2019 British Classic Car Tour

Escorted tour of Britain’s finest classic & motorsport venues

September 6-15, 2019

Western Driver and the Vancouver All British Field Meet (ABFM), together with travel partners Expedia CruiseShipCenters:Maple Ridge, Venue Select and Air Transat, are pleased to announce our third escorted tour of England’s most interesting classic car venues at an affordable price.

Spend an entertaining holiday with like-minded classic car enthusiasts on a 10-day tour with 4-star hotel accommodation, transportation by luxury private coach to visit England’s fascinating classic car venues, including informative factory tours and marvelous historic sites.

Goodwood Revival Festival; Brooklands Museum; Haynes International Motor Museum; Jaguar Factory Experience; Beaulieu International Autojumble; Bonhams Auction; Maritime Heritage Docklands; Bicester Heritage; Cotswolds; Stratford; British Motor Museum; Winchester Walking Tour; Mercedes Benz Experience; plus duty-free shopping and optional historic and cultural venues.

The 2019 Tour includes return airfare with optional departure/return dates, 8-nights accommodation including 8-breakfasts & 7 dinners & Welcome Reception, entry fees to all confirmed venues, plus luxury coach tour transfers and driver.

A maximum of 36 seats will be available on a first-come basis.

Last Tour was oversubscribed. Please reserve now.

Full itinerary below.

DAY 1: Friday Sept 6, 2019

Leave Vancouver, BC from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on Air Transat overnight flight to London Gatwick airport.

DAY 2: Saturday Sept 7, 2019

Meals included – Dinner/Welcome Reception

Solent Spa & Hotel, Portsmouth.

Early Morning arrival at London Gatwick Airport, where we meet our private coach and driver and travel South to Portsmouth for the Solent Hotel & Spa 4-star hotel (2-night stay)  www.solenthotel.co.uk

On route, we make a stop to unwind, stretch our legs and have lunch at the world-famous Maritime Heritage Dockyards featuring Nelson and HMS Victorywww.historicdockyard.co.uk/

In the evening, socialize with fellow enthusiasts at the Welcome Reception and Dinner at the Solent Hotel & Spa.

DAY 3: Sunday Sept 8, 2019

Meals included – Breakfast & Dinner

Beaulieu Autojumble.

Our first full automotive-related day is the world-famous Beaulieu International Autojumble, including Britain’s National Auto Museum.

With more than 2,000 exhibitors and more than 40,000 visitors annually, Beaulieu is the largest outdoor sale of motoring items in Europe. Beaulieu also provides an opportunity to purchase that rare missing part(s) for your classic vehicle or a gift for your car-nut friend. Other must-visit venues include Palace House and Gardens, the Abbey and Bonhams Classic Car Auction, which are conveniently located within the Beaulieu estate grounds. www.beaulieu.co.uk

Bentley for sale at Bonhams Classic Car Auction.

DAY 4: Monday Sept 9, 2019

Meals included – Breakfast & Dinner

Concorde aircraft at Brooklands Museum.

The birthplace of British motorsport and aviation at Weybridge (1907) is our destination for a full day’s visit.  The internationally renowned Brooklands Museum is a spectacular collection of re-engineered buildings in which an amazing collection of motoring and aviation exhibits are displayed and where you can walk on the historic 1907 oval race track. www.brooklandsmuseum.com

Vickers 290 Wellington Mk1A aircraft.

You will see and experience land-speed-record racing cars and motorcycles plus many aircraft exhibits, including the British Concorde. There are individual exhibit ‘Sheds” that pay homage to motor racing legends such as Cobb, Campbell, Napier and Seagrave and the original clubhouse, which is now home to the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC).

Napier Railton at Brooklands Museum.

For those German automotive fans, a visit to Mercedes Benz World is recommended. Located just steps across the park from Brooklands, the free exhibition of legendary MB vehicles is displayed in an inspired venue and worth a visit. Restaurants are located at both venues.

Three-night stay at the 12th Century Wroxall Abbey Hotel & Estate.

Mid-afternoon we travel to Warwickshire and the 12th Century Wroxall Abbey Hotel and Estate (3-night stay).  https://www.wroxall.com/the-hotel/  Prior to dinner, the hotel’s owner will host a short tour and entertaining talk about the Grade 1 listed, Sir Christopher Wren’s Cathedral located within the Estate grounds.

 

DAY 5: Tuesday Sept 10, 2019

Meals included – Breakfast

Part of the 348-acre Bicester Heritage Centre.

In the morning, we head off to the U.K.’s first purpose-built park for classic car restoration at Bicester Heritage Centre. Housed in a former 1920s RAF bomber station, Bicester Heritage is located on 348 acres and includes a wide variety of classic and vintage car service companies, plus the Wrigley Monkey Brew Pub where lunch is available. Our guided tour of the facilities offers a unique look into the many aspects of classic car ownership and maintenance, all in a unique location within a pre-war, period-correct environment. www.bicesterheritage.co.uk

 

Stratford’s oldest pub, The Garrick Inn dating back to the 1400s.

Shopping option 10am-1pm at the world-famous Bicester Village Mall. Arrangements made on route. In the afternoon on route back to our hotel, we visit nearby Stratford-on-Avon (https://visitstratforduponavon.co.uk), the town that is synonymous with William Shakespeare. You can do a self guided tour or buy tickets for the many venue tours held throughout the village.

Evening Option Day 4 or Day 5: Dinner & a Stratford Play. Must be reserved and paid in advance at time of booking trip to guarantee seating.

 DAY 6: Wednesday Sept 11, 2019

Meals included – Breakfast & Dinner

Jaguar Castle Bromwich factory. Photo: Mark Hillary.

This morning we travel to Castle Bromwich to experience Jaguar’s state -of-the-art factory production facilities and see how technicians perfect some of the latest models including the new F-Type Sports Car. www.jaguar.co.uk/experience

Enthusiasts will have the option to experience driving both classic and modern Jaguars on a dedicated track.

The driving option must be reserved and paid in advance at time

British Motor Museum, housing the largest collection of classic & vintage British vehicles.

of Tour booking.

After a pub lunch, we travel to Gaydon and the home of the British Motor Museum in which is housed the largest and greatest collection of classic and vintage British vehicles in the world. www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

The recently opened (2016), 8-million-pound Collections Centre is a separate building on site showing many rare prototype vehicles and a repair facility.

Return for our last night at Wroxall Abbey Hotel before heading South to the Cotswolds.

Day 7: Thursday Sept 12, 2019

Meals included – Breakfast & Dinner

In the morning we travel through the scenic Cotswolds district, with a stop at the Cotswold Woollen Weavers

The Cotswold Woollen Weavers, where fine woollen cloth has been made since 1982.

and Tea Garden to do a bit of shopping and perhaps purchase something for your Goodwood outfit.

Late morning, we arrive at Yeovil in Sparkford where in 1985 John Haynes founded ‘petrol-head heaven,’ otherwise know as Haynes International Motor Museum.

The collection of cars, motorcycles and automobile at Haynes International Motor Museum (www.haynesmotormuseum.com)

Haynes International Motor Museum.

has continued to grow, with vehicles from various countries on display. A workshop-and-

The Five Alls rustic pub, set in the rural Cotswolds village of Filkins.

restoration facility, where mechanical and body fabrication work can be viewed, is included.

Lunch is available on your own at the onsite Café 750 www.himm.co.uk

Mid afternoon departure for Brighton and our Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel (3-night stay).

Mercure Brighton seafront hotel.

www.mercurebrighton.co.uk

Take a walk along the Sea-front or visit the famous Brighton Pier before dinner at the hotel.

Day 8: Friday Sept 13, 2019

Meals included – Breakfast & Dinner

The smell of engines mingle with the roar of iconic race cars at Goodwood Revival, a 3-day Septem ber festival celebrating the halcyon days of motor racing.

This is Lucky Friday 13 and Day 1 of our main event Goodwood and the Revival Weekend—the world’s greatest historic motorsport event and classic car festival.

Friday is mostly qualifying races and the venue is less crowded, but you will still need to pace yourself and avoid trying to see everything.

This world-class, sell-out event is truly a magical step back in time, celebrating the halcyon days of motor racing as it used to be, with all the accompanying spectacle and glamour of the pre- and post-war era.

See www.goodwood.co.uk  and our 2015 & 2017 Tour Gallery www.bestclassictour.com

After a full day of racing action, people watching and indulging, we return to Brighton for dinner and an early retirement to prepare for Day 2 at Goodwood.

Day 9: Saturday Sept 14, 2019

Meals included – Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Early morning breakfast and back to Goodwood for a second full day to catch up on everything you missed on Day 1. Saturday is qualifying and racing, so the pace will be quicker as these famous cars and drivers compete fender-to-fender for a variety of trophies.

Get up close and personal with the cars in pre-grid and perhaps see some famous celebrities. Take advantage of the free hop-on, hop-off transportation, which circumnavigates the track and allows fantastic viewing of the cars in action at every famous corner.

Last night and Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Day 10: Sunday Sept 15, 2019

Early morning breakfast and departure to London Gatwick for return flight, arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) same day.

TOUR ENDS AT GATWICK AIRPORT

 

 

TOUR COSTS: Airfare, Accommodation & Ground Tour

Cost: $4,995.00 per person, Double Occupancy

Cost: $6,875.00 per person, Single Occupancy*.

  • Return Airfare Vancouver/London/Vancouver on Air Transat.
  • 8 nights accommodation, including 7 dinners and 8 breakfasts.
  • 4-star hotels.
  • Entry fees to all confirmed venues as per itinerary.
  • Luxury airconditioned Private Coach travel.
  • Airport Transfers between London Gatwick and hotels.

*If you are a Single booking and prepared to share accommodation, we will try to accommodate your request at the lower Double Occupancy rate.

TOUR COSTS: Ground Tour & Accommodation only

You arrange your own flights to meet the tour schedule

Cost: $4,100.00 per person Double Occupancy.

Cost: $5,900 Single Occupancy

Airport Transfers additional.

OPTIONAL: ADDITIONAL DAYS AND DEPARTURE

Option 1. Sunday Sept 15 Goodwood day 3. Includes 1 extra night at the Mercure Brighton Hotel private transfer Hotel to Goodwood with return Hotel to London Gatwick Airport for Monday Sept 16 departure to Vancouver via Calgary. Dinner not included. Additional cost: $791.00 per person.

Option 2. Sunday Sept 15 Private return transfer to Goodwood plus Monday Sept 16, day in London via First Class return train travel. 2 nights hotel with private transfer for departure Tues Sept 17 Gatwick airport Non -Stop flight to Vancouver. Dinner not included. Additional cost: C$1,152 per person.

DEPOSIT & PAYMENT

C$500.00 Non-Refundable deposit due January 31, 2019. Balance due June 3, 2019.

A maximum 36 seats will be available on a first-come basis.

Repeat Tour participants from 2015 & 2017 Tours qualify for $100 discount if under deposit by January 31st, 2019.

Trip Cancellation Insurance purchase strongly recommended.

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