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

Overview

England is home to luxury cars and screaming-fast sports cars, as well as some of racing’s most famous names such as Stirling Moss and Graham Hill. Back by popular demand, this grand survey of English motorsport traces the English motorcar from its historic roots to modern forms. You’ll also visit some of the world’s finest automobile collections and walk the floors of operating car manufacturers.

Highlights Include

  • Goodwood Revival: Experience the exhilaration of racing at its best at this historic racing circuit, where you’ll enjoy a thrilling revival that draws racing fans worldwide.
  • Public and Private Car Collections: Visit spectacular automobile collections, including the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, home to the largest collection of classic and vintage British cars in the world. At the Bicester Heritage, see vintage cars housed inside a former RAF hanger, and learn how this hub for motoring excellence has become the UK destination for car enthusiasts.
  • Factory Visits: Walk the floors of some of the world’s most famous car factories, including Aston Martin and Jaguar. You will also visit the Jim Stokes Workshop to see where classic race cars from all the great houses are rebuilt, refurbished, and repaired.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Depart the U.S. / Arrive London Heathrow / Cirencester / Stratford

Depart the U.S. for London Heathrow Airport. Upon arrival, travel northwest through the English countryside toward Stratford-upon-Avon, your home for the next three nights.

On the way, visit Bicester Heritage, the only hub for historic motoring excellence in the United Kingdom. A part of the Bicester Motion, a ground-breaking development featuring motor cars from all eras and located in a former World War II RAF bomber station, this unique motor playground is the perfect introduction to your trip. Enjoy a guided tour of the facility with an on-site expert before continuing to Stratford-upon-Avon.

This evening, join your fellow travelers and Smithsonian expert for a festive welcome reception and dinner. (L,R,D)

Day 3 – Gaydon / Aston Martin / Silverstone

Begin the day with a journey through British car history at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, home to the largest collection of classic and vintage British cars in the world. The more than 200 vehicles on display present a timeline of the British motor industry from the turn of the century to the present, while other exhibits explore the mechanical and technical intricacies of the automobile.

After lunch at a local pub, continue to the Aston Martin headquarters for an exclusive tour (subject to confirmation). The Gaydon facility opened in 2003 as Aston Martin’s first purpose-built manufacturing plant since the company’s founding in 1913. Step out onto the factory floor and see some of the world’s most famous and exotic cars being built.

Continue this afternoon to the newly opened Silverstone Museum for a guided tour. This state-of-the-art museum opened to great acclaim in early 2020 and serves as a hub for racing enthusiasts of all ages. Explore the exhibits and see cars from various eras, including a Cooper that was present at the first race meeting at Silverstone. Return to Stratford-upon-Avon for dinner tonight at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Castle Bromwich

Today, head to the Jaguar manufacturing facility at Castle Bromwich, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this iconic factory. Witness firsthand the entire manufacturing process, from the first cuts of sheet metal to the finished vehicle. After the tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Stratford-upon-Avon for the first lecture from your Smithsonian Expert Jonathan Stein on the tradition of motorsports. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure. (B, L)

Day 5 – Surrey / Winchester

Check out of your hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon and travel to Brooklands in Surrey, where the world’s first purpose-built motor racing track was constructed in 1907. The heart of the British motoring and aviation world, this restored racing circuit and associated buildings now form the famous Brooklands Motor and Aviation Museum, one of the best museums of its kind in the country. Enjoy a tour of the motoring exhibits and a light lunch at the museum.

The day continues with a visit to R.S. Williams Ltd, an Aston Martin Heritage specialist. The group is named after its founder Richard Williams, who started the company in 1968 following an apprenticeship at Aston Martin. It has since become known for selling, servicing, and racing classic cars.

Later today, drive to the historic city of Winchester and check into the Winchester Hotel for the next three nights. (B,L)

Day 6 – Beaulieu / Waterlooville

Begin the day with a guided tour at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, in the heart of the New Forest National Park. The more than 250 automobiles on display tell the story of British motoring history from its earliest days to the present, including everything from land speed record-breakers to movie stars like the magical flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Next, travel to Jim Stokes Workshops in Waterlooville. This workshop repairs, restores, and rebuilds classic, historic race cars from all of the great car houses. Jim himself, and now the workshop, has a special love for Alfa Romeos and has become the go-to expert for any pre-war Alfa Romeo, with even the Alfa Romeo Museum in Italy, enlisting his help. Enjoy a guided tour of the facility and see the highly skilled engineers of JSW at work. (B)

Day 7 – Goodwood Revival

Savor the glamour of bygone racing days duing this special highlight of your British car adventure. Step back in time to the glory days of motoring at the Goodwood Revival, the world’s largest and most popular historic motoring event. Enjoy grandstand seats as legendary vehicles take the stage on the classic track, which hosted many of the most famous motoring events in the world during its heyday in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s. (B)

Day 8 – Banbury / Windsor

Travel to the Brick Kiln Composite factory in Banbury this afternoon for a guided tour. Specializing in manufacturing precision composites with the latest technology, the factory works with a variety of car companies. Afterward, head to Windsor for lunch, then check into the Castle Hotel in Windsor and enjoy a little time to explore the town on your own. Celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Windsor. (B,D)

Day 9 – Depart for U.S.

Check out of the hotel and transfer to London Heathrow Airport for individual flights back to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)