Meet our Champion for Classic Norfolk
Published: Thursday 1st Dec 2016
Written by: Norfolk Champion
Who? Andy and Pene McLennan, Managing Directors of Classic Car Days
What? Classic Car Days offers self-drive classic cars and car day experiences in North Norfolk and the Norfolk Broads. At Classic Car Days they believe that yestersday’s history is tomorrow’s gift so provide access to affordable classic car hire for visitors to our county. Combining a classic car with rental of one of Norfolk’s fine properties creates a memorable experience.
How long have you lived in Norfolk? If not born here, what brought you here?
We are a Norfolk couple that grew up and went to school in Norfolk’s pretty villages. We are proud to now put something back into the community by providing tourism experiences to encourage more visitors to experience this county. Having both learnt to drive on Norfolk’s country lanes we know the joy of going from one pretty North Norfolk village, across to the Norfolk coast and then down to the Norfolk Broads and what better way to do it than in a classic car full of character.
Explain the story behind your business…
Classic Cars have rapidly increased in value across the past 3 years making accessibility to them increasingly difficult. Our business grew through recognising the demand for classic car experiences for many that didn’t wish to have the effort involved of owning historic vehicles but did want the pleasure of driving them for romantic escapes to the country; special events like birthdays, anniversaries or celebrations, or just taking a trip down memory lane.
What gets you up in the morning?
Arranging experiences to create happy memories excites us every day. To provide a service that puts smiles on people’s faces is so rewarding and with the increasing numbers of tourists to Norfolk there is never a dull moment and every day is different.
Describe a perfect weekend in Norfolk…
Our perfect day is waking up knowing that Norfolk has so much diverse countryside and coastal locations to explore and driving off without no more of a plan than to discover somewhere new.
Imagine you are speaking to someone who has never been to Norfolk. How would you sum up Norfolk in one sentence?
Norfolk is England of old preserved beautifully from its historic heart of Norwich across to the meandering water ways and the broads and through the many picture postcard villages of North Norfolk.
List your top five things about Norfolk…
1. Historic2. Full of character and characters3. Diverse (from rivers to country, to city, to coast)4. Beautiful5. Peaceful
If you had to advise someone visiting Norfolk three things they must not miss, what would they be and why?
1. Travelling Norfolk’s countryside within a classic car because the experience is the journey not just the destination2. Visiting Caister Castle Classic Car museum because it’s one of the best collections in the UK3. Having a day on the Norfolk Broards because it’s so peaceful with wonderful wildlife
Which season do you think Norfolk is at its best and why?
Summer and Autumn. Wonderful colours.
Norfolk is brimming with footpaths and cycle ways. Do you have a favourite? If so, where and why?
Weavers Way because of fond memories of walking and biking on it as a teenager.
Norfolk has a 93-mile coastline. Which is your favourite beach and what is so special about it?
Gorleston is not one that everyone would say, however it is so large, under populated and has amazing historic Victorian buildings all around.
Where are we most likely to find you enjoying a meal with friends and family?
In our Norfolk country cottage built in 1784.
If you visited one of the many Norfolk farmers markets, what goodies would you fill your basket with?
Fruit, fruit and more fruit.
Where in Norfolk do you like to spread out a blanket and enjoy a hearty picnic whilst soaking up the view?
Bramerton woods end. Magically opening where you emerge from a forest at the edge of the rivers side with a great pub lovely walks all around. Plus it's where we went on our first date.
If you had to pick one spot in Norfolk to enjoy the vista, where would that be and why?
Winterton Beach at sunrise on New Years Day – it’s a family tradition and sometimes you get to see seals too.
Do you have any favourite shopping haunts? If so, what, where and why?
Norwich because it has everything packaged accessible by a network of pedestrian walkways.
What’s your favourite event on the Norfolk calendar, and why?
Theatre performances at Gorleston Pavillion. It’s like going back in time so far that we weren’t even born!
Norfolk is rich in wildlife and birdlife - do you have a favourite? If so, when and where are we most likely to spot it? Any tips?
Walking on the edge of Hickling Broard spotting wildlife is a lovely experience (but go to Potter Heigham church and start the walk from that side of the broad – more spectacular).
Norfolk is brimming with history and culture. What’s your favourite heritage building and what’s so special about it?
Norwich Catherdral. Just the scale of it and how well it has been preserved over so many years.
Last, but by no means least, what’s your best-kept Norfolk secret (supposing you’re happy to share it!)?
Getting into the many events and festivals free because you have a classic car. Everyone loves them in Norfolk and wants to see them so show organisers often say to classic car owners that they can have free entry if the park there car with in the grounds of the event.