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VINTAGE BENTLEYS TRAVEL TO CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS

19-21 September

London, 17 April 2014. Vintage Bentleys and other classics are heading to southwest France with bespoke historic racing tour company Grand Classic Tours for the International Circuit des Remparts race meeting, from 19-21 September on the world-famous street circuit in Angouleme.

"This event is a hidden treasure - for three days, the whole city of Angouleme, situated in the middle of a triangle between La Rochelle, Limoges and Bordeaux, becomes a gigantic museum, thrilling fans of historical cars whether racing or not," said Grand Classic Tours director Deborah Stott.

"Motor racing in France can be very different. Sitting, eating croissants and drinking coffee in a sunny medieval square and suddenly a 1940s Alfa chased by a '50s DB4 cuts the atmosphere. This is Angouleme.

"Many British arrive in their classics Astons, Bentleys, Lotus' abound and it is a Mecca for the Bugatti Owners Club. There is a rally out to the beautiful French countryside, while within the town the streets are narrow and the racing frenetic. The Mercure Centre Angouleme is the place to stay, close to where all the action takes place," says Debbie, who formed Grand Classic Tours having previously worked in motorsport travel managing tours to F1 and Classic events.

"Rarely will you see such a collection of historic cars; memories will be imprinted in your mind, you will find yourself wishing the year away to when you can pack and return again to the unique spectacle and atmosphere that is Angouleme," says Deborah, who has run a classic car club since 1993 and set up Grand Classic Tours, because she wanted to offer the ultimate in customer service to motoring enthusiasts.

The circuit finds its route in the city unchanged since its first meeting on 2 July 1939 and invites motorists from all over Europe to drive along the wheel prints of their prestigious predecessors, such as Fisher, Sommer, Manzon, Fangio or Troubetskoy.

1.279km, with two fast corners, two 90-degree turns and three hairpins.

 "Gentlemen, start your engines" and the racing begins, running between white stone walls giving an unique dimension. The sound and unique light create an atmosphere which cannot be found anywhere else. 160 cars, divided into eight classes, will fight for the winning laurels.

The Circuit des Remparts has four distinct events, in which enthusiasts and / or competitors are invited to take part.

:: The Elegance Parade - A gala evening dedicated to the world of the automobile. Follow the evolutions of car styling and dress styles throughout the years.  A great evening in a wonderful setting, not to be missed. 

:: The International Rally des Charentes offers those who have journeyed to the Charente a chance to discover this lovely part of France in their beautiful automobiles, a trip of almost 200 kms through a rich history of castles, mansions and manor houses waiting to be discovered and admired.

:: The Gala buffet cocktail dinner in the Halles, for competitors and invited guests, where everyone waits with eager anticipation for the winners of the Elegance Parade to be announced.

:: The FFSA Races - Cars from the 1910s to the 1970s take part in some of the most challenging racing to be seen; no Silverstone run-offs here. Watch an eclectic mix of race cars, from vintage Bugatti to such things as the delightful Alpine A110s and exotica such as Mamba, Fournier Marcadier and Maserati Bora.

Further information at 

www.circuit-des-remparts.com

www.grandclassictours.com

Call Debbie now, for three-night stay at the Mercure Angouleme Centre and event tickets, including the Gala dinner: +44 (0) 7850 273369 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ABOUT GRAND CLASSIC TOURS LTD.

Newly formed, but with a wealth of experience providing bespoke worldwide motoring experiences, unique driving adventures, personalised to perfection to ensure that you get the most out of continental driving.

For further information, please contact:

Deborah Stott

Tel: +44 (0) 1277 354239

Mob: +44 (0) 7850 273369

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Web: www.grandclassictours.com

Rfeda – National Spanish Hillclimb Championship – Round 1

Subida Penas Blancas  Estepona 2014 – 5/6th April – Andalusia

We arrived at Malaga airport late on Wednesday evening, 2nd April, to provide plenty of time the following day, and in advance of the event, to learn the Subida (Rise to), a 7.3 kilometre climb from just outside the town centre of Estepona across the motorway on road MA 8301. This particular event had not been run since 2006, and RS Sport the Escuderia (Sporting Car Club) responsible should be rewarded, as the route is superb. A very fast and smooth tarmac road, winding its way up over 500 metres, both climbing and, in 3 parts, dropping down, which is abnormal for a Hillclimb event as you can well imagine.

The average speed for these events must be kept below 140 km/hr so on one downhill stretch the organisers decided to insert a chicane which caused a great deal of heated discussion at the drivers briefing on the Friday evening before the start of the event, after the technical inspections had been completed.  Some of the top and faster drivers complaining that it was much too tight getting in and out of and as such there was a chance that cars could be damaged. The federations response was, quite simply, if you don’t like it then “Don’t race!”.  Fairly clear to me!  Personally, having probably the second widest car of the event next to the Mosler, I didn’t have a problem, but  he certainly did.

The Ayuntamiento, or local town council, had committed a great deal of funds to the promoting of the event and virtually closed all central roads of the town to allow a full display of the cars. The atmosphere was definitely one of a festival spirit. The town hall or Junta should be applauded for their efforts.

Our car was put in pride of place alongside last years champion Villarino, in his newly acquired Ossella, and the Mosler. Certainly a much photographed spectacle at Parc Ferme on the night before the commencement of the event, Saturday lunchtime.

Parc Ferme

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GOODWOOD 72nd MEMBERS’ MEETING TO APPEAR ON CHANNEL 4 IN ALL-ACTION HIGHLIGHTS SHOWS

Grover-Williams Trophy start

Highlights of Goodwood’s 72nd Members’ Meeting – the most significant new historic motor racing event of the past 15 years will be broadcast on Channel 4 on successive weekends in April.

The pair of 25-minute shows, which have been produced by Aurora Media, will be broadcast in Sunday morning slots during April and will be presented by Amanda Stretton with commentary from Martin Haven.

Episode one will be screened on Sunday, April 13 at 0640 and will feature action from a thrilling part one of the Gerry Marshall Trophy for Group 1 touring cars – including a stirring fightback from Emanuele Pirro’s Capri – plus the Surtees and Moss Trophies and glorious Group B rally and turbocharged Formula 1 cars plus an interview with Sir Stirling Moss and Lord March.

Tony Gaze Trophy start

 

Episode two will be broadcast on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 0545 and will include action from the world’s largest Bugatti-only race, the Grover-Williams Trophy plus the enthralling story of racer-turned saboteur William Grover- Williams. Celebrities Chris Evans and James Martin reveal why they adore Goodwood while the low-drag Le Mans demonstration and part two of the Marshal Trophy round out an action-packed show.

The coverage of the Goodwood Road Racing Club’s newest event will also be available to download via Channel 4’s on-demand service ‘4OD’ for 30 days post-broadcast. To view, visit http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4od.

For all Media enquiries, please contact Jamie O’Leary or Gema Bernaldo at the Goodwood Motor Sport Press Office:
Telephone: +44(0)1243 755000 or email:
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To join the Goodwood Road Racing Club and unlock its range of exclusive, member-only benefits, please visit: goodwood.co.uk/membership.

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