The days are long, the sun’s shining – some of the time, anyway – so it’s time to make the most of it.
The days are long, the sun’s shining – some of the time, anyway – so it’s time to make the most of it. When the road is clear and the location is right, being out and about in a classic car is hard to beat.
So we thought we’d come up with some suggestion as to where to go this summer. And for those yet to buy their own classic, we’ve made a suggestion of some suitable wheels for each location.
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Some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery is to be found north of the border. With beautiful mountain ranges, miles of countryside and breath-taking lochs, Scotland has plenty of locations to head for on a road trip.
For that classic Scottish scenic experience, few trips beat a drive from Loch Lomond to the west coast. It’s a route with a mix of lochs and rolling hills – start on the A82 out of Glasgow towards the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Hills, water and pine forests are all there to be seen.
Which car to take? We’d suggest a VW camper – anything from a classic of the 1960s up to more recent versions. Pack up your kit and live free, stopping wherever you like for the night.
Cute villages, waterside towns and a lush green pony-filled landscape. There are few places so quintessentially English, yet offering so much for whatever you want to do – be it a pub lunch, country walks or sitting by the water with an ice cream.
This is the sort of place to enjoy your classic car at a leisurely pace, that’s for sure. And it also has the handy bonus of being home to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu – which is also the venue for many shows and events over the summer months.
Which car to take? It’s got to be something classically British and definitely a convertible. Perhaps an MGA would fit the bill nicely – classic, effortlessly British and ideal to soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the New Forest.
Come in via one of the Severn bridges for a spectacular entrance to a spectacular country. Get off the M4 as soon as you can and miles of amazing countryside await.
The Brecon Beacons are a place to head, with miles and miles of B–roads that are certain to put a smile on your face. It’s an area home to quick, open, roads for drivers that want to have some fun.
And that’s true of much of Wales – head to the west coast and you won’t be disappointed with either the journey or the destination. Which car to take? There’s no question you need something light, nimble and quick.
All of these things bring one car to mind: a nice early Lotus Elise, we reckon.
It’s a place that people flock to in search of a getaway every year and it’s not hard to see why – with coastline on three sides of the county and more beaches than you’ll ever need, Cornwall is home to some stunning locations.
Make sure you come over the Tamar Bridge from Plymouth to arrive in the county in style, before heading down as far as you want.
North coast or south coast, there are gorgeous bays and beaches everywhere – from Whitsand Bay, just over the border from Devon, to Newquay on the north coast and St Michael’s Mount near Penzance down to Porthcurno.
And, what’s more, you can always escape the crowds, because there are hidden gems and spectacular sunsets to be had everywhere.
Which car to take? While practically anything convertible will always be a winner, we’re going to go with the VW Beetle for this one – it just fits nicely with Cornwall’s chilled surfing ethos.
The South Downs
For rolling chalky hills and bright sunny days, take a spin over the South Downs. A popular area for classic car owners, the South Downs often form part of road runs from London to Brighton.
You’re never far from the coast – make sure that you drop over past Beachy Head. At the end of it head for Brighton for a cosmopolitan end to your drive, taking in the seafront, Pavilion and The Lanes.
Which car to take? With your end destination in mind, it’s got to be a classic early Mini. There’s just something about that 1960s feel that fits with this part of the world.