2018 Tours Review

What we did in 2018

Suffolk Shakedown Tour – February

This five day tour was based at Hintlesham Hall a beautiful grade one listed building and good food in our own dining room. will visited the historic wool towns and Constable country, Dedham Vale, Aldeburgh, plus other Suffolk places of interest together with and a private a visit to JD Classic Cars at Maldon. Our Bury St Edmunds Coach Trip and private guided town tour was very well appreciated. The Sutton Hoo private tour was very interesting, and our photo observance completion was hotly contested. We have had requests for this tour to be repeated perhaps in 2020.

Snowdonia Portmeiron – May
Portmeirion Hotel and its associated village is an experience and quite unlike any hotel you we stayed in before, We had our own private fine dining overlooking the estuary. With runs throughout Snowdonia in lovely May weather and a private tour of the village, this is the third time we have based a tour in Portmeirion look forward to anther in 2020.

Club Day Run Sussex Downs – May
Our annual day run his year started from Hilton Avisford Park, with 28 cars good mixture of XK’s and E-types and we had new couples trying tulip runs for the first time which is always encouraging, into the South Downs then a 70 miles and lunch at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst, coffee stop at the Rising Sun Milland.

Northumberland Tour – June
This tour was a repeat of our 2016 tour and considered by some hardy Backwater tourers as one of the best, good scenic runs, two good hotels, with visits to the on going roman excavation at Hadrian’s Wall, We visited Alnwick Gardens and arranged a private tour by the Head Gardener. We deliberately kept away from too much organisation during the day as we passed many of the attractions along the scenic roads, with a run into Scotland linking the two hotels via the Kielder Forest. Due to demand this tour is being repeated in June 2019.

Isle of Wight Tour – June
This the third time we have organised an IoW and is always popular and this time four nights, and again we were able to hire the Southern Vectis Old Lady for a open-top trip. Visit and private tour of Osborne House was very interesting.We had two runs one to the east and one the west of the island. And yet again the photo observance completion was hotly contested.

Isle of Man Tour – July
For those of who have never visited the ‘Island’ had a surprise. It has some of the most stunning scenery in the British Isles from Mountain vistas to sandy coves. For the driver one of the great features is a lack of maximum speed limit on roads away from towns and villages. Our first day was the only wet day but not to put off all the cars had a “flagging off” from the famous Grandstand Pit Lane TT circuit. We had three runs and watched Seals and Dolphins at play, visited a club members home for tea and scones and viewed his private classic car collection.

WW1 and WW2 Tour August
Our seven day tour was based at two locations Flanders and Normandy, was not only a historical tour but a gourmet experience. We had a an historian at guide at each location, which included Last Post at the Menin Gate at Ypres, Some of the group did a day trip to Bruges. Pegasus Bridge and Museum tour was a proud and moving experience, We visited the Normandy D-Day beaches and learnt some of the history from this area. Our upmarket lunch at Honfleur between hotels well received.