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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:13 am    Post subject: London area must see? Reply with quote

Hi All,

I will be visiting with the family on my first trip across the pond (Canadian). We are attending a day at Goodwood FOS, then spending the remainder of the trip in the London area. My son is a huge petrolhead (teen). Any suggestions of "must see" shops or such in the area?

Any suggestions appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you mean specifically motoring-related things to see?

Probably just walking around the Knightsbridge/Kings Road area you will see some amazing cars sitting in the traffic... Very Happy

The Haynes Motor Museum nr Yeovil (a bit of a drive, but virtually next to London in Canadian distance terms!) is brilliant, just down the road from the Fleet Air Arm museum too and Dorset/Somerset is a beautiful part of the country, worth a visit in itself.

Mercedes Benz World in Surrey more nearby, but obviously Mercedes-oriented, more corporate.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't recommend anything in the London area but regarding the FoS I would say that as a 'first timer' you'd probably be best off scheduling a 2 day visit. One day is just not enough anymore and you'd go away after one day wondering what the things you'd missed were like.

Thursday and Friday would be good as it's much quieter and therefore easier to get around/see the cars close up. Spend Thursday looking at cars in the pits and show areas. Use more of Friday for watching them go up the hill.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T8 wrote:
I can't recommend anything in the London area but regarding the FoS I would say that as a 'first timer' you'd probably be best off scheduling a 2 day visit. One day is just not enough anymore and you'd go away after one day wondering what the things you'd missed were like.

Thursday and Friday would be good as it's much quieter and therefore easier to get around/see the cars close up. Spend Thursday looking at cars in the pits and show areas. Use more of Friday for watching them go up the hill.

Have fun thumbsup


Agree with Terry, FOC is now so big its hard to take it all in on a one day pass, go for two days. FOC is in Chichester so on leaving head along the cost 50 miles to the New Forest and Visit Beaulieu Motor Museum spend a day there its probably the best motor Museum in the UK and houses many rare cars including Bluebird.its then only an hour and fifteen mins back up to the smoke (oops London lol). that would IMO give you the best three day (non driving) petrol head visit you could have in the UK. Of course you could combine it with some track day event if you felt the need to drive some exotics there are a number of options around the south of the UK and not far out of London. As Terry said TBH for a Canadian no where in the UK is very far from London its not a very big Island and actually has quite a decent transport network. Maybe a bit closer to the time when you have firm dates and a clearer schedule have a look on here and see if there are any Porsche specific meets happening during your visit , and rent a car and come and say hello. Thumb Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few things in London. All doable on public transport if you are staying in London centre.

https://london.acecafe.com really historic location in British car/bike culture. Lots of meets there including hotrods / bikes on the nights. There is usually a Porsche club gb meet on the week of Goodwood.


https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com - can be combined with Mercedes Benz world already mentioned.

Most importantly!!! The 911uk meet at the fairmile pub might tie in with your dates Thumb short train ride out of London. 3rd Wednesday of every month from April. Watch for the arrangements in the meets section Thumb Thumb entry fee is one box of fuggeos worship worship
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com - can be combined with Mercedes Benz world already mentioned.

Most importantly!!! The 911uk meet at the fairmile pub might tie in with your dates Thumb short train ride out of London. 3rd Wednesday of every month from April.



Yeah is a very good call G'. Thumb

Better still, if 3rd Wednesday is possible, Brooklands and MBW (opposite) in the afternoon followed by 'The Fairmile' (5 miles away) in the evening would be great.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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G2 wrote:


https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com - can be combined with Mercedes Benz world already mentioned.

Most importantly!!! The 911uk meet at the fairmile pub might tie in with your dates Thumb short train ride out of London. 3rd Wednesday of every month from April.



Yeah is a very good call G'. Thumb

Better still, if 3rd Wednesday is possible, Brooklands and MBW (opposite) in the afternoon followed by 'The Fairmile' (5 miles away) in the evening would be great.


And fortunately it’s in the south so UBER has coverage to get between them Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions!

Unfortunately, this is a family trip and "Mom" won't tolerate us doing more than one day at FOS nooo If it was just he and I, we'd stay the weekend.

My son and I are huge fans of Top Gear, and he would really like to visit the Dunsfold track...does anyone know if you can use show up there and look around? The other stop we were thinking about in that area was McLaren? Is it open to the public?

Plans are to arrive on Thurs, hire car, drive south (from Gatwick) to Brighton where we will spend Thurs and Fri night. Fri, Boy and I are off to Goodwood, wife will stay and browse Brighton for the day.

Sat morning we are heading down to Lands End area, so I can say I visited my family's ancestral home (Treen), say night down there, then head North, drop car back at Gatwick and transit into London until leaving on the following Sunday. This means I'll miss the 911UK meet Sad

I like the idea of Kings Road stroll. My son loves exotic car hunting! Museums also sound great!
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought most car nuts are in Sloane Square Dont know
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sat morning we are heading down to Lands End area


You'll probably be driving the A303 road west to Lands End, it's the most direct if you're starting in Brighton, and you'll pass Stonehenge - you can see it well from the car, no need to stop.

Then an hour later you'll pass the The Haynes International Motor Museum in Yeovil. It's a stunning collection - 400+ amazing cars inc. Countach, 250 GT Cabriolet and '73 RS.

Make time if you can. Check it out:

https://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will take a very long time to drive Brighton to Treen on the Saturday so plan accordingly. It is only 290miles but you will get stuck in a lot of goodwood traffic as you pass close by it. Better to stay further west if you can.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're still here a week or so after the FoS there's a "Supercar Sunday" meet in Sloane Street on 14th July. Last year there were over 500 cars there so if you're still in the London area it's probably worth a look.

Regarding your love of Top Gear, I don't believe there's much to see at Dunsfold but on your way up from Treen you should go via the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu as there's "World of Top Gear" there which has loads of the show's vehicles on display and the main museum is great too!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G2 wrote:
It will take a very long time to drive Brighton to Treen on the Saturday so plan accordingly. It is only 290miles but you will get stuck in a lot of goodwood traffic as you pass close by it. Better to stay further west if you can.


Planing to leave real early in the morning and hug the South coast, hoping to minimize traffic, but maybe wrong approach?

I'll look into that National Motor Museum! Thanks
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Regarding your love of Top Gear, I don't believe there's much to see at Dunsfold but on your way up from Treen you should go via the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu as there's "World of Top Gear" there which has loads of the show's vehicles on display and the main museum is great too!



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There is nothing to see at Dunsfold.

Beaulieu Museum is a good shout but, although you can probably see it all in a couple of hours, you might want to consider staying overnight somewhere local to it after travelling up from Treen.

The alternative would be to prepare for a very long day and a late arrival in London - especially if you're also planning to drop the car off.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JTT wrote:
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It will take a very long time to drive Brighton to Treen on the Saturday so plan accordingly. It is only 290miles but you will get stuck in a lot of goodwood traffic as you pass close by it. Better to stay further west if you can.


Planing to leave real early in the morning and hug the South coast, hoping to minimize traffic, but maybe wrong approach?

I'll look into that National Motor Museum! Thanks


Unfortunately That is what everyone going to goodwood on the Saturday does to try and get in early. It is a massive event and very busy at weekends.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Unfortunately That is what everyone going to goodwood on the Saturday does to try and get in early. It is a massive event and very busy at weekends.


Won't I be travelling against/opposite traffic (East to West)? ...at least once I get past Goodwood?
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm Cornish and had never heard of Treen - had to google it. Jeez, it's in the arse end of nowhere. That's a fair drive from Goodwood (not in mileage, but in traffic and rubbish roads).

Edit: a quick check suggests 260 miles, 5 hours.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Unfortunately That is what everyone going to goodwood on the Saturday does to try and get in early. It is a massive event and very busy at weekends.


Won't I be travelling against/opposite traffic (East to West)? ...at least once I get past Goodwood?


Yes. The problem is getting to and past goodwood though. You have the same journey on the friday, when traffic is a lot lighter so you will be able to gauge it then.

Hire car satnav will put you on the A272 or A27, Both regularly experience 3-5mile tailbacks over the weekend with circa 1.5hr usual delays. Anyone within 20 miles of goodwood knows to avoid travel on the Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately there was an accident this year and parts were worse than usual.

It’s a car meet and we brits get up early for those.

2016 https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/transport/angry-motorists-call-for-action-to-solve-goodwood-festival-of-speed-hell-1-7451455

You might be lucky, but you asked for local knowledge Thumb advice is move west to make the Saturday journey easier or expect longer journey times. Winchester is lovely for the Missus to have a day looking around.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you travelling along the coast from FOS to Cornwall really worth a stop in the New Forest for the Beaulieu Motor Museum and the World of top gear display. Google it as theres actually lots for Mom to do their thats not cars , Lord Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu has his ancestral home there and visitors can walk the house and grounds

https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/attractions/

It might be the ideal stop point on the way to Cornwall and you get to do cars and she gets to walk around the Palace and get some real old English history
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks G2, I very much appreciate the advice. I'll work on the wife to see if I can convince her to consider another location for our overnights. Winchester sounds nice. How about Beaulieu itself? Is there reasonable places to stay right down in that area? That would put us West of Goodwood, and possibly out of major traffic?
 
  
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