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Vintage Cars at Historic Car Run

On Sunday it is time for the 77th running of the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (LBVCR).

The first run was held in 1896 and is the oldest still running motoring event. The next run was held in 1927 as a re-enactment of the 1896 Run and after that the run has been held every November, with exception for the year 1947 (because of the petrol rationing) and the war years. The run is not a race, but an endurance event and as the name suggests it goes along the 60 mile long historic route from London to Brighton.

This year 567 vehicles, representing 23 nations from all over the world participate in the run. The run features 166 different marques, covering one of the most important periods of motor car development, from the 2 cylinder 2 h.p. 1895 Peugeot to the 4 cylinder 20 h.p. 1904 Renault.

The run starts at the Hyde Park Start line in London at 7.04pm on Sunday the 7th of November and then leave in pairs until approximately 8.40am. All vehicles travel at approximately 20mph (32km/h) and will start to arrive at Preston Park in Brighton from 10.05am (see detailed entry list on LBVCR’s website). The spectating of the run is free and can be viewed from the roadside along the 60-mile route.

Except for the run on Sunday, the whole weekend is full of activities, starting on Friday the 5th of November with LBVCR Auction by Bonhams and continues with the LBVCR International Concours on Saturday. So find your binoculars and prepare for a weekend full of beautiful veteran cars.

Find your way to the start line in London or the finish line in Brighton on our Britain Map or read more about the run on LBVCR’s website: http://www.lbvcr.com.

– Towe


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British Grand Prix 2010

The Silverstone Circuit is situated in Northamptonshire in the heart of the UK, approximately 90 minutes north of London and 60 minutes south of Birmingham. The racetrack was built in 1948 on an old World War II Air Force bomber station. Here they held the first World Cup in Formula 1, the British Grand Prix 1950. Since then the race was held every other year until they changed it to every year in 1987. See some cool archive footage from the British Grand Prix 1950 here.

This Sunday it’s time again for the British Grand Prix. The training already started yesterday and will continue today and tomorrow before the race starts for real on Sunday 11th of July.  The atmosphere at the circuit should be fantastic this year as British drivers have won the World Championships in the last two years – Lewis Hamilton in 2008 and Jenson Button in 2009.

See the race on the telly:

Check the TV-guides above for times and channels in your country. If you’re already in Northampton and haven’t got tickets for the race, you’ll be able to watch the Grand Prix on big screens in Northampton Market Square.

For further information about the race, timetables, tickets and how to get to Silverstone, please click here or view our Britain map for directions.

– Towe

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A tribute to classic cars


Imagine this. You’re leaning back against the smooth black leather seat of a handmade Jaguar E-type V12 Convertible from 1973, sizzling down the long winding roads, passing forests, open fields and little towns with old British limestone cottages. You’ve put the top down so you can feel the wind in your hair over the wind screen while the sun is baking in your face. And the only thing you hear is the sound of an engine.

At Great Escape Cars in Redditch, West Midlands, this dream can be more than a fantasy. Here you can find your favourite classic car and rent it. If E-type doesn’t do it for you, maybe a Jensen Interceptor will get your attention. Or why not an Aston Martin DBS? Rental places for classic cars can be found all over Britain. For more information on how and where to rent a classic car in Britain, please visit our website.

A million ideas for a car enthusiast
While sitting in one of those amazing veteran cars, there’s a million choices to satisfy other hidden car fantasies. How about a drive through the English countryside, visiting a number of important sites for car enthusiasts on the way? For example, Great Escape Cars is only a stones throw away from Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire where Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb has been held since 1905. Next time for this historic event is on 21-22 August. Find more about the event here. for those interested in visiting one of those historic events and realizes they can’t make it to August, there are more events through out the year. Find the full calendar on Shelsley Walsh’s homepage. And when you’re in the area – Don’t miss Beaulieu National Motor Museum situated between Bournemouth and Southampton. With over 250 vehicles from every motoring era, this is a must see.

Another mandatory site is the Goodwood House, situated outside Chichester in West Sussex, only 1-2 hours drive from London. At this motor sport Mecca the car enthusiast will not get disappointed. In September you can see the historic Goodwood Revival, a three-day tribute to the first permanent racetrack after World War II. The festival includes classic race cars from the 40s, 50s and 60s to celebrate Goodwood’s active years.The Goodwood Motor Circuit hosted all kinds of contemporary racing during the period 1948-1965 and was considered as Britain’s leading racing venues alongside Silverstone. The world famous Festival of Speed in July is one of the many car events held here.

And while in the Heart of England make a point of visiting the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire. In the Centre’s exhibition halls you will find more than 150 motorcars on display. They cover 100 years of motor manufacturing in Britain from the many companies that have been part of the great industry in Britain.

For more inspiration on where to take your classic car in Britain, please visit our homepage, where you’ll find directions and information about Silverstone, Donington Park or Branch Hatch and much more:

* Rent a veteran car
* Famous Racetracks

So if you’re a car enthusiast trying to decide what to do for your summer hols, Britain’s classic car spectra’s got something to fill every void with. Once you’re standing there – hearing the roar from the engines and feeling the smell of burnt rubber and motor oil – you won’t regret booking a vacation in Britain this year.

– Towe


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Visit Goodwood with DFDS Seaways

Cloud nine for nostalgics, car enthusiasts and motorsports fans.

Every summer at Goodwood estate, in the county of Sussex ten miles south from London, is heaven for anyone who is interested in a rolling eye-catcher from the motor sport’s golden ages. Some of the very best racing cars are gathered here, with both new and old race car drivers behind the wheels.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has different themes each year and it’s announced that this year they will be celebrating Italian cars with the theme ‘Viva Veloce! – The Passion for Speed’. You can expect to see some of Italy’s most beautiful cars ever made along with the likes from Britain and other countries. In addition, the festival arranges a Hillclimb race, motor shows, rallies and a Junior Festival of Speed.

Bring your own car
Whether you have a veteran car or not, why not make the most of the festival and get in the right “Goodwood mood” by bringing your own car and visit the festival?

The easiest way to get to England from Scandinavia is to drive to Esbjerg, Denmark, and get onboard DFDS Seaways that takes you across the pond to Harwich. You’ll not only get a nice travel experience on water but you’ll get to see the real British landscape from the driver seat.

Win a trip for two to England
In collaboration with DFDS Seaways and Goodwood Festival of Speed we give Norwegian, Swedish and Danish car enthusiast the opportunity to win a trip to England. The lucky winner gets to bring a friend, his/her car and entry tickets to the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed which is held in 2nd – 4th of July .

To participate, please visit the competition site for your country:
Denmark >
Sweden >
Norway >

Take your family on a nice vacation to England
Sail with DFDS Seaways from Esbjerg to Harwich and let the transportation be a fun part of the vacation. Right now you can bring your car for free. The offer includes: a cabin with seaview for 4 persons, and one car per way. Travel before 24th of June and from 4th of September to 30th of December 2010. Book your travel here.

Good luck!



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