A Little Bit of Toronto in Europe

The accent is unmistakeable, but for a minute it seems rather out of place. No, you’re not mistaken, that Toronto twang is still there, despite 26 years spent in England, far away from his home town.

And, if you’re thinking of heading to the UK for a holiday or on business, there’s no one a Canadian could better choose to show you around the country. Canadian Bob, as Bob MacNaughton has become known, is a chauffeur with a difference.

That nickname

Bob's clients include local business people, leisure travellers, kids and moms on days out and film and TV stars. And it was when he was carrying around actors for the internationally famous Midsomer Murders TV series, that the nickname Canadian Bob was planted on him. “There were two Bobs on the chauffeuring team so to avoid confusion I was given my nickname by the cast and crew. It seems to have stuck”.

The Midsomer Murders programmes are primarily filmed in the Buckinghamshire / Oxfordhire villages and countryside, an area Bob is very familiar with. Tours of locations can be arranged.

Bob’s mastered driving on the “wrong” side of the road, handling a stick shift with his left hand, and worked out who goes first at the fiendishly complicated British roundabouts. He’s mastered shortcuts around the snarl-ups of Europe’s most congested motorway, the M25 London ring road and despite the infamously twisty and potholed British roads, Bob’s passengers frequently comment on how smooth he makes their journey. You’ll even catch Bob calling a hood a bonnet and putting your luggage in the boot rather than the trunk.

Ironically, it was Bob’s Scottish roots and a desire to find out more about the “auld country” that first took him across the Atlantic – a trip that many thousands of US and Canadian citizens plan at some point in their lives for similar reasons. And this year with the British pound falling against the US and Canadian dollar, Bob’s expecting more transatlantic visitors than usual.

Bob is based near Tetsworth, a country village outside London and close to Oxford. It was pretty much by accident that he ended up living there as he used to manage a country estate nearby. As Bob says “It’s an ideal spot for my clients. I’m less than an hour away from Heathrow Airport and can be in central London or the Cotswolds in a little more than an hour. For those interested in leisure rather than business I’m close to Oxford, a short run to Shakespeare country and with direct access to the motorway network can get pretty easily to anywhere in the UK.”