This summer some of my Zest Digital colleagues and I decided to take our dailies for a road trip around the beautiful Cotswold countryside. Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire have some incredibly B-Roads, so we decided to go on a pub crawl, enjoying the roads between each location.
The cars included:
- Audi A4 S-Line 2.0T Special Edition (me)
- Audi S3 (Alex)
- VW Golf GTI 2.0T (James)
- VW Scirocco R-Line 2.0TDI (Chris)
First stop of the day was the petrol station to jetwash the A4 and check tyre pressues. Unfortunately my S14 is still off the road, so the more-than-capable daily Audi was chosen for this roadtrip. It actually worked out nicely, as all attending cars were from the VAG stable, and were fairly equally matched around the backroads.
We stopped in the numerous villages for cokes and the odd half-pint. Beer gardens were appropriately busy thanks to the rare shining sun.
We visited the 14th Century market town of Chipping Camden, which had some lovely vehicles passing through. I managed to get this F-Type and a Stag in the background.
Our friend Chris met up at this point, driving his new Scirocco 2.0TDI. Previously he’d owned the Mk5 GTI, which now belongs to my friend James (pictured)
The Avant was keeping up well with the S3 around the backroads, although in a clearer environment the S3 absolutely dominates (a great car). Having 20hp up on the GTI (but some extra weight). The MKV Gti and A4 were very equally matched; the A4 has the power and longer legs, but the GTi has less weight and is better off the line.
Next we head towards the old town of Lower Slaughter. Being over 1000 years old and incredibly well kept, it really was beautiful. We saw a gate, so sat on it.
Behind the gate was this incredible meadow field:
It felt like were we in Lord of the Rings – this part of the world really is incredible.
My last stop of the day before heading home was a pub called The Slaughters.
After lunch and some drinks, my associates headed off to the next pub whilst I head back to my Girlfriend’s for a BBQ. On the way back I pulled over in Chipping Campden to grab a photo of this building, which always fascinated me when driving past.
And to finish, an iPhone Panorama montage of the day: