For the second year running we were privileged to be able to invite Liberty Clients and friends for a Tour of P&A Wood, the Rolls-Royce and Bentley heritage dealers based at Great Dunmow, Essex.
This Essex family business has thrived since 1965 by offering good old-fashioned customer service with a smile coupled with unrivalled expertise in their chosen subject- restoration of heritage cars.
The day started with a welcome from Lee Devonald, director of Liberty Wealth Management, and then from our host for the day Georgina Wood. The tour was led this year by Christoff who definitely knows his subject and was able to give us a wonderful insight into how this hugely successful business operates.
“Attention to detail” is the company motto and it is plain to see that every one of the 73 employees understands its significance. The tour took us through the whole process from mechanical work, machining and engineering to coachwork and interior trim. Each part of the restoration process is approached with the same dedication and eye for detail.
During the tour we were able to appreciate first hand some of the rarest examples of heritage cars, so when the tour took us into the Heritage Showroom, it was great to see a number of classic examples of vintage cars restored to their former glory.
Of particular note was a rare 1936 “Bluebird” Bentley, originally supplied to Sir Malcolm Campbell and one of the most desirable of all Derby Bentleys.
In later years, P&A Wood have become official Rolls-Royce Motor dealers, so the final part of our tour brought us into their New Car Showroom, this is where we were able to get up close to some of the latest Rolls-Royce models of the Ghost, Dawn and significantly P&A Wood’s very own version of the Wraith.
The tour over, Mrs Wood and her team of helpers put on a wonderful spread with a glass of wine or an orange juice. Lee thanked the Wood family for their time and generous hospitality and highlighted the similarities of Liberty and P&A Wood – both are Essex family businesses with a passion for what they do.
After lunch Georgina, Mark and Christoff took us for a test drive in three very different models of car; a 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a Bentley S3 and a modern day P&A Wood custom adaptation of the Wraith. This part of the day gave everyone the chance for a test drive and a memory to last a lifetime.
Georgina, Christoff and Mark - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.