ABOUT CLASSIC GRAND TOURING
Classic Grand Touring was formed in 2010 to provide a group of friends with some great driving experiences to indulge in their passion for all things motoring and motorsport. Such was the demand that it quickly grew into a fully-fledged business and to date, we have organised over 200 trips and tours and travelled over 500,000 miles, throughout the UK and Europe.
Classic Grand Touring is a fully bonded and insured Tour Operator in accordance with the Package Travel Regulations giving you peace of mind that your trip and money with us is secure.
Our team of full-time staff and experienced tour managers all come from strong motorsport, events, and luxury travel backgrounds thereby bringing their expertise together to offer you unsurpassed attention to detail in every aspect, offering trips you will cherish for years. Our interesting and diverse itineraries will allow you to experience legendary races and events, traverse breath-taking terrain and regions, and enjoy fine food and drink, in a highly convivial environment, all while enjoying your car as it was built to be enjoyed – taking on the open road, engine purring with delight.
The imaginative itineraries we have created have been and will continue to be, enjoyed by not only many individuals, as part of our group tours, but also car clubs such as the Porsche Club GB, The Ferrari Owners Club, The Bentley Drivers Club, The Jaguar E Type and XK Clubs, The Maserati Club and the Aston Martin Owners Club, to mention just a few.
We take you to places of unrivalled exclusivity; private car collections, circuits, museums and châteaux, all reached via interesting and scenic driving routes, with memorable overnight stays in luxurious and unique hotels, and complimented with outstanding cuisine.
Fun, exciting, adventurous motoring experiences and creating friendships and memories for life. That’s what we aim to deliver.
OPERATIONS & CLIENT LIAISON MANAGER
EVENT & LOGISTICS MANAGER
TECHNICAL BACK UP AND TOUR MANAGER
Mark has spent his life in cars. Initially growing up around his family’s car collection and racing activities before turning his passion into a business by running several motor and motorsport businesses that have worked in promoting or managing large scale events for global motorsport series such as Formula 1, Formula E, Motocross World Championship, World Superbike Championship and others.
Mark’s passion for classic cars has seen him run several events in that space too including the award nominated South African Historic Grand Prix Festival as well as the London Classic Car Show, CarFest and the Stonor Supercar Sunday.
Having experience in the motor industry in areas as diverse as PR, motoring journalism, motor sales, competitor and event organiser, Mark has an ability to fundamentally understand our business from many different angles and take care of the needs of our customers with care and attention to detail.
Martin is best known for racing a vintage Bentley around Goodwood and using it to tow other exotic race cars to far flung destinations such as France, much to the amusement of the internet. He is a true petrolhead and in addition to a fabulous collection in his garage, he also owns the historic Hotel de France south of Le Mans that has long been the haunt of endurance racing teams and filled with their racing history.
Martin runs a successful construction company based outside London and will often be seen on one of our events racing some delicious piece of history or taking the mickey out of Mark…
Mark’s background lies in motorsport, which was introduced to him by his Formula One commentator uncle at the age of 15. Following this introduction, Mark spent 10 years working in F1, for Bernie Ecclestone’s production company filming and producing the F1 programmes.
Since then, Mark has diversified his career, moving into events, club and venue management, PR, and marketing, working with a range of sports from the grassroots level, including lawn mower racing, to creating award-winning events. Mark is now the owner of his own company, which provides support to various organisations within the automotive and motorsport industries. Thanks to his strong and supportive network, Mark has curated and organised some of the most remarkable collections of cars for special events and anniversaries.
Events & Logistics Manager
Debs, a seasoned freelancer in the car event world for more than 12 years, is a passionate car enthusiast who has contributed to the success of numerous events, including The London Classic Car Show, CarFest, Stonor Supercar Sunday, and The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival.
Her love for motorsport and classic cars has been fuelled by her involvement in these events. Debs’ portfolio also includes an extensive network of Car Club relationships, which she refers to as her “Car Club family.” As a member of the CGT team, Debs plays a vital role in managing event planning, suppliers, and partners, as well as hosting guests at motorsport-related events. She thrives in an environment that prioritizes creating exceptional experiences and delivering unforgettable memories for all involved.
Operations & Client Liaisons Manager
Karen is one of the most organised people we know! So it was logical that when we were looking for someone to manage our clients information, their hotel, ferry, Eurotunnel and airline bookings and keeping our office and team in perfect working order, there was no better person for the job!
Karen has been around cars and motorsport for the last 25 plus years, having worked in several businesses involved in planning and organising motorsport events globally. Although she isn’t the world’s biggest petrolhead, she isn’t impartial to enjoying the odd rally or tour and deploying her rather impressive navigational skills. And she rather likes vintage Bentleys and Jaguar D Types!
With over a decade of experience in the industry, Tim is a skilled Motorsports Events Manager who has successfully delivered numerous high-quality events and supercar track experiences for renowned car manufacturers and driving experience operators.
His expertise includes planning and organizing events to drive brand engagement for companies such as Rolls Royce, DS Citroen, Renault, Dacia, Mazda, and Nissan, at prestigious motor sporting and car culture events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Tim is also a registered Supercar Driver and Instructor, regularly instructing for Mercedes Benz and supporting Rolls-Royce corporate events.
Alongside his career in the events industry, Tim has enjoyed a 30-year career as a Police Officer, delivering major policing operations, training police management and firearms commanders, and delivering a keynote speech at the 2019 National Crime Conference. Tim is experienced in managing multi-skilled, multicultural teams to coordinate events, training activities, and resources, forging strong relationships to ensure the ongoing success of Classic GT.
Technical Back-up and Tour Manager
Steve’s passion for engines, driving, and motorsport was ignited when he used his first paycheck at 17 to purchase a second-hand go-kart. His love for competition and the desire to build and fettle his own and other people’s racing cars only grew from there. Although he temporarily put his motorsport pursuits on hold to set up his engineering company at 25, Steve eventually returned to the sport and competed in the Westfield sportscar championship, winning several races and nearly taking the championship in his second year.
Despite life’s twists and turns, including raising children and renovating a chateau in France, Steve’s love for motorsport never waned. Today, he enjoys his open-top MG roadster on quiet roads across France, his Lotus Esprit on European car tours, and pulling apart and rebuilding anything with oil in it. His technical knowledge and expertise make him a valuable asset to CGT, assisting with tours, route plans, and technical backup.
Zoe comes from a diverse background in the automotive industry, in particular motorsport and classic cars. Zoe has been a racing driver for 25 years in both single seater and sports cars. The early part of her working career was with the BAR Honda Formula One Team, a thrilling time for Zoe, working in such a high-performance environment.
Transitioning from that into organizing drives and tours through her own business, Driving with Zoe and expanding into new territories such as the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, Zoe planned and executed the first-ever car rally in this country.
Zoe is also one of the organizers and fundraisers for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Drive in West Yorkshire, helping to raise awareness for men’s health both to the local community and the wider automotive enthusiast community.
Overall, her journey showcases a deep love for automobiles, a spirit of adventure, and a dedication to creating memorable experiences for fellow enthusiasts, making her a perfect fit for Classic GT.