Car Hire Offers for January, 2014

Great Escape extends fleet with new MGB and Ford Capri

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Great Escape Classic Car Hire has added a 1971 MGB GT and a 1986 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands to its fleet of classic cars for hire based in Suffolk, Cotswolds and Dorset. The new cars, both finished in green paintwork, represent the breadth of the company’s fleet which extends from traditional classic cars to more modern 1980s and 1990s aspiring classics. Both cars are based in Great Escape’s Worcestershire fleet, which is ideally located for the Cotswolds.

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=26

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Classic Car Christmas Gift Packages now available…

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

If a classic car is only part of the gift you want to give this Christmas then our 10 new experience packages are for you. Combining a drive in our cars with something extra they start at just

Classic Aston Hire in London

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

We’ve added a second Aston Martin DB6 to our hire fleet, this time based in London. This latest addition makes it easier and more convenient to hire an Aston DB6 iif you live in the South East or the capital…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=111

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New mid-week special offers now available

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

We’ve introduced a range of mid-week special offers to help you maximise your budget and enjoy quieter roads. Click here to find out more…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=187

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New Bath fleet now available

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

We’ve extended our network with the addition of our Bath Site. Ideally located for exploring the south west, Dorset and Bath region, our new site is just 90 minutes from London and Birmingham…..

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=161

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Get into stainless steel style

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

At last, it’s here – the only DeLorean DMC-12 that you can drive yourself. Hire it from our Cotswolds base in 2012. Book dates or gift vouchers now and save 10% before Christmas….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=159

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100 miles, 5 classic cars, 1 great day…

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Our driving tours let you sample 5 classic cars in one day. See what it’s all about with these reports and photos from our Dales Dash in Yorkshire….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=208

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5 cars, one great day

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Join us on our first classic car rally of the year and experience 5 of our favourite classic cars on some of our favourite Cotswolds roads. Places are limited but we still have a few available…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=169

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New Classic Car Holidays in France now available

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Now you can make your getaway in France too, with our exclusive new self guided driving holiday packages. Choose from a range of classic convertibles and some superb and varied routes…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=181

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Make your getaway like James Bond

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

We’ve added another classic Aston to our fleet, a silver Aston Martin DB7 Vantage available to hire from our Northamptonshire fleet…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=191

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Classic Car Christmas Gift Packages now available…

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

If a classic car is only part of the gift you want to give this Christmas then our 10 new experience packages are for you. Combining a drive in our cars with something extra they start at just

Drive the best ever Alfas

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Alfa fans have voted the Alfa Romeo Spider and Alfasud the 3rd and 45th best Alfas of all time in a poll to celebrate the company’s centenary. At Great Escape we’re very pleased – these are our two favourite Alfas and we have two Spiders on our fleet and an Alfasud for our personal use.

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=54

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New Operations Manager at Great Escape

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

We’ve invested in our customer service and fleet quality standards with the appointment of Russ Pemberton as Operations Manager. Working from our Worcestershire HQ, Russ is responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of Great Escape…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=126

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Drive the Ultimate Dad’s Car with Great Escape Classic Car Hire

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Great Escape Classic Car Hire has added the ultimate Dad’s Wheels to its growing fleet of 1980s classic cars. The Rover SD1 Vitesse Twin Plenum was top dog in the company car park in the 1980s and is recognised as one of the best British saloon cars ever made. Now you can drive it from Great Escape’s base in Worcestershire.

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=38

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PLOUGHCROFT launches ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING COURSES

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Based in West Yorkshire, Ploughcroft Training, has launched an exciting new Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station installation course, which has had a great response from electricians.

The first one day course, held at its training centre in Brighouse was attended by a numbe …

Source: http://www.CarNewsPortal.com/Car_article8648.html

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Watch the incredibly complicated operation of Porsche’s new targa roof

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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Porsche 911 Targa roof video

Despite Porsche having claimed the name, targa tops are nothing new. In addition to the semi-roofless version of the 911, plenty of cars in the past have used removable roof panels – the new Corvette Stingray has one (as have prior generations), and this type of open-air experience has been available on past vehicles like the Pontiac Solstice Coupe and Honda Civic del Sol.

But when Porsche took the top off its brand new 911 Targa here at the Detroit Auto Show, it was indeed cause for pause. Simply put, this is one of the most complicated and intricate electronic roof panel removal techniques we’ve ever seen, save perhaps, for the setup found on the Japanese-market Civic del Sol from the 1990s.

We won’t spoil the video for you, but basically, rather than just the roof panel coming off, the entire rear glass area lifts away the body in order for the small section over the passenger compartment to slide back. This has to be incredibly expensive to repair once it inevitably breaks. And we highly doubt you’ll be able to operate this mechanism at any speed.

Rather than a play-by-play explanation, we invite you to scroll down to watch the Targa’s roof in action. And let us know what you think of Porsche’s new setup in Comments.

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Dearest people of the U.K. …… Hello from “Ahmericuhh”

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Last post by claytonhenry

Source: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1373360

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Grab some real luxury in London

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

We’ve added a beautiful dark blue classic Bentley to our fleet in London. Identical to a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, the car is the height of elegant 1970s luxury and seats 5 in comfort…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=112

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There’s still time to buy gifts & get them for Christmas

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

We’re working right up to the wire here at Great Escape. Order online or by phone by 5pm Monday 24th December and we’ll get your personalised email gift pack to you in time for Christmas, guaranteed….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=236

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New online booking system

Monday, January 27th, 2014

We’ve launched a new online booking system that makes buying classic car hire gifts for Christmas simpler and easier. Powered by the leading system in the car hire industry, you can book online 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in the world….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=147

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7 Nights B&B Bulgarian Golf Breaks in March/ April 2014 @ Lighthouse Golf Resort in Cape Kaliakra from

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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Kia GT4 Stinger Concept makes detroit debut

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Kia has unveiled the GT4 Stinger, the brand’s most ‘aggressive’ concept car ever. Read more…

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Source: http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Kia_news.html?id=13424

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The best choice of classic groom cars in the UK

Monday, January 27th, 2014

We hire more classic cars to grooms for weddings than anyone else. Click here to see our wide choice, available to hire from 11 UK locations…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=244

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Dacia Duster

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Budget-conscious SUV buyers rejoice! The bargain-priced Dacia Duster comes from Romania – via Renault – with space.

Source: http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Dacia_Duster_roadtest.html?id=1814

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Rover Vitesse is a cover star

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The Great Escape Classic Car Hire Rover SD1 Vitesse features on the cover of the February 2011 issue of Classic Car Mart. It also illustrates a lengthy article about this brilliant British bulldogs.

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=78

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ELEKTROMOTIVE AIMS TO CREATE UK

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Elektromotive Limited, Europe’s leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charge points, is to create the UK’s largest pay-as-you-go, ‘open source’ network of public access charging stations for EVs, based upon the development of its proven pay-by-phone technology.

The initiat …

Source: http://www.CarNewsPortal.com/Car_article8651.html

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet E500

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Mercedes describes the E-Class Cabriolet as a ‘car for all seasons’.

Source: http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Mercedes-Benz_E-Class_roadtest.html?id=1768

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Where can the kids drive?

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Last post by JimmyConwayNW

Source: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1372911

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New mid-week special offers now available

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

We’ve introduced a range of mid-week special offers to help you maximise your budget and enjoy quieter roads. Click here to find out more…

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=187

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Lexus CT 200h revamped for 2014

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Lexus has confirmed the CT 200h range will receive styling, handling and equipment changes for 2014. Read more…

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Source: http://www.newcarnet.co.uk/Lexus_news.html?id=13447

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VW holds pricing steady on Beetles with new 1.8T

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Like many automakers, Volkswagen is in the process of replacing larger naturally aspirated engines with smaller turbocharged ones. That includes the Beetle, which is switching from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to a 1.8-liter turbo. Yet VW has kept the price the same despite the engine swap.

The 2014 Beetle with the 1.8T and standard six-speed manual starts at $20,295 – the same as the 2014 Beetle with the 2.5-liter engine. Upgrade to the six-speed automatic and the sticker price jumps to $21,395, while the convertible version (which is only sold with the slushbox) starts at $25,170. Of course you’ll have to factor in the $820 destination charge for either model.

You get the same 170 horsepower with the new 1.8T as you did with the old 2.5, but peak power now comes in at 700 fewer revolutions per minute. Torque grows marginally by 7 pound-feet, but comes in at 2,750 rpm lower. Best of all, though, is that the turbo version with the automatic gets 25 miles per gallon in the city (versus 22 on the 2.5) and 33 mpg on the highway (vs 29) for a combined EPA rating of 28 mpg (vs 25).

It’s worth noting that VW had increased the base price by $300 at the start of the new model year for the base 2.5-liter model in apparent preparation for the new engine’s arrival, but that marginal price increase will soon be offset by the savings at the pump. Scope out the full pricing and fuel economy ratings in the press release below.

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Discover our new 12 Gifts of Christmas discounts….

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

For week 2 of our 12 Gifts of Christmas special offers we’ve knocked down the price of Morris Minor and Jaguar Mk2 hire. So if you fancy pottering around in the countryside in a Moggy or making like Morse in a Jag, click here….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=222

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Watch the incredibly complicated operation of Porsche’s new targa roof

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

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Porsche 911 Targa roof video

Despite Porsche having claimed the name, targa tops are nothing new. In addition to the semi-roofless version of the 911, plenty of cars in the past have used removable roof panels – the new Corvette Stingray has one (as have prior generations), and this type of open-air experience has been available on past vehicles like the Pontiac Solstice Coupe and Honda Civic del Sol.

But when Porsche took the top off its brand new 911 Targa here at the Detroit Auto Show, it was indeed cause for pause. Simply put, this is one of the most complicated and intricate electronic roof panel removal techniques we’ve ever seen, save perhaps, for the setup found on the Japanese-market Civic del Sol from the 1990s.

We won’t spoil the video for you, but basically, rather than just the roof panel coming off, the entire rear glass area lifts away the body in order for the small section over the passenger compartment to slide back. This has to be incredibly expensive to repair once it inevitably breaks. And we highly doubt you’ll be able to operate this mechanism at any speed.

Rather than a play-by-play explanation, we invite you to scroll down to watch the Targa’s roof in action. And let us know what you think of Porsche’s new setup in Comments.

Continue reading Watch the incredibly complicated operation of Porsche’s new targa roof

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Where have all the enthusiasts gone?

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

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Source: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1372581

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UK engine plant to build engines for BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

At the SMMT 2012 International Automotive Summit at Canary Wharf, London, Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, announced that the new generation of high-tech, 3-cylinder petrol engines for the future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car …

Source: http://www.CarNewsPortal.com/Car_article8652.html

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How to Plan a Working Holiday in Ibiza

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

The idea of working in Ibiza, one of the most popular European holiday destinations, is one that attracts many young people, especially those who have visited the island before. However, there is a world of difference between enjoying a fun-filled holiday in a popular location and spending a working holiday there. If anyone is thinking [...]

Source: http://www.gotravelspain.com/activities/how-to-plan-a-working-holiday-in-ibiza/

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

We’ve just finished a major restoration of our Jaguar E Type in Yorkshire, iin time for the 2012 season. The car has had bodywork attention and a full respray as well as mechanical fettling….

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=180

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Volkswagen tees up new Golf for first customer orders

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Source: http://feeds.volkswagen.co.uk/~r/volkswagen-uk-news/~3/HFmZIVInR0s/448

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Hot hatch

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Last post by Adz The Rat

Source: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1372350

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Great Escape stars at Jaguar Drivers Club show

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Great Escape provided one of its star cars to feature on the prominent Footman James stand at the recent Jaguar Drivers Club national event held at Althorp House in Northamptonshire. The car was part of a competition prize being given away by Footman James to new customers.

Source: http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/news.asp?id=52

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