21 April 2015
Fuzz Townshend makes Great Escape Cars ‘Classic Friendly’
- Classic car hire company Great Escape joins Fuzz’s Classic Friendly
- Network of garages who specialise in classic cars was launched a year ago
- Fuzz is guest of honour at Great Escape’s Open Day
TV personality and classic car expert Fuzz Townshend welcomed classic car hire firm Great Escape Cars, as the newest Member of his ‘Classic Friendly’ network, at Great Escape Cars’ Open Day on Sunday, 19 April.
Created by Fuzz in partnership with Lee Reynolds, owner of Longmynd Service Station in Shropshire, Classic Friendly is a nationwide network of garages chosen on the basis of their ability to offer classic vehicle safety inspections, as well as brand-appropriate maintenance, servicing, and restoration services.
Classic Friendly garages are selected and endorsed as Members operating within a framework to provide classic car owners with the reassurance that their vehicles are safe and roadworthy. Inspections are backed by leading insurance brokers and tailored to suit classic and/or vintage vehicles.
“Great Escape is not only a business revolving around a large fleet of iconic classic cars,” says Fuzz, “but also boasts its own workshop, set up to service the needs of vehicles which are in constant use, being hired both by private individuals and TV production companies. This company’s high standards, expertise and perception of the classic car industry make it the ideal garage to keep classics on the road safely. Classic Friendly shares the same spirit.”
In light of the government’s proposal to extend MoT exemption to all cars older than 30 years, Classic Friendly Members aim to offer a standardised, consistent service across the network to assess classic cars’ condition and ensure they are safe to drive.
“I feel very strongly that the MOT exemption for older cars is bad news for both owners and road safety,” explains Graham Eason of Great Escape Cars. “The solution to the problem may not be to exempt older cars from compulsory testing, though this seems now inevitable. The Classic Friendly inspections, which are advisory reports with no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ results, are the only alternative to the MOT that we have found and with which we are happy.”
Great Escape Cars was founded in 2006 by Graham and Janine Eason, to make renting a vintage car simple, easy and enjoyable.
Today Great Escape Cars is the UK’s largest classic car hire company operating from its base in the Midlands; both the business and its fleet have grown as private classic car hire has been joined by corporate and TV production demand for classic and vintage vehicles. More information is available at www.greatescapecars.co.uk or by calling 01527 893733.