For my birthday weekend Sarah, my wife, hired us a Jaguar E-type for 24 hours, and booked us a hotel in the Cotswolds. The plan was that we'd drive up to Great Escape Cars in the Cotswolds to pick up the E-type, wend our way down to our hotel 100 miles south then meander back the next day.

Then Maserati said they had a GranTurismo Sport free for a few days and did I want to test it. Yes I bloody well did and thank you very much Maserati press office. By coincidence the four days I'd have the GranTurismo wrapped neatly around the 24 hours we'd have the E-type.

Here's the tale of our weekend in petrol head paradise.