DAY 1 Saturday September 7, 2019 Departure
The tour begins with our flight to London.
Sunday September 8, 2019 London, UK
After we arrive Warren will take the group to visit the prestigious Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle. This event, which is always held in the grounds of a royal palace, was held at Hampton Court Palace in 2018 and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh in 2015. In 2019 another sixty rare motor cars are being lined up for the historic garden party of the year at Windsor Castle. Perhaps the most prestigious and interesting Concours event in Britain in 2019, this event will be one of the highlights of the tour. We are then transferred to our hotel.
Monday September 9, 2019 Hethel, UK
Today we travel north to the town of Hethel, where we visit the Lotus factory, where precision manufacturing is beautifully combined with innovative engineering. We discover the history and heritage of Lotus as we follow each step in the creation of these magnificent machines, and take a walk through the years that saw the company develop from a shed based, one-man operation into the automotive thoroughbred it is today. Later there will be an opportunity to drive or take a taxi lap on the Lotus track (extra charge).
DAY 4 Tuesday September 10, 2019 Solihull, UK
This morning Warren takes the group to the Land Rover test track where we are able to test the Land Rover’s. A highlight! We then continue on to our hotel.
DAY 5 Wednesday September 11, 2019 Gaydon, UK
Today Warren takes the group to visit the Aston Martin factory in one of the highlights of the tour (subject to confirmation). We see how their luxury vehicles are manufactured. We then visit the Heritage Motor Centre, which is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars.
DAY 6 Thursday September 12, 2019 Morgan, UK
Today we travel first to the famed manufacturer Morgan, who still builds their cars by hand with wood and tin. A fascinating trip into the past! We then visit the National Automobile Museum at Beaulieu. The museum houses a collection of over 250 automobiles and motorcycles, which tell the story of motoring on the roads of Britain from the dawn of motoring to the present day. We then continue on to our hotel near Goodwood.
DAY 7 Friday September 13, 2019 Goodwood Revival Festival
A highlight of the tour, Warren takes the group to The Goodwood Revival Festival. It is truly a magical step back in time, celebrating the halcyon days of motor racing as it used to be, with all of the accompanying spectacle and glamour of the era. Competitors and spectators alike dress in period fashions, with the finest sights and entertainment of the pre-1966 era for all to enjoy. Held in the immaculate grounds of Goodwood House, this annual event is a true celebration of historic motoring.
DAY 8 Saturday September 14, 2019 Goodwood Revival Festival
Our second full day at the amazing Goodwood Revival Festival.
DAY 9 Sunday September 15, 2019 Goodwood Revival Festival
Another full day at the extraordinary Goodwood Revival Festival. Later in the afternoon we travel to our hotel close to Heathrow Airport for our flight to the continent tomorrow morning.
DAY 10 Monday September 16, 2019 Nurburg, Germany
This morning we will fly to Germany and travel to the town of Nurburg location of the famed Nurburgring track. We will visit the Nurburgring Museum that details the history of the track before we check into our hotel.
DAY 11 Tuesday September 17, 2019 Nurburg
In one of the highlights of the tour, we will take an amazing driving tour around the area on public roads in a selection of modern classic sports cars. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to drive the famous Nurburgring (subject to track availability) at an additional charge. The Nurburgring, nicknamed “The Green Hell” by Jackie Stewart, is widely considered to be one of the most demanding and difficult purpose-built racing circuits in the world. The home of the German Grand Prix until 1939 on the full circuit and until 1977 on the northern circuit. Driving this amazing track will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This evening we enjoy an included dinner at Pistenklause, Top Gear’s Sabine Schmitz’s family motor racing themed restaurant to celebrate our time at the Nurburgring.
DAY 12 Wednesday September 18, 2019 Stuttgart, Germany
This morning we first travel to the Auto and Teknik museum at Sinsheim. An enormous museum that contains a collection of 100s of cars as well as aircraft and military vehicles it will keep you occupied. We then travel to the prosperous city of Stuttgart, home of both Mercedes Benz and Porsche.
DAY 13 Thursday September 19, 2019 Stuttgart
This morning Warren takes us to visit the Mercedes museum. The museum details the development of the automobile from its invention to the present day. This afternoon we visit the Porsche museum at Zuffenhausen, just outside of Stuttgart. It is located in a stunning piece of architecture and chronicles the history if this iconic brand with over 80 examples exhibited. We then take a tour of the Porsche factory seeing how these iconic sportscars are made.
DAY 14 Friday September 20, 2019 Mulhouse, France
This morning we travel to the town of Mulhouse, France. One of the highlights of the tour today, this morning we will visit the famous Schlumpf collection of classic cars. This fabulous collection of 400 vintage cars including some of rarest Bugattis, was assembled by Fritz Schlumpf. The museum highlights over one hundred years of automobile history, from the “ancestors” (1895-1918) and “classic cars” (1918-38) to “modern” vehicles of the post- 1945 period. A second section is devoted to racing cars and motoring masterpieces.
DAY 15 Saturday September 21, 2019 Turin, Italy
Today we travel south into Italy and the city of Turin, where we stay for the next two nights.
DAY 16 Sunday September 22, 2019 Turin
Today we visit the National Automobile Museum of Italy. The collection has around 200 cars and includes the first Italian cars, Bernardi 1896 and 1899 Fiat, the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 1914, and racing cars by Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. The rest of the afternoon will be free. Those wishing to dine together can meet in the lobby where the tour manager will suggest good value restaurants for dinner.
DAY 17 Monday September 23, 2019 Modena, Italy
This morning Warren takes us to the famous design house of Pininfarina where many iconic Ferraris and other super cars have been designed. We then travel to Milan to visit the recently re-opened Alfa Romeo museum. A fantastic collection of vehicles that documents the history of this important marque. We then continue on to Modena and our hotel.
DAY 18 Tuesday September 24, 2019 Modena
This morning we travel to the home of Lamborghini in the town of Sant’Agata Bolognese, south of Bologna. We have a tour of the factory where these amazing supercars are manufactured. You will see the assembly line of the Huracán and follow, step-by-step, the making of a car: from the bodyshell to the interior and the mounting of Lamborghini’s V10 engine. We will then visit the acclaimed Lamborghini museum which has an example of almost every vehicle manufactured by the company. We then travel to the town of San Cesario sul Panaro where the relatively new marque of Pagani are manufactured. We visit their factory and find out how these amazing vehicles are manufactured. We will also visit the Panini collection of classic Maserati cars, a collection containing most models of this historic marque before the modern era.
DAY 19 Wednesday September 25, 2019 Modena
This morning we will visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum. Built around the home Enzo Ferrari grew up in, the museum details the great car manufacturer’s life amongst a classic collection of the cars he created. We then travel to Maranello, where the Ferrari factory is located, visit the Ferrari museum and take a bus tour through the factory grounds. The ground floor of the museum is dedicated to Formula One; upstairs are the Ferrari road cars, where pride of place goes to The Enzo, the car dedicated to its founder. We have an included lunch, at the Ristorante Cavallino, the famous restaurant where Enzo Ferrari used to dine. There will also be an opportunity to drive a Ferrari!* (*Extra charge applicable)
DAY 20 Thursday September 26, 2019 Departure
This morning we are transferred to Milan Airport for our flight back to Australia.
DAY 21 Friday September 27, 2019 Arrival
This evening the group arrives in Australia and tour arrangements conclude.