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THE STORY BEHIND TEMECULA BLACK CAR

Tony, Cindy and Chris Bawden’s Big Adventure

Snow in Finchampstead, Berkshire UK

The beginning of our story, snow while we were packing up to leave. Great timing!

In 2010, three weather-weary residents of Finchampstead, Berkshire in the United Kingdom embarked on an adventure – we sold up and moved out to California. The move had been in the offing for a number of years; actually since our elder son Peter had declared at the age of 14 that he was going to live in California! Of course at that time it was impractical, Tony and I were working, Chris and Pete were in school and our parents weren’t getting any younger. It was a dream on the back burner.
Both Tony and I worked in the aviation industry – first for Pan Am, then Gulf Air and United – for many years. We were both fortunate to have been raised in a number of countries; my father was in the US diplomatic service and Tony’s worked for DuPont International. We managed to continue our travels throughout our time with the airlines, visiting most corners of the world. At Tony’s somewhat premature retirement from United, we started making plans for a change, not knowing quite where we were going to end up. Having cared for our parents for many years and having put the children through school and university we thought it high time for an adventure. Tony’s green card in hand we made the move to Temecula.
United Airlines

The weather up here is an improvement

View from Leoness Winery, De Portola Road

We couldn’t have found a more beautiful part of California The story continues……

Temecula was a windfall – it actually wasn’t our first choice of destination. My family retired to Poway in the 1980s and that was our target area. The boys spent most summers there with their Nana and it was familiar territory. We never realized what a beautiful and friendly place Temecula was until we ended up here by real-estate mishap! The luckiest turn of fate we could have had…
After renovating a house and a condo we decided we needed a job. By that time we had fallen in love with the Wine Country, sampling our way through some fantastic vineyards. We had contemplated importing renovated London Black Cabs from a contact we have in the UK, then decided to combine our passion for wine with our passion for cabs, and Temecula Black Car was born! Anxious to get our venture under way we managed to locate our first cab in Florida (the Duchess) and off we flew to get her! We had the most wonderful trip back on the I 10 through the South, none of which we had seen before. Though we all struggled a bit with the Southern accents ( and they with ours!) we found nothing but kindness and good spirits the whole way.
The story of our LTI TX2s

Sharing a bit of our heritage – The story of our rare and unique  LTI TX2s

The story of our second LTI and our Jaguar Limousine

Next came the second LTI and our Jaguar Limousine…

We started setting up the company on our return and soon after getting all the permits and licenses in place we were off and running with our Temecula Wine Tours. We added the second cab (the Duke) a few months later and a short time later a special Jaguar limousine – the only one in the valley! This has custom maple interior trim, beige leather seating and we have updated the audio/video system. It can seat 8-9, absolutely perfect for us. Name? Boris. (After Boris Johnson, Mayor of London of course.)
Next came our custom SUV limousine, a smaller limo that seats 5-6 in luxurious leather seating with a bar, 3 DVD screens and great remote-controlled audio system. So we really do have a fleet now! He’s “The Beast”…..
Our story continues with our latest SUV limousine

And our latest, “the Beast” – our SUV limousine

Lincoln Navigator for our story page

“Abe” (of course!) – our new Lincoln Navigator

And I’m pleased to say that the fleet grows with the addition of Abe the Lincoln Navigator which seats up to 7 in typical luxurious Lincoln style!
And our luxurious Chevrolet Explorer van which seats up to 8 in leather captains chairs, has satellite TV and radio, stereo, DVD and overhead storage – perfect for those longer trips!
Chevy Explorer Van for our story page

“”Falcon” – our new Chevy Explorer Van

Chris Bawden (2nd from Left) and his colleagues at Briar Rose Winery

Chris Bawden (2nd from Left) and his colleagues at Briar Rose Winery

BTW – Ironically, Pete our eldest son is back living in London. Chris, our youngest is still in Temecula, loving it. We currently live in the most beautiful spot with views over the Temecula Valley, farming a small grove of 180 Navel orange and about 100 Cynthiana and Blanc de Bois vines. When we’re not driving through the wineries, we can be found on our little tractor somewhere in he grove! Chris is a keen winemaker so nothing is wasted. He has experimented with orange wine (not a success) and has a batch of mead from our neighbour’s honey on the go (looking good!). After 3 years at Briar Rose Winery as Tasting Room Lead, he is now at Lorimar Winery embarking on a new adventure!

 

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