GT Organisation announces 2003 Touring programme
Marlow’s historic Thames-side hotel, ‘The Compleat Angler’, was the venue for last Friday’s launch of the 2003 programme of events from classic car touring operator; the GTO Organisation. GTO’s principal, Richard Morgan, explains, “This year’s programme will take participants on forays into mainland Europe, complemented by our regular tours with a few additions.”
“We aim to provide VIP access to major motorsport events, and blend this with a touring assembly to take you there, I’m also delighted to announce a new media partnership with ‘Classic Cars’ magazine, who’ll be promoting and participating in all our events this season.” So said Morgan to the assembled gathering of journalists and many representatives from the world of racing, car clubs and motoring heritage, such as the Brooklands Museum. Not to mention several potential tourers.
Outside the hotel, named after Isaak Walton’s famous treatise on fishing in the 17th century, were a selection of suitable ‘Grand Touring’ cars including several Aston Martin DB7s, a hot Porsche 911 Carrera, replica D-type Jaguar and a delightful Dino Ferrari. The Dino, it transpired turned out be owned by Chris Murphy of classic car hire specialists Beau Ideal, who was on hand to explain one did not even have to own a classic to take part in the fun – he would be only too happy to provide anything from an Aston Martin DB2 to a 1957 Bentley Continental (via the Ferrari of course). The first event of 2003 is the Motoring Heritage Sports Tour, which is finishing at the Brooklands Museum on the Saturday of the ‘Motorsport Weekend.’
Other destinations in the year include a European foray to the Mille Miglia retrospective, as well as visiting Donington Park circuit in June for the VSCC race meeting, which also features a round of the Shell Historic Ferrari Maserati series.
The full list of 2003 events is as follows –