We are so lucky to have such lovely guests here at Oak House No.1 and most of them arrive in equally lovely cars. A first for us this week, a beautiful Aston Martin Vanquish, very special as it was one of only 6 made in this specification. The dashboard even had parts made from recycled vintage Aston’s. Another first this week Oak House No.1 saw a very rare Aston Martin DB6 estate, one of only 3 made. This guest in particular when leaving Oak House No.1 was about to collect another new Aston from the factory. a £750,000.00 Aston Martin Lagonda – WOW !
In our younger days we had the earlier version of this model (which cost much, much less!). We have been fortunate enough to link up with Bentley in Cheltenham who kindly supplied Oak House No.1 with 6 brand new Bentleys for ourselves and selected guests to drive to the Bentley factory in Crewe for a tour of the factory and lunch. The whole day was amazing, firstly the cars were of course wonderful to drive and enjoy but the real star of the day was the factory production line tour, we saw a car virtually being built from scratch through to the final embellishments. The dedicated wood and leather trim rooms were especially interesting, the Bentley guide explained how the company had it’s own cattle farms for the leather trims and that there was no barbed wire fencing anywhere around their farms so the cows couldn’t snag their hides and cause imperfections on the final product.
All in all it was a fantastic day out at the factory and one last story told by the guide was particularly funny ,when mentioning the Queen’s visit recently. At the final stage of the tour we visited the steering wheel section where individual ladies were hand sewing the leather around the steering wheels, the guide when talking with the Queen explained that the ladies marked where to stitch on the leather with a table fork for the spacing etc, he then said but of course for your steering wheels majesty they only use a silver fork. The Queen found this remark really amusing and laughed heartily and apparently the event went viral on Twitter!