LONDON & the 'LONDON TO BRIGHTON'
VETERAN CAR RALLY (Old Crocs Race)
October 28 - November 2, 2020


London


Join us for a wonderful week in London that includes the oldest car event in the World, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally. We have brought together the best of London with this most entertaining car event of the year. Our first class program includes visiting a number of private garages and classic car showrooms making this City the major Classic Car Centre of Europe. Meet the people who work on them, drive them and sell them. Our daily touring takes in many of the City highlights plus private functions not available to the general public. London is also the theatre capital of the World and we include two ‘West End’ shows with the best seats in the house. Our week culminates with attending all the fun of the annual London to Brighton Rally. We include the Bonhams Veteran Car Auction, the Regent Street Motor Show and lunch with the entrants at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club. Early Sunday morning, we attend the start of the run at Hyde Park then journey on a private London ‘double decker’ bus. We follow the route to Brighton’s seafront, cheering the finishers as they cross the line. All this, plus first class hotel accommodations and great restaurants await you.


     Crossing Westminster Bridge     Happy 'Finishers'     Comfort of our own 'double decker' bus
                          Crossing Westminster Bridge                                                                           Happy 'Finishers'                                                      Comfort of our own 'double decker' bus


 Veteran Cars on display in Regent Street   'Entrants' lunch at the Royal Automobile Club   Plenty of time  for early Christmas shopping
                  Veteran Cars on display in Regent Street                                                          'Entrants' lunch at the Royal Automobile Club                                               Plenty of time  for early Christmas shopping


TOUR INFORMATION: included in the program are the following – 1st class centrally located accommodations including full English Breakfasts; lunches and dinners as in Itinerary,  mix of city touring and classic car related garages and showrooms; all museum and event entries including Bonhams Auction, Regent Street Motor Show and Entrant lunch at the Royal Automobile Club; city transportation by private coach and ‘double decker’ bus to Brighton; flight on the London Eye; two West End major theatre productions; visits to historic ‘pubs’ and Inns; airport/hotel transfers; tour led by Steve Austin; all taxes, tips included.. Maximum size 25 persons.


                                                                                     ITINERARY

Oct. 28 DAY 1   You are met at Heathrow International Airport and transferred to our London hotel. This evening an introductory flight on the London Eye. Dinner close by along the Thames South Bank. Next four nights at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel.

Oct. 29 DAY 2    This morning we visit the Kensington Mews area and visit a number of private classic car garages including Gregor Fiskens, Peter Bradfield and Bentley. Our lunch venue is on the River Thames aboard the historic ship ‘the Hispaniola’ (moored). Great food with wonderful views from the river. This afternoon a visit to Winston Churchill’s War Rooms and a short stroll to Horse Guards and 10 Downing Street. This evening our first West End production.

Oct.  30  DAY 3     This morning we visit the showrooms of Bonhams on Bond Street for a preview of the veteran cars and automobilia that will be auctioned this afternoon/early evening. We leave most of this day to enjoy the upscale shopping areas of Bond Street, Oxford St & Regent St or to visit the exciting areas of Carnaby and Soho. We have admittance for the Bonhams Auction scheduled for 4:00pm.

Oct. 31 DAY 4    The thrill of the London to Brighton starts this morning. In Regent Street all the cars are on display (see photo). Bands and hoopla draws hundreds of people to the event. At Noon we stroll (or taxi) down to Pall Mall and the prestigious Royal Automobile Club for the event attendants private lunch. Late afternoon we return to the hotel. This evening we have our second West End production.

Nov. 1 DAY 5     An early start this morning. We head to Hyde Park and the official start of the run. Once all the cars have left we board our double decker bus and follow the cars along the route. Half way we stop for refreshment and chat with some of the entrants before continuing to the Brighton sea front. The first cars arrive among cheering onlookers and gradually the field follows, some may not make it! We have a light afternoon lunch and there will also be time to visit the famous Victorian Peer. As the afternoon wears on we return to our bus and head back to London. This evening a farewell dinner. Fish and Chips English style, at a centuries old Inn.

Nov. 2 DAY 6      Following breakfast, we transfer you back to Heathrow. We can also drop those who are staying on at their locations.

TOUR PRICE TBA

DEPOSIT: $1,000 per person 


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A $1,000 per person deposit is due with booking. Space on the tour is limited to 25 persons.

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Cancellation & Refunds:  Full refund of monies paid will be made if written cancellation is received by 150 days prior to departure.  Cancellations between 90-149 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee of 25% of the tour cost.  Cancellations received 45-89 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.  Cancellations received within 44 days prior to departure, there will be no refund.
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