December 21, 2020

7 Road Trips To Do Before You Die

With 2020 being a strange, difficult and particularly stationary year for many, we thought we’d set our sights on the new year. To get your petrol head wanderlust minds ticking, we wanted to take a look at some epic road trips, from small and local to long and international. There’s something here for everyone.

When it comes to road trips, there are various ways you may choose to go about it. Some plan theirs around motoring events or cultural checkpoints, others may be all about the landscape of the journey. You may plan your trip with a certain car in mind or with the location taking centre stage. But however you go about it, you’re in for a memory making experience.

Through the Dragon’s Heart: Llandrillo to Llandudno.

We start with a short and sweet route, however, it is not one to be overlooked. Travelling from Llandrillo to Llandudno passing through Snowdonia via the mountainous A55 really is a pass straight through the dragon’s heart. As you wind your way through Snowdonia National park, you’ll encounter rolling hills, might peaks, glacial lakes and darling villages. Stopping off in Cym Idwal for a walk around the lake or up into the peaks is a well-advised stop off. Additionally, taking a lunch break in Betws Y Coed to see Swallow Falls. Finishing in Llandudno rewards you with a traditional seafront, local ice-cream and tea shops, but for the more adventurous, I’d advise driving to the top of the Great Orme where you will be greeted with a stunning view-point. As you wind your way around the limestone headland, you’ll see everything from seals to daring climbing who teeter off ledges above your motor. This route treats you with views that vary from mountains to seaside, with chances to both hike and eat.

You can find more variations of this route here.

Snake Pass – Peak District

At 42 miles long, its another short and sweet road trip. Rather than the more open roads of Snowdonia, this pass travels through Derbyshire’s section of the Peak District. You’ll be experiencing tight turns and forest framed tarmac that leads you through the Pennines and Ladybower Reservoir. Following the A57 you can expect magnificent views of the National Trust’s High Peak Estate.

French Riviera to Monaco

From glamorous cities to white sand beaches, this route gives you the best of both worlds. Great food, fine wine, European high culture and the mecca of European motorists: Monaco. This route is around 76 miles and can be done in less than a week, leaving time to explore all major locations. Recommended by Vogue, it goes without saying that this trip is filled with stunning visuals worthy of gracing any classic car wing mirror.

Starting in Nice, you could take the quicker mountainous Grande Corniche to Monaco, or if you have time, take the Basse Corniche, the longer coastal route. Once you’ve arrived in Monaco, visiting the Monaco Top Cars Collection and Saint Nicholas Cathedral must be among your top stops. From Monaco, head to Cannes where you can then visit the Lerins Islands. From Cannes, head down to Saint Tropez to enjoy the stunning white sand beaches and crisp blue waters. If you can afford a longer route, head up to Verdon Gorge before heading back down to the coast. This stunning river canyon is well worth the detour.

Portugal to Morocco

If you’re after some sand, sun and wine, then Portugal to Morocco is the way to go. Beginning in Porto and finishing in Tangier, there’s plenty in-between to keep your taste buds going. This is the ideal classic car road trip, with fine wines and great cheeses on the agenda. You’ll need 10-14 days for this trip but it’s well worth the expedition. Travel 42 miles from Porto to Amarante to experience some fines wines and excellent cheeses. Then head to Figueira Da Foz, another 118 miles where you’ll find a bustling coast, ideal for surfers. The next stop takes you 90 miles down the road to Perniche where you can indulge in fresh seafood and a walled historic centre. Travel onwards to Ericeira, another 60 miles where you’ll find a natural harbour between Cascais and Peniche that holds 30-metre high sandstone cliffs and more stunning beaches. From here, travel to Lisbon to discover stunning white-domed cathedrals and bohemian bars. Get back on the road and travel s170 miles south to Algarve where you can explore Cliff Richards wine estate; Quinta Do Miradouro. Algarve to Algeciras is the longest stretch of 235 miles where upon arrival, you can explore more beautiful beaches before taking the ferry to Tangier, Morroco, which serves as a warm introduction to Afro-Arabic culture.

You can see other classic car recommended road trips here.

Route 66

One of the most famous road trips of all time is well worth experiencing. The majority of Route 66 is still accessible and it’s decorated with motels, diners and gas stations. This route, although accessible to any vehicle, is best experienced in an American motor or beat generation VW Camper. Starting in Chicago and taking the highway through Chicago, Pontiac, Springfield, St Louis, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Winslow, The Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs and ending in Los Angeles. This route is the perfect mix between open sky country and historic cities. You’ll experience national parks, bustling cities and beautiful coastlines of LA.

Travellers are advised to stick to Spring or Autumn to avoid summertime ’66 traffic. Guidebooks and maps are essential for this trip as satnavs have been known to lead people astray. This 2,448-mile trip is best enjoyed over 3-4 weeks however you can opt to just explore sections of Route 66 for a shorter road trip.

The Epic Overland: UK to Singapore

This 11,806-mile trip is not for the faint-hearted. This route can be done from London to Singapore or in reverse from Singapore to London in an alternative route. It follows in the footsteps of the historic ‘First Overland’ expedition in 1955 done in a Land Rover 86″ station wagon by the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition team. This epic road trip was the first of its kind and a publicity stunt done by Land Rover in support of their Series One Station Wagons. The original route passed through France, Monaco, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Malaya and Singapore

This iconic expedition was recently recreated in reverse where a modern team ventured from Singapore to London.

Although originally done in a Land Rover, this route could be tackled in any car however a sturdy 4×4 is advised.

The Pan-American Highway

Last but by no means least is the Pan-American Highway. Stretching from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, this road trip is an epic 30,000 miles. The highway is the worlds longest motorable road and is made up of a network of roads crossing through The USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina. You can see a more in-depth look at the route here.

There are many other epic road trips such as Cairo to Capetown, Cairns to Brisbane, and John O’Groats to Landsend. Whether its a modern car or a timeless classic you’re wanting to take on your adventure, the road is out there.

Behind The Scenes On The Chevrolet Corvette Photoshoot

On a brisk winters morning last week, our marketing team and Craig set out to photograph and video our stunning 1979 Chevrolet Corvette which is currently one of our competition cars.

As the sun rose on another frosty morning, we made use of the dreamy lighting that evoked visuals of a breezy Hollywood strip. If you were to squint and tilt your head to the side, you might mistake the pine trees for palm trees.

Driving it around Bentwaters in Rendlesham, the Corvette’s bark could be heard ricocheting through the pines. A large herd of Red Deer galloped just metres ahead of us. As the ice dripped from the trees, the sun glinted off the droplets, creating a mystic backdrop.

If you’d like to see more photos and videos from the shoot, you can find them on our Facebook page, or alternatively, head over the competition site.

Range Rover Is Looking Shiny And New

Our lovely 1994 Range Rover TDI is almost finished with its new paint spray.

Its recently been masked up and prepped for paint with a base coat and a clear coat applied. Tomorrow it will receive some final shoots in time for its photoshoot!

1967 Jaguar E-Type Race Replica Featured In Car And Classic Magazine – December 2020

We’re delighted to see that our treasured 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Race Car has been featured in Car and Classic’s recent online magazine as well as listed on their for sale section.

You can read the full article here.

This beautifully written article by Chris Pollitt really does highlight the hard work our team put into our Jaguar E-Type project.

We, of course, love this car but it’s even more rewarding to see others appreciate it. We hope that from this, our Jaguar will soon make its way to a new home.

If you’re interested in purchasing it, you can see more about its specifications here.

“The build, which was complete this year, took over three years in total. This is down to the fastidious nature of the team at Bridge, and also the desire for this car to be perfect, not rushed.”

“It’s become more than just an E Type. It’s something more. Something exciting, something unique and something so loaded with personality and character it makes other E Types look… muted?”

1957 Jensen’s Trim Additions

Our 1957 Grey Jensen 541R has had its dash pad rail, roof pad and boot refurbished by our specialists in the trim shop.

Brian has removed the old cover of the dash rail, added more foam and wadding, glued on a new cover, added leather around the brackets and fit it all back onto the dash board.

The ceiling pad has also been refurbished. The old cover has been removed, as have the brackets and vinyl. New wadding has been glued into place over the original foam. Fresh vinyl has been cut and glued on, the edges folded over and the brackets refitted. Once these steps were completed, the ceiling pad was fitted back in again.

The boot lid has had new foam added into its indentations. The carpet has been glued onto the boot lid, leaving holes for the boot support rods and latch.

Little Eva’s New Interior

Our 1961 Morris Mini Delux has had some extra refurbishments recently. It needed the carpet neatened and new footwell mats.

Our trim shop made templates, marked out the correct measurements on the carpet material, cut it out and marked out the binding, they then sewed on a heel mat to the footwell mats and fitted all the pieces in. The base carpets also needed regluing.

The finished work has left Little Eva looking very smart.

Merry MG A Christmas

Receiving letters like the one below is what makes all our hard work even more worth it. We took on Mike’s lovely 1960 MG A in 2019 as a barn find. In just over a year, we restored it back to its original beauty. Hearing Mike’s story is a treasured reminder of how each and every classic car comes full of fond memories and stories, and it’s our job to keep these vehicles going so they can collect more stories.

The letter reads:

Dear Gordon and Craig,

There are few things in life more gratifying than to sit behind the wheel of your first car, 50 years later and to experience once again the thrill of a 19 year old!

In little over a year, you have transformed my MGA from a wreck into a beautiful machine. I appreciate very much the work you have done for me.

With my thanks and very best wishes,


P.s Please do post this on your website if you wish.

You can see here what the MG A looked like when we found it and what it looked like afterwards, as well as some sentimental photos of it back in the day.

Meet The Team; Mauro

It’s Monday meaning it’s time for another Meet The Team instalment! This week we chat to Mauro about what got him into cars.

Mauro’s beginnings with mechanics began from a young age. His father owned a garage where a young Mauro would watch and learn about mechanics. Learning to walk around cars meant that the fascination for cars was imprinted from a young age.

Mauro tells us that he not only grew up watching his father fix cars but also got involved, “I was 5 when I drove my first car and crashed my first car at 9”, he laughs.

“I would go to school with car supplies in my backpack” Mauro explains.

Mauro went on to work for his father’s garage for around 12 years after he left school however they then parted ways and Maurot then got into driving lorries. Mauro’s career in lorry driving took him around Portugal and Spain, driving for transport and logistics companies.

When Mauro came to the UK, he continued to drive lorries for a number of different companies until he saw a job advert for Bridge Classic Cars. At first, he didn’t apply despite being interested but fate meant he saw another advert a year later and decided to go for it. With plenty of experience fixing cars and continuous personal projects, it made sense for Mauro to join our team of technicians in 2019.

“I love to drive. That’s it, I love driving.”

Mauro tells us he’s always had his own projects on the go, buying cars, fixing them up and then selling them on. Mauro’s current project is a Ford F100, an iconic American pick-up truck. “I love American cars, you grow up seeing them on TV so you want them”.

The intricacy of taking cars apart and reassembling them again is what Mauro enjoys the most, “I like to learn everything I can.”

“Over lock down I kept busy by fixing cars in my spare time”.

Mauro has also been the inspiration for our classic car competitions after he won a Mitsubishi Evolution 8 from Dream Car Giveaways.

Mauro’s dream car is a new Nissan GTR, a high-performance sports car and grand tourer.

“I love to drive” Mauro ends with. “That’s it, I just love to drive.”. Mauro explains that he’d love to do a road trip around Europe.

Much like our other Meet The Team instalments, we end with the technicians ‘birth year’ car, a car that hit the scenes in their year. Following Mauro’s love for American cars, we’ve chosen the 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.