Sometimes running this business doesn’t feel like a job at all. After a busy weekend of two events for private and corporate clients the Great Escape team is feeling tired but relaxed. Here’s our weekend. To join us on our next customer classic car driving day which puts you behind the wheel of 5 classic cars for £199 call 01527 893733 or visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk.
Cotswolds Driving Tour
On Saturday we took 16 customers in 8 cars on one of our favourite 100 mile routes through the north Cotswolds. The day was fully booked and included a mixture of existing and new customers. We took 8 classic cars and each customer drove at least 5 – with the chance to test others when they got back. The cars were E Type convertible, HMC Healey, MGB, Alfa Spider, Mercedes SL, Triumph TR6, DeLorean and Porsche 911, giving everyone a mixture of cars to sample. The route took in Chipping Campden, Broadway, Shipston and Lower Slaughter, giving everyone the chance to gun the motors and scare the tourists, which of course is perfectly acceptable and much recommended by us.
The weather was glorious and at the lunch stop at The Slaughters Inn the customers entertained the pub’s drinkers with a stream of classics of which the DeLorean as usual stole the show. As well as overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers – some of whom have already booked again for our rallies later this year – the HMC Healey won the award for most popular car, perhaps thanks to its rumbling V8 soundtrack. The Alfa and Mercedes SL were rated the most surprising cars of the day, both being enjoyed for their mix of easy cruising and style.
The annual Drive It Day on April 21st coincided with an event we ran for corporate customers around Castle Combe. This gave the Great Escape team the opportunity to drive some of our favourite cars through the Cotswolds to The Manor House hotel in the village, taking in the glorious Fosse Way. We took the E Type, 911, HMC and Mercedes SL.
The small corporate event involved a short drive to Lacock and back, with a coffee break. The customers rated the HMC once again the car of the day. The HMC may be heresy to some – it looks like a classic but was built in 1999 – but personally I’m with the customers. It looks superb – particularly in blue and cream – and has the reassurance of modern mechanicals clothed in an achingly pretty 1960s retro body. Frankly, what’s not to like? If you’ve tried to live with a 1960s Austin Healey, even over a short drive, you’ll appreciate why we – and our customers – love the HMC so much.
For more details on our driving days and corporate events visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk or call 01527 893733.