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Our blog is a place for us to share thoughts, tips and the great adventures that you have taken our vehicles on.
If you would like us to feature your adventure on one of our blog posts please get in touch through our contact page.

Ben & Genevieve's epic engagement!

There is nothing more rewarding than being part of a very special time in someone's life. Ben and Genevieve had the most amazing engagement and we were lucky enough to play a part.

"I was crazy in love with my (then) girlfriend but I'd been putting off asking her to marry me for ages (6 years). I knew I wanted the proposal to be really special because she is really special but I kept putting it off as I thought I would never be able to organise it all. I had a rough plan - I wanted to trick her into walking to the top of a mountain, pop the question, get a helicopter flight, land at a mind blowing supercar and whisk her off to a Hotel through some of the most scenic countryside in the world. But I'm just a disorganised man child...how would I get all that sorted out? Enter Laura and the team at Ignition Self Drive, during a quick phone call she listened to my plan and promised to call me back. A short time later my phone rang and Laura proceeded to run through the detailed itinerary she had created from my loose but ambitious plan. I confirmed the details and Laura put the wheel in motion. All I had to worry about was getting the soon to be fiancée up the mountain and a ring on her finger. 

From the peak of the mountain we were met by a exclusive helicopter which took us for a romantic scenic tour high above Queenstown. We then landed back at the airport, where the receptionist discreetly handed me the keys to the most amazing car I have ever had the pleasure to drive - the Audi R8. 

From here we drove up the beautiful Crown Range stopping at the lookout to admire the view, then we drove on to Wanaka for a glass of bubbles by the lake. The Audi was amazing, it’s in perfect condition, the exhaust note sounds out of this world, acceleration is breath taking, it stops on a dime and handles like a dream. It’s a true supercar. 

I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Laura and the team at Ignition, you made my plan a reality. We now have some great memories and a very special story to tell. My advice to anyone out there looking to impress or create lasting memories - call Ignition. "

Ben

"Aston or R8, which one should I choose?"

This is a question we get asked a lot so let me start by saying that we love both of these vehicles but for very different reasons.

The Aston Martin is iconic. When you hear that name you think about prestige, style and comfort (and let's be honest .... James Bond). The engine is hand assembled and every detail has been thought through from the intricate stitching on the leather to the smoked alloy wheels. All of these things create a feeling when you look at, sit in and drive this car and that feeling is a mix of sophistication and grandeur. It's amazing!

Now let’s talk about the R8. When you see the Audi R8 on the road you cannot help but be impressed. It's low to the ground, wide and looks more like a super car than a sports car. The mid-engine orientation means the weight is evenly distributed so you are glued to the road making for a fantastic driving experience. It's all about precision, performance and handling. Inside the luxury is more understated than the Aston. The carbon fibre creates a much cooler feel.

It really comes down to the type of person you are or should I say who you would like to be on the day. Maybe you are trying to create a certain experience for a special someone that will be joining you on your adventure? These are all things to consider when making your decision.

Let us just finish by saying there is no bad choice here, you won't be disappointed either way.