Events Calender

 

The Goodwood Festival of Speed

Lord March and Goodwood House host the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. The event attracts many of the stars of motorsport from Formula One to Rallying. Spectators can get close to the action as the cars are timed up the Goodwood course. A purpose built Forest Rally Stage adds to the excitement.

Wimbledon Tennis

Wimbledon Tennis fortnight commences the last week of June at SW19.

Restrictions on chauffeur vehicles picking up or setting down clients other than in the designated car parks are enforced by the Police. A Car Park ticket is advisable if booking a car which may be included in hospitality packages if attending one of the hospitality villages.

Farnborough Air Show

Alternating annually with Le Bourget, Paris the Farnborough International Air Show is the world’s most iconic aviation event requiring most of London’s chauffeur cars, people carriers, minibuses and coaches. During the week long Trade Fair vehicles issued with the appropriate passes may deliver and collect their clients directly to or from the chalets.

As chauffeurs we assist clients during the show with driving the chalet buggies delivering clients and their guests to the various Exhibition Halls, chalets and touring static aircraft displays. Most of my Farnborough experience has been gained working for exhibitors such as United Technologies or Northrop Grumman.

 

The British Grand Prix

Formula One comes to the Silverstone Race Circuit in July for the British Grand Prix. Access to the circuit has been vastly improved in recent years permitting better access from the M1 and M40 motorways.  Facilities have been upgraded including the all new Silverstone Wing. Amongst my clients is the owner of Silverstone based Status Racing who compete in the GP3 and Le Mans Series.

The Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot

Some of my colleagues and I have racehorse owning clients. We have therefore familiarised ourselves with the best routes and parking for meetings such as  The Epsom Derby usually the first Saturday in June precedes Royal Ascot and its popular Ladies day. Other meetings include Sandown Park, Kempton, Windsor, Goodwood, Newbury, Cheltenham, Chepstow and Newmarket.

 

Polo

The Guards Polo Club near Virginia Water, Berkshire hosts The Cartier Queens Cup Polo tournament.  Nearby is the 5 star Coworth Park Hotel equipped with its own polo and practice fields

Cowdray Park near Midhurst, Sussex hosts The Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup. Viscount Cowdray’s 16,000 acre estate is situated in the South Downs National Park of West Sussex.

 

Film Premieres and BAFTA’s.

The red carpet is rolled out in Leicester Square as film industry “Talent” arrive for the West End premiere of their latest film. Major reconstruction of Leicester Square has been completed. Some of the after party venues include the Natural History Museum and  the Covent Garden Opera House which has become home of the BAFTA awards ceremonies

 

 

The Royal Albert Hall

Bentley RAHVenue of the annual Remembrance Day service the Royal Albert Hall also hosts major events including pop and classical concerts, the Masters Tennis and the last night of the Proms.

One memorable experience of my years driving filmscore composer the late John Barry OBE was being seated in the choir seats on stage behind the orchestra for Mr Barry’s film music concerts including the music from the early Bond films, Born Free, Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa.

 

The O2

The former Millenium Dome is located on the Greenwich Peninsula. Increasingly the first choice of concert promoters it also an alternative to Leicester Square for film Premieres. With the demise of Earls Court the choice is the O2 or Wembley Arena. I have driven on events at the O2 such as The Spice Girls Tour and The Wall.

 

 

Art Fairs and Exhibitions

The Frieze art fair is staged in Regent’s Park in October

The Royal hospital Chelsea remains the venue for the Chelsea Flower Show.

 

 

 

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