2022 Goodwood Revival Tour
SEPTEMBER 2022 - DATES TO BE CONFIRMED
The Goodwood Revival is back on again in 2022 after a cancelled year due to the Corona Virus. The Revival is 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 and the following morning we tour the Williams F1 centre. Moving on, we tour the Morgan Motor Car Factory before heading south to the historic city of Bath then on to the Haynes Museum and the Beaulieu National Museum before overnighting at a fabulous hotel in the heart of the New Forest. We spend the next 4 nights near Goodwood for the Revival then to complete the experience we visit the Brooklands Museum and the Brooklands Hotel for our Farewell Dinner.
If we are providing a rental car for the tour, collect your car from Heathrow and drive 20 minutes to our hotel, The Oakley Court, a stunning country house hotel on the banks of the Thames at Windsor. The 19th Century mansion sits on over 35 acres of immaculately landscaped gardens rolling gently down to the Thames. Formerly a private residence, 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, the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show and the St Trinians comedies. From as far back as 1859 famous names graced the house including the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), Leslie Ward (The famed SPY artist of Vanity Fair) and Napoleon IV, the last survivor of the Napoleon dynasty – to name just a few.
Your guides will be on site all day to assist with anything you may need and our Welcome Dinner tonight is in The Conservatory of the hotel.
This morning we drive to Oxfordshire for a private tour of the Williams F1 Heritage Collection, created in 2014 to manage the team's collection of historic Formula One cars. Housing more than 40 of the team's seminal race cars, the Williams Grand Prix Collection charts the team's 30+ years of motor racing history. There is a vast treasure trove of historic racing cars that have been hidden away from the public, gathering dust in storage and the Heritage division is returning these cars to their former glory and bringing them into private ownership. Williams also now provide technical support and research to a wide range of industries and the tour provides an insight into this side of the organisation. We will lunch in the Alan Jones Room and after the event, it’s about an hour to our hotel at Broadway and dinner tonight is included at the hotel.
Leaving Broadway this morning we continue across the Cotswolds to Malvern in Worcestershire to tour the Morgan Motor Company. Established in 1909 by H.F.S. Morgan with the design of the Morgan three-wheeler, production of a four-wheeled model began in 1936, and Morgan cars have since become famous the world over for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance.
The ethos at Morgan remains unchanged: all cars are coach built and the development of the model-range has taken the marque into the 21st Century with Morgan now building in excess of 1300 cars per year. In 2011 a modern interpretation of H.F.S. Morgan’s classic design, the Morgan 3 Wheeler was relaunched and we will see skilled craftsmen at work as they hand make the bespoke sports cars. A light lunch in the Morgan Factory is included and dinner tonight is members choice. Our hotel for the next two nights is Bailbrook House, a country house hotel located just a few minutes from the centre of historic Bath. Originally built as a private residence in the early 1790s, Bailbrook House is a Grade II listed property set within 20 acres of private grounds with commanding views towards central Bath and retains all the glories of that era thanks to a £10 million restoration in 2013. It’s just a short drive from the centre of Bath with its fine selection of shops, restaurants. and places of interest.
We take the road south to the Haynes Motor Museum, the UK's largest exhibition which has recently completed a multi-million pound makeover and now features 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 90 minute drive to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. The 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. 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. After Beaulieu just follow the itinerary to the Rhinefield Hotel in the heart of the New Forest.
On our 2019 tour was in time for the 100 Years of Bentley celebrations and we managed to arrange a guided tour of William Medcalf Ltd a specialist in the preparation and preservation of vintage Bentleys. This was such a resounding success that we will again visit the day before the start of the Goodwood Revival when cars are being prepared for Revival events. It’s about an hours drive from Rhinefield House to William Medcalf’s and the tour will finish about lunch time which will give the afternoon free to check into our hotel and rest up for the Revival on Friday. Tonight at dinner we will have a short briefing on the next three days at the Revival.
Friday is official practice day for the Revival and the annual Bonhams’ sale of historic cars. We have Roving Grandstand tickets today which provides for access to nearly all the grandstands and for the ladies, it’s the perfect day to take in Vintage at Goodwood, a unique blend of 1940s, 50s and 60s fashion, music, film, art, dance and design. To fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere at the biggest and best motor racing party of the year, make sure you dress up in your tweeds and trilbies, frills and frocks.
If you didn’t pack for the occasion, the Revival Market is ready to kit you out with the authentic look, whether it’s the gentrified country style, the rock’n’roll styles of the Teddy Boys or the psychedelia of the swinging sixties. Whether you are a car enthusiast or not, you’ll love the spectacle of one of the world’s great motoring events. Leave at your leisure and make your way back to the hotel and dinner tonight is your choice.
Saturday is Ladies Day and the day the the big crowds arrive. 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 include 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. 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.
Today's big feature is the 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 facade. 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 diverse 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 head to Brooklands and our final event. It’s just over an hour to the Brooklands Museum and the birthplace of British motorsport, 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 a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and Vickers/ BAC-built aircraft, including the Second World War Wellington Bomber, Viking, Varsity, Viscount, Vanguard, VC10, BAC One-Eleven and the only Concorde with public access in South East England.
You have the day here to wander through the exhibits and those interested in something a bit more modern can visit the adjacent Mercedes Benz World and the opportunity to drive some of the latest models.
Our Farewell Dinner tonight is in the Brooklands Hotel just a short walk away.
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.
9 Nights accommodation in Luxury Hotels
9 Days European Luxury Car hire - Upgrade options available
4 Dinners including Welcome and Farewell dinners
Full breakfast every day
Williams F1 Private Tour with Lunch
William Medcalf Bentley Tour
Goodwood Revival entry for three days including Reserved Grandstand Seating
Brooklands Motor Museum
Haynes Motor Museum & Bucklers Hard Maritime Museum
Beaulieu National Motor Museum
Comprehensive Road Book with Daily Route Notes
GPS Navigator with full route planning
Classic Driving Tours Travel Pack
Standard tour car is Mercedes C Class or similar OR drive your won classic
Options Include Mercedes S350 - Mercedes C Class Coupe - Mercedes C63 AMG - Mercedes S Class Coupe - Range Rover Sport - Range Rover Vogue - Nissan GTR - Volvo XC90
*Optional cars at additional cost by quotation
ASK ABOUT DISCOUNT FOR DRIVING YOUR OWN CAR
FEATURE DINING EXPERIENCES
Welcome Dinner at Oakley Court Hotel (beverages included)
Rhinefield House Private Dinner
Grand Farewell Dinner at The Brooklands Hotel (beverages included)
TOUR COST PER PERSON
A$10,995 - £5,495 - €6,595 - Prices to be confirmed August 2021
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A non-refundable deposit of A$1,000 per person is required to be sent with the Booking Form and received by us in clear funds to secure your booking. The balance owing for the Tour is due and payable four months prior to Tour departure, however you may remit payment of the Tour prior to this date. All Tour prices (Tour Prices) are based on the exchange rate for the UK Pound applicable on the 1st of March 2021, include VAT, and are subject to change and availability. Price increases may occur by reason of matters outside our control, which include, but are not limited to, adverse currency fluctuations, variations in international shipping and transportation costs, fuel surcharges and other taxes, fees or charges. Please see the Classic Driving Tours Purchase Terms & Conditions for more information.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
• 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