Trace the development of the English motorcar from its earliest roots to today’s most innovative forms, visit the factories and museums of Jaguar and Aston Martin, and spend a day at the Goodwood Revival, a historic racing event featuring vintage cars from across the decades.

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 An old D-type Jaguar at Goodwood. Credit: Goodwood  Activities at the Goodwood Revival. Credit: Goodwood  A McLaren Gullwing  The start of a race, Goodwood Revival.  Credit: Motoring Picture Library/Alamy

British Cars and the Goodwood Revival

9 days from $6,795

Trace the development of the English motorcar from its earliest roots to today’s most innovative forms, visit the factories and museums of Jaguar and Aston Martin, and spend a day at the Goodwood Revival, a historic racing event featuring vintage cars from across the decades.

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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Indigo Hotel Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

The Indigo Hotel is the perfect launch point to explore this historic district of Stratford-Upon-Avon. This boutique property blends a 16th-century building, a charming Georgian Townhouse and a modern contemporary wing.  The contemporary guest rooms feature luxurious linens, spa-inspired bathrooms, Nespresso coffee machines, WIFI, flat screen TV and elegant traditional décor elements to create a relaxing stay. Guests will have the opportunity to dine at the Woodsman Restaurant on-site that showcases a sustainable field to fork menu.

Number of nights: 3

The Winchester Hotel

Winchester, United Kingdom

Located on the edge of the historic center, the Winchester Hotel and Spa is a four-star hotel with 96 air-conditioned rooms with laptop safes, refrigerators, and free WiFi. Guests enjoy complimentary use of the hotel’s health club facilities. The award-winning Hutton’s Brasserie restaurant serves a diverse European menu, while lighter meals and snacks are offered 24 hours a day at Gershwin’s Café Bar.

Number of nights: 3

The Lensbury Hotel

Teddington , United Kingdom

Four star resort located on the banks of the River Thames, on the Teddington Lock in South West London. The Lensbury hotel is surrounded by 25 acres of landscaped gardens. Rooms are spacious welcoming with a contemporary design, offering guests complimentary Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. All guests have access to the extensive gym and spa. There are several dining options including an outdoor riverside terrace. The hotel is ideally located for getting to Heathrow Airport and also a number of great locations such as Hampton Court for those wishing to extend their stay.

Number of nights: 1

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Longer tour with mostly full-day excursions, often with a motorcoach, with three hotel stays. Full-day excursions entail daily activity of up to six hours and walking up to four miles. Travelers will spend most of their days on their feet, walking and standing during walking tours, museum visits, and indoor/outdoor sites and activities such as auto factories and racing circuits. Walking will entail uneven terrain, cobblestones, factory floors, stairs (some without handrails), and absence of elevators; some longer walks to get to city centers or venues where coaches are prohibited. Travelers can expect crowds and lots of noise and events at the full day of the Goodwood Revival. There will be grandstand seats for the race but it could take up to 30 minutes or more to walk from the coach drop off to the seats. In order to get the most out of the day, there will be significant walking.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with long days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Reading List

Highly Recommended

DK Eyewitness Great Britain (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
A-Z British Cars: 1945-1980
By: Graham Robson
This is the largest and most detailed encyclopedic study every produced of all models of cars produced by British manufacturers in the period. Just over 700 individual models are covered in text entries totaling more than 250,000 words. Full specifications and performance figures are given, along with production numbers and dates. All the entries are illustrated with contemporary photographs from the archives - overall views, model variants, interiors, dashboards, engine bays, and cars rallying or racing. This wonderful range of photographs not only provides essential information but also builds up a panoramic view of motoring and the development of the car in the period.
British Sports Cars In America 1946-1981
By: J Stein
British Sports Cars In America 1946-1981 Jonathan A. Stein The intriguing tale of the meteoric rise and fall of British marques in America following WWII. Marques the likes of Triumph, MG, and Austin Healey, as well as the lesser known Ginetta, Elva and Berkeley are thoroughly explored. Filled with beautiful and rare color photographs.
A Traveller's History of England
By: Daniell, Christopher

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Aston Martin (Shire Library)
By: Richard Loveys
Aston Martin is a chronological account of the company's foundation in 1913 through to the cenetenary celebrations -covering the the owners, financiers, and those that ran the company -and most importantly the cars. Richard Loveys details the extensive competition history including their finest win at the 1959 Le Mans 24 hour race and includes details on Aston Martin's most famous drivers. Loveys also looks at Aston Martins in popular culture, most famously driven by James Bond and the use of these cars in 007 films.Finally, Loveys looks at the culture of the Aston Martin with the Aston Martin Owners Club which actively runs events and encourages people to use their cars on the road or to race them and the Aston Martin Heritage Trust, which holds the official archive for the company, has an excellent museum and encourages people to learn about the marque.
Making a Morgan: 17 days of craftmanship: step-by-step from specification sheet to finished car
By: Andreas Hensing
Morgan’s way of producing cars is unique. In this day and age, the company still makes use of real craftsmanship in every aspect of building its characterful cars, and every Morgan can be made to a bespoke specification to suit the individual customer’s wishes. In Making a Morgan, you can follow a very traditional model, a Morgan Plus 4, through every step of its build, from customer specification sheet to finished car – a process that, in this instance, takes 17 days. During their stay in Malvern, the authors spent every day at the Pickersleigh Road factory and, in doing so, established a real rapport with the the Morgan craftsmen and craftswomen. A rapport that allows this book to present a truly intimate portrait of the individuals who so proudly build Morgans, and the painstaking way they go about their work. Featuring some 380 images, including a range of archive photos from the Morgan factory, this is a rare overview of a unique, and very British, manufacturing tradition. Never before in over 100 years of rich history has the Morgan production process been documented in such detail.
Jaguar Cars (First Gear)
By: James Mann
Explore the complete history of Jaguar--maker of cars that practically purr with life--through James Mann's stunning photography.In 1935, a small company in Coventry, England, built a sporting saloon called the JaguarSS and set in motion an inexorable process that would lead to Britain's most beloved line of high-performance automobiles. Originally begun by a couple of motorcycle enthusiasts--William Lyons and William Walmsley--the firm originally called the Swallow Sidecar Company quickly expanded into automobile production, and with its new Jaguar model, it had exactly what the market wanted.In England's bleak postwar years, Jaguar became a shining star, beginning with its XK120 (the first production car ever to achieve 120 miles per hour), followed by the XK140 and XK150. Sporting sedans (saloons in British parlance) such as the Mark 2 and Mark X set the bar for luxury four-door transport in the 50s and 60s. Then Jaguar stunned the world with the achingly beautiful E-Type in 1961, a genuine 150-miles-per-hour super sports car. Along the way, the company competed on road courses around the world, going head to head with greats such as Ferrari and Aston Martin.Though Jaguar lost its way periodically in the modern era, it has bounded back stronger than ever in the 21st century with a lineup including the all-new F-Type sports car.Jaguar Cars features 50 of Jaguar's most iconic models, from the original SS Jaguar to today's F-Type sports cars as well as the C-X75 supercar concept.
The Glory of Goodwood: The Spiritual Home of British Motor Racing
By: Mike Lawrence
A guide to the Goodwood motor circuit, and a celebration of its eventful history and atmosphere. The best drivers of their day - Hawthorn, Brabham, Clark, Moss and Hill - went head to head around Goodwood's famous corners. Alongside the action on the track, Goodwood's very British blend of style, hospitality and derring-do became part of the social fabric of the 1950s and 1960s. The story of Goodwood is brought to life by cherished memories from the great drivers who competed there, including Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart, as well as more recent arrivals like Damon Hill describing the excitement of racing around Goodwood in a historic car. The book is illustrated with nostalgic images from the Goodwood archives.
MINI 50 Years
By: Rob Golding
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Rule Britannia, When British Sports Cars Saved a Nation
By: John Nikas
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Drive: The Definitive History of Driving (Dk Smithsonian)
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