Signature Magazine December 2013
December 2013
Signature Luxury Travel & Lifestyle magazine ran an article in their December 2013 issue about using our Austin Healey as 'The Only Way To Do The Cotswolds'.


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"Some things were made for each other: strawberries and cream, Bogart and Bacall, and visiting the Cotswolds in a classic car; surely the most luxurious way to discover this picturesque pocket of England.


Northwest of London, the region is dotted with postcard-pretty villages linked by narrow country lanes that meander through rolling green hills criss-crossed with dry-stone walls, bubbling streams and old stone churches. This beautiful countryside is made for touring in style, which is why we find ourselves driving to Warwickshire to pick up a sleek classic sports model from The Open Road Classic Car Hire people.  


Tony and Elaine Merrygold have been collecting and hiring out their stable of prestigious sports cars from their home near Warwick since 1997. We choose our 'serious toy' for the next two days: a 1963 Austin Healey 3000 Mark IIA, a 1970 Jaguar E-Type Roadster, a 1969 MGB Roadster or a 1973 Triumph Stag. My co-driver, having driven an Austin Healey many years ago, is keen to try his skills at handling this particular Mark II, and so, after Tony explains the special features of the vehicle, we duly sign up.  

During a practice drive around the block we both realise very quickly that power steering hadn’t been invented when this little beauty was built and using the clutch proves a little tricky too – real leg-power comes in to play.  


We set off with great excitement south along the original old Roman Fosse Way, now the A429, to pretty Moreton-in-Marsh. The town's bustling Tuesday market, the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds, is in full flight. We note a plethora of tearooms and antique shops, but no parking spots.............  


The full article can be read online at the Signature Magazine website or the text of the article can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF button below.


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