The Genevieve Wedding Car Chauffeuring service started in 1986
and Andrew and Gail Hollis are celebrating its 20th anniversary
Genevieve was the first car in the business and was originally
the family car bought in 1974 when a customer gave up driving and
gave Andrew the first option on buying the car which was used initially
as family transport, then modified for racing and rallying before
being returned back to her former glory to be used for weddings.
Jeannette was bought and restored some twenty-one years later in
1995, when, with the wedding of his second daughter pending, it
was “suggested” that a matching Jaguar be acquired for
the occasion. Knowing of a car awaiting restoration by a friend
Andrew enquired and subsequently bought and restored Jeanette and
the matching Jaguars participated in their first official wedding
in that year and so the wedding car chauffeuring service was born.
Emily was the next addition to the service and then Katy (a labour
Beatrice a 1934 Humber Snipe 80 (favoured by Prime ministers and
MP’s in its heyday) was found in an old house in London which
had been occupied by squatters thus requiring the services of the
local constabulary. A sharp eyed policeman saw the car effectively
mothballed in the garage, enquired of it and subsequently bought
the car from its owner. He in turn subsequently sold it to another
car enthusiast from whom Andrew eventually bought it.
Further to the purchase of Emily a very large 1932 Morris Isis,
a friend of the family bought an artists print of a Morris Isis”
and framed it for Andrew. Upon being presented with the print Andrew
identified the car as being Emily as the artist had included the
number plate in the painting..
The artist has not been able to be traced, so if any body does know
the painter who depicted a 1932 Morris Isis with cream bodywork
and black wings and running gear within a tumbledown old barn, Andrew
would be interested in learning more of the cars history.