Take a behind-the-scenes survey of English motorsport, featuring top car collections and museums, factory visits, and a day at the famous Goodwood Revival.

2018 departures
Register interest Or call 855-330-1542
 The start of a race, Goodwood Revival.  Credit: Motoring Picture Library/Alamy  An old D-type Jaguar at Goodwood. Credit: Goodwood  Activities at the Goodwood Revival. Credit: Goodwood  Vintage British sports cars  A Morgan Roadster, in the process of of being built. Credit: NDP/Alamy  A McLaren Gullwing

British Cars and the Goodwood Revival

Full Details to be Announced in Late 2017

8 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Take a behind-the-scenes survey of English motorsport, featuring top car collections and museums, factory visits, and a day at the famous Goodwood Revival.

2018 departures

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Please call or ask us a question to register your interest for our September 2018 departure. 

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. During this grand survey of English motorsport, trace the English motorcar from its historic roots to modern forms, visit some of the world's finest automobile collections, and walk the floors of operating car manufacturers. 

Highlights Include

  • Goodwood Festival of Speed: Experience the exhilaration of racing at its best at a 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 Jaguar Heritage Gallery, opened in 2013 at the Coventry Transport Museum, marvel at the collection that represents more than 80 years of Jaguar innovation in design and technology.
  • Factory Visits: Walk the floors of some of the world's most famous car factories, including Aston Martin, Jaguar, and RS Williams. At the Morgan Motor Company, see some of the most beautiful, hand-finished automobiles in the world. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S for London, England

Depart the U.S. for London's Heathrow Airport.

Day 2 — Arrive in London / Cirencester / Stratford-upon-Avon

Upon arrival in London, travel northwest through the English countryside towards Stratford-upon-Avon, your home for the next three nights. This evening, join your fellow travelers and Smithsonian expert for a festive welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 — Gaydon / Aston Martin

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 the museum, continue to the Aston Martin headquarters for an exclusive tour. 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. (B,L)

Day 4 — Malvern / Coventry

Today, head west from Stratford to Malvern for a visit to the Morgan Motor Company, which has been producing cars for over a century and remains a family-owned, independent operation. One of the most beautiful, hand-finished automobiles in the world, the Morgan features an ash frame, signature long hood, and cowled radiator that have changed little in design since the 1950s. Beneath the classic styling, however, new models such as the Aero Coupe boast state-of-the-art engineering. After a guided tour of the factory and a preview of the latest models, continue to the Jaguar manufacturing facility at Castle Bromwich, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour, followed by a light lunch at the visitor center. Conclude the day’s touring with a visit to the Jaguar Heritage Gallery, opened in 2013 at the Coventry Transport Museum and celebrating more than 80 years of Jaguar innovation in design and technology.  (B,L)

Day 5 — Surrey / Winchester

Check out of the hotel in Stratford 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, the 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 lunch at the museum. Visit 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,D)

Day 6 — Goodwood/ Beaulieu

Visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu for a guided tour, 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 from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. (B)

Day 7 — Goodwod Revivial

Savor the glamor of bygone racing days in this 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 — Childrey / Cowley / Windsor

Enjoy a guided tour of the MINI Factory in Cowley. This location is the heart of MINI manufacturing, capable of producing up to 900 vehicles per day. Observe the production line in action, from steel welding to interior work. Stay the night at the luxurious MacDonald Berystede Hotel in Windsor. This evening, celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in the area. (B,D)

Day 9 — Depart London for the U.S.

Check out of the hotel and transfer to London Heathrow airport for individual flights back to the US. (B)

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