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The Best Stopovers For Car Enthusiasts

Posted by - Tim Earnshaw on 6 April 2023
Categories: Advice, Road Trip Inspiration
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If you’ve seen one Premier Inn, you’ve seen them all. There’s nothing wrong with functional, utilitarian and derivative, but this spring and summer, why not book a more memorable stopover at the world’s best motor-themed hotels? From a night in a vintage car museum to a trackside bolthole that wakes you to the aroma of burning rubber, here are seven overnight stays less ordinary.

The Bicester Heritage Crew Rooms, Oxfordshire

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If you’ve ever struggled to tear yourself away from a day out at this hub for historic vehicles – don’t. Situated in the former RAF training station’s restored pump house, you’ll find four stunningly appointed crew rooms, each named after a flight officer and the perfect place to get started again at first light.

The V8 Hotel, Stuttgart, Germany

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Nobody ever truly outgrows the pre-school thrill of sleeping in a car-shaped bed, and with its choice of genuine Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Citroën DS and VW Beetle chassis – not to mention immersive wall murals and vintage gas station memorabilia – you owe your inner child a stay at the V8 Hotel.

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Colorado, USA

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Hewn in the burnished stone that we’ve come to associate with the western state, this upscale and admittedly expensive five-star hotel offers the chance to browse the onsite auto museum – notable for its Hendricks collection – and throw a Pro Baja Truck at the scenery on an off-road trail with a NASCAR instructor on-hand.

Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey

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Between the flagship handling circuits, onsite museum, F1 racing simulator and gourmet restaurant, a single day is cruelly inadequate to get the measure of this monument to all things Mercedes. Power up your stay with a deluxe room at the Brooklands Hotel, throwing open the curtains the next morning to look down on the tyre-streaked tarmac.

The Daytona, Florida

Daytona

Finished in a classic US diner colour palette and dusted with palm trees, The Daytona sits on the doorstep of NASCAR’s fabled International Speedway and offers a trove of racing memorabilia in its own right. Shower, slip on a fresh shirt and have dinner on the Blue Flame terrace overlooking the track.

W Abu Dhabi, Yas Island

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With seven onsite restaurants and two rooftop pools, the W Abu Dhabi oozes luxury all year round – but the best time to visit is of course during the Grand Prix, when the hardware whizzes beneath your feet on a track that coils through the hotel itself.

The PitStop B&B, Bishop’s Stortford

The-Pitstop

And finally, from the opulence of Abu Dhabi to a bastion of olde English eccentricity, the Pitstop B&B was founded in 2009 by Melvyn and Sindy Rutter, whose borderline obsession with the Morgan marque led them to design a house of worship that feels like stepping through a wormhole to the golden age of motoring. There’s even a fleet of Morgan four and three-wheelers for hire to explore the Essex countryside.

Then give your vehicle a five-star stopover at Windrush classic car storage

Home is where the heart is, and the most discerning car lovers safeguard their vehicles at Windrush’s classic car storage in the Cotswolds and central London. Let our expert team impress you all the way, from the twelve-step induction process that beds your car down the right way, to the tailor-made maintenance schedule that makes Windrush the UK’s most renowned long term car storage service. Make your reservation today.

Let us tell you more about Windrush classic car storage. Our passionate team is waiting for your email on info@windrushcarstorage.co.uk

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As motoring enthusiasts, we are all counting down the days to April 12th. According to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown – and touching wood, obviously – this is the glorious day when UK-wide travel will be green-lit, and the vehicles you’ve trusted to Windrush’s long term car storage will finally be allowed off the leash. After more than a year of on/off lockdown, you’ll naturally want to stray beyond the functional A-to-B journeys and stretch your classic’s legs with something a little more scenic. So why not try one of these breathtaking UK driving routes – before letting your vehicle wind down in style with our prestige car storage? The Brecon Beacons Threading from Conwyn to Cardiff, the A470 is simply the finest stretch of tarmac in Wales, with its 186-mile run serving up every kind of twist, turn and straight within beautiful scenery. Drink in the rugged peaks of Snowdonia and the Cambrians, slice through the Severn and Wye Valleys, and fork through the Brecon Beacons on the A4069 – a local legend and favourite of motoring journalists, where the widescreen views seem to put the world on pause. The North York Moors Sprawling across 550 miles of bleakly beautiful heather moorland, the North York Moors National Park is England in excelsis, offering an autumnal colour palette, unbroken horizons and bruised lilac sunsets that dare you to take your eyes off the road. If you only have time for one run, drive from Kirkbymooreside to York, stopping off at the postcard-perfect market town of Malton. Glasgow to Fort William Don’t rush this fantasy route through the Scottish Highlands. As you back off the accelerator pedal to soak up the heather-dusted panorama, cloud-shrouded mountains, and mirrored waters of Loch Lomond, you’ll swear you’ve strayed onto the film set of Highlander (and you have – it was filmed in Glencoe). The Keswick Loop Everything that made the Lake District the inspiration for a thousand romantic poets is summed up in this spellbinding round trip. Starting and ending at the bustling market town of Keswick, highlights include the king-of-the-world views of the Newlands Valley and Honister Pass, where you’ll look down on scenery so sublime, you may feel a Wordsworth poem coming on. Cheddar Gorge According to data scientists, the B3135 from Cheddar to Ashwick is the UK’s most enjoyable road to drive – and it’s hard to argue. There’s something otherworldly about the limestone cliffs of Cheddar Gorge – like an alien landscape transplanted into the wilds of Somerset – and as you negotiate the twists and power down the straights, lockdown has never seemed so far away. Then sit back and relax, with Windrush long term car storage Cars are made to be driven – but they also need to be stored the right way. At Windrush, we set the standard for long term car storage, welcoming your vehicle with our twelve-step induction programme and treating it with personal care and attention for the duration of your stay. Wherever your UK adventure takes you – come home to the best long term car storage in Britain. With professional car storage facilities in Central London and the Cotswolds, Windrush is the perfect base for your next UK adventure. Drop us a line today on info@windrushcarstorage.co.uk
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The Best Motoring Events of 2023

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Right now, your car is spending the snuggest winter of its life at Windrush classic car storage. But it’s never too soon to start looking ahead to warmer weather and planning your itinerary of motoring events for 2023. With the fallout from Covid now mercifully in our rear-view mirror, the show calendar has bounced back stronger than we could have hoped – here are eight firm favourites from our long-term car storage team. Bicester Scrambles January 8th (and throughout the year) The perfect way to blow away the new year cobwebs, Bicester’s regular Scramble events get off to a flying start on January 8th, inviting you to bring along your pre-1990 vehicle, warm your hands around a coffee, then stroll the 444-acre grounds admiring the wares of fellow enthusiasts and dropping in on artisan workshops. Keep your eyes on the website for further Scrambles for 2023 as they’re announced. British Grand Prix 7th-9th July Everyone should experience Formula 1 on home turf at least once in their lives, and the 2023 British Grand Prix is this summer’s hottest ticket. The nail-biting track action spills over into a weekend-long family festival including a fairground, BMX stunt displays, live music and – for those who aren’t racing in the morning – the legendary Mahiki After Parties with tunes spun by top DJs. Goodwood Festival Of Speed 6th-8th June Visiting the London Concours feels like stumbling across a pastoral English garden party in the heart of the Smoke. The 2023 lineup might be the best yet, including 60 years of Lamborghini, a celebration of the Porsche 911 RS, Roadgoing Race Cars, Les Grands Tourisme, Evolution of Aero, Automotive Haute Couture, Peak Sports Car, The Cars That Built Land Rover and Supercar Day.   Festival Of The Unexceptional July 29th Hagerty’s beloved Festival Of The Unexceptional salutes the cars from the ’60s to ’90s that slipped between the cracks of conventional beauty. Regular as clockwork, the 2023 event will return to its spiritual home of Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, and this celebration of all things leftfield, unloved, mediocre and maligned is sure to bring out the crowds. Salon Privé 30th August – 3rd September Blenheim Palace is the destination for late summer, with events spanning from the hotly contested Club Trophy to the extravagent headwear of Ladies Day, plus the flagship Salon Privé Concours D’Elégance that showcases everything from modern exotica right back to treasures from the Edwardian era. You can even literally buy a helicopter in the Shopping Village. Concours Of Elegance 1st-3rd September This year’s event at Hampton Court Palace promises sixty pristine vehicles from around the world (many never seen before in the UK), while a new flagship feature is the first-century celebration of Le Mans, complete with venerable former race-winners including a 1969 Porsche 917 K and Bentley Speed Six ‘Old Number One’. Goodwood Revival 8-10th September There’s nothing quite like the Revival. Come September, the most playful date in the motoring calendar winds back the pocketwatch as packs of period-dressed partygoers descend on Goodwood Estate to watch an olde-world fleet fight it out on the famous circuit, before drinking and dancing until late. Then power down with Windrush classic car storage After a blissful summer on the circuit, turn the wheel towards Windrush luxury car storage in London and the Cotswolds. Whichever model or vintage you call your own, at Windrush’s long-term car storage facilities, we have the experts on hand to keep your vehicle looking and running its best. Our classic car storage service starts with the twelve-step induction process that announces the Windrush difference. But we go further, too, offering an ongoing maintenance schedule, tailored to your vehicle, for the length of your long-term car storage. Talk to Windrush today and discover why we’re always best in show. The Windrush team is ready to tell you more about our classic car storage. Drop us a line today on info@windrushcarstorage.co.uk
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Five Foodie Road Trips

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Fuelling up is one of the great joys of motoring. Next time you find yourself with a lazy Sunday, check your vehicle out of Windrush classic car storage and hit the road for the best sights and sustenance the UK has to offer. Here are five of the best foodie road trips taken recently by our long term car storage team. Let us know if we’re missing anything on info@windrushcarstorage.co.uk The Yorkshire Fish & Chip Trail The North is rightly proud of its chippy credentials, and the tourist board’s canny Fish & Chip Trail map hits up local heroes like Scotts in Helmsley (recently voted fish and chip shop of the year), Blakeley’s in Brighouse and Whitby’s hard-to-miss Magpie Café. Find a seat with views of the twinkling waterfront before you open your box and life doesn’t get much better.    The West Scotland Whisky Trail Travel with a co-pilot to take full advantage of this winding westerly coastal route from Campbeltown to the Isle of Skye and Fort William. From the smoky Islay malts that light a fire in your throat to the decade-aged golden swirls of the Talisker Distillery, Scotland’s finest drams await. The South East’s Café To Café Run One breakfast good, two breakfasts better. Start your café-to-café run at Jenner’s in Maidenhead – an acclaimed family riverside eatery also known for its car meets – then cross the Thames on the A4, skim past stately Cliveden House and head for the mods ‘n’ rockers mecca that is the Ace Café. The Yorkshire Ale Trail Once again entrusting the wheel to a friend, follow the Yorkshire Ale Trail map that threads through the county’s best pubs, breweries and beer festivals. If hitting the full 30-plus ale locations is a little too much of a commitment, at least make time to sup at local legends like the West Riding Refreshment Rooms (situated in the original 1848 Tudor waiting rooms of Dewsbury train station) and Ripon’s Royal Oak (a repurposed 18th century coaching inn).      The Dorset Coast Stick a pin in the Jurassic coast and you can’t go wrong for food: the whole region understandably has some of the UK’s freshest seafood and a new generation of chefs doing exciting things with it. But be sure to draw a circle around Lyme Regis, in particular, where The Whole Hog is leading a gang of local street food merchants beating the restaurateurs at their own game. Then come home to Windrush classic car storage Every great road trip should end with the perfect car storage procedure. At Windrush, we treat our clients’ vehicles with the same care and attention we would our own. Pull into our luxury car storage in London and the Cotswolds, and you’ll feel the Windrush difference immediately, as we get started with the renowned twelve-step induction that beds your car down the right way. And that’s just the start of our long term car storage solution. However long you’re staying with us, we’ll keep your vehicle primed and ready to roll, with a made-to-measure maintenance programme that factors in everything from tyre pressure to fuelling. At Windrush, that’s just how we do it. Windrush’s classic car storage team is ready to tell you more. Drop us a line on info@windrushcarstorage.co.uk
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    Five Foodie Road Trips

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    Fuelling up is one of the great joys of motoring. Next time you find yourself with a lazy Sunday, check your vehicle out of Windrush classic car storage and hit the road for the best sights and sustenance the UK has to offer. Here are five of the best foodie road trips taken recently by our long term car storage team. Let us know if we’re missing anything on info@windrushcarstorage.co.uk The Yorkshire Fish & Chip Trail The North is rightly proud of its chippy credentials, and the tourist board’s canny Fish & Chip Trail map hits up local heroes like Scotts in Helmsley (recently voted fish and chip shop of the year), Blakeley’s in Brighouse and Whitby’s hard-to-miss Magpie Café. Find a seat with views of the twinkling waterfront before you open your box and life doesn’t get much better.    The West Scotland Whisky Trail Travel with a co-pilot to take full advantage of this winding westerly coastal route from Campbeltown to the Isle of Skye and Fort William. From the smoky Islay malts that light a fire in your throat to the decade-aged golden swirls of the Talisker Distillery, Scotland’s finest drams await. The South East’s Café To Café Run One breakfast good, two breakfasts better. Start your café-to-café run at Jenner’s in Maidenhead – an acclaimed family riverside eatery also known for its car meets – then cross the Thames on the A4, skim past stately Cliveden House and head for the mods ‘n’ rockers mecca that is the Ace Café. The Yorkshire Ale Trail Once again entrusting the wheel to a friend, follow the Yorkshire Ale Trail map that threads through the county’s best pubs, breweries and beer festivals. If hitting the full 30-plus ale locations is a little too much of a commitment, at least make time to sup at local legends like the West Riding Refreshment Rooms (situated in the original 1848 Tudor waiting rooms of Dewsbury train station) and Ripon’s Royal Oak (a repurposed 18th century coaching inn).      The Dorset Coast Stick a pin in the Jurassic coast and you can’t go wrong for food: the whole region understandably has some of the UK’s freshest seafood and a new generation of chefs doing exciting things with it. But be sure to draw a circle around Lyme Regis, in particular, where The Whole Hog is leading a gang of local street food merchants beating the restaurateurs at their own game. Then come home to Windrush classic car storage Every great road trip should end with the perfect car storage procedure. At Windrush, we treat our clients’ vehicles with the same care and attention we would our own. Pull into our luxury car storage in London and the Cotswolds, and you’ll feel the Windrush difference immediately, as we get started with the renowned twelve-step induction that beds your car down the right way. And that’s just the start of our long term car storage solution. However long you’re staying with us, we’ll keep your vehicle primed and ready to roll, with a made-to-measure maintenance programme that factors in everything from tyre pressure to fuelling. At Windrush, that’s just how we do it. Windrush’s classic car storage team is ready to tell you more. Drop us a line on info@windrushcarstorage.co.uk
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