When it came to picking the Carparison car, it was an easy choice. AMG vehicles are world-renowned for their performance and to boot, this one came in bright yellow... Carparison yellow.
Throw on a few stickers and it was ready for the road. We had fantastic fun testing it out on the snaking Devon roads just a stone’s throw from the Carparison office. For many of the team it was their first venture out in an AMG – and certainly an experience they wouldn’t forget in a while!
After we’d had our go, it was time to send it out for others to enjoy. We reached out to some of our favourite Influencers across the UK and let them have a go for themselves. Over the last 12 months the Carparison A35 has travelled the length and breadth of mainland UK. And as it nears the day where we swap the A35 for our next car, we thought we'd look back at all of the places they visited…
Location: Devon, UK.
First up was a local visit to blogger Ali Williams, who cruised around the beautiful roads of East Devon in the A35; testing out how it fared on the morning commute as well as giving her ideas as to what could potentially be her next vehicle.
“I absolutely loved my couple of weeks with the little yellow mean machine. It’s a bit of a beast, but I soon got used to it! I’m sure that Exeter will miss seeing it brightening up the traffic every morning!”
The Bristol Nomad
Location: Bristol, UK.
The Bristol Nomad took the A35 from Bristol and into the Welsh hills for a thrilling exploration of the beautiful Black Mountains across Powys and Monmouthshire.
“From urban exploring and big city lights, to rolling fields, Welsh valleys and mountain passes. We had a great adventure”.
Location: Cornwall, UK.
It was down to Cornwall next to spend the month with Lowenna Pascoe, AKA Cornwall Lover. You might already know Lowenna for her beautiful photos of the Cornish coastline and hidden gems to visit around the county – many of which she re-visited in the A35, including:
- Watergate Bay
- Mawgan Porth
- Pedn Vounder
- Even a trip across the border to the beautiful Devon town of Salcombe
Bun the Sausage Dog
Location: London, UK.
For many of us our pooches are top priority when picking our next vehicle, so it’s only right that we had the help of one or two canine friends to test it out for us. Introducing Bun, a London-based Sausage dog who (with her lovely owners driving of course) took a trip up to the beautiful Lake District to check that the A35 passed the mark!
“Hoomans I make the decisions and I say we go to the drive through. EXTRA FRIES PLEASE”.
The Hitched Hikers
Location: England... for now.
Returning home from beautiful Sri Lanka, it was time for the Hitched Hikers to do a bit of great British exploring; swapping the sunshine for Christmas markets and drives around their home county, Yorkshire.
“Brightening up the grey English weather; just what we need when we’ve swapped the sunshine in Sri Lanka for cold and rainy England... sometimes in life, things don’t always go as planned but right now, being back home, we couldn’t be happier”.
George the Sausage
Location: London, UK.
Back to London with the next of our furry friends; George, a miniature Dachshund with a lot of attitude. Exploring London, Windsor, the Lake District and Birmingham. During their month with the car, George’s owners confirmed George's favourite pastimes included barking at motorists from his perch in the backseat and keeping an eye out for pesky squirrels.
Location: Cornwall, UK.
Photographer and Radio presenter for The Source FM, ‘Cornwall Paradise’ took the A35 for it’s final exploit of the Cornish coast. Causing a stir as it paraded through the streets of Fowey, North Cornwall and picturesque fishing villages in South Cornwall.
“Four big stormy weeks driving the beautiful Mercedes-Benz A35 AMG...! It’s been an absolute blast..!!!”.
Location: Dundee, Scotland, UK.
Last but not least was a trip to Scotland to meet Dad Download, Lee Chisholm. Now, as far as a trip away goes, we’ve got to admit this one did not go as planned. After months of anticipation, the car was delivered to Lee in Dundee… but this turned out to be one week before the UK went into total lock down as corona virus took hold. So rather than family trips to Lochs and the Highlands, the A35 spent almost 3 months sat on Lee's drive whilst inside the house Lee welcomed a brand new addition to the family; a beautiful baby girl.
Sometimes things don’t go as planned, and that’s ok. There’s always next year!