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Monday, 18 July 2016

Sporting Events To Drive To This Summer

Many Brits, from the over-50s and those enjoying retirement to graduates and parents, look forward to the summer months because of the exciting variety of sporting events the calendar is blessed with at this time of year. With everyone hoping for warm, dry and sunny weather over the summer, the Summer drivingmost convenient way for many people to travel to sporting events is to do so in the comfort of their cars. As part of our ‘summer of driving’ campaign, RIAS looks at some of the highlights from 2016’s summer sporting diary.


Goodwood Revival

Particularly suited to our more mature car insurance customers who remember of any age who have a passion for cars, vintage fashion or perhaps both, Goodwood Revival is an unmissable event. Between 9th and 11th September, West Sussex’s Goodwood estate will be home to a bewildering variety of cars, motorcycles and planes. Visitors can watch races including the Kinrara Trophy for pre-1963 GT cars and the Goodwood Trophy for Grand Prix cars from the 1930s-to-50s, behold Spitfire planes overhead and bask in the delights of food, drink and the glamour of ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s fashion. Admission is from £51 and anyone driving to Revival 2016 by car should search online for roadworks before setting off and then listen out for traffic reports en route.watching motorsport legends when they were younger, or those 

Tour de France

If you’ve always had an interest in cycling or have done so since catching Wiggins fever, and fancy driving to a sporting event that little bit further away, why not head over the Channel to watch some of Tour de France 2016? Taking place from 2nd to 24th July, the teams departed from Mont-Sant-Michel and eventually pass through beautiful French locations including Limoges and Carcassonne before finishing their gruelling 3,519km feat at the Arc de Triomphe on Paris’ Champs-Élysées. Travelling to France by ferry or through the Eurotunnel, holidaymakers keen to catch a glimpse of the riders snaking through various parts of France can make their own arrangements or seek the advice of an official tour operator or approved travel agent, and it would be beneficial to read RIAS’ advice on driving abroad.

America’s Cup

Fans of competitive sailing will be eagerly awaiting the return of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series sailing race to Portsmouth between 21st and 24th July as the world’s best catamaran sailors vie for victory during the 35th instance of this iconic event. As well as seeing teams such as Land Rover Bar, Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing in action, spectators heading to Portsmouth by car can also enjoy air shows including the RAF Red Arrows, whilst soaking in the area’s culture, food and drink, kids’ activities and coastal sights. A standing position ticket in the Race Village costs from £27.50 for an adult.

Women’s Open

Staged at Northamptonshire’s Woburn Golf Club for what will be the tenth time, the 2016 Women’s British Open golf championship takes place on the 28th to 31st July, this year held on the Marquess course for the first time. For spectators travelling to Woburn by car to observe the skills of Marina Alex, Rebecca Artis, Q Baek and the world’s other top female golfers, free parking is provided on site. Tickets average around £20 for a single day at the course and visitors can also enjoy the various facilities and entertainment on offer at the Championship Village.

Great North Run

If you fancy driving to a sporting event that you can actually compete in yourself, the Great North Run is one of the summer’s highlights particularly for the runners among you. This half marathon staged on 11th September in Newcastle and finishing in South Shields will see tens of thousands of people take part from a wide range of ages and nationalities, some running for personal achievement but many for charity. Visitors participating in the event or just going along to watch are invited to the Pasta Party the preceding day, attended by over 20,000 people each year, providing a free bowl of pasta in an enjoyable party atmosphere. People driving to the Great North Run are advised to think carefully about where they will park before they arrive in the locality and to consider parking at one of the region’s Metro stations.

Whichever sporting event you drive to this summer, we hope both the journey and the spectacle prove equally special and inspire you to take to the road to enjoy other sports events in future years.


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