Peering over the parapet
Saturday 21st August 2021
Well, the past year has been a tough time for the wedding industry. I didn't have a single job in 2020. With everything being cancelled and nervous customers re-scheduling their weddings multiple time, I simply shut up shop and returned deposits regardless of whether they were officially non-refundable or not. I was able to weather the storm because Heritage Classic Cars is a micro business with few overheads. In fact, it is basically a vintage car enthusiast (me) and some back-up drivers, loving every minute of using two wonderful old cars to enhance peoples' wedding days. It doesn't provide me with a living, so I have been quite cautious about opening up again, particularly as I slipped past the ripe old age of 70 not so long ago. The cars have been out on only four wedding so far in 2021, although there are some more bookings in the diary, but I am hoping things will get busier next year. Covid hasn't gone away, although some people are acting as if it has, so I'll continue to proceed with caution. For the foreseeable future, I shall have my mask close at hand, have a bottle of sanitizer in the car and stand back from wedding guests.
I took a car to a wedding in Abbotts Langley last weekend and drove across town afterwards to the reception in Bushey. Oh, what fun! The people were warm and friendly, the car behaved perfectly and I thoroughly enjoyed putting it through its paces. On the way home, I drove out to Elstree and pushed along the main road at 40mph. It reminded me why I do this!