I love classic cars. I would drive one every day if it wasn’t for theses two reasons:
- The little voice in my head that goes on about reliability, comfort and safety.
- The little amount of money that I have in my bank account.
To be honest, it’s only really point 2 that is stopping me.
For your wedding you may well be considering the transport that you wish to arrive in, you also may be thinking about (for those of you with separate wedding and reception venues) how to get between your two chosen locations in style.
I went to a friends wedding a few summers back at a village church. The bride and groom hired a white convertible E type Jag to whisk themselves away from the church to the rural reception location some 15 or so miles away. I remember thinking that was a damn cool idea. Even after 3 or 4 false starts (turns out it’s quite easy to stall an old Jaguar) the now slightly-red-in-the-face groom still looked like a proper James Bond as they sailed off into the distance.
I bet that first journey as man and wife, roof down and engine roaring through the countryside, was a moment they will both remember forever.
Then last year of course we all watched Will and Kate make that Journey from Buckingham Palace in the Aston Martin Volante. I thought this was one of the nicest parts of the day – it felt impromptu and informal and they looked like they were properly having a bit of fun.
What I liked about Will and Kate’s choice of transport was that, as well has having a very significant family connection, it was also explicitly non-traditional in terms of ‘wedding day’ transport.
So, to wind down to the weekend I thought I would give you a quick round-up of a few of my favourite classic cars, most of which have graced our polka dotted pages in real wedding at some point.
It is quite an eclectic mix – but the thing they all have in common is their mind numbingly beautiful design.
The VW Camper
Not really a car as such but a really popular “alternative” choice of wedding transport. Once the firm territory of the surf bum but no longer. The VW has gained universal appeal with its quirky styling and breath taking design. The early split screen models with the sweeping bonnet and Mahoosive VW badges, as illustrated here, are literally pieces of art on wheels.
The Fiat 500 has become really popular since its re-introduced a few years back. They are beautiful little cars – and when I say little I mean tiny – the 500 is significantly smaller than the old mini was.
There is a special place in my heart for the baby fiat, my mum had a pastel yellow one when I was a wee nipper and I remember being picked up from school in it aged about 6 or 7. The black vinyl upholstery would smell like hot tar and burn the back of your legs in the summer heat and it had this amazing canvas sunroof that rolled back, opening the top of the car entirely. It was awesome.
Ever since I saw Will Self with his DS I have wanted one. Badly. The French are famous for their quirky design and the DS is a total masterpiece. It was one of the first cars to have headlights that “saw around corners” (the lights were on some kind of swivelling mechanism that was linked to the steering) and it was also the car that pioneered citroens self levelling suspension technology. An Amazing looking car and some geeky factoids thrown in too – bonus.
Hopefully one day I will be as lucky as the great Will Self and own my own little piece of French engineering history.
A bit of a curve ball at the end here. Anyone who has read our About Us page will know that I have a bit of a soft spot for a Volvo. I currently drive a C30 but I would swap it in a heartbeat for one of these beauties (it’s ok, the C30 can’t hear me). Made famous(ish) by The Saint, the Volvo P1800 was a bit of a (very) poor man’s Aston Martin.
I have never seen one used as a wedding car, so you will have to make do with this image of a typical volvo driver (note the “old man pipe” – slippers are sadly hidden) and under that The Saint himself, Mr Roger Moore.
So, maybe when I eventually convince Kylie Minogue to marry me, and I’ve paid for the wedding and funded her relocation to Birmingham – I may have just enough wedding budget left to stage a homage to the Will and Kate Aston Martin drive from Buckingham Palace…
More likely it will be Kylie and I emerging from the Bull Ring Shopping Centre in a Volvo P1800 with the windows rolled down blaring out “Especially For You”.
So, it’s question time. Is anyone indulging in a drive from their wedding to reception venue?
Let us know in the comments box if you are, and please let us know what cars/vans/tractors/lorries/buses you are considering for your big day transport needs.