Classic Vintage Cars and Country Villages


Imagine driving your favourite classic car through the glorious British countryside.
 
One of our favourite one day itineraries features exploring some our beautiful countryside village whilst enjoying the wind in your hair as you're chauffeured in a classic vintage car. Featuring a personal tour of Henley-on-Thames, showcasing the best independent stores for that special personal shopping experience, followed by a relaxing jaunt down our beloved River Thames with a champagne picnic.

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The creme de la creme of vintage cars

Imagine being chauffeured in VJ 2092, a 4.5 litre Sports 4 Seater Bentley which was first registered to EWW Bailey of Ross-on-Wye in July 1929?

VJ is what is now known as a Vanden Plas long wing tourer to distinguish her from the many (many) green ‘Le Mans Reps’. She is however exactly what a gentleman buying a ‘4½ Litre Sports 4 Seater Bentley’ in 1929 would have driven away.
Bailey clearly used his Bentley hard as the works Service Book records a significant number of major accident repairs. Later sold in 1937 to MEA Royce, a Hurricane pilot, both the car and Royce fortuitously survived the war.
VJ 2092 has had a further seven owners with the current owner undertaking a five year fastidious and historically correct last nut and bolt rebuild of the car to bring her to her present condition which is exactly as she would have left Bentley Motors in 1929.
“VJ” has since undertaken many family duties and trips abroad, lapped Le Mans and the banked circuit at Montlhéry, as well as undertaking regular shopping trips to Waitrose.
A very fine car.

The Ultimate Mini Experience

Experience production and take a look behind the scenes with our experts. The products made by the BMW Group inspire with unique design, creativity and agility. It is exciting and fascinating to experience the live production.

Plant Oxford is the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant’s assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in more than 110 countries around the world.

Three UK plants have had a part to play in MINI production – Plant Hams Hall makes engines, Plant Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and all this comes together at Plant Oxford with body shell production, paint and final assembly.

Since production of the new MINI started in 2001, almost 3 million cars have been made at Plant Oxford. But the plant’s heritage goes back much further than that – it is a site with 100 years of automotive manufacturing history, which has become a landmark in the “city of dreaming spires”.

Your exclusive guided tour will include a two hour tour around the MINI Plant Oxford with optional refreshments before or after your tour.


Aston Martin: Behind the Scenes

Experience the exclusive opportunity to explore the State of the Art Headquarters of Aston Martin. 

The Art of Living team will take you on an expert led tour of the production facility, with unparalleled access and insight into the immaculate craftsmanship, precision and quality techniques that go into every Aston Martin.

Your experience will begin with a retrospective of Aston Martin’s wonderful heritage, featuring a historical product line-up. You’ll hear about the fascinating design and business developments throughout the 105 year history.

As you enter the factory, you will witness every step of the car building process from start to finish and observe the expert craftsmen and women as they undertake the meticulous processes involved in creating the world’s most luxurious sports cars.

You will have a unique chance to hear from those responsible for the initial precision aluminium chassis bonding, bespoke leather interior hand stitching, hand painting of the bodywork and final complete inspection.

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