Ian Hazel Funerals Jaguar and Daimler fleet
Nigel Thorley visits businessman Ian Hazel
who has a passion for Jaguar and Daimler
, as a classic car owner and as a commercial entrepreneur.
This month we look at one regular supporter of the Jaguar (and Daimler) marque, Ian Hazel, an established funeral director in the West Midlands area of the UK.
A family business extraordinaire
Ian Hazel Funerals Fleet
Ian Hazel joined the business of A Hazel & Sons in 1977 as the 4th generation of the family, after serving some years in industry to gain experience and qualifications in business.
then left the business a few months later to start his
own operation, Ian Hazel Funerals Ltd
., Sutton Coldfield and now his
daughters are part of the 5thgeneration of Hazel's
to be involved with the profession.
Funerals Fleet Hearse
first started his
tended to hire in cars and a hearse when needed, a principle that some funeral directors still do today.
It's a way of keeping costs down and helps businesses cope with periods of high demand, without having to buy and maintain larger than normal fleets which would lie unused for a lot of the time.
hired these cars from his
father-in-law who also used Daimlers that carried specific registration numbers, all of which used the digits "777".
first hearse that Ian
actually purchased was a Daimler DS420 hearse produced by the specialist coach builders Woodall Nicholson in Lancashire from his
father-in-law, registered 777 FCH.
then went on to purchase his
own DS420 limousines and a Startin's DS420 "low'line" hearse.
decided to buy in specific registration numbers with the digits "777", and he
still maintains those numbers on all his
purchased a single hearse and one car, both 4.2 litre models.
A year later he
purchased another two new cars and a year later yet another car, although this time a pre-owned example, making a total of the four cars you see depicted here along with the hearse and one XJ8 model retained from the previous fleet.
The vehicles don't cover a high mileage, around 3000 miles per annum for a car and perhaps up to 4000 miles for a hearse.
Two of my final questions to Ian
also related to the cars.
Funerals Fleet of Hearses
"I have already seen the latest New XJ in prototype form at Wilcox and surprisingly, despite its very modern styling, found that the stretch works very well.
Although there won't be any Daimler
badged versions available, I will almost certainly be moving on to that model later, probably in 3.0 litre diesel form.
"And finally, I ought to mention that Ian Hazel is a member of the Club and does own his own personal Jaguar, a classic E-type Series 2 fhc.