When he’s not driving for Wiltshire Farm Foods, Marcus Gillah enjoys getting behind the wheel of his vintage cars
“Lots of cars have come and gone over the years, but these three remain,” says Marcus Gillah, who owns and races three vintage cars. A 1934 Lagonda, plus 1927 and 1929 Austin 7s are his pride and joy. Fortunately, his partner, Samantha, shares his passion and enjoys a journey with their dogs. “We often pile in and head out in one of the Austins, which is our family car,” says Marcus.
Far more than just a runaround, you’re as likely to find Marcus at a vintage car race or rally, putting the vehicles through their paces, despite their age. “The Lagonda has been continuously raced from new,” says Marcus, “and nothing beats getting to the top of a speed hillclimb in it! I think it’s sad to see cars in museums or sat motionless in a field, I believe in getting them wet and well used. I’ve driven to Spain, the South of France and Alps, and touring is part of the fun of owning a vintage car.
“We take part in Goodwood each year, and I enjoy dressing the part in goggles and a flying hat” he adds. “I’m a member of The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain and chief marshall at the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which is the world’s longest-running car event.”
It’s quite different from driving for Wiltshire Farm Foods, for whom Marcus delivers meals across East Grinstead, West Sussex. “Some customers know about my vintage cars. Many remember the Austin 7 fondly and we reminisce about the beauty of these cars,” he adds.