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Stanway Chauffeur Services is a small family business based in the Cotswolds, run by Martin and Monica.

Martin has holidayed in the Cotswolds since childhood and after marrying Monica they both moved to Wiltshire over twenty years ago. Since then, they and their two daughters have constantly toured the area, taking friends family to their favourite places whenever the chance arises.

They are now delighted to be able to operate a small touring business and share their love of this area with others. Offering a friendly welcome and taking a personal interest in arranging a tour to suit your needs, they’ll do all they can to make sure you have a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Taking safety and service seriously. Your chauffeur, Martin, is an advanced driver and has recently taken the Institute of Advanced Motorists Professional Chauffeurs Course, passed with distinction.

The Car.

The car is a Rolls-Royce Silver Spur. Although over twenty five years old it is still regarded as a modern Rolls-Royce.

It is a rare example, one of a few “modern” Rolls-Royce cars with coachwork by the renowned Hooper & Co (Coachbuilders) Ltd. of London. Hooper was a highly acclaimed specialist coachbuilder, enjoying a century long association with Rolls-Royce.

They built their enviable reputation across the globe supplying custom built carriages and Rolls-Royce cars to an impressive list of clients, notably nine generations of the British monarchy including our present queen.

Hooper did its work on our car before it was delivered to its first owner, the Bullion Company of London with whom it spent its first five years. During that time it had a gold mascot. We acquired it from its second owner in 2008.

Being the long wheel base model in its range, the Silver Spur has larger rear doors and more length between the front and back seats, providing extra comfort and generous leg room for rear seat passengers.

The interior has Wilton carpeted footrests, magnolia hide seats with blue piping, lambs wool rugs and walnut picnic tables; a delightful environment in which to travel!

Air conditioned and thoughtfully presented to include those little things you may need such as bottled water, mints, a vanity mirror, brollies (they double as sun shades!) hand wipes and even an emergency sewing kit, we hope you will take the chance to enjoy the car as much as we do.

A bit of history from the family album.

Martin is not the first of the Stanways to run tours. Back in the early part of last century his grandfather, Norman was well known in his home town of Ellesmere Port in the North West of England where he operated one of the first coach tour and taxi businesses in the locality.

Running two charabancs, Cushy and Buzzalong, as well as a number of taxis, Norman provided many local folk with a chance to enjoy trips away at a time when few families owned cars.

Above: Norman Stanway (right) with his charabanc Cushy before departing on a Derbyshire tour in the 1930s.

Below left: passengers aboard Cushy during the Derbyshire tour. Note the solid rubber tyres and the door sign indicating a maximum speed of 12 mph! Below right, Norman beside a favourite taxi.