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Snow, snow, thick thick snow

Sunday 5th February 2012

Work on the vintage cars proceeded at the pace of an arthritic snail this week. It was just too cold! I had booked Bob the mechanic to spend Friday working on the New Zealand car. The plan was to get the ignition timing spot on and then to give it a thorough pre-MoT check to ensure the brakes, steering, lights and so on, are all in good order. Sadly, Bob sustained a sports injury in the previous week and phoned to postpone his visit. It was a shame but I was secretly relieved that I wouldn't have to spend the day battling frostbite and hypothermia in a freezing garage. I suppose I shouldn't complain too much. Several of the nurses at…

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Our newest recruit

Tuesday 27th December 2011

Here at Heritage Classic Cars we are always keen to strengthen our team of professionals whenever the opportunity arises. In 2011, we were very fortunate to be able to recruit Karl Boucher as a chauffeur and some of you will be meeting him in 2012. Yesterday, another bright prospect appeared on the scene and I am proud to announce the recruitment of Joseph Kordel to our line-up. I confidently expect him to be driving for us as soon as he passes his driving test; sometime early in 2029. Joseph is a great little fellow who made his entry into the world just after 6:30am on Boxing Day. He seems to have inherited his handsome good looks from his proud grandfather but…

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Happy birthday Martha!

Sunday 2nd October 2011

This week I took some time off from the vintage cars to help my granddaughter celebrate her birthday. Little Martha is a sweetie and she was 2 on Thursday. She loved being the centre of attention as she opened her cards and presents. She also insisted on trying on every item of clothing that emerged from the wrapping paper. Even at her tender age, her female instincts were kicking in. I can imagine her in twenty years' time, spending many a happy hour shopping for clothes, trying everything on and ultimately buying the first thing she had looked at. On Wednesday Martha visited her Auntie Kathryn and Uncle Karl in Banbury and we tagged along for the ride. We had…

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St Albans with reservations

Sunday 12th June 2011

The Austin was working again on Saturday; this time in St Albans. St Peters is close to the shops and there was a constant stream of people walking past as I waited outside the Church with the car. Inevitably it attracted a lot of attention and compliments; "what a lovely old car" and "oh, look at the gorgeous wedding car" are fairly typical. You'd think I would be getting bored of all this by now, but not at all. It was fascinating to chat to everyone and hear stories of old cars which they, or their parents, or grandparents had owned. The 45 minute wait whilst the service was going on seemed to fly by. I also handed out three…

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Looking ahead

Monday 30th May 2011

After a weekend off, Heritage Classic Cars is back in business and I am preparing for a busy few weeks ahead. I still haven't cleaned the cars since their last weddings and I know they are both festooned with confetti. Those little scraps of paper manage to find their way into every nook and cranny and it takes ages to hunt them all down; especially those that creep down behind the seats. The ivory and black car is working next Saturday so that needs to be washed, polished and filled with petrol. With a bit of elbow grease, I'll have it gleaming for the occasion. The wedding will be at Redbourn Church, which is home territory for me. I am hoping…

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Hello Gill

Sunday 8th May 2011

Today we had a very pleasant get-together to celebrate my friend Ian's birthday. The food was lovely, the wine was excellent and so was the company. I sat next to Gill who confessed to reading my blog. Hallelujah!! Somebody has actually been reading my ramblings. I can't believe it! Thank you Gill. Gill and Steve have a daughter called Clare who is rapidly making a name for herself in the fashion world. She is a stylist and discerning clients flock to consult her. She really is a rising star and you will soon see her name all over the media. Have a look at her website at . I promised Gill I would only say nice things about her in…

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Off and running

Monday 2nd May 2011

The 2011 wedding season is now well and truly under way for Heritage Classic Cars. Both Austins set out on Saturday afternoon for the first wedding assignment of the year. It was a gorgeous day; despite some dubious weather forecasts earlier in the week. The sky was blue and the sun shone brightly. I jokingly told the father of the bride that it was all part of the service but, looking back, we do seem to get more than our fair share of fine days for our weddings. Is that tempting fate? Everything went smoothly; we arrived at the Church a few minutes early, photographs were duly taken and we headed off to the reception. I had almost forgotten what fun…

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Don't be an Undertaker

Wednesday 20th April 2011

It has been a busy few weeks at Heritage Classic Cars. Both cars have recently passed their MoT tests and both have now had a thorough service. Unlike modern cars, the vintage Austins have greasing points dotted all over the place and you have to go around them all with the grease gun. A bit fiddly but essential if we are to avoid trouble in the future. The timing on the white car has been tweaked to get it running at optimum efficiency and the blue car has a new cylinder head gasket. Mechanically, there is nothing else to do and the cars are ready for the busy summer ahead. I took the white car out for a spin this afternoon. The…

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St Albans Wedding Exhibition

Tuesday 5th April 2011

A wedding fair organiser persuaded me to take one of my cars to a fair in St Albans a few weeks ago. My daughter, Kathryn, was bribed to come along and help. It took the promise of a nice dinner and an unlimited supply of wine but it was worth it because she organised her own wedding in January of last year and she can empathise really well with the brides-to-be. Her job was to stand behind a table on which a laptop computer was showing a slideshow of photos of the cars at past weddings and chat to anyone who showed an interest. She has the knack of being friendly and chatty without being pushy which is perfect. I hate…

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Sunday 27th March 2011

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Bob Kendall and I run Heritage Classic Cars. The fact that you have found your way here presumably means you are planning a wedding. I hope you are enjoying the experience and not finding it too stressful! Heritage Classic Cars specialises in wedding car hire in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and we really do want your big day to be extra special. Obviously you want your car to look good and have that wow! factor. But you also want to be sure it arrives in good time and delivers you to the ceremony just a few minutes late. Have a look at the testimonials on the website to see what other…

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