In the depths of winter, and in the face of the current Big Freeze, the term ‘White Wedding‘ takes on a whole new meaning, especially if you are in the wedding car hire business and driving the bride to her wedding in a classic car.
It all started on the 18th December; a bride had booked a venue near us and had paid a fortune to have a foot of artificial snow laid at the hotel to capture that proper winter-wedding feeling. By Saturday the artificial snow was under a foot of real snow! Did the pleasure of having real snow outweigh the frustration of wasting so much money?
Getting back to the plot; we had one car out on Friday, four cars on Saturday and two cars on Monday. Having sent the drivers off in the cars with strict instructions about driving speeds, defensive driving and generally staying out of everyone else’s way, I sat down at home with a spare car and a tool box in the yard, hoping that I wouldn’t get the phone-call telling me to come and pull one of my cars out of a ditch. I know just how they felt at bomber command in WWII! You count the cars out with rising anxiety and then count them back in. As each car returns unscathed the anxiety level drops until the last one is home, the salt is washed off and they are put to bed.
We've had snow on and off for three weeks now and have managed to get the cars that we use in our wedding car hire business out to all the weddings for December, but another eight inches of snow on top of what we already had caused us great concern for our first wedding this January. I decided to drive the car myself as it was the only one out. We had done another wedding for this particular family, and they are lovely people, so the pressure was on to get the Bentley up to Harome, right up on the Yorkshire Moors. To be fair to them, they rang and said "if you can’t make it, don’t worry, we understand". As I said, lovely people - which makes you even more determined to get through!
However, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated. The old Bentley's weight is almost two and a half tons and it has pretty narrow tyres by today's standards. This creates a very high pressure onto the ground from the tyres, and they really bite into the snow. In fact the cars rarely slide, gripping much better than a modern car. Couple this with a particularly fine automatic transmission and you can pull away very gently avoiding wheel spin. If you are gentle with the throttle the gearbox will short-shift, again avoiding wheel spin. In fact, the cars turned out to be absolutely brilliant in this weather, the greatest worries being salt damage or someone in a modern car sliding into the back of you!
Suffice to say we got there, although it took a little longer than usual! The drive home was actually very pleasant. There was no traffic and a silence had settled across the landscape with the snow damping out most of the sounds. Just a gentle hiss from the Bentley's tyres parting the slush, the murmur of the 4.6 litre straight six engine almost inaudible over the faint hum from the very efficient heater – I was warm as toast and loving it!
Take a look at http://www.superiormotorcars.co.uk to see all of our classic cars for wedding car hire in the Yorkshire area.
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Superior Motor Cars have the finest selection of classic wedding cars in Yorkshire. We pride ourselves on the quality of our wedding car hire range – take a look at our wedding transport galleries showing the cars in action as well as some shots of the cars under restoration. Our wedding car hire services are available throughout North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Harrogate, Leeds, Hull and the closer areas of adjacent Counties