Goodwood Revival Tour - GRC18
Number of Days: 14
Destination: Great Britain
The Goodwood Revival is a magical step back in time, a unique chance to revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing in the romantic time capsule of the golden era of motor racing at one of the world’s most authentic circuits. The only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s that relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit. It’s not all about cars! The experience starts in Surrey with our Welcome Dinner at the historic Oakley Court Hotel on the banks of the Thames at Windsor.
Then it's off to Blenheim Palace and Salon Prive the UK's most prestigious concours and the Welcombe Hallmark Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon is home for the next three nights. We tour the Morgan factory, lunch in the Orangery at Blenheim Castle, Winston Churchill’s ancestral home, visit the Gaydon Heritage Museum and spend a day exploring the fabulous scenery of the Cotswolds. Next day it’s south for two nights in the historic city of Bath then on to the Haynes Museum and Stonehenge and overnight at a fabulous hotel in the New Forest to explore the Beaulieu National Museum the following day. We spend the next 4 nights near Portsmouth for the Goodwood Revival then complete the experience with a visit to the Brooklands Museum and Windsor Castle then return to The Oakley Court Hotel for our final night and Farewell Dinner.
On arrival in the UK we start our tour with a Welcome Dinner at the Oakley Court Hotel on the banks of the Thames at Windsor. Oakley Court gained a certain level of notoriety in the 60’s and 70’s when the building was used as a film set for several horror films including Dracula, in the cult classics Rocky Horror Picture Show and the St Trinians comedies.
Leaving Windsor after breakfast, we head north-west keeping on A and B roads to Salon Privé. The event is held in the grounds to the south of Blenheim Palace and when you arrive, you will be directed to a carpark just a few minutes’ walk through the grounds to the event. Salon Privé is now justifiably regarded as the UK's leading automotive event for premium brands and is now referred to as the UK's very own Pebble Beach. We will be treated to a lobster and champagne lunch, complimentary bar all day with hostess service, afternoon tea and some special treats. After the event, it’s a 25 minute drive to our hotel for the next two nights near Stratford-Upon-Avon.
We start today with a tour of Blenheim Palace and lunch in the Orangery. Now a World Heritage Site, the Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. After lunch it's a short drive to The British Motor Museum at Gaydon which the collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust which cares for the largest collection of historic British cars in the world, along with an archive containing more than one million objects, from photographs and film, to publicity material and technical records.
If you haven’t been to the Cotswolds, no doubt you’ve read about it and today we take an informal drive with most of the route on A and B roads passing through a host of small villages and towns. Remember you’re free to take your own time and there’s no need to keep up with the group if you feel like lingering at any location. The Cotswolds is a region of gently sloping green hills and ancient, picturesque towns and villages in south- western and west-central England. It is a designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the largest in the country, and its quintessentially English charm predominantly spans the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire and reaching into parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Dinner in the hotel is included tonight.
Today we tour the Morgan Motor Company followed by a buffet lunch at the factory.
Morgan was established in 1909 by H.F.S. Morgan with the design of the Morgan three-wheeler. A four-wheeled model began production in 1936, and Morgan cars have long become famous the world over for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance. All Morgans are coach built and the development of the model-range has taken the marque into the 21st Century and today Morgan builds in excess of 1300 cars per year. Tonight’s hotel is The Bailbrook Hotel in Bath and about 45 minutes drive from the Morgan factory.
A rest day today and the opportunity to explore the historic city of Bath. The GPS will take you directly to a carpark within a few minutes walk of Stall Street, the main shopping precinct and the Roman Baths. The Roman Baths are of course world famous but some others worthy of a visit are the American Museum, Thermae Bath Spa, the Jane Austin Centre and the Royal Crescent all of which are open to the public. A private dinner tonight in the hotel is included.
We take the road south to the Haynes Motor Museum, the UK's largest exhibition which has recently completed a multi-million pound makeover in 12 exhibition halls. On display are over 400 of the greatest cars from around the world from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220.
Leave Haynes at your leisure and it’s a 35 minute drive to Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Stonehenge has transformed its visitor experience, with a new world-class centre housing museum-quality permanent and temporary exhibitions and a spacious shop and café.
You should have plenty of time to explore at least a part of the (6,500 acre) World Heritage Site to appreciate how Stonehenge sits at the heart of a vast prehistoric landscape. Leave at your leisure and follow the itinerary to the Rhinefield House Hotel in the heart of the New Forest. Dinner is included tonight in a private dining room.
A more relaxed drive today as Beaulieu is only 25 minutes away then its just 30 minutes to our hotel for the next four nights.
The motor museum exhibits include some of the earliest examples of motoring to legendary World Record Breakers like Bluebird, ‘Film Star’ cars like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and rare oddities like the giant orange on wheels. This year the museum is featuring world land speed record cars, however the museum is not just for car lovers as Palace House is listed as one of the Treasure Houses of England, and part of a collection of ten of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England today.
Formerly the 13th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House is set in glorious grounds and gardens with immaculate spreading lawns and walkways overlooking the Beaulieu River. Kept in the style of its later Victorian additions, the house has been in Lord Montagu's family ownership since 1538, when Sir Thomas Wrothesley, later 1st Earl of Southampton, bought the Estate after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Also on site is the abbey founded by the Cistercian Monks in 1204. Although much of the Abbey was destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII, you can still learn about the magnificent buildings of the Abbey, originally called Bellus Locus Regis - the beautiful place of the King.
The first day of the Goodwood Revival and if you haven’t been before, the best day to see what it’s all about as the crowds are at their lowest. Friday is Practice Day so every car that will compete over the next two days will be on the track and late afternoon there is a one hour race into the sunset.
“OVER THE ROAD”
Don't be fooled into thinking all the fun takes place within the Motor Circuit. If you cross the bridge taking you - literally - Over the Road you open the door to a whole world of jollity. Live performances add a buzz of glamour to the Revival with many of these performances taking place Over the Road and there is plenty of seating from which to enjoy this retro and retro-inspired music. There’s fairground rides, a roller disco and any number of eating and drinking spots.
If you think that the Revival is just about cars, today may very well change your mind with period machinery of all shapes and sizes, incredible aircraft displays, live music, dancing and fashion recreating the golden age of motorsport. Many Revival visitors go to great lengths to dress in period style and achieve that authentic look playing a key role in making the Revival such a unique event. While you're not required to dress up, you’ll feel much more involved if you do. So if you didn’t bring your tweeds and trilbies or frills and frocks, today is the day to hit the Revival Market and the Revival High Street.
Today the the big crowds arrive and Saturday is Ladies Day, There’s live music from big bands to jazz and boogie-woogie to rock ‘n’ roll plus a cast of spivs, grid girls, army officers and evacuees all playing a part in the unique atmosphere. Late afternoon sees the start of the Freddie March Memorial Trophy with a fabulous collection of classic sports-racing cars such as Jaguar C-type, Aston Martin DB3 and DB3S, Austin-Healey 100S, Ferrari 750, Allard and HWM racing on into the twilight.
Highlights of the programme included the hugely popular St Mary’s Trophy for saloon cars and the post-war Grand Prix cars fighting for grip as they battle for the Goodwood Trophy. The Whitsun Trophy is the weekend’s fastest race and is always guaranteed to provide breathtaking entertainment and close racing and the 45-minute Shelby Cup is a two-driver event featuring pitstops at mid-distance to enable a rapid handover. A rumbling full-capacity grid of 30 cars, running in up-to-1966 vintage, is expected and promises to be an unmissable spectacle. For a break, go “Over the Road” for an exciting array of vintage stores, live music, food and entertainment.
Celebration race for some of the world’s most valuable racing cars. These are the beautiful GT cars that, in days gone by contested the famous Tourist Trophy races.
The day culminates with the Prize Giving ceremony where Lord March awards his much-coveted prizes and medals.
Away from the track action, the Earls Court Motor Show is a recreation of the original show complete with period Art Deco façade. The indoor exhibition is a recreation of the motor show as you would have seen it in the 1950s and 60s, where manufacturers of the era showcase their vehicles of the future.
And don’t miss the Revival Car Show in the car park which has become one of the largest and divers vehicle displays in the world and don't be surprised if you stumble across Mods and Rockers hanging out and dancing in the streets, or people jiving under the trees.
Our last day on the road as we turn north to Surrey and our Farewell Dinner.
The fast route back will take about 90 minutes directly to the Brooklands Museum and the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century. The museum is an outstanding piece of history in itself and an opportunity to see everything from vintage cars and motor cycles, to a Wellington Bomber and the one of the last Concordes. You have the rest of the day here to wander through the exhibits and those interested in something a bit more modern can visit the adjacent Mercedes Benz World for the opportunity to drive some of the latest models.
A more leisurely alternative itinerary will take you through the West Sussex countryside and though some historic villages in Surrey and on to the Brooklands. Tonight our Farewell Dinner is in the Brooklands Hotel.
A relaxing day today with a tour of Windsor Castle in nearby Windsor. From the time of its creation, Windsor Castle was associated not only with wealth and advanced architecture, but also with royalty that lived in it. With its thousand year occupation by the royal family of England, the castle represents the longest-occupied palace in Europe and one of the most visited tourists attraction in England. Tonight our Farewell Dinner is in the Oakley Court Hotel.
Checkout time is not until 11:00am so if you’re not making an early flight join your fellow travellers for breakfast in the restaurant for final farewells. After last goodbyes return your car to London Heathrow or your previously arranged drop point or continue touring.
- 13 Nights accommodation in Luxury Hotels
- 13 Days European Luxury Car hire – Classic Car options available
- 5 Dinners including Welcome and Farewell dinners
- Full breakfast every day
- Windsor Castle Tour
- Salon Prive London with Champagne and Lobster Lunch
- Goodwood Revival entry including Reserved Grandstand Seating
- Brooklands Motor Museum
- Morgan Motor Company Factory Tour
- Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre
- Blenheim Palace with Orangery Lunch
- Stratford-upon-Avon Walking Tour
- Stonehenge and Haynes Motor Museum
- Beaulieu National Motor Museum
- Comprehensive Road Book with Daily Route Notes
- GPS Navigator with full route planning
- Tour Travel Pack
- Return airfares to UK and airport transfers
- Cost of meals and drinks and entry to places of interest other than those specifically included in the final itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Fuel and Tolls
- 13 Nights accommodation in Luxury Hotels
- From $11,750 per person twin share - Departs 30th August 2018