The Open Road in the Press, TV, Film and Fashion Shoots

Our cars have been used by the press, TV and film companies on numerous occasions since we started The Open Road in 1997. This has included everything from advertisements and catalogues to 'Holiday' type and other specialist TV programmes.


TV appearances have included: the BBC (Home Front, Holiday Programme; Love Me Love My Kids; The Lottery - Millionaire Manor); Australia's Channel 7 (The Great Outdoors - twice); US Cable TV; Norwegian TV; Channel 4 advert for Jet Petrol as the Fuel Partner of the Silverstone Classic; Unravel Travel for Irish TV AM.


Virtually all the main classic car magazines as well as some of the main car magazines: American Car World; Autocar; Auto Express; Car; Classic & SportsCar; Classic Cars; Classic Cars For Sale; Classic Car Mart; Classics Monthly; Jaguar Monthly; MG Enthusiast; MG World; Practical Classics; TR Action; VolksWorld.


Foreign press includes: Autopress (NL); Algemeen Dagblad (NL); GTO Magazine (NL); Kampioen Magazine (NL); Marie Claire (NL); National Geographic Traveler (US); Signature Magazine (AU); Washington Post (US).


Mainstream press includes: Daily Telegraph; Guardian; London Evening Standard; The Times.


Specialist and lifestyle Magazines included: BBC Homes & Antiques; Chat; My Weekly; Woman's Own; Woman's Weekly.


Fashion Shoots have included: Crew Clothing Company; Tesco with Vernon Kay and a few we aren't allowed to mention.


Some, but not all, of these are featured below:

Our Jaguar E-Type Roadster was used by Kate Lough of the Evening Standard as her chosen transport for a stay in The Cotswolds
November 2016
Evening StandardThe part of the article that covers use of The Open Roads' Jaguar E-Type reads as follows:


The Cotswolds is one of the prettiest areas in the UK. Villages of honey-coloured stone cottages, quaint greens, pretty pubs and rolling fields are found at every turn. And the most stylish way to see all this has to be in a classic car. We borrowed a classic Jaguar E-Type for the weekend, and it will forever stick in my mind as one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Roof down, huddled against a bright November day, we twisted and turned through this postcard-perfect place, in one of the most beautiful cars ever designed. Strapped in by chic red seatbelts, we pointed the long bed bonnet in whatever direction we chose, with no specific destination or irritating SatNav telling us what to do. Much better than a walk in wellies. If you must settle on a particular destination, give nearby Blenheim Palace a visit. You can walk through its magnificent park for free - which is absolutely stunning in autumn. Tony Merrygold, who runs The Open Road, keeps his classic car fleet just outside Warwick, which is an easy 40 minute drive to Yarrow Cottage and Churchill. He also has a 1965 Ford Mustang and an Austin Healey 3000 if that's more your bag. If your partner is a car lover, there can be no better gift than hiring one of these - Tony can even help you arrange a surprise.


The full article can be read at Evening Standard Online.

Signature Magazine - The Only Way To Do The Cotswolds
December 2013

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


Signature Magazine is on sale in newsagents, available in all the major airline lounges and is onboard Qantas flights.  


"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......." 


The full article can be read online at the Signature website or a PDF of the article can be downloaded by clicking here. 

Classics Monthly - our Austin Healey 3000 was featured in the June 2006 issue.
June 2006
Mark Robinson of Classics Monthly Magazine took our Austin Healey out for a day for a photo shoot and wrote up an excellent article in the June 2006 issue, on both our Austin Healey and the delights of touring around South Warwickshire and The Cotswolds.
National Geographic Traveler used our Triumph TR6 to follow the Romantic Road route around the Cotswolds.
September 2009
National Geographic Traveler ran a superb article in September on following the Romantic Road route around the Cotswolds. The writer chose our Triumph TR6 as the classic car that most suited the twists and turns of the country lanes and the picturesque scenery of The Cotswolds.
Our VW Karmann Ghia is featured in the 8th April 2009 Edition of Auto Express
April 2009
Our VW Karmann Ghia is featured in the 8th April 2009 Edition of Auto Express as 1 of 12 unusual classic cars for hire in an article entitled Mental Rentals.


Want to drive something different over the Easter break? From a tank to a US classic and a millionaire's supercar, we reveal the craziest vehicles you can hire.

BBC Homes & Antiques featured our Austin Healey 3000 on the cover as a perfect summer picnic theme.
July 2009
BBC Homes & Antiques magazine wanted a suitable open top period car to use for the front cover of their July 2009 edition to illustrate a perfect summer picnic theme.


They chose our Austin Healey 3000 at a fantastic location down by the river near Henley on Thames.

Crew Clothing Company chose our Austin Healey 3000 as a back-drop for their September 2006 clothing catalogue
Crew Clothing Company chose our Austin Healey 3000 as a back-drop for their clothing catalogue due out in September 2006.


The fashion photo shoot took place in the grounds of a wonderful hotel just outside Winchester with the Austin Healey adding just the right amount of character

Keys to the Castle. - Our MGB Roadster added a period flavour to an American TV programme.
Summer 2006
Our MGB Roadster was used to add a period flavour to the filming of an American TV programme - Keys to the Castle.  The actor concerned was non other than John Barrowman, who is now famous as the swash-buckling American airman Jack Harkness in the BBC TV series - Dr Who and Torchwood. Just like the Tardis our MGB can take you back in time.
Car Magazine compared our 1966 Ford Mustang with a 2004 Mustang
July 2006
Following the success of the new Ford Mustang launched in 2004, Car Magazine decided to run a comparison of the new v the old and used our 1966 Ford Mustang for the purpose.


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June 2006 - Channel 7 Australia, Great Outdoors used our Austin Healey 3000 at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons
Channel 7, Australia used our Austin Healey for another of their 'The Great Outdoors' programmes.


This time the stakes were a bit higher. The programme featured one of the best restaurants in the country - Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons near Oxford. The producers chose our Austin Healey 3000 as the perfect accompaniment.

BBC National Lottery Show - The Open Road's Jaguar E-Type in good company at Millionaire Manor
7th January 2006
The BBC National Lottery Show on a Saturday evening includes a game show called Millionaire Manor which is produced by Initial, part of Endemol UK. The show, hosted by Mike Durden-Smith, has three families competing to win a week, living the millionaire lifestyle, in the Millionaire Manor.  It includes a game where the three teams have to guess which of three items is the most valuable.  Past games have included such millionaire lifestyle items as; antique furniture, oil paintings and jewellery.  For the show on 7 January 2006 the producers wanted to include some millionaire style Supercars.  They decided on three classic cars, two modern and an older one.
Times - Steve Keenan writes about the choice of classic cars for hire
30 June 2005
Hit the road on a classic weekend  by Steve Keenan

The number of classic cars for hire is growing - as are the number of us who want to take down the hood and take off to the coast in an E-Type or MGB.

BBC 1 programme Love Me Love My Kids featured our Triumph TR6 as the bait on a final date
10th May 2005
Our Triumph TR6 was seen on TV on 10th May 2005 in the BBC 1  programme Love Me Love My Kids.


The programme, made by award winning programme makers, RDF Media featured a single father's search for a new girlfriend. The twist in the programme was that he didn't choose his dates, his children chose two girl friends for him.  One of them took him out in our Triumph TR6 on the final date.

GTO Magazine - the Editor, Tonie Broekhuijsen, took our Triumph Stag for a long weekend touring Wales
September/October 2004
Tonie Broekhuijsen, Editor of GTO came over from The Netherlands during May 2004 and took our Triumph Stag for a long weekend touring around the beautiful countryside of Wales.
Times - Steve Keenan uses our Jaguar E-Type Coupe for the weekend
7th February 2004
Steve Keenan of the Times took our E-Type out for a weekend driving around Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Warwickshire.
Algemeen Dagblad - one of the main Dutch national newspapers - ran a feature on The Open Road
11 August 2004
The following article, written in Dutch by freelance Journalist Dick Schornagel, appeared in one of the main Dutch national newspapers - Algemeen Dagblad on 11 August 2004.


Being a Dutch national newspaper the articles is of course in Dutch.
General Motors Press Event - Pontiac Solstice
February 2004


The Open Road together with The Grand Touring Club in Suffolk, recently contracted to assist General Motors (Detroit) by providing some classic English sports cars as references for the GM engineers to offer to a select group of the top American motoring writers, alongside a new GM model, the Pontiac Solstice, due to be launched in 18 months time.

Hampshire Society - Touring the Bard's Country in a Triumph TR7
December 2003
Anne Dickie of Hampshire Society spent a weekend touring the less obvious attractions that Shakespeare country has to offer, in a natty green car  (our Triumph TR7).



MG World - Five page Feature on The Open Road - Hiring an MG
June 2003
The June 2003 issue of MG World Magazine ran a five page article on hiring an MG. 


At that time The Open Road had two MGs for hire, a 1969 MGB Roadster which is still on our fleet and a 1993 MG RV8 which we have since sold.

Channel 7 Australia, Great Outdoors used our Triumph TR7 in June 2003
Channel 7, Australia, picked our Triumph TR7 to be used in their holiday programme, The Great Outdoors.

The producers made a film about touring The Cotswolds and decided that the best way to convey the full British atmosphere was to feature one of our open top British sports cars. 


They picked our slightly unusual bright green Triumph TR7 for the job.


BBC Holiday 2002 - Jayne Middlemiss takes our Stag around The Cotswolds
4th March 2002
The BBC Holiday Programme is renowned for presenting unusual ideas for holidays both abroad and at home in the UK.  The 4th March 2002 programme included a 'mother's day treat' with Jayne Middlemiss taking our Triumph Stag for a 'chocoholic' tour around The Cotswolds.
BBC Home Front Inside Out used The Open Road's Triumph TR4A to add a period feel to a programme set in The Cotswolds
28th November 2000
Those of you who are avid viewers of the gardening and DIY programmes may have seen The Open Road's Triumph TR4a driven by Diarmuid Gavin and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen for one of the Autumn 2000 series of Home Front Inside Out, filmed around the Cotswold villages near Banbury.

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