Officially the most exciting day of the year at Auto Tour HQ. Last logistics coming together, Classic cars lining up outside the RWD Studio, final preparations taking place and Auto Tour car decals being applied. Then, the moment we’ve all been waiting for as the giant car transporter, dodging New Forest ponies, turns off Beaulieu high street ready to unload the awe-inspiring Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, generously provided by Aston Martin – long standing and greatly valued partner of the Tour.
Finalising last details, toll passes fitted, pace notes and maps on seats, packs given out, marching orders called and finally – it’s time! Engines on, the buzz amidst the hum of exhausts, traffic news checked – let the journey begin. First stop the RAC’s Woodcote Park, the crew gathering as well as the team from another incredible Tour Partner Tai Ping, generously supplying what have become customary Tour jackets and jumpers for all – it wouldn’t be the Tour without them – thank you Tai Ping.