Matt Nichols


“…The following organisations have provided us with excellent service…”:


Classic Car Hire

Great Escape Classic Car Hire was founded in 2006 by Graham and Janine Eason to make renting a classic car simple, easy and enjoyable.  Today Great Escape is the UK’s largest classic car hire company with 80 cars and 8 locations. Matt began by testing and writing about many of Great Escape’s cars including Jaguar, Jensen and MG and they have been nothing short of 100% supportive since.

Vintage-Classics based in Melksham (Wiltshire) and run by Phil Rowe has a select range of classic cars for hire, including the Alfa Romeo GTV Matt originally hired and later tested, plus a Jaguar E-Type, Healey 3000 and Audi UR Quattro for all you Gene Hunt’s out there.

The Open Road much like Vintage Classics offer a small but perfectly formed range of classic cars for hire, this time based just north of Stratford-Upon-Avon which is of course Shakespeare country. We drove their ’65 Ford Mustang GT which was excellent, especially with its four on the floor manual gearbox, and hope to drive more Open Road cars soon. Proprietor Tony Merrygold is also one of life’s true gentlemen.

Lakes and Dales classic car hire offer their fine selection of cars from a picturesque base near Penrith in Cumbria, including the Mini Cooper S and Triumph TR4A we reviewed. They can also put you up in one of their excellent B&B and farm accommodation options for a truly memorable break.


Classic Car Sales and Services

Williams Morgan based in the southern Cotswold’s are the region’s Morgan main dealer. Founded in 1911 the family run business has new premises and strong desire to go racing in 2013 with development of their superb 4/4 Sport Morgan Race Challenge Car. Further expansion is planned, with more race car preparation on the cards and at Williams Morgan great service and attention to detail is guarranteed.

Cleevewood Garage in Bristol (UK) offers a full range of sales and garage services for all types of classic and sports cars. We reviewed an MGB-GT and stunning Ford Mustang 289 V8 Convertible. Also of note were MGB and MGC cars built from scratch with new parts into heritage shells. Now there’s a thought.


Consultancy Services

Peter and Louisa Davison of Secret Agent Marketing offer organisations of all sizes advice on marketing their business through a truly unique and creative approach. The style and layout of Classic Cars Driven is largely as a result time spent with them.

PACE-Consulting gets a mention as Matt’s ‘other’ organisation specialising in change through technology projects. Classic Cars Driven is one example where the objective was to get everyone closer to the experience of classic cars, future classics and classic car events by including audio and video clips within reviews. Set up in the style of a blog the website also encourages feedback in the form of comments to allow others to share their point of view.


Motor Sport

Bristol Motor Club was founded in 1911 as the Bristol Motorcycle and Light Car Club and has been actively involved in grass roots motor sport in the South West region of the UK ever since. If you’d like to get more involved with motor sport and live in the Bristol area then get in touch with Bristol MC.

Shakespeare County Raceway have been established since 1973 offering a no-nonsense approach to drag racing from open track ‘run what ya brung’ sessions right through to top fuel cars. We are forever appreciative to Jeremy Cookson and the team at Long Marston Airfield for letting us shoot our ’65 Ford Mustang GT review there.


Resource for Young and Inexperienced Drivers

Young Car Driver is a website for learner drivers and other inexperienced road users, with advice on buying, running and safely driving cars fort the first time. It promotes a good message without being overly heavy-handed and is a useful resource for finding out what options are available for important things like insurance and driving lessons.

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