Take to the Road was found in January 2015 by motoring journalist Niall Julian. He is a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers and has been a petrolhead for as long as he can remember. He got his first taste of classic car motoring when he purchased a 1967 Daimler V8 250 in 2010, which provided the inspiration for the creation of Take to the Road five years later. In addition to being Editor of Take to the Road, Niall has also contributed to other publications, such as Hagerty UK, 96 Magazine and Octane Magazine. Niall is a Digital Media specialist with over 20 years experience in IT. He is also an avid photographer, specialising in car photography.
Take to the Roads Mission
Take to the Road is all about the passion for classic cars. It is a hub for the best classic car news, features and reviews.
The aim of Take to the Road’s YouTube Feature Films was to focus on the car stories. Every car and its owner has been on a journey. There is so much passion and emotion wrapped up in them. And Take to the Road’s films capture and document this. It is a little snapshot of a classics history, putting the car and its owner front and centre. It is their moment of fame and helps to celebrate everything that we love about classics.
Take to the Road Awards and Achievements
Take to the Road wins at the 2016 UK Blog Awards
Niall and Take to the Road were winners at the 2016 UK Blog Awards in London, taking home the top prize in the Individual Automotive Blog Category. More details on this exciting win can be found here.
Take to the Road comes 2nd at the 2017 UK Blog Awards
Niall followed up his 2016 win at the UK Blog Awards by coming 2nd in the Best Individual Automotive category at the 2017 UK Blog Awards, coming away with a Highly Commended mention at the awards ceremony in London.
More on Take to the Road’s 2nd place finish can be found here.
2017 Top 10 UK Automotive Blog with Vuelio
Take to the Road has also been awarded the prestigious rank of Vuelio Top 10 UK Automotive Blogs for 2017. This annual award recognises the best blogs in the UK and Take to the Road made the list for the very first time.
You can read more about Take to the Road’s Vuelio rank and blogger spotlight here.
2017 iVisa Global Blogger Award
The awards keep rolling in for Take to the Road and the site has recently received the prestigious iVisa Global Blogger Award for 2017. This award recognises blogs of merit around the world and it is a great honour for Take to the Road to be selected as one of the top UK car blogs.
You can read more about Take to the Road’s iVisa Global Blogger Award here.
2018 Top 10 UK Automotive Blog with Vuelio
Niall and Take to the Road followed up its 2017 Vuelio Award with yet another for 2018. You can find out more about making the Top 10 UK Automotive Blog list here.
2018 Car Money Best UK Car Blogs
Take to the Road picked up another blog award, this time from the team at car finance experts CarMoney! You can find out more about the accolade here.
2018 Glovebox Awards
Take to the Road has received another accolade for 2018, this time picking up Best UK Car Blog 2018 from Glovebox Direct. You can find out more about this award here.
2019 Top 10 UK Automotive Blog with Vuelio
2020 Car Money Best UK Car Blogs
Take to the Road picked up another award from CarMoney at the start of 2020. Not a bad start to the year at all! You can find out more about the accolade here.
2020 Top 10 UK Automotive Blog with Vuelio
Take to the Road has started the new decade with another accolade. This time it has been chosen once again for the Top 10 UK Automotive Blog Vuelio Award! This make it 4 years in a row! You can find out more about it here.
Take to the Road’s Car History
2001 – 2004 VW Golf MK3 1.9
Niall’s first car was a 1993 VW Golf 1.9 CL diesel. It was a very reliable and frugal car, which is exactly what you need when you have just left university. It was a nice wine red colour and although it didn’t have a lot specification wise (one had to plumb for the GL or the GTi to get such nice things as electric windows etc), it was a practical car. It might have been slow but it was fun.
2004 – Present VW Golf MK3 GTi 2.0 8v
In 2004 the diesel Mk3 started to play up. After 124,000 miles the gearbox was starting to crunch which meant an expensive rebuild or swap. The cost of which far exceeded the value of the car. After looking around for replacements, Niall stumbled across a 1995 MK3 Golf GTi. It was a 3 door in gunmetal grey, had covered 64,000 miles and was a one owner car. Plus it had the rare combo of an electric sunroof and aircon. Having always dreamed of owning a GTi Niall knew this was his chance to finally own one. And the deal was done.
Niall still owns his 2 owner Golf GTi. And you watch his video about it here.
2010 – 2014 1968 Daimler V8 250
Niall’s first ever classic car was a gorgeous 1968 Daimler v8 250. It was a chance purchase at a time when classics were still relatively cheap, compared to the rather inflated prices for a lot of examples today. Hooked on the idea of owning an old car, especially one with a V8, the search began. And up came this alternative to the Jaguar Mk2. With a Daimler 2.5ltr V8 and an automatic gearbox, this was a lovely car to drive. A comfortable cruiser with a wonderful burble from that Turner designed hemi V8. Niall decided to sell the Daimler in 20014. It is a car he misses to this day.
2014 – Present 1990 Bertone x1/9
The Daimler was literally gone just a couple of weeks when the itch for a classic returned. It really didn’t take long until Niall found his next classic car, a 1990 Bertone x1/9 Gran Finale. To those who don’t know what a Bertone x1/9 is, it is basically a mid engine, two seat Fiat. It is fantastic fun and handles like it is on rails. If you haven’t driven one you really need to get behind the wheel of an x1/9. They are that good!
2015 – 2016 1988 Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign
In 2015 Niall hatched a plan to make the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Jaguar XJ40 saloon. He found a low mile project Sovereign and took it on road trip to Ireland. It was one of the most refined cars he has ever owned. And it performed superbly on the trip to Ireland (you can watch the video of the journey here, Part 1 and then the final leg of the trip in Part 2). Niall sold the Jaguar in 2016 and kind of wishes he hadn’t. It really was a lovely car!
2017 – 2018 1988 Alfa Romeo Spider S3
In 2017 Niall added another Italian to the Take to the Road collection. This time a very pretty Alfa Romeo Spider S3. Best described as a rolling project, the Spider is actually pretty solid for an old Alfa. The plan with this car is to go through the mechanicals, getting it running well and sort out some of the cosmetic issues. And of course enjoy some top down motoring in one of the prettiest convertibles ever made.
2017 – Present 1982 Vauxhall Viceroy
Continuing with his passion for cars with a a great story, Niall acquired a rare Vauxhall Viceroy. This car was first owned by Vauxhall UK for two years before passing to its 2nd owner who kept it for 34 years! It is a surviving example of a car that was actually a rare sight on UK roads back in the 1980s. And it is a fascinating slice of the General Motors/Vauxhall/Opel story. And you can follow its onward journey with Niall and Take to the Road right here. Including its recent trip home to Vauxhall in Luton which you can watch here.
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Plus if you have a classic car that has an interesting story to tell, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
And remember…. Just go drive!