HERE IS WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAID ABOUT OUR 2017 TOUR:
"This is a rather belated email however I would like to thank you for a truly memorable tour to Angouleme. We had a great time thanks to your brilliant shepherding and the care you took to make the tour a success. The hotels and restaurants were excellent and you went out of your way to make sure that we all enjoyed the trip. I look forward to the opportunity to join you on another tour in the future.Thanks again and best regards"
Peter: Braintree Essex: Porsche 911 ( 996 ) : ( new client )
"Brian , I would like to add my thanks for a great tour it was, as Peter commented, a great few days and I am currently in Paris telling all my colleagues what a great tour and fantastic racing in Angouleme.We would love to keep the in touch so we can join again."
John : Braintree Essex: Porsche 911 ( 996 ) : ( new client )
"Thank you for organising the trip which I thoroughly enjoyed as did David.
Graham: Lindfield ,West Sussex: Porsche 911 ( 993 ) ( new client )
The costs are based in euros due to the uncertainty of sterling to euros exchange rates
NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :
DATES: SEPTEMBER 13th-17th ( 5 days/4 nights )
COST: €750 per person based on two people per car sharing a hotel room
The cost is based in euros due to the uncertainty of £sterling to euros exchange rates
BUDGET TOUR The costs, per person, are based on two people per car sharing a hotel bedroom and ferry include the following:
NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :
5 day tour, incorporating a visit to the exciting 2018 Circuit des Remparts classic car races in Angoulême. The main tour starts with an overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St.Malo then our route takes us south to Vitre our lunch stop then onto Le Mans where we visit the 24 hours museum. We then continue to our hotel in the Loire Valley. On the second day we take a scenic route south to the Dordogne via the Vienne valley where we enjoy lunch in Angles sur l'Anglin, one of France's most beautiful villages. After lunch we continue south to the Dordogne where our charming hotel for the next 3 nights is in the medieval village of Bourdeilles, just 5 miles down river from Brantome, one of France's prettiest towns.On Saturday morning we visit Brantome and then drive to nearby Champagnac de Belair where we treat you to a wonderful gourmet lunch in the Moulin du Roc a stunning Michelin * restaurant and converted 16th century water mill that never fails to impress.After lunch we drive to Angoulême to watch the preparation for Sunday's street race which uses the same circuit along the old streets of this walled town that it did in 1939 when the "Circuit des Remparts" first started.We also drive a couple of laps around the circuit on Saturday afternoon, view the grandstand seating arrangements and visit the paddock to look at the cars.We then return to our hotel. Early on Sunday morning we drive up to Angouleme to watch the exciting and nostalgic races in the historical town circuit. Tonight there is a celebratory dinner in our hotel .On Monday participants return back to Caen for the afternoon ferry to Portsmouth.
BUDGET TOUR SUMMARY
5 day tour, incorporating a visit to the exciting 2018 Circuit des Remparts classic car races in Angoulême. The tour starts with a Dover-Dunkirk ferry followed by a drive down to Le Mans where we join the main tour at the 24 hours museum.We then drive down to the Loire Valley where your accommodation is based in in a stylish Chambres d'Hote in Restigne just 4 miles from the main tour hotel in the Loire valley. On the second day we take a scenic route south to the Dordogne via the Vienne valley where we enjoy lunch in Angles sur l'Anglin one of France's most beautiful villages. After lunch we continue south to the Dordogne where our accomodation for the next 3 nights is in the pretty medieval village of Bourdeilles in a stylish Chambres d'Hote just 5 miles down river from Brantome, one of France's prettiest towns.On Saturday morning we visit Brantome before our lunch stop the Michelin * Moulin du Roc.After lunch we drive to Angoulême to watch the preparation for Sunday's street race which uses the same circuit along the old streets of this walled town that it did in 1939 when the "Circuit des Remparts" first started.We also drive a couple of laps around the circuit on Saturday afternoon, view the grandstand seating arrangements and visit the paddock to look at the cars.We then return to our hotel.On Sunday morning we drive up to Angouleme to watch the exciting and nostalgic races on the historical town circuit. On Monday you return back to Calais for a late afternoon/ early evening ferry to Dover.
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VIDEO OF A RENAULT TURBO RALLY CAR SPINNING AT THE FANGIO HAIRPIN AT ANGOULEME 2012 (on YouTube-opens in new window)
VIDEO OF A LOTUS 7 RACING AT ANGOULEME IN 2012 ( on YouTube-opens in new window)
VIDEO OF A TVR GRANTURA RACING AT ANGOULEME . (on YouTube - opens in new window).
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Each year on the third weekend in September, a classic car race takes place in the French town of Angoulême on a street circuit unchanged in layout since it first hosted an event in 1939. The high spot of the program is a race devoted to Grand Prix Bugattis and typically 20 or more Bugattis race around the narrow streets of the old walled town. In 2009 Angouleme celebrated its 70th anniversary of the "Circuit des Remparts "and Sir Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost and Henri Pescarolo were special guests. 2014 was the 75th anniversary
Situated some 70 miles to the north of Bordeaux, Angoulême is located in the heart of the Charente district with an attractive town centre and cathedral occupying the high point in front of which lies the start line for the racing. At Angoulême's centre is the ancient Cite des Valois ,with its ramparts or high walls surrounded by steep ascending and descending roadways which are closed off to create a very demanding street circuit. The combination of hairpin bends and fast straights leads to challenging driving and excitement for the spectators on this unique street circuit. The extremely close proximity of medieval buildings and solid stone walls enhance the drama as well as the danger and the roar of vintage exhausts resonating within the confines of the ancient streets is music to the ears.
The races attract an impressive variety of grids: in the pre-war category there are racers including: Bugattis, Fraser Nash, Rileys and MG.s. Post war categories include Porsche 911s,Formula Junior and GTcars including Renault Alpines, Lotus and TVRs.
The meeting takes the form of an entire weekend festival beginning with a Concours d'Elegance under floodlights in a natural amphitheatre alongside the rampart walls on the Friday evening. Saturday commences with the Rallye Touristique International with over 60 classic cars, nearly all pre 1971, competing.On Saturday and Sunday there will be an exhibition of 1939 cars on the lawns around the Hotel de Ville in the centre of town.
Sunday morning opens with practice on the circuit for the afternoon's racing. And for new entrants it is the only opportunity to drive on the closed streets before being let loose in a race!
The Circuit des Remparts is a speed event organised by ACOCRA in association with the ASA des Remparts (the Remparts car club), and the FFSA (French motor sport governing body).
The track, in the heart of old Angoulême uses the rempart streets of the old city for a distance of 1.279 km (0.8miles), and has 2 curves, 2 right angle bends and 3 hairpins. This town track has not changed since the first event was held in 1939.
The races and demonstrations all take place on one day. The morning sees the practice sessions and the races are in the afternoon. There are normally 8 grids and each practice session take 20mins. Positions on the grid are determined by practice times.
From the winners' podium, in the centre of the track, the drivers are taken on a lap of honour in a classic convertible, driven by the President of ACOCRA (Jean-Rene Tillard).
Our ferry leaves Portsmouth at 20.15
We arrive in St Malo on overnight ferry from Portsmouth. Our route takes the pretty coastal road around Pointe du Grouin to Port Mer an idyllic, secluded bay just north of Cancale where we enjoy breakfast (see photos below).
Our scenic route continues eastwards along the bay of Mont St Michel to Pontorson where we turn south and head down to Vitre a charming medieval town and our lunch stop, (see photo below).
In the afternoon we head east to Le Mans for coffee and a visit to the famous Auto Museum next to the main entrance of the Le Mans 24 hours circuit, Musée des 24 Heures. (see photos below)
We then leave Le Mans and head south on scenic backroads and a great driving road to our sumptuous 4* chateau hotel, Chateau de Rochecotte (click here their website), in St. Patrice in the Loire valley (see photos below).
Click on the link below to youtube to see a video of a Morgan arriving at Chateau Rochecotte:
After leaving our chateau hotel we continue south ,through Descartres, to La Roche Posay our coffee stop.We then continue south to Angles-sur-l'Anglin, one of France's "plus beaux villages" (see photos below) and our lunch stop at an auberge nestling under the ruins of an ancient chateau.
After lunch we drive south to Chauvigny through the picturesque Vienne valley on minor roads into the Charente department through Confolens south into the Dordogne to the charming town of Brantôme, Bourdeilles, 5 miles down river from Brantome, is where our main hotel for the next three nights is based and this is a charming, 16th century converted moulin, (water mill) with its front entrance on a 16th century bridge overlooked by the chateau of Bourdeilles, (see photos below, our hotel is the large white building on the right).
Dinner, tonight, is in a local restaurant.
A free morning in Brantome, one of France's prettiest towns described as "the Venice of the Perigord" due to the river Dronne completely encircling the town effectively making Brantome an island! Brantome also boasts the oldest bell tower in France attached to the ancient abbey. ( see photos below)
At mid-day we drive to nearby Champagnac de Belair where we enjoy lunch at a Michelin * restaurant, the Moulin du Roc, a converted walnut oil mill and one of the Dordogne's finest restaurants, nestling on the banks of the river Dronne,( see photos below).
After lunch we drive north through the rolling countryside of the northern Dordogne to the Charente region where we continue up to Angoulême where we drive round the street circuit to be used for tomorrow's racing, view the cars in the Concours d'Elegance cars in the gardens of the Town Hall and visit the paddocks where many of the cars that will be racing will already be on display, ( see photos below).
Included in the various classes there is always a Bugatti class comprising over a dozen Bugattis which is a sight for sore eyes and a spectacle to behold, ( see photos below).
We can also watch the return of the classic car tourist rally at 5.00pm and explore the bars and restaurants as well as the town itself, the choice is yours!
After our visit to Angouleme we return to our hotel.
Tonight you are free to make your own dinner arrangements.
A full day spectating at the exciting 2018 'Circuit des Remparts Historic Races', where cars of all ages race around the narrow city streets with the start/finish line in front of the Cathedral steps.
We leave our hotel at 7.30am and drive up to Angoulême to secure our parking places. On Sunday morning from 9.00am the cars practice for the afternoon's racing which starts at 2.00 pm and goes on till 6.00pm.
We have reserved seats in the Carnot Grandstand which overlooks the paddocks and first bend of the cicuit, see views below.
During the day you are free to walk around the track.
.After the excitement of the day's racing, return in your own time to our hotel in Bourdeilles.
Our final dinner, tonight, is in a local restaurant.
Participants leave early morning for the afternoon return ferry from Ouistreham/Caen to Portsmouth at 4.30pm (arrives Portsmouth 9.15 pm )
( Participants on our Budget tour drive up to Dunkirk to catch a late afternoon/early evening ferry to Dover, (approx 500 miles including 400 on motorways)
WHAT CLIENTS SAID ABOUT PREVIOUS ANGOULEME TOURS
2015 ANGOULEME CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS TOUR
“Louise and I in our brand new (though run-in) motor were wondering quite what to expect of our first group car touring holiday. It was utterly brilliant! The sense of adventure exploring new territories in a group of absolutely first class people and well driven cars was just so exciting. Every day brought fresh wonderful experiences thanks to brilliant routing, things to do and sights to see. The driving was phenomenal, and Brian CAN drive. Thank you. We will be back!”
Paul and Louise: Porsche Cayman S: Twickenham: New Clients
"Brian and Karen, many many thanks to both of you for a wonderful trip.
It was just a superb experience from start to finish and your calm organisation was superb throughout and the driving was amongst the best we've experienced anywhere in the world.
I'm sure we'll be back.You were brilliant guys, I expect you'll see us again !
Mark and Lesley: Porsche Cayman: Highcliffe, Dorset: New clients
" Brian – and Karen, Jo and I just wanted to say to you both many many thanks for a truly outstanding trip. It was the first time we’ve ever been on an ‘organised’ event as we normally travel independently so make all our own arrangements, but have to say whilst it might have been the first, I certainly hope it won’t be our last. The organisation was flawless and the company exceptional. Once again many thanks to you both - great memories."
John and Jo: Westfield SE: Billericay, Essex : New clients
"Brian and Karen, Just a quick thanks for a great holiday. You even managed some great weather!"
John and Larraine: Porsche Turbo: Godalming, Surrey: Repeat clients
" What an awesome time we had on the Angouleme tour ! We loved pretty much everything about it .Brian’s relaxed personality, sense of humour and knowledge together with a well run tour made for a fantastic time plus heaps of laughs. Karen’s warm and friendly personality added to the great time we experienced. The Angouleme tour and the race weekend itself is exciting and unique. As you know we had a ball and we are sure we will be back for more”
Don and Deb: New Zealand: Triumph TR6: ( new clients )
"Thanks Brian for a great trip, just looked up some of the photos, hope to see you again"
David & Irene: Stowmarket, Suffolk: Triumph TR5: ( new clients )
"Brian, Many thanks for once again organising a great tour. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the sights and the racing at Angouleme."
Rod and Jen: Esher, Surrey: Audi TT: ( repeat clients, 4 tours )
"We had a great time, it was a lovely tour - thank you so much".
Jeremy and Sherry: Kampala,Uganda: Jaguar E Type: ( new clients )
"The Angouleme tour was most enjoyable in every way and we are both pleased that we were part of it. The people, the cars, the great driving roads and the racing were all really good and the routes and stops were all excellent.We found everything about the hotels to be really good. Everything else was fantastic and Sue remarked at the weekend that it was the best tour that we have been on so far!"
John and Sue: Atherstone, Warwickshire: Jaguar XKR: ( repeat clients, 4 tours )
"Magnifique! Great routes, superb hotels and food, thrilling race day at Angouleme and, most of all, brilliant company - such a good mix of friendly people. Having Brian organise everything for us was a big plus and we thoroughly enjoyed both him and Karen being with us on the tour.You, together with Karen provided brilliant support, reassurance and the 'fun' factor on our time away."
Allan and Veronica: Brentwood, Essex: Triumph TR6 : ( new clients )
"Angouleme Circuit des Remparts.... what a fantastic experience".
Carole and Ray : Oldham, Lancashire: Aston Martin DB9: (repeat client)
"We had not done any sort of car tour before, barely driven abroad really, but we had a brilliant time. We managed to follow the routes, stayed in superb hotels with great food and good company, saw bits of France I didn't knew existed that looked absolutely beautiful in the sunshine. We will definitely consider doing something like that again.
We really did have a great time, everyone we know has been bored witless with the photos"
Paul and Diane: Chartham, Canterbury: RMB Gentry: ( new clients)
"I'd forgotten just how good your tours are"
Richard and Babs:Abingdon, Oxford:Austin Healey 3000 :( repeat clients)
"So to sum up, we had a really good trip. And no doubt to your horror, we will do some more. We are most grateful for all you do and did to make the trip a success."
Geoff and Pam: Cambridge: Austin Healey 3000 ( repeat clients)
“Thank you for a superb tour to Angouleme - a brilliant trip in every way, an interesting cross-country route, wonderful food and accommodation, topped by fantastic racing on the Rampart Circuit.Without doubt, a memorable holiday with like-minded people. Now Janet and I are looking forward to joining you again next year on the Monaco Historic ! “
Ian and Janet: Hyde, Fordingbridge: Mercedes SLK230 : ( new clients)
"As ever you come up trumps once again” !!
Ray and Carole: Oldham, Lancashire: Aston Martin DB9: (repeat clients)
"We really enjoyed our trip and the atmosphere in Angouleme was absolutely magical.We really had a great time and you do go to great length to keep us all happy".
Mike and Chris: Cropston, Leicestershire: Mercedes SL350: (repeat clients)
"Brian thank you soooooo much for as always a great week of driving, experiences and even a few speedy moments of my own even if it wasn't in a Healey!"
Pam: Cambridge:Austin Healey: (repeat clients)
"Thanks Bri for a wonderful week, full of adventures as usual, not forgetting our mad speedy moments. "
Carole: Oldham, Lancashire: Aston Martin DB9: (repeat client)
"Thanks to all of you for making the CCTI Angouleme tour such an enjoyable, exhilirating and unforgettable one".
Stephen and Wendy: BMW 3.0 CSL: Haverthwaite, Cumbria (new clients) Angouleme Tour 2012
“The 2012 Angouleme tour was, as ever, very enjoyable and your choice of routes, hotels and restaurants superb”
Peter and Sandra: Royston, Hert's: Jaguar XKR (repeat clients) Angouleme Tour 2012
“I enjoyed my first ever "car rally" very much, everything organised as I would expect”
Peter: Isle of Man: Laxey, Jaguar Mark V (new client) Angouleme Tour 2012
“Just emailing to thank you for a brilliant trip to France. We both had a great time.”
Peter and Mary: BMW Z3M Angouleme Tour 2011
"Firstly, can I say that Jenny and I had a fantastic time on the tour, and as you said on our last night in Bourdeilles, everyone was so friendly.We are already thinking about next year so I am glad to hear that the dates are already on the website".
Steven and Jenny, Aston Martin Vantage: Angouleme Tour 2010
"The whole trip was in my opinion one of the best I have ever enjoyed. Angouleme is very special indeed, and the accommodation you arranged was truly excellent and beyond my expectations. Best of all was the super bunch of fellow participants. They were great to be with, and as mentioned before we parted, quite the friendliest group I have ever been with on such an event"
Paul and John: Lea Francis 2.5 Sports: Angouleme tour 2010
"Thanks so much for arranging last weekend at Angouleme for us. It was magic. Just as good as Le Mans Classic but completely different, possibly slightly better but I can’t decide!"
Charlie and Carolyn: Porsche Boxster : Angouleme 2010 tour
"The tour was very good, excellent hotels and visits"
Chris: Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato: Angouleme 2010 tour
"We enjoyed our Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour with you enormously"
Chantal and Alan:: Morgan Aeromax :Angouleme 2009 tour
"We all enjoyed your company on the Angouleme Circuit des Remparts tour Brian and hope to be able to join you on another tour"
Mike and Wendy:: Bentley Turbo R: Angouleme 2009 tour
"We didn't know what to expect but had a great time.It was the most fun we have had on a holiday for a long long time"
Don and Trish :: Morgan Roadster ::West Kilbride: Angouleme 2008 tour
"The holiday was terrific,it exceeded expectations.I look forward to participating in other tours in the future.Thanks for a great time"
Andrew :: Mazda MX5 ::Dunfermline: Angouleme 2008 tour
"Once again on your tour we had a great time, met new friends and enjoyed everyone's company. Thanks for organising a wonderful trip yet again."
Darren and Kay :: D-type Jaguar : Somerset : Angouleme 2007 tour
Day 1 - Thursday, September 13th, (approx 350 miles)
Ferry from Dover at 8.00am arrives 11.00am in Dunkerque.The route takes you via the autoroute south west to Le Mans where in the afternoon you stop for coffee at the Le Mans circuit and meet up with the main tour to visit the famous Auto Museum. We leave Le Mans and head south to our stylish Chambres d'Hotel accomodation in Restigne in the Loire valley
Day 2- Friday, September 14th
As per main tour.When we arrive in Bourdeilles the Budget tour uses a charming bed and breakfast accommodation and you make your own dinner arrangements in the evening, although you are welcome to join the main tour and just pay for your meal.
Day 3- Saturday, September 15th
As per main tour, but lunch at the Moulin du Roc is not included.
Day 4- Sunday, September 16th
As per main tour, but return to your accommodation in the evening. You make your own dinner arrangements in the evening, although you are welcome to join the main tour and just pay for your meal.
Day 5 - Monday, September 17th (approx 550 miles)
You leave the Dordogne and head back on the motorway to Dunkerque for an early evening ferry crossing to Dover.
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