This principle can be perfectly applied to Cars That Dads Like. Which here at Great Escape is the sort of topic that we spend a considerable amount of time pondering. That and exactly how much oil a car should reasonably consume in 100 miles. Call them Old Skool or retro, whatever you fancy, but the plain fact is that the Ultimate Dad Cars eschew youthful notions of cool, style and fashion. They are UDCs because they can be. No justification required, end of conversation.
So here they are, our Ultimate Dad Cars - embarrassing to anyone under 25, sheer unadultered joy to anyone with more hair in their ears than on their head.
1. Ford Mustang
5. Ford Capri
So there you have it, 5 great Dad Cars. There are many others of course but these ones are, in our opinion, great because they fly in the face of what your kids consider cool. They're not just the anti-cool choice but the right choice too - all of these cars are purely indulgence and fun.
We'd choose these cars even if we didn't also hire them. You can hire any of these cars from our classic car hire sites in Yorkshire, Devon and Cotswolds, prices start at just £199 for 24 hrs. For more information call 01527 893733 or visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk.
Americans tend to be either Mustang men or Corvette connoisseurs, but here in good old Blighty we're less fickle. So to complement our recently added Ford Mustang in the Peak District we've added a stunning Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C3 to our fleet in Yorkshire. It's the classic 'Coke Bottle' shape with razor edge snout and brutal 5.7 litre V8. It is available to hire now from our Yorkshire base near Harrogate.
Few cars have quite the visual impact of a classic Stingray. Its relative rarity in the UK makes spying one for the first time a genuinely jaw dropping moment. This is a sculptural car that looks good from any angle, much like an E Type. It is more muscular than its British counterpart but has the same lightness of design touch with clever detailing. It is a long but narrow car, which makes it suitable for British roads, and very easy to drive - power steering and automatic gearbox plus every other driver aid in circulation in the 1970s means there is not much to do but steer, accelerate and brake.
The Corvette handles surprisingly well with good steering response and feedback despite the massive tractor-spec 15 inch wheels. Whereas the Mustang is a GT car for the Interstate, the 1970s Corvette is a proper sports car - quick, responsive and with firmer suspension. US emissions legislation progressively emasculated the Corvette's performance but our late 1970s car still pumps out 220 bhp, more than enough to enjoy it on British roads.
The Great Escape Corvette is fitted with the popular T-Top roof which consists of two removable panels that are stored in the smallish boot. With these off you can drop the windows - a legal requirement at all times of course - and enjoy the rumble of that massive Chevrolet engine. This isn't a car for wallflowers - or if you think you are, consider it therapy. Rest your arm on the door, put your shades on and just enjoy possibly the most eye-catching car on our fleet.
To find out more call 01527 893733 or visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk. Mention this article and claim 10% off the normal hire price.
Previously in this blog I've listed the worst cars I've ever owned. Generally these are cars I've put on hire and had to remove because, frankly, they're awful for a variety of reasons. This list of the worst cars to own is a little different, but will perhaps contain some familiar candidates.
2. Rover SD1 Vitesse
3. Triumph Stag
4. Bentley T1 & Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
So there you have it. An Alfa is the best classic car to own, a DeLorean isn't. Of course, buying a classic car is as much about emotion as practical level-headed decision making. In the process of building Great Escape I've experienced exactly that balancing act, but ultimately the cars I've loved the most have been the ones I have been able to enjoy the most and a big part of that enjoyment is knowing it will get me where I'm going pretty much every time.
To find out more about our classic car hire fleet and our maintenance regime call 01527 893733 or visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk.
We try to make our collection sites and times convenient and easy but sometimes we realise that the logistics just don't work. This is particularly the case for weddings where collecting or returning the car can sometimes prove awkward or unsuitable. So we have added a new delivery and collection service at our Yorkshire site.
The new facility involves and investment of several thousand pounds in a 4x4 Jeep tow vehicle and a high specification trailer, a combination that is capable of transporting any of our Yorkshire based vehicles.
Great Escape Classic Car Hire will also use the new Yorkshire transport facility to support corporate events, customer rallies and film work. It will also be used to provide general customer support in the event of breakdowns or other issues, enabling us to respond quickly with an alternative car if required. Very few classic car hire companies have this facility and, on the rare occasions it is needed, it can be the difference between the end of a hire and continuing your experience.
Over the last 6 months Great Escape has invested £20,000 in improved transport facilities to support and assist corporate and private clients. Our fleet of delivery vehicles based in the Cotswolds and Yorkshire includes two trucks, two trailers and two tow vehicles.
"Our new transport facility in Yorkshire is a response to customer demand," explains Graham Eason of Great Escape. "Our delivery and collection option is convenient and can save customers time and money.
"Breakdowns and problems are rare but when they do happen our customers expect a quick and effective response - having our own transport vehicles, as well as a nationwide breakdown service, enables us to do that."
Great Escape Classic Car Hire has the UK's largest fleet of classic cars to rent in Yorkshire, Devon and Cotswolds as well as a network of smaller owner operated sites. For more details visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk or call 01527 893733.