Most of the time this blog is the rambling preserve of me, Graham. But there’s more to what we do than me, much more. Here our General Manager, Andrew Kerr, gives an insight into life at Great Escape Cars. Andrew is one of two people who generally handle our phone enquiries: so if you call you’ll speak to him.
Just another day in the life of a Great Escape employee. Monday morning and I roll into the office about 8:40 taking a few moments to wander into the workshop to have a quick look at a concours condition candy turquoise and cream 1960 Ford Zodiac that we collected over the weekend for one of our TV projects. The owners did warn me that is was a bit more bling than their current grey and off white example and they were right. The engine was so clean you could eat your dinner on it. As everyone trotted in to work they all expressed their approval and pretty soon it was the focal point of the unit. I had a wry smile as I walked away, on Friday we took delivery of another concours condition
beauty, a cream Austin Healey Frog Eyed Sprite that is in the workshop for some well, er work. It was on one of the ramps behind the Zodiac, now outshined by the candy colours of the blinged up Ford.
As I made my way back to the office I had to squeeze by a dark blue Porsche 356 Coupe we have borrowed for a TV shoot, I gave it an admiring glance as I always do and it reminded me that all the people that work at Great Escape Cars are all enthusiasts at heart. We tend to take the fleet for granted, when people come to hire one of our cars they generally walk around the unit in open mouthed awe at the cars that we see every day. So when we have a few foreigners on board we end up like our customers, bug eyed and gawping which is great, it keeps our feet on the ground.
Almost at the end of the day I took a booking for our Corvette (it’s suddenly taken off now the web pictures are doing it justice) and I ended up chatting to the customer about Porsche 914s, otherwise known as the VW Porsche. He was restoring one and I told him about a German customer who wanted to try our Jensen before buying one himself who turned up in a beautiful red restored example he drove all the way from Germany. There aren’t many jobs where you get to drool over your hobby, chat with people about the classic cars you grew up with and work with a bunch of like minded people.
I had posted a picture on Facebook of an E Type Convertible I took to Greenwich last year for a photo shoot and a friend commented “you have the best job in the world and I’m jealous”, I didn’t reply, I never encourage friends when they’re right.