Classic-hire company offers five-car experience to capture new enthusiasts


A classic car hire company has launched an innovative scheme to tempt people into the hobby.

Great Escapes plans a series of rallies in 2013 on which each participant will sample different machines including Jaguar’s E-type, the Citroën 2CV, Delorean, MGB and Jensen’s Interceptor. Entrants get around 60 minutes per car and there’s a support crew on hand to deal with any problems.

Entry costs £199 and next year’s events includes the Break for the Border rally, The Cotswolds Run, The Dales Dash, Roar Across the Moor and the Shropshire Sortie.  

Great Escape’s Graham Eason said: "Our rallies are a great way to sample a range of classic cars on some perfect driving roads."

To find out more visit the company’s website.


Chris Martin

Ok here's my suggestion.
I tried 80% of these as mates cars in different circumstances.
I had an hour or so with an E-Type once, but it was in central London and not my car so as much as I enjoyed the pose I could not say I pushed it too hard. Too scared. Nice car though, but does it look better from the outside than in?
Loved my mates old Interceptor though, not the best example bodily, but from the inside, the combination of leather armchair (a well stuffed bucket seat) and muffled V8 grunt with auto' box left me always with one of those on my wants list. Still is, if I can't afford a Facel Vega.
The only MGB I drove any distance was a hideous orange one another pal had back in the seventies, and maybe it was not at its best, but it felt to me a lot like the Austin FX4 taxi I tried at the same time. Heavy, slow, noisy uncomfortable - no it must have been a bad one, surely so many fans can't be wrong?
But then there was the 2CV.
Another well meaning mate (I'll get you back one day Dave) asked me to go with hime to check over a Chevy Blazer he was thinking of buying.
It was in Walthamstow, Dave was in Hendon, as was I at the time. Called round one afternoon, we'll take his car, and off we went in a 2CV. I never thought to ask how or why he had this tin box car.
Even more gullible, I still thought nothing of giving the Chevy the ok once we had checked it over, resulting in the inevitable scenario;
Dave buys Chevy Blazer and I get to follow him home around the North Circular in a 2CV in the evening rush hour.
Now this must be the most fun anyone can have with their clothes on, and I did it too. I managed to keep up and follow him all the way by the simple idea of keeping the gas pedal nailed to the floor all the way, and just rowing it along on the gear lever, if you ignore the screaming protests from up front, it works. And swerving and swaying from one lane to another is all in its stride too.
I know nothing about Delorean, nor much care, and the others are probably what you expect of them, but if you get a chance to thrash a 'Deux Chevaux' go for it. They don't make 'em like they used to.
Chris M.


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