Driving your Classic – our thoughts on great UK driving roads…
At Fiennes Classics we believe that a classic car deserves to be driven – good for the car and good for the owner. So here are a few of our tips for great driving roads for your pride and joy, some close to our workshops, some farther afield.
The Cotswolds (Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire). We may be biased, but we believe that it’s hard to beat what is right on our doorstep. We’re not specifying a particular route, because every option works! Cirencester, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Lechlade, Burford – take your pick. All of these beautiful towns and the roads connecting them are some of the best of the UK. This England seems the perfect setting for many of the vehicles passing through Fiennes Classics’ workshops. Take a look here to find out what we can offer to get you on the road in style.
The Somerset Coast (A403, M5, A369, B3124, B3133, A370, A38, A39). Plenty of route options here, but don’t miss the site of the old Aust ferry across the Severn, where Bob Dylan was photographed for the cover of his No Direction Home soundtrack album. Later in the trip, put your vehicle to the test on the famous (or infamous!) 1 in 4 gradient of Porlock Hill. You might like to check out our tips page in readiness for that one.
The Cat and Fiddle (Derbyshire to Cheshire – A537, A54, A53). The pub-cum-distillery that gives this road its name sits at the highest point of a route renowned for sharp twists and turns, spectacular drops, and breathtaking scenery. One of the UK’s truly great driving roads, it is not for the faint-hearted and sadly sees many accidents. If you are considering it then Fiennes Classics can prepare your car with our comprehensive technical check services.
The Evo Triangle (North Wales – A5, A543, B4501). Named for its association with Evo Magazine as a favored testing ground for performance cars, this stunning 20 mile route boasts breathtaking scenery and relatively little traffic. Fiennes Classics can service your vehicle for you in advance of your journey, giving you the peace of mind to know that you can just enjoy the ride.
The A272 (Hampshire to East Sussex). This 77 mile route along the South Downs benefits not only from great scenery but also from good food. There are plenty of pubs serving hungry motorists, or you might want to take your shot at the Loomies Moto Café Hall of Fame with their legendary burger challenge.
Further afield – Isle of Man Snaefell Mountain Road (Isle of Man – A18), North Coast 500 Scotland – A9, A386, A838, A894, A837, A385, A832, A396, A390, A832), Giants Causeway (County Antrim, Northern Ireland – A2). These are holiday routes more than day trips, but these aren’t just some of the best driving roads in the UK – they are some of the best in the world. The Isle of Man offers what National Geographic rated No.8 in the Top 10 Driver’s Drives. If you’re taking on the North Coast 500 you’ll want to visit Inverness, John O’Groats, Cape Wrath and the Point of Storr as you travel through some of the most incredible scenery in mainland UK. If you’re venturing to Ireland, then you’ll be rewarded with a UNESCO world heritage site, a 120 mile coastal drive, and the option to extend it with a plunge into Irish heritage down the Wild Atlantic Way.
In honesty, we probably wouldn’t recommend these three routes unless you drive a classic with performance at its heart. But if you have the vehicle to take them on then we have the facilities to prepare it for you. From servicing the electrics and overhauling the fuel system, to sharpening up a gearbox and bringing the braking system into tip-top condition, we can get your classic ready for anything.
If you’re taking on any of these or doing your own thing, Fiennes Classics can assess your vehicle, advise on any work needed, and help you through every step of preparation for drives that will stay with you forever.