If you’re over the age of thirty, but still fall asleep at night to the sound of revving engines in a Hot Wheels bed, we’ve got the perfect vacation idea for you.
Start pinching your pennies and putting your piggy bank to use because you’re going to England for the getaway of a lifetime.
Forget visiting Buckingham Palace and Abbey Road... You’re headed to the Goodwood Estate and the Morgan Motor Company museum.
Pack your bags and don’t forget your camera, the first stop on your English exotic car extravaganza is none other than the United Kingdom’s Bentley Crewe.
Originally a potato field, Bentley Crewe was bought by Great Britain in 1938 and was immediately turned into a shadow factory where Rolls-Royce built airplanes in anticipation of war.
Shortly thereafter, the factory shifted gears and began manufacturing cars. Bentley and Rolls-Royce vehicles were manufactured simultaneously at Bentley Crewe between 1946 and 2002 when Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW.
BMW then moved Rolls-Royce production to the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, which coincidentally is also on your itinerary.
Public tours of Bentley Crewe are only given on Friday mornings at 9:00 A.M. The tours fill up quickly, so be sure to book your spot in advance. You can visit Bentley’s website for reservation information.
The Goodwood Estate
In addition to being home to the Goodwood House, a 300 year-old mansion with ties to English royalty as far back as King Charles II,
the Goodwood Estate has recently become the home to Rolls-Royce Motors, which opened a manufacturing facility there in 2002.
If you’ll be traveling in mid-July, you’ll also be around for the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is held on the Estate grounds and has recently become one of the most popular motoring events in the world.
At the FoS, as the locals call it, you’ll be treated to some prime celebrity spotting as well as an historic hill climb and a car show of the likes you can only find across the pond.
Capacity at the FoS is capped at 150,000 so book your tickets as soon as possible. Click here for ticket information.
The Morgan Motor Company
Morgan, which manufactures a very select number of vehicles every year, is one of the last automakers on the planet to manufacture all of its cars by hand.
Founded in 1910, the company has been located in the Malvern Link area of Malvern, Worcestershire and has been owned and operated by the Morgan family for over 100 years.
Famously dubbed “Moggies,” Morgan vehicles are traditionally considered to be sports cars due to their very low weight.
Though the company has had a number of popular models over the years, they initially gained notoriety with their three-wheelers, which were discontinued in 1952 and eventually revisited in 2011.
Today, the company currently manufactures eight different models—including the Morgan 4/4—the world’s longest running production vehicle.
Morgan offers visitors the opportunity to tour their factory and witness Morgan’s skilled craftsmen hard at work. Tours are guided and are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday and on Friday mornings.
Though the tours are not recommended for children under 5, admission for children between 5 and 11 is only £7.50 while an adult pass is £12.50.
Morgan asks that you make reservations for tours in advance by calling 01684 584580 or 01684 573104. You can also contact Morgan for reservations via email here.
Don’t forget to stop in at the Morgan Motor Company museum after your tour. It’s open to the public Monday-Thursday between 8:30am and 5:00pm, and on Friday from 8:30am to 3:00pm.
British Motor Heritage Center
Next door to Aston Martin in Gaydon, Warwickshire, you can find the British Motor Heritage Center. Boasting a collection of over 300 British cars, the Heritage Center attempts to tell the story of the British motor industry from its beginning to the present.
Expect to learn about and see vehicles made by all the above mentioned British brands plus Aston Martin, Jaguar, Morris, MINI, MG, Wolseley, Riley, Triumph, Rover, Land Rover and Vauxhall. The museum also features cars from foreign automakers who manufacture cars in the UK as well.
The Heritage Center is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, but is closed on Christmas Eve until January 2nd. Be sure that you aren’t visiting on one of the five days of the year the Heritage Center hosts events, as admission on those days is more expensive. Click here for more information on dates and pricing.
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