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Jaguar E-Type Roadster from The Open Road

Jaguar E-Type Roadster from The Open Road

1970 Jaguar E-Type Roadster SII


The Test Hills Run has been devised by a former British Motor Industry employee, John Macartney, and now a writer on old car matters, whose father regularly drove the route as a Standard Motor Company Road Tester and Field Service Engineer in the 1920s and 1930s.

All the hills on it were popular with test crews from Abingdon, Birmingham, Coventry and Oxford and, because of their proximity, were used by all manufacturers for out-and-back test journeys - often twice in a day.

For companies based in Coventry, it was not at all unusual - even in the 1920s - for a test crew to leave the factory at 7.30-8.00am and be back in time for lunch. The car would then be re-fuelled and another crew would set off in it to repeat the route during the afternoon.

All the hills on this route are in regular daily use with modern traffic and although much widened, re-graded and with far better surfaces than sixty plus years ago, they are still fun to tackle, whether going up or down. In fact, parts of it are still used by Land Rover and Jaguar, so if you do happen to encounter one of these vehicles in camouflage, you'll know you're in good company!

You'll also travel through delightful country and see many parts of the north Cotswolds not normally featuring on tourist trips, and for those who enjoy a bit of tourism, we've included a few roadside novelties you may care to visit.

Enjoy The Test Hills Run - especially Bushcombe Hill at Bishop's Cleeve, near Cheltenham. It's narrow - VERY narrow in places, about 1 in 7 (or worse) for a considerable distance and just the place to warm up your clutch if you have to do a re-start on a steep bit!

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Facilities for groupsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Picnic Basket available

Opening details

Daily 09:00 to 20:00
Closed Christmas day and Boxing day.


Prices from £150 per day


Tony Merrygold

0845 070 5142

07802 455 213


2 Miles from the centre of Warwick,
CV34 4




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    Map reference: SP 262620  Lat: 52.25602 Long: -1.61713

    Half mile from M40, junction 15.

    Parking: free


    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

    Picnic Basket available

    Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


    • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
      • Yesis gravel
    • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
    • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
      • YesHas steps and no ramp

    Public Areas

    • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
      • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls


    • YesSteps to the main entrance
      • 1
        Number of steps to entrance
    • YesEntrance is well lit


    • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
    • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
    • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
    • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children