Classic Driving Tours

driver@classicdrivingtours.com

Phone:

AUST        +61 (0) 755 774 655

USA          +1 866 448 6543

UK & EU    +44 (0) 7471 606060

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon

The Brisbane Club

2019

Goodwood Revival Tour

September 3rd to September 17th 2019

Only available to members of The Brisbane Club and invited clubs, this tour to the 2019 Goodwood Revival is a magical step back in time and 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 day there's times to tour Windsor Castle and prepare for the next two weeks on the road..   Next morning we tour the Williams F1 centre and on Friday we spend a day exploring the fabulous scenery of the Cotswolds.     On Saturday it's off to Blenheim Palace and Salon Prive, the UK’s most prestigious concours event featuring a concours of classic Bentleys.    

The MacDonald Bear Hotel in nearby Woodstock is home for these four nights and our base to tour Blenheim Palace, Winston Churchill’s ancestral home with lunch in the Orangery, visit the Gaydon Heritage Museum on Sunday.

 

Moving on, we tour the Morgan Motor Car Factory before heading south for two nights in the historic city of Bath then on to the Haynes Museum and Bucklers Hard Maritime Museum before overnighting 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 to complete the experience we visit the Brooklands Museum before returning to Oakley Court for our Farewell Dinner.

TOUR INTINERARY

Day One

Once you have collected your car from Heathrow, it’s just a 20 minute drive to The Oakley Court Hotel at Windsor with time to relax before our Welcome Dinner in the hotel Conservatory this evening.    Oakley Court wasn’t always a luxury country house hotel in Windsor. Life began way back before the days of Dracula and The Phantom staging his famous opera, but behind the scenes, the story is thriller-free.

From as far back as 1859 famous names graced the hotel including the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII!), Leslie Ward (The famed SPY artist of Vanity Fair) and Napoleon IV, the last survivor of the Napoleon dynasty – to name just a few.

After 1965, the house was vacant – except for the film crews who made over 200 films on location. These include the world-famous Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and the original ‘Half a Sixpence’ (1967).  The hotel opened in 1981 and has been used to film TV shows such as ‘Law and Order’ and ‘The Comic Strip Presents’. The hotel hosted Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 for the annual swan upping. 

Day Two

You can’t say Windsor without conjuring up images of the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle, the changing of the guard, Eton College, the River Thames, stunning architecture and beautiful scenery. 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, 

Windsor castle represents the longest-occupied palace in Europe and one of the most visited tourists attraction in England.

The Castle sits on a small hill alongside the river Thames, a location that was previously used by both Celts and Romans who reinforced the area with forts and hill forts. The original Windsor castle (one of nine castles that were created around London) was built in the 11th century as a simple mote and baley castle, created predominately from wood. Henry I became attached to the castle, intending for it to become a royal house for the English crown and this started the age of gradual reconstruction from its simple design to the magnificent form it now possesses.   

Day Three

This morning it's a one hour 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. 

The collection has 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 now 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 at Williams in the Alan Jones Room and after the event, it’s just 30 minutes to our hotel at Woodstock and dinner tonight is included at the hotel.

Day Four

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.

Day Five

This morning its a short walk through the Blenheim Palace gardens to Salon Prive.   The event is held in the south grounds of the Palace and 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.  This year will feature a concours of Bentley cars.

You will be treated to a lobster and champagne lunch, complimentary bar all day with hostess service, afternoon tea and some special treats.    Dinner tonight is your choice.

Day Six

We start today with a tour of Blenheim Palace followed by 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 30 minutes to The British Motor Museum at Gaydon housing 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.  Dinner tonight is included tonight in the hotel.

Day Seven

We leave Oxfordhire this morning for the 90 minute drive to Worcestershire and our tour ofthe Morgan Motor Company.   

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.  Following the tour there will be a light lunch at the factory before we head south to the Bailbrook Hotel in Bath, about 45 minutes away.   Dinner tonight is your choice.

Day Eight

A rest day today and the opportunity to explore the historic city of Bath.   Find your own way or 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.  Dinner tonight is your choice.

Day Nine

This morning the road leads south to the Haynes Motor Museum, 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 90 minute drive to the Bucklers Hard Maritime Museum.  

At the start of the 18th century, Buckler’s Hard was little more than a humble landing place on the Beaulieu River, but the owner of the Beaulieu Estate, John, 2nd Duke of Montagu, built a free port named ‘Montagu Town’, which he intended as a hub for the import and export of sugar from the West Indies.   Unfortunately his dream was dashed when the French captured the islands and the sugar port project was abandoned, but Montagu Town was soon reborn as a shipbuilding village named Buckler’s Hard.     With New Forest oak on its doorstep, it was ideally situated for such a task.    The wide village street was filled with logs and planks and the cottages became home to tradesmen and labourers. Over 50 wooden ships were built for the Royal Navy, including the vessels Agamemnon, Euryalus and Swiftsure, all of which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Take your time then follow the GPS to the Rhinefield House Hotel in the heart of the New Forest.   Dinner is included tonight in a private dining room in the hotel.

Day Ten

A more relaxed drive today as Beaulieu is only 25 minutes away then it's just 40 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.   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.    Tonight at dinner in the hotel we will have a short briefing on the next three days at the Revival.

Day Eleven

The first day of the Goodwood Revival and if you haven’t been before, the best day to see what it’s all about before the big crowds arrive on the weekend.   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.

Day Twelve

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. 

Day Thirteen

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.

Day Fourteen

Our last day on the road as we turn north to Surrey.    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 itinerary will take you through the West Sussex countryside, several historic villages in Surrey and on to Brooklands.    Depart at your leisure and head back to The Oakley Court Hotel for the final night of the tour and our Farewell Dinner.

Day Fifteen

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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 

STANDARD INCLUSIONS

    •    14 Nights accommodation in Luxury Hotels

    •    14 Days European Luxury Car hire - Upgrade options available

    •    6 Dinners including Welcome and Farewell dinners

    •    Full breakfast every day

    •    Williams F1 Private Tour with Lunch​

    •    Salon Prive London with open bar, Champagne and Lobster Lunch and traditional afternoon tea

    •    Goodwood Revival entry for three days including Reserved Grandstand Seating 

    •    Brooklands Motor Museum

    •    Morgan Motor Company Factory Tour

    •    Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre

    •    Blenheim Palace with Orangery Lunch

    •    Windsor Castle Tour

    •    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

 

THE CARS

Standard tour car is Mercedes E Class

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

 

FEATURE DINING EXPERIENCES

    •    Welcome Dinner at Oakley Court Hotel (beverages included)

    •    Rhinefield House Private Dinner in the Keepers Room

    •    Blenheim Palace Lunch in the Orangery

    •    Bailbrook House Private Dinner

    •    Grand Farewell Dinner at The Oakley Court Hotel (beverages included)

 

TOUR COST 

A$10,995

Per Person based on two sharing a room and car hire.

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 June 2018, 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