 on the pumps to denote this.
Even before the addition of ethanol, storing fuel has always been an issue.
While permanent damage is rare, Windrush is built on an ethos of providing first class vehicle preservation during storage and now offers the option of using Storage Plus Fuel for complete peace of mind. Designed by the Anglo-American Oil Company to be stable for at least three years, this special storage fuel does not contain ethanol and will not absorb water. It also burns extremely cleanly and has a distillation curve that is similar to the premium, undiluted fuels offered in the 1970s. Manchester University included Storage Plus Fuel in a test and concluded it was far superior to any modern fuel in all aspects apart from the price, but for Windrush clients only the best is good enough.
Tim Earnshaw, said: “Some clients have expressed concern over ethanol in fuel and others have experienced issues with misfiring and non-starting with vehicles stored at their own home. Now our clients can specify storage fuel as part of their vehicle management program whilst their vehicle is in our care. This is the latest client upgrade offered as part of our continuous evolution in customer service.”
Shaun Williams, of Anglo American Oil said: “Classic cars use totally different materials in their fuel systems which can really suffer from the damaging effects of ethanol, particularly if the fuel is left to sit through extended periods of inactivity. R Storage Plus is completely ethanol free and blended from specific components to make sure it won’t damage fuel system components and will not go off even when left in a vented fuel tank.”
Storage Plus Fuel is available immediately at Windrush London and Windrush Cotswolds.
Windrush offers the pinnacle of luxury car storage in the UK and the only solution for owners looking for the perfect temporary home for their beloved vehicle.
Across both sites, Windrush offers the highest level of security, a dehumidified and climate-controlled environment, 24/7 access to your vehicle, connection to an automatic battery conditioner, daily checks, and a soft, breathable cover.
Windrush offer seamless vehicle relocation services throughout the UK, Europe and overseas – offering its clients a single point of contact allowing them to enjoy their car whenever and wherever they so choose.