SLSHOP Cotswolds Tour May 2020
20th – 23rd May
A classic motoring mini-break in the Cotswolds shared with like-minded enthusiasts. An informal tour of hidden gems, amazing roads and fantastic scenery shared with friends.
Our 2020 Cotswolds Tour is a chance to leave the Sat-Nav at home and enjoy both your classic car and the fine English countryside. Indulge in a day of sight seeing and history before embarking on an automotive adventure with what we’ve playfully termed ‘Fun Friday’! Get your adrenaline pumping throughout the day on the race track, the wet track and the mud track, an action packed Friday for all abilities.
This three night break is limited to just 20 cars and open owners of 190 / 113 Pagoda / 107 / 129 and 230 SL models. Book soon to avoid disappointment.
Wednesday 20th May
Guests will arrive at SLSHOP HQ in between 4-6pm for an informal welcome, a chance to have your car checked over by our team before departure. This is also an opportunity to catch up with staff and see a variety of on-going projects, and of course browse the latest offerings from the showroom. All drivers will be provided with a Drivers Pack and Tulip Map, before moving on for a relaxing evening at a premium hotel in the centre of Stratford-Upon-Avon. There will be plenty of time to stroll around the town before the whole group meets for dinner.
Thursday 21st May
After an early breakfast we’ll convene at our cars in the reserved parking of the hotel, ready to drive south towards the Cotswolds. Departing from Stratford, the route winds and twists gloriously as we aim for Wellesbourne Airfield. This is our first coffee stop of the day and a chance to see a real Vulcan Bomber in the flesh. Sadly this fine old aircraft is retired, but if we strike it lucky there’s a chance we’ll see (and hear) the Vulcan being taxied up and down by enthusiasts.
Our journey through time continues at our next stop, the lookout at Burton Dasset. From the top of the Beacon it’s possible to see back from whence we came, looking out over hills formed more than 200 million years ago… Back then dinosaurs would have roamed the Cotswolds, making the perfect opportunity for age-related jokes amongst our motoring guests. The folly continues at our next stop, which is a folly – the Broadway Tower. Built in the 18th century and designed by Capability Brown, this icon of the Cotswolds is a combination of turrets, gargoyles and balconies with a view across 16 counties. It is one of the most popular tourists sites in the region, and well worth admiring.
From a landmark in the landscape to a landmark in history, from the Broadway Tower we’ll meander to Bladon, the site of Sir Winston Churchill’s grave. This reassuringly quiet and understated landmark is the final resting place of the highly influential world leader, who chose this spot close to the village in which he grew up.
After a busy morning a well-deserved lunch will be enjoyed in the Venice of Europe. The bridges of Bourton On The Water date back to the 17th century, and an annual football match is played in the water every year! There is plenty to see in Bourton, so guests are welcome to take the day at a pace that suits.
Our afternoon sightseeing kicks off with one of Britain’s grandest Roman Villas at Chedworth, a National Trust property. From there we will begin to depart the Cotswolds, once again aiming our cars back in time. The Uffington White Horse is thought to be more than 3,000 years old, close to Dragon Hill in the grounds of Uffington Castle. Legend has it that this was where St George slayed the final dragon, so of course we’ll be driving on Dragon Hill Road.
The final destination for the day is our premium hotel just a stones throw from Castle Coombe circuit.
Friday 22nd May
After breakfast at the hotel we begin a fun packed day of automotive experiences.
Our group will split into two, with one group heading to the race track and one group off to the skid pan!
The first group will start at the historic Castle Coombe Race Circuit, where SLSHOP staff will be present with two classic racing cars. This is an opportunity to partake in a public track day under the watchful guidance of our SLSHOP team. Guests will have a chance to experience passenger rides in our racing cars, joining our knowledgeable and experienced drivers. There will be ample time for all guests to try both our racing cars – a 450SL and Ponton Saloon, two entirely different machines. The track day is a great chance to experience the world of classic Mercedes-Benz in a completely new way.
The second group will start on the skidpan, with driving experts DriveTech, a Castle Coombe base driving experience school. Driving standard road cars (not your SL!) we’ll all have a turn at the skidpan, testing our reactions in a safe environment. Skid Pan training is a really good way of learning how a car handles when it’s on the edge, a fun way to learn about car control without putting your classic car at risk. There’s even a certificate at the end!
After the Skid Pan the DriveTech team will show us the ropes with off-road driving, ensuring we’ve covered all the bases on our epic automotive Friday. From the clean tarmac of the track to the soaking skid pan through to the muddy and rutted off road course, this fun day of motoring experience is sure to produce some fine conversation and laughs to share over our evening meal.
After a break for lunch, the two groups will swap, with Group One heading for the skidpan and mud tracks whilst Group Two aim for the pits and the racing cars at the circuit.
Our final event of the day is the evening meal, where lighthearted awards will be given for performances throughout the trip, a chance to exchange photos and see some of the photography taken by the SLSHOP team over the last two days.
Saturday 23rd May
What better way to conclude our tour than a trip to the UK’s largest collection of classic cars? After two busy days on the road and in the driving seat this will be a time to absorb the Haynes Museum at your own pace. The collection spans a century of classic cars within 17 exhibition areas, a comprehensive look at motoring history.
This is the final stop on our tour, meaning guests can depart the museum to head home at a time that suits.
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