Vintage sports car makes £75k at auction

An extremely rare 1920’s sports car was one of two classic motors to achieve £75,000 at an Isle of Man auction last week.

The 1927 Arab Super Sport attracted a great deal of attention due to its rarity as it’s believed to be one of only two existing models in the world.

The vintage vehicle has been owned by an Isle of Man resident for the past 18 years until it was sold at auction at Mount Murray last Friday.

The Arab Super Sport was thought to have been manufactured in Hertfordshire in the 1920’s and boasts a 2 litre 4 cylinder engine which is capable of reaching speeds of up to 90mph.

The auctioneer at Mount Murray placed a guide price of £80,000 on the classic car, although he conceded it was difficult to a gauge a selling price on the vehicle due to its rarity.

The other classic sports car to achieve a staggering £75,000 price at auction was a Riley Brooklands, while a 1936 Railton Fairmile vehicle was sold for £37,000 at the motor auction.

The rare Arab Super Sport attracted bidders from across Europe, including Germany and Finland. A number of interested parties from across the UK also made the trip to the Isle of Man to bid on the vintage sports car. In the end, the 1920’s ride was sold to a UK bidder.

Victim of chauffeur job scam at risk of losing his home

One of the victim’s of Mark Shortland, who was jailed in September for offering fake chauffeur jobs, is now at risk of losing his home after he quit his job to take up the new position offered by the conman.

Ian Fawsitt from Gotham, Nottinghamshire, fell victim to the scam after applying for a job he saw advertised on the Directgov website in April. After attending an interview in May, Mr Fawsitt was offered the position of chauffeur with Mark Shortland.

Having been made an offer of work, Fawsitt handed in his notice at the chemical cleaning company where he was employed at the time. Fawsitt also handed over £100 to the Shortland which he was told was a deposit for the keys to the luxury BMW he would be using to chauffeur high profile names such as Simon Cowell.

After the start date for Fawsitt’s his new job came and went and he was unable to get in touch with Shortland, he decided to contact police. It was at this point he realised he’d been duped into quitting his job, and he was among 30 other people who’d also been caught out by the scam.

The news couldn’t have come at a worse time as Mr Fawsitt’s wife is about to give birth to the couple’s first child. Now Fawsitt is left jobless, and says he’s lost thousands of pounds, his car, and to top it all he’s now facing the prospect of losing his home.

43-year-old conman Mark Shortland made £100,000 from his victims by offering fake chauffeur jobs. He was convicted at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting six charges of theft, three counts of fraud, and one charge of obtaining services by deception. Shortland is now serving a three year jail sentence for his crimes.

The Chauffeur-Lite service is a growing trend in Orange County

The new Chauffeur-Lite service is proving a big hit with by social customers and  business clientele in Orange County in the US.

The yourcarourdriver.com service offers private hire customers in the South California area the opportunity to acquire chauffeur driven transportation at a fraction of the cost. The service works in much the same way as a taxi, whereby on-call chauffeurs await a call and travel to customer’s collection point, but they are then chauffeured in their own vehicle as opposed to a limo owned by the company.

The practice enables yourcarourdriver.com to offer ultra low rates for chauffeur hire services with rates starting from $30 per hour for a driver, although a minimum hire period of 3 hours does apply on most nights.

The chauffeur programme is certainly proving popular with the people of Orange County as yourcarourdriver.com has reportedly doubled its revenue in the last 12 months. Chauffeur-Lite offers a more affordable private hire option compared to the traditional chauffeur and limo hire package which is particularly appealing during this time of economic uncertainty.

Yourcarourdriver.com also believes a tightening on drink drive laws have also a knock-on effect on their business as fewer people are tempted to risk driving after a glass or two of wine, and so instead, opt for the sensible option of a chauffeur on their nights out.

Rise in car hire bookings

According to recent statistics collected by carrentals.co.uk the last 12 months has seen an increase in the number of people taking out car hire services. The news is particularly encouraging as the car rental industry was braced for a difficult year in light of the current economic downturn.

The study used figures taken from the peak summer holiday season, namely July and August 2009 and 2010. The results showed that despite a 9% rise in the cost of car hire during this period, more people chose to hire a rental vehicle when compared to the previous year.

The rise in car hire rates has been caused partly by the banks. With banks feeling reluctant to lend to businesses, some car hire companies are struggling with funding which has pushed up the cost of hire for rental customers.

The tourism industry was bracing itself for a tough couple of years as the credit crunch and the after affects continued to be felt across the UK and Europe. However research has found that people have not stopped taking vacations, but they have changed the way they holiday. Fewer holidaymakers are choosing to fly to their destination, many instead opting for travel by ferry or car hire in order to cut down costs.

The Managing Director at carrentals.co.uk says that the importance of finding an affordable deal on car hire has never been greater which means price comparison websites are becoming increasingly popular as holidaymakers attempt to hunt down the cheapest deal possible for travel.

Aston Martin driven by James Bond to go under the hammer

A 1964 Aston Martin driven by James Bond in the classic movies Goldfinger and Thunderball is expected to fetch $5 million when it goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s “Automobiles of London” auction next month.

The Aston Martin DB5 has been on display in New York this week to give potential American buyers the chance to see the famous ride up close before the auction takes place in London on October 27th.

The vintage car is one of a pair of Aston Martins used in the filming of the James Bond films starring Sean Connery. The luxurious sports car still offers all of the famous James Bond gadgets which are operated from a switch on the armrest. The mighty car is fully equipped with front mounted machine guns, bulletproof windscreen, a smoke screen, nail spreader, oil slick sprayer and a revolving number plate to cater for all the needs of a top secret agent.

The second identical Aston Martin used in the filming of the two Bond movies was stolen in 90’s and Sotheby now believe the car no longer exists.

Proceeds from the sale of the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 will be donated to the Jerry Lee Foundation which helps those affected by crime and poverty in countries across the world.

Cars for Stars targets the executive chauffeur hire market

Cars for Stars is aiming to tackle the executive chauffeur hire business head on with the introduction of a network of highly trained chauffeurs and a fleet of newly released vehicles from luxurious car manufacturers.

Since coming under new management this summer, the new team at Cars for Stars have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to revamp the company by recruiting award-winning chauffeurs to join the company, performing a complete overhaul of the firm’s online services, and sourcing the very latest top quality vehicles so as to offer clients the very best chauffeur cars.

Cars for Stars has its sights firmly set on the high end of the chauffeur hire market. With a highly trained team of professional chauffeurs, sales operatives and customer services staff in place, plus the addition of a fleet of impeccable chauffeur vehicles, Cars for Stars is ready to take the industry by storm.

Demand for service is already growing, and Cars for Stars are continually on the lookout for outstanding chauffeurs and luxury transport provider to join their team. If you would like to discuss the business opportunities on offer at Cars for Stars, please get in touch by completing the enquiry form on the following link http://carsforstars.co.uk/contact.htm

As a nationwide operator, Cars for Stars offers top class chauffeur driven car hire services all over the UK. Whether you require a luxurious chauffeur driven car to transport you to a red carpet event in London, a corporate function in Edinburgh, to transport important clients in Manchester, or for transfer to Heathrow airport, Cars for Stars can offer a service which is nothing short of flawless.

Car hire bidding war hots up

The battle to take over car hire firm Dollar Thrifty is hotting up between the two main contenders, rivals Avis and Hertz.

Hertz have announced that they’ve upped their offer to take over the US car rental firm to $1.43 billion in cash and shares, which works out at $50 per share. Hertz are believed to be the favoured bidder with Dollar Thrifty as they are offering a $45 million breakup fee should the deal fail, something which Avis cannot afford to match.

Last week Avis made their most recent bid for the company which was $1.3 billion, which has now been topped by Hertz with their $1.43 billion bid.

Negotiations began in April after Hertz made an offer of $41 per share to the smaller company. At this point Avis waded in with a higher bid of $47 per share, which was later rejected.

Hertz is the largest player in the global car hire market but at present, the majority of their sales come from business client customers. Dollar Thrifty, on the other hand, is a key player in the lower end area of the market. Taking over Dollar Thrifty would enable Hertz to take a share of the domestic leisure market, an area which Hertz is keen to enhance its presence across the world.

Jaguar XJ picks up top chauffeur award

Jaguar will be celebrating this month after their new XJ model picked up the 2010 Car of the Year Award from Professional Driver Magazine.

The luxury car was voted the best new chauffeur car of 2010 by a panel of over 30 judges made up of experts from the chauffeur industry and also motoring journalists.

The 3.0 litre V6 Diesel long base model was rated very highly across a wide range of categories. The sections range from rating the rear-seat comfort and leg room of a vehicle, to its exterior and interior appearance and also its driving performance, all of which are vital to the success of any chauffeur car.

The Jaguar XJ was singled out by the judging panel as the winner with its “beautiful and distinctive interior and outstanding driving dynamics” being highlighted in the judges’ comments.

Other highlights of the Jaguar XJ noted by judging panel included the vehicle’s high specification technology which includes a split touchscreen feature which allows passengers to watch TV or a DVD while the chauffeur follows on screen navigation at the same time.

Car manufacturer Jaguar also offers an added benefit to professional drivers who choose one of their models as all registered private hire drivers who purchase a Jaguar model are automatically eligible to join The Jaguar Chauffeur Programme. This entitles members to added benefits such as a like-for-like replacement vehicle in the case of a breakdown while the vehicle is still under warranty, plus  tailored hire and reward insure service and also a year’s free membership to the Quintessentially Jaguar Concierge service.

Leading Coach Hire Company to create new jobs in Cardiff

One of the UK’s leading coach hire companies, Coach Broker, has announced it is set bring new jobs to Cardiff as part of its expansion plans.

Coach Broker has reported a surge in bookings ahead of the festive period and plans to recruit new staff members in order to cope with demand for its services in the run up to Christmas. With coach hire bookings for office Christmas parties, festive concerts, and family Christmas parties coming in thick and fast, Coach Broker is keen to recruit up to 10 new customer service employees to deal with the growing number of bookings being received.

From their head offices in Cardiff, Coach Broker operates a nationwide coach and minibus hire service. Using their unique broker system, Coach Broker are able to offer a highly competitively priced coach hire service as they search through hundreds of transport operators in order to track down the lowest deal possible for the customer.

With a wide range of coaches and minibuses to choose from, including state of the art executive coaches with onboard plasma screens and DVD players, to standard size coaches with onboard W.C facilities, to spacious minibuses with air conditioning, plus many, many more, you’re bound to find exactly the right vehicle to suit your needs when you make a booking with Coach Broker.

As part of Coach Broker’s expansion plans, the company is looking to recruit for a range of positions including managerial roles, customer adviser positions, and also web based roles, so if you’d like to join the growing team at Coach Broker, get in touch today for more information.

Birmingham Limo Hire Company taken over by Cars for Stars

A leading Birmingham based limousine hire company is the latest to join the Cars for Stars brand. www.thebiglimo.co.uk Has been providing the Birmingham and Wet Midlands area with luxurious chauffeur driven limo hire for many years, and now with its new partnership with expert luxury transport operator Cars for Stars, the future looks very promising for this ambitious company.

The Big Limo Company are specialists in the provision of larger than life limos such as the colossal hummers and deluxe party buses. If you’re searching for transportation to ensure you stand out from the crowd during your next special event in the Birmingham area, look no further than The Big Limo Company to ensure your occasion is especially memorable.

Cars for Stars is one of the UK’s fastest growing limo hire and luxury car hire providers in the UK and recently came under new ownership. The new bosses at Cars for Stars have made significant changes to the company since taking over, one of which has been the recruitment of leading local limo hire providers who have come onboard as part of the new look Cars for Stars team.

As a West Midlands based firm, www.thebiglimo.co.uk is able to provide top quality limo hire all over the Birmingham area so if you need a pink hummer limo for your school prom in West Bromwich, a black sleek Lincoln Town Car for your stag do in Dudley, a white Rolls Royce Phantom for your wedding in Wolverhampton, or the unique Ferrari Limo for a birthday bash in Oldbury, The Big Limo Company can offer you a service which is nothing short of perfection.

For more information on the unbeatable deals available on limo hire in the Birmingham area from the latest Cars for Stars recruit, please visit the following link www.thebiglimo.co.uk