Goodwood Members Meeting & Jim Clark Museum

featuring a 12-day journey through England & Scotland
March 27 – April 7, 2020

Our special nod to the history of motor racing, rail and air transportation. For the first time we are able to bring you the Goodwood Members Meeting in the south of England and Jim Clark’s Motorsport Museum in the Borders of Scotland.  To make this even more significant, we split our traveling through England & Scotland with luxury coach and rail, and include some rare opportunities of highlight visits and people along the way.

We start our journey in the south of England, with the special invite to the private Goodwood Members Meeting. It will be the first time we have had the opportunity to offer this. On our journey north we have incorporated Air, Auto and Train Museums with exceptional travel throughout the beautiful countryside of the UK. We have particularly emphasized train travel, starting with London to York on the daily express. From York, we journey on the most famous rail route, Settle to Carlisle, crossing the wildness of the North Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. From Carlisle, we visit the beauty of the Lake District, and then continue up into Scotland with a visit to part of the Roman ‘Hadrians Wall’. In Scotland, we visit the farmlands around Jim Clark’s home town of Duns. A reception at the Museum is arranged by the Trust, and we anticipate meeting Dario Franchitti, who is a big supporter of the Museum. The Trust has also arranged for visits to a nearby operating Tweed Mill, and a Scotch Whiskey Distillery.  We then journey on to Edinburgh for two days in this ultra modern yet very historic city.  We conclude with a final night Scottish Evening.
With all of our programs, we try to emphasize the quality of our accommodations. This program is no exception, with stays at 4 and 5 star luxury hotels.  In London, we are dining as guests at the private ‘Royal Automobile Club’ and in Duns at the Great Dining Hall of Duns Castle. Throughout the trip, we’ll enjoy restaurants that will certainly dispel any fears of ‘English cooking’!

                                     Photo courtesy of Goodwood Road Racing Club                                                                              Photo courtesy of Jim Clark Motorsport Museum


March 27 DAY 1   Meet at the Heathrow Hilton Terminal 4 for a 12:00 noon departure by coach for the village of Beaulieu. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before early evening cocktails followed by dinner. Montague Arms Hotel for next three nights.

    Photo courtesy of National Motor Museum

March 28 DAY 2   Morning visit to the National Motor Museum just a few yards from our hotel. At noon we head to Goodwood Circuit for the Goodwood Members Meeting (see end of Itinerary for information on the event). Today’s visit will include some qualifying events and track displays. The central focus is the large ‘Mess Hall’ – this was once a war time airfield – where lots of activity is going on and includes a very large food hall. Drivers and Members alike share the long tables. At dusk there is a massive bonfire with entertainment and fireworks, a major part of the social aspect to the Members Meeting. Later that evening, we return to our hotel.

March 29 DAY 3
This morning we visit the exhibit at RAF Tangmere, alongside West Hampnett (now Goodwood Circuit), RAF Tangmere was a Spitfire base. However, as important, it was the top secret base
for flying spies into and out of Europe using short take off and landing Lysander aircraft – with no 

weaponry, radio or lights, these brave airmen flew only at night a few feet above the English Channel. This afternoon, we are back at Goodwood for the main races. Dinner this evening is in a cozy pub with traditional English Sunday roast dinners.

              Photo courtesy of RAF Tangmere

March 30 DAY 4  Today we leave the south coast for London. En route, a visit to the birthplace of British racing, Brooklands. Parts of the wooden banking is still intact and the old paddock area now exhibits some of the race cars and a number of bikes. Also on display are airplanes including the Anglo French SST. We arrive at our Central London hotel with time to relax around the Theatre area and Leicester Square. This evening a very special evening at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall. Synonymous with British Racing and Car Events. We are guests of a private Club Member for dinner.

March 31 DAY 5    The second part of our journey now heads North. We board the London – York Express train. In 2 hours we are in York. York was one of the main train hubs of Britain and has the finest Rail Museum in the country. This afternoon allows plenty of time for the museum plus York has a fine shopping centre in the heart of the ancient City. Overnight in York centre. Dinner this evening at your leisure.

                                         Photo courtesy of Royal Automobile Club                                                              Photo courtesy of Settle to Carlisle Railroad    Photo courtesy of Williams F1

April 1 DAY 6   A morning visit to RAF Scampton, close to Lincoln. It was here that in 1943 a group of Lancaster bombers attacked the Ruhr dams with the famous bouncing bomb. It also houses the Red Arrows air display squadron. This afternoon we board the Settle to Carlisle railway. The route journeys through the Yorkshire Dales and Moors and into Cumbria, one of the most beautiful sections of railroad in the country. Late afternoon we re-join our coach and head for Bowness-on-Windermere in the beautiful Lake District. Next two nights in Bowness. Dinner at our hotel.

                                              Photos courtesy of City of York and York Railway Museum                                           Photos courtesy of Lake District and Lakeland Motor Museum

April 2   DAY 7 A relaxing morning as we cruise on one of the Lake Windermere Steamboats. Our destination is the Lakeland Motor Museum which has an emphasis on public transportation. Today is also a great opportunity to walk the Lakeland footpaths and even visit the home of Beatrix Potter at Near Sawrey. Bowness also offers quality shopping. This evening we dine on the shore of Lake Windermere.

April 3 DAY 8 Our journey into Scotland starts with a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. It was built by the Emperor Hadrian during the Roman settlement of England. Its intention was to keep the Scots and Picts from invading. Following a lunch stop at the lovely village of Hexham we head into the Scottish Borders and to Duns. This afternoon we have a welcome reception at the Jim Clark Motorsports Museum with both the director and the curator. We anticipate meeting Dario Franchitti during the day or evening. This evening a banquet in the historic Grand Dining Room of Duns Castle, dating back to the 14th century.

April 4 DAY 9 A morning to enjoy the grounds of Duns Castle. We once again visit the Jim Clark Motor Museum. In the afternoon we visit a fully operational Tweed Mill, culminating with a visit to a local Scotch Distillery. Dinner this evening is in Berwick on Tweed for a traditional ‘fish and chips’ dinner.

April 5 DAY 10 We depart for Edinburgh. En route we visit Culloden battlefield, the last hand to hand battle in Britain. On April 16th 1746 The Jacobite Rebellion led by Bonnie Prince Charlie came to a bloody end. The Visitors Centre offers a brilliant depiction of the battle. The National Museum of Flight offers an array of military and commercial aircraft with the best preserved Concorde and Vulcan bomber among many other war and peacetime exhibits. This afternoon we arrive in Edinburgh. Our hotel is the Caledonian, operated by the Waldorf Astoria.  Dinner this evening is at your leisure, a myriad of restaurants surround our hotel.  From Indian, Chinese, British and even an American Steak House alongside some very traditional pubs.  Enjoy!

April 6  DAY 11  A day to enjoy Edinburgh, one of the most exciting cities of the UK.  This morning we offer a tour of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.  We leave this afternoon for your own touring.  The shopping in Edinburgh is superb plus the city centre offers lovely walks and parks. This evening we enjoy a traditional Scottish Cabaret – No, you don’t have to eat Haggis, but you can! 

April 7  DAY 12  This morning our tour concludes.  You can return to England by plane or train, or if you are returning to the States, there are flights out of Scotland.  We are happy to help you with your ongoing travels, wherever they might take you.

                                     Photo courtesy of Duns Castle                                                                                   Photo courtesy of Edinburgh Tourist Council

March 27 – April 7
 $5,270 per person, twin occupancy  (Air not included)
 $1,280 single supplement
 Tour start at Heathrow/ends in Edinburgh

A $1,000 deposit is due with booking, fully refundable up to January 1 , 2020.  Space on the tour is extremely limited.     Balance is due January 15, 2020.


March 27 – April 7, 2020

     $5,270 per person, twin occupancy (Air not included)
     $1,280 single supplement
     Tour start at Heathrow/ends in Edinburgh

   A $1,000 deposit is due with booking, fully refundable up to January 1, 2020.  Space on the tour is extremely limited.     Balance is due January 15, 2020.

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