One Of The World’s Leading Rolls-Royce Showrooms
Living in Essex, it’s sometimes easy to forget that one of the world’s most renowned Rolls-Royce showrooms and workshops is only 15 minutes away from where I live. Jonathon and I were invited for an exclusive tour of the seemingly endless facilities.
Tucked away in the perfect village of Dunmow is P & A Wood, authorised Rolls-Royce dealer and founded in 1967 by twin brothers Paul and Andrew. The brothers left Rolls-Royce once Andrew had completed an engineering apprenticeship, to start their own business working exclusively with Rolls-Royce and Bentleys from a workshop in nearby Moreton. With Andrew in charge of the engineering side and Paul in charge of sales and coachwork, the business flourished to such an extent that only three years later they had to move to larger premises in Great Bardfield.
Last June I attended their open day following a £2.5million new build showroom and was in complete awe of the rich heritage and tradition of this establishment. Their motto “attention to detail” speaks for itself and as we slowly walked around the workshops, this motto kept getting spoken. Whether you’re sat in the new but contemporary new showroom choosing the wood you’d like in your new Phantom, or having a vintage car fully restored over a period of years, attention to detail is the ethos of P & A Wood.
Over decades, P & A Wood have built up a dedicated team of enthusiastic engineers and workers. It was also refreshing to see an up and coming younger generation of skilled workers and apprentices taking great pride in the work they do.
After a most welcoming talk over coffee with James Warren, Product Communications Manager of Rolls-Royce UK, and Paul Wood’s daughter Georgina, hands-on co-founder Paul joined us a few minutes later fresh from the workshop, which usually contains around 100 cars at any one time, and we eagerly followed him into the first ultra-clean room which houses a handful of cars being prepped for work, and not just Rolls-Royces and Bentleys of old; brand new cars are also prepared for owners here. The half a dozen or so vintage cars enticed us to take a closer look but it was also hard to ignore the new light blue Phantom which had such presence in the middle of the room awaiting its new owner.
We were then lead down a flight of stairs to the body shop where there were many cars in all states of repair. One that caught our eye was a car that once belonged to Field Marshall Montgomery. This car was undergoing a full restoration which will take over two years to complete. But P & A Wood never cut corners on any aspect of the process. You will not see cars covered in filler before going to paint here but instead will see many true craftsmen who are experts in panel work.
P & A Wood win concourse awards worldwide at all of the top car events including the renowned Pebble Beach show held annually in California. Looking around the bodyshop you can see why they win as much as they do.
Of my personal favourite rooms we were shown on our exclusive tour was the main garage where customers’ cars are parked waiting to be serviced or worked on. There were some wonderful cars there. We were also shown the world’s second most valuable Rolls-Royce which is passionately cared for by P & A Wood.
If you are a true car lover then a tour of P & A Wood’s facilities will be a huge treat for you. The wonderful thing is that they know this and operate open days most Saturdays where the general public can pay a visit and get up close to the world’s most legendary cars.