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S Club Euro Trip - it's time to commit.....

S Club Euro Trip - it's time to commit.....

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Longers

Original Poster:

4,198 posts

143 months

Saturday 16th January 2010
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Hi everyone.

Well, after a couple of months of kicking ideas around and people saying they are interested here http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a... it’s now time to commit.

Apologies for the lengthy post but it has lots of info that I hope you find useful.

The route came together pretty easily but finding suitable hotels has been more of a challenge, simply because a lot of them in the area we are heading for shut after the ski season or only have a couple of twin rooms – because I am expecting quite a few cars to be occupied by a pair of mates rather than other halves we’re going to need plenty of twins.

Based on the previous thread where 20+ cars expressed an interest, I’ve tried to find hotels that will accommodate up to 40 people. However I fully expect a lot of those originally interested to decide not to come whereas others may join.

I have a shortlist of hotels but cannot firm up anything with them until I know how many actually do want to come and what type of rooms will be needed. To help you decide, here is some further information

Dates
Proposed dates are Thursday 23/9 – Monday 27/9.

The Route
Timings and mileages are from Google or Michelin online planning tools. As I mentioned in the other thread, in my experience we will cover the motorway miles quicker on average than the times quoted.

Day 1 The French Connection
Calais to SE of Dijon in the Jura wine region.
Suggestion is to meet in Calais first thing in the morning. That way people are free to cross the channel the previous evening or early that morning by whichever route/method they want.
Providing we are making good progress we will have a couple of opportunities to get off the motorway and hit the original road that parallels it which will be much more fun.
400 miles / 6hrs

Day 2 Run to the Hills
No more motorways for a couple of days biggrin
SE of Dijon and up, up and up a bit more to close to Bourg Saint Maurice and the start of the Petit St Bernard pass.
Max altitude 2700m
170 miles / 4hrs

Day 3 The Italian Job
Over the Petit St Bernard pass into Italy, over the Grand St Bernard pass into Switzerland, then back into France staying near Chamonix.
Max altitude 2500
160 / 4 miles

Day 4 Champagne Charlies
Morning in the hills heading to faster cross country roads and some motorways in the afternoon, finishing at hotel in champagne country.
Max altitude 1700m
325 miles / 5.5hrs

Day 5 Break for the Border
Arrive in Calais by lunchtime / early afternoon and head home.
There will be time for photo stop at the old GP track and pit buildings in Reims on the way.
240 miles / 3.75hrs (to Calais)

On days 2 & 3 there are options to extend the route if we feel like it once there.
The mileages each day will allow time for a drink/rest break mid morning and mid afternoon, lunch, photo stops, run by’s for those with video cameras, etc, etc.

If there is a large group it’s easier to eat at the hotel where we know there will be a table waiting for us, rather than wandering around trying to find a meal at the end of the day. Also a couple of the hotels on my shortlist are a couple of miles from anywhere! I have therefore priced the hotels including dinner.

Costs

In the original thread I said I thought it’d be £40-£50 per night. It will actually be a maximum of approx £238 per person for 4 nights but that includes bed, breakfast and dinner each night, sharing a twin or double room.

I say a maximum of £238 because until I know numbers I’m not sure which hotels we’ll be in and what group deals I can get e.g. one of the hotels will give us a group discount of £5 per head if there are more than 25 people.

I’ve not included the cost of channel crossings as I’m sure some will prefer to use their Tesco vouchers on the tunnel while others would prefer the ferry. Once we know who’s coming we can discuss the crossings and if enough of us want the same route/time try and get a group discount (e.g. I know the tunnel do a discount of more than 15 cars).

Next steps

I’m unable to do anymore until we have firm numbers. If, after reading the above, you are still interested I will need a deposit of £50 per person to confirm your intention to join the trip – I’m reluctant to take the hotel bookings any further without this, I hope you understand. Please email me through my profile and I’ll give you my address for you to send a cheque and my bank details if you'd rather do a transfer.

I will also need to know what room type you’ll need e.g. if you’ll be on your own in your car, will you be willing to share a twin or do you want a single, etc? So that everyone else can see who is interested, please add your name / number in car / room preference / car model below when you email me.

And if you haven’t yet seen it in the other thread, have a look at this for a better idea of where we’re heading biggrin
http://mitteleuropa.t35.com/filmlocations_the_ital...

Update 19/1/10
Here some answers to questions I've been asked....

Can other models of TVR join the trip?
S Club has always been open to everyone so I don’t see why that should change for this trip. It is primarily an S event so as long as the majority of cars are S’s I don’t have a problem with some others coming along and being envious of our cars, especially if an S owner who expressed an interest in the original thread now has something else…... wink If a point is reached when there are too many other models we could say S’s only from then onwards. In view of this please can everyone also include the model of their car when adding their names to the list.

Is there a maximum limit on the numbers?
When searching for the hotels I used the numbers from the initial list of people interested as a guide (approx 24 cars I think) so tried to find places that could accommodate up to approx 40 people. The actual maximum number will be determined by the types of rooms in the hotels on the route - some of the hotels have rooms that can be used as twins or doubles, whereas others only have a very limited number of twins. At the moment double rooms are more popular than twins or singles so that does make things a bit easier.

When is the deadline for committing to the trip?
Because I cannot predict how many of each room type will be needed I cannot give a firm deadline. I’ll keep an eye on the numbers of people / the room types needed and when capacity is approaching I’ll let you know.
The hotels have said they want final numbers by 15/5 but I'm sure they will take more after then if they have spaces. Prices may go up though for anyone booking after 15/5 as they may not get the group discounts from the hotels wink Please let me know if you’re coming sooner rather than later to guarantee there will be space.

Will we be going through the Mont Blanc tunnel?
No. It’s a busy, long, straight, boring piece of road with a strictly enforced speed limit. And it goes under the scenery rather than through it! Our route means we actually do a loop around Mont Blanc. These roads will include several smaller tunnels and snow sheds which should give some good sound effects biggrin
Incidentally, one email I received from the French speaking owners of the 3rd night hotel said "there is a stunning view of Mont Blanc from our backside"…… yikes

Update 22/1/10
What class are the hotels?
2 or 3 star. They are all of the best standard I could find with car parking, reasonable costs and enough twin rooms.

Will the price vary with the exchange rate?
A good point that I'd forgotten to make in my 1st post! All £'s prices have been calculated using the current euro rate of 1.1. This may obviously change when payments are due wink

Thanks for taking the time to read all of the above, let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers,
Longers

Edited by Longers on Tuesday 19th January 12:14


Edited by Longers on Friday 22 January 20:26


Edited by Longers on Friday 5th February 22:23

Longers

Original Poster:

4,198 posts

143 months

Saturday 16th January 2010
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name / number in car / room preference

Longers / 2 / twin

Ragtop

586 posts

116 months

Saturday 16th January 2010
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Well done Ian! Brilliant effort on your part to get this far - you have my firm support.

Cheers,
Graham

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name / number in car / room preference

Longers / 2 / twin
Ragtop / 2 / twin

Longers

Original Poster:

4,198 posts

143 months

Saturday 16th January 2010
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Crikey Graham, that was quick!

Wiz

2,473 posts

129 months

Saturday 16th January 2010
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name / number in car / room preference

Longers / 2 / twin
Ragtop / 2 / twin
Wiz / 2 / double



Good work Ian thumbup

Edited by Wiz on Saturday 16th January 22:48

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Jaye R

674 posts

140 months

Sunday 17th January 2010
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Nice work Ian thumbup SWMBO says 'yes' woohoo

name / number in car / room preference

Longers / 2 / twin
Ragtop / 2 / twin
Wiz / 2 / double
Jaye R / 1 / single (quite happy to share a twin as well - co-pilot also welcome)

Can't wait!!!

Cheers
Jaye

jimed

1,449 posts

121 months

Sunday 17th January 2010
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I've not got the S now so won't come (other things now planned) but it sounds a super trip so hope everyone enjoys it and well done to Longers for sorting it. Maybe an article in Sprint about it would be interesting as it is the first time I've heard of a 'car type' sort of trip.
Jim

Stew Mc

357 posts

88 months

Sunday 17th January 2010
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Thanks Ian. Now I have dates and prices, need to check and if poss will confirm next week.
As I now have Jim's (Jim ed) old motor, even though he can't make it (weeping)his car may yet go on hols.
Stew.

tinks v8S

2,110 posts

123 months

Sunday 17th January 2010
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TINKS V8S double
sorry for the delay been at autosport
will you email your address when you need deposit

LOOKIN FORWARD TO IT and so is mrs tinks

lou4010

414 posts

99 months

Monday 18th January 2010
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Jaye R said:
Nice work Ian thumbup SWMBO says 'yes' woohoo

name / number in car / room preference

Longers / 2 / twin
Ragtop / 2 / twin
Wiz / 2 / double
Jaye R / 1 / single (quite happy to share a twin as well - co-pilot also welcome)
lou4010 / 2 / Double Please /
Can't wait!!!

Cheers
Jaye

chrischat

277 posts

167 months

Monday 18th January 2010
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name / number in car / room preference

Longers / 2 / twin
Ragtop / 2 / twin
Wiz / 2 / double
Jaye R / 1 / single (quite happy to share a twin as well - co-pilot also welcome)
lou4010 / 2 / Double Please /
tinks / 2 / Double
chrischat / 2 / Double

orange_dodo

692 posts

104 months

Monday 18th January 2010
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Brilliant Ian! Thanks for all the hard work, I owe you a beer or 3! drink

I just need to organise the finer details with my co-pilot then shall send you email/money to make it official.

I just found out SWMBO thought it was going to cost ~£2000 eek hence her lack of enthusiasm. All smiles now that little detail has been ironed out though!


name / number in car / room preference

Longers / 2 / twin
Ragtop / 2 / twin
Wiz / 2 / double
Jaye R / 1 / single (quite happy to share a twin as well - co-pilot also welcome)
lou4010 / 2 / Double Please /
tinks / 2 / Double
chrischat / 2 / Double
orange dodo / 2 / twin

Mr Plow

1,115 posts

143 months

Monday 18th January 2010
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name / number in car / room preference

Longers / 2 / twin
Ragtop / 2 / twin
Wiz / 2 / double
Jaye R / 1 / single (quite happy to share a twin as well - co-pilot also welcome)
lou4010 / 2 / Double Please /
tinks / 2 / Double
chrischat / 2 / Double
orange dodo / 2 / twin
Mr Plow / 2 / Double

Longers

Original Poster:

4,198 posts

143 months

Tuesday 19th January 2010
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Thanks for the great response everyone thumbup

I’ve got your emails and will send you my address, etc, for payment of the deposits when I get a spare moment.

A couple of questions have also been sent to me so I’ll update my post at the start of this thread to make sure that everyone can easily access all the info without having to read the whole thread.

Updated list so far……

name / number in car / room preference / car model

1. Longers / 2 / twin / S
2. Ragtop / 2 / twin / S
3. Wiz / 2 / double / S
4. Jaye R / 1 / single (quite happy to share a twin as well - co-pilot also welcome) / S
5. lou4010 / 2 / Double Please / S
6. tinks / 2 / Double / S
7. chrischat / 2 / Double / S
8. orange dodo / 2 / twin / S
9. Mr Plow / 2 / Double / S

barclayboy

188 posts

106 months

Tuesday 19th January 2010
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Longers
Barclayboy/2/twin/S3
YHM
Thanks Gary

Longers

Original Poster:

4,198 posts

143 months

Tuesday 19th January 2010
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Glad you can make it Gary. Will you be ok with the hilly bits.....? hehe

Longers

Original Poster:

4,198 posts

143 months

Tuesday 19th January 2010
quotequote all
name / number in car / room preference / car model

1. Longers / 2 / twin / S
2. Ragtop / 2 / twin / S
3. Wiz / 2 / double / S
4. Jaye R / 1 / single (quite happy to share a twin as well - co-pilot also welcome) / S
5. lou4010 / 2 / Double Please / S
6. tinks / 2 / Double / S
7. chrischat / 2 / Double / S
8. orange dodo / 2 / twin / S
9. Mr Plow / 2 / Double / S
10. Barclayboy / 2 / twin / S3

Edited by Longers on Tuesday 19th January 13:28

AutoAndy

1,990 posts

130 months

Tuesday 19th January 2010
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....give me a day or so. Currently not in UK (using piston heads to remind me of home)...need to get home and negotiate baby sitting duties within the delicate balance in which many of us all live...anyway I normally only commit to stuff the week before (like my work trips)- just give me a moment OK...stop pressuring me guys...OK Ok, I will sort it and let you know....

Just watched the intro to Italian Job on U-tube -I must do it!...let me get back to UK and negotiate....

Stew Mc

357 posts

88 months

Tuesday 19th January 2010
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Hi.
Thanks for all the hard work sorting this out. Now OK to go so added to the list. Should be a laugh laugh

1. Longers / 2 / twin / S
2. Ragtop / 2 / twin / S
3. Wiz / 2 / double / S
4. Jaye R / 1 / single (quite happy to share a twin as well - co-pilot also welcome) / S
5. lou4010 / 2 / Double Please / S
6. tinks / 2 / Double / S
7. chrischat / 2 / Double / S
8. orange dodo / 2 / twin / S
9. Mr Plow / 2 / Double / S
10. Stew Mc / 2 / Double / S

Longers

Original Poster:

4,198 posts

143 months

Tuesday 19th January 2010
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Glad you can make it Stew. No need to delete Gary though!!!!

name / number in car / room preference / car model

1. Longers / 2 / twin / S
2. Ragtop / 2 / twin / S
3. Wiz / 2 / double / S
4. Jaye R / 1 / single (quite happy to share a twin as well - co-pilot also welcome) / S
5. lou4010 / 2 / Double Please / S
6. tinks / 2 / Double / S
7. chrischat / 2 / Double / S
8. orange dodo / 2 / twin / S
9. Mr Plow / 2 / Double / S
10. Barclayboy / 2 / twin / S3
11. Stew Mc / 2 / Double / S