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Old 11 Dec 2018, 18:23 (Ref:3869486)   #1
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What should I NOT miss in a trip to UK

Hi All!

I am almost certain I will be spending 3 weeks in UK afther the 24 hours of Le Mans next year (2019) and would like to know what things, related to car racing, should I NOT miss there.

I would appreciate if you can tell me which are the best museums or anything related I should go and check.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 12 Dec 2018, 00:12 (Ref:3869569)   #2
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Hi All!

I am almost certain I will be spending 3 weeks in UK afther the 24 hours of Le Mans next year (2019) and would like to know what things, related to car racing, should I NOT miss there.

I would appreciate if you can tell me which are the best museums or anything related I should go and check.

Thanks in advance for your help!
I am not from the UK, but I did actually take a trip to the UK this year. Was great getting to see the BTCC and BriSCA F1 (oval short track racing).
Not sure about any museums, I didn't go to any, but on June 30 at Oulton Park there is a round of the BTCC. Not sure about any other big races happening, but the BTCC was awesome when I saw it.
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Old 12 Dec 2018, 02:26 (Ref:3869572)   #3
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you also have f3/gt at donington on the 22/23rd, which is a decent opportunity to visit the place. it's good for viewing and obviously has a bit of history. not sure i'd call it unmissable, but the british gt grid is looking like it's going to be another packed one with a decent amount of variation if you're not bored of sportscars after le mans! there's something 6-7th july at brands that includes the porsche club gb, which is a club level series. not a big event but if you'd like to see brands then that'll be a good option.

i'd recommend the touring cars at oulton as mentioned above by toledo47 for the following weekend - it's a lovely scenic circuit, and the viewing isn't bad there as well. iirc racing doesn't start there until midday on the sunday, which is something to consider if you were hoping to see a lot of track action.

as for museums, perhaps someone else can help but the national motor museum at beaulieu may be worth a visit, and if you're into general history, the imperial war museums in london and at duxford (for the planes and concorde) are absolutely must-sees.
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Try to see a HSCC and/or VSCC event- and visit Cadwell Park and Shelsley Walsh or Prescott .
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I am not from the UK, but I did actually take a trip to the UK this year. Was great getting to see the BTCC and BriSCA F1 (oval short track racing).
Not sure about any museums, I didn't go to any, but on June 30 at Oulton Park there is a round of the BTCC. Not sure about any other big races happening, but the BTCC was awesome when I saw it.
Ah, BriSCA..... IT was watching BriSCA in 1984 at Belle Vue that got me back into going to motor racing after a period of some years......
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3 weeks after Le Mans is the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
2 weeks after Le Mans is BTCC at Oulton
1 week afterwards is British GT/F3 at Donington.
plus museums during the week.

alternatively there are the more obscure forms of motorsport - bangers/stock cars/ drag racing at Santa Pod, hill climbs and those funny things with two wheels.
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good point about the festival of speed.

however, all i'd say about the fos is that it's a bit of an acquired taste. personally i'm not a huge fan, but it's worth considering as a fairly unique event.
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Old 12 Dec 2018, 23:13 (Ref:3869797)   #8
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Thank you all for your suggestions. I was really sad to hear that Donington Collection museum closed last month. I was eager to see it.

I would LOVE to go to Goodwood Festival of Speed, in fact, I will still be there by that time since I plan to fly back home the Monday after that weekend but I guess it will be very expensive to be there and get accomodation. However, I will give it a look.
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Ah, BriSCA..... IT was watching BriSCA in 1984 at Belle Vue that got me back into going to motor racing after a period of some years......
The BriSCA event was fun! I'm a big fan of most forums of racing, road course racing, NASCAR oval, dirt track racing, etc... So when I finally got a chance to take a race trip to the UK i definitely wanted to be able to see both the BTCC as well as a BriSCA meeting. It worked out to see BriSCA at Birmingham on Saturday and the BTCC at Rockingham on Sunday. Unfortunately it rained pretty hard throughout the entire BriSCA meeting, so the racing wasn't the greatest. Would like to get back someday and see them on a dry circuit, as well as a shale event. Better to have a rainy event than nothing at all though!

There are actually a couple of BriSCA F1 meetings in late June (June 22 Ipswich, June 30 Belle Vue) during the period that the original poster will be in the UK, though I'm not sure how much most sports car fans would be into a BriSCA race!
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Goodwood FOS isn't cheap - 70 on a Saturday or Sunday. Just under 60 for the Friday.
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3 weeks after Le Mans is the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
2 weeks after Le Mans is BTCC at Oulton
1 week afterwards is British GT/F3 at Donington.
plus museums during the week.
Looks like the best option A shame the BRSCC Caterham weekend at Snetterton is at the same weekend as BTCC at Oulton. Those Caterhams/ amateur racing are definitely worth a visit as well!
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I did a big trip in 2007. Le Mans, Goodwood FOS, Beaulieu (and Donnington). FOS, one day is sufficient, I had a three day ticket and skipped the Sunday. Beaulieu is so-so, French version at Mulhouse much more impressive - highly recommended since you are over there.

Shuttleworth is a must-see, and RAF Museum too. I also fitted in the French GP at Magny Cours, but it looks like the current version has hairs on it, maybe you can squeeze in a different one?
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if its dry, check this out at Santa Pod,there wont be any top fuel, but theres pro mod and all the national championship classes.

http://santapod.co.uk/summernationals.php

its only 14 for the day and an hour south of Donington Park, so you could do drag racing on the Saturday and British GT at Donington on Sunday

https://doningtonpark.msv.com/DP-19-BGT-F3-1

30th June BTCC is on at Oulton Park

World Superbikes is also on at Donington 7 July if youre into bikes

Midweek theres also the British Motor Museum in Coventry

https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/


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Is it possible to attend Goodwood FoS for the day going from London? Maybe I can do at least one day before coming back home since I will probably spend the last days of my trip in London.
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Goodwood operates shuttle buses from Chichester station, so you could do Goodwood FOS in one day.
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