P&A Wood Rolls-Royce Essex Showroom Opens In Fine Style
The quaint picture-perfect village of Dunmow, Essex would be the last place you would think to find a traditional Rolls-Royce workshop but P&A Wood, now known as Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London Stansted, proudly opened its doors to a new state-of-the-art showroom in grand style on Sunday 1 June. We were there to soak up the atmosphere.
Over 2,000 customers, friends and honoured guests attended the event that also marked 50 years of P&A Wood as one of the world’s most respected authorities on the restoration and maintenance of heritage Rolls-Royce cars. A cavalcade showcasing some of the finest Rolls-Royces from the marque’s early days to the latest model, the Wraith, kicked off the proceedings. Guests were also treated to fly-pasts, craftsmanship displays and tours of P&A Wood’s world-renowned car restoration workshops. Broadcaster and long time P&A Wood customer Chris Evans shared the honours with founders Paul and Andy Wood in a special ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of the new showroom.
The new showroom, named Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London Stansted, and coachworks department are located next to the original site. The development represents a £2.5 million investment by P&A Wood and is testament to a commitment to providing peerless service to customers seeking to acquire and service new and pre-owned Phantom, Ghost and Wraith models.
The all-new glass-fronted space captures the hand-craftsmanship and attention to detail that’s at the core of every Rolls-Royce, a style which is evident in the marque’s flagship showrooms around the world. The new facility features a well appointed customer bespoke lounge equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment providing the perfect environment for customers wishing to specially commission highly personal, unique vehicles. An official accessories shop was also unveiled.
“The investment P&A Wood has made in this remarkable facility represents a new and exciting chapter for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London Stansted. The new showroom and adjacent coachworks and restoration workshops are shining examples of our dealer’s commitment to providing an exceptional level of service to every Rolls-Royce customer,” said James Crichton, Regional Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Europe. “The thousands of people who have joined us from around the world to witness the inauguration of this new showroom is testament to founders’ Paul and Andy Wood’s globally renowned reputation for engineering, craftsmanship and customer service excellence.”
50 Years of P&A Wood:
After gaining an internship at Rolls-Royce, twin brothers Paul and Andy Wood decided to branch away and start their own business working exclusively on Rolls-Royces in 1967 from a small workshop in Moreton, Essex. With Paul heading up sales and coachwork and Andy in charge of engineering, the business flourished to such an extent that by 1970 they had to relocate to larger premises in Great Bardfield, and then again 18 years later to their current home in the historical village of Great Dunmow.
With an enthusiastic 67-strong team, many of whom have been loyal to P&A Wood for over 25 years, the business prides itself on supporting students from the local area with its own internship programme.
It is the only Rolls-Royce authorised accident repair agent for the UK and specialises in sales, service and spare parts for the entire range of models, from 1904 onwards. P&A Wood is unique in that it is able to carry out all aspects of vehicle restoration in-house, from mechanical work, engineering and machining to coachwork and interior trim. P&A Wood also have a 24-hour emergency call-out service for their customers. They will get to you by car or plane to assist you, no matter where you are.
“Customer satisfaction has always been the focus at P&A Wood and we take great pride that everyone who comes through our doors receives the same level of consistent service and support – it will be no different for those who visit our new showroom,” explained Georgina Wood, Rolls-Royce Brand Manager, P&A Wood, and daughter of founder Paul. “My father and my uncle have achieved so much in 50 years and our new, exceptionally high quality premises not only showcases our move into the 21st century but it also separates the classic from the current. It will play a significant role in bringing the Rolls-Royce brand to more customers and enthusiasts in Essex and beyond.”
The exterior of the all-new facility was designed to mirror the original showroom and was built to Rolls-Royce’s exacting brand identity guidelines with input from the brothers on some of the finer details. This includes the use of natural elements such as stone, slate, sculptures and plants, elegant lighting and luxurious finishes and furnishings.
As you might expect, the hospitality we received on Sunday was second to none. If you are ever passing through the lovely villages around Great Dunmow then be sure to stop off at P&A Wood.
To find out more about Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London Stansted, or to arrange a test drive, call 01371 870848, or visit the dealership on The Endway, Great Easton, Essex CM6 2HD