Classic Car Tours International was formed in 2001 by Brian Thorley, a Francophile, with a passion for classic cars and modern sportscars.A management consultant for over 30 years, his love of France, sports cars and classic cars goes back even longer; his first sports car, for instance, was a Swallow Doretti when he was still an undergraduate at Manchester University and in 1971 he bought his first Lotus Elan.
Brian's other passion is France where he lives most of the year in the Dordogne region in south-west France.
He formed Classic Car Tours International in 2001 whilst living in Cumbria's Lake District and regularly participated in classic car tours and rallies in the UK, as well as in France.
In 2001 he launched Classic Car Tours International,(CCTI), with their first European escorted car tour for classic cars and modern sports cars visiting both Spain and France.
17 years later CCTI are now one of the market leaders offering 9 fully escorted European car tours in 2018 with four tours linked to a motor race event, the other five are purely car touring holidays visiting some of Europe's most stunning scenery where you can drive your own car on some of Europe's best driving roads. Brian's intimate knowledge of France and his interest in French lifestyle has resulted in Classic Car Tours International incorporating stunning scenic routes through some of the prettiest villages in France as well as visits to many places of interest both on and off the beaten track.These include stunning chateaux, villas and interesting museums catering for every taste; beautiful gardens, art galleries,abbeys, churches and other historic monuments, wine caves and other fascinating visitor attractions. Brian also has a nose for discovering charming hotels and restaurants to enhance your driving holiday. As the Tour Director, together with his partner Karen, he accompanies all tours to guarantee the smooth running of the event and to ensure that new clients are made to feel at home and introduced to regular/repeat clients.
MODERN SPORTS CARS, OF ANY AGE, ARE WELCOME
We have no rigid policy regarding eligibility or age of cars on our car tours so modern sports cars, of any age, are equally welcome as older, classic cars. In fact over two thirds of our clients drive modern sports cars. We are a friendly organisation whose ethos is based upon enjoying your driving, whatever your vehicle, and this is a common theme amongst all our clients.
Participants always have the freedom and flexibility to "do their own thing" each day as long as they arrive at the hotel in the evening where we dine together. A Tour Director always accompanies each tour so they are always there to sort out any little problem and to make everyone feel at home.
Prepare to enjoy yourselves in friendly, like-minded company and have some fun ! Our tours are noted for their friendliness and everyone, from beginners to regular clients, are always made most welcome. As you can see from our client comments, there is a lot of laughter on our car tours, so come along prepared to enjoy yourselves and to have some fun!
Participants bring and drive their own classic car or modern sports car, at their own pace, either alone or in small groups following scenic routes detailed in a comprehensive road book and highlighted maps .Each evening all participants meet up for dinner in the hotel.
A CCTI Tour Director accompanies each tour to ensure the smooth running of the tour solving any problems that might arise and to make sure that everyone mixes in with all the other participants.
"My wife and I have been doing motoring tours together for many years and also events with tour organisers since 1998 so we don't use the term "outstanding experience" easily.However, when we compared your event to other organisations that we've used we found CCTI superior to the competition. So Brian, be very proud of your organisation and please accept our heartfelt thanks"
Comprehensive road books with daily itineraries, detailed route notes and maps. Each day there is a recommended itinerary with proposed timings and mileages and recommended morning and afternoon coffee breaks, as well as lunch stops, to break up the driving.The routes are designed to incorporate the best open driving roads in Europe where you can re-discover the joy of driving your car amidst stunning scenery. We provide a comprehensive "road book" with detailed daily route notes incorporating a list of the villages and towns we pass through and also provide highlighted maps to make it as easy as possible for you to navigate your way each day.
"Many thanks for all the hard work you put into the Mille Miglia Tour.We have been touring for 20 years, both competitive and touring and never has an organiser worked as hard as you to ensure everyone was looked out for and your attention to detail made for a very happy bunch of participants, we will certainly book with you again"
OVER 70% REPEAT BUSINESS IN 2017
In 2017 the average level of repeat business from previous clients was over 70% and, since our first escorted car tour in 2001, we have delighted hundreds of owners of classic cars and modern sports cars, many of whom have also become regulars as well as friends.Several of our regulars have done more than 5 car tours with us !
OUR GOAL is "to provide customers with a fun-packed driving holiday, driving your own car on great open driving roads, amidst stunning scenery, in the company of like-minded, friendly people, staying throughout in stylish hotels with great food."
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CLASSIC CAR TOURS INTERNATIONAL LTD
5, Royston Road, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 7JX
Tel: 01253 884361 (UK) / (0033) 553 9109 46 (FRANCE) | Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered in England and Wales.Registered Number: 04836747
Directors : Brian Thorley BSc MA FCA, David Thorley BSc MA