Thursday, 15 June 2017

Circuit Historique de Laon, Julian Parish, and … uh … Lederhosen!

Anybody who knows author and 'Drive Guide Guru,' Julian Parish, knows he's a busy man. Whilst Julian has been spending many hours undertaking extensive research for some great forthcoming books, he's still managing to make time for a spot of commentating …

Last week, was no exception, as Julian attended the 26th Circuit Historique de Laon. Taking place over three days, this year saw around 750 cars of all ages and eras tour the city, taking in the sights, and entertaining the crowds.

Fine weather – and fine cars – saw the start of proceedings on Saturday, with a rally around Laon, taking in a stop at Gueux and finishing at Parc Foch with a concours d'élégance and a glass of champagne. Sunday saw the highlight of the weekend, the closed street run. Over 6kms of street were closed to traffic for the run, which incorporated a hill climb (complete with hairpin bends), giving spectators plenty of opportunity to see some fine cars in action. The event was rounded-off with a final Monday morning drive up to Lens, and then home to England for the many British participants.

Here's a few pics of Julian in action, commentating, and giving away copies of the France guide to competition winners … and the senator-mayor of Laon, Antoine Lefèvre  resplendent in Lederhosen! A big 'thank you' to Drive Guide's Dutch friend, Annemieke Dekkers, for taking the photos.

If you missed seeing Julian at Laon, he will be back in action as part of the commentary team at the Grand Prix Historique de Bressuire on June 24/25.

The Essential Guides Twin Pack

In case you missed it, we have a fantastic Twin Pack offer for Julian's Essential Guides. For the price of the France guide alone, the Twin Pack offers both the France and Europe guides in one package. That's a saving of £10.99 … checkout the Twin Pack over at Drive Guide's website …

Get France: The Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts AND The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe for just £14.99!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Heading to France or Europe this Summer? YOU NEED THIS!

Seeing as Summer is here, and many of you will be heading off for your hols, what better, we thought, than offer something to take with you … or even inspire your holidays? We've combined both of Julian Parish's Essential Guides in one fantastic offer.

Hot on the heels of the New Edition of France: The Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts, comes this superbly practical Twin Pack. For just £14.99 – that's the price of just the France guide alone – the Twin Pack also gives you the Europe guide, too. That's a saving of £9.99!

Not only do you get comprehensive coverage of over 200 car-themed things to see and do in France, but you also get all the information you need to stay safe, well, and have fun in over 50 countries across Europe.

Whether you're heading off for your hols, or maybe planning that Euro tour of a lifetime, Julian's guides are the best place to start … the ONLY place to start, as far as we're concerned – but, then, we are a tad biased!

Of course, it's also the perfect gift for Father's Day (Sunday 18th June … you haven't forgotten, have you?), whether or not Dad is going for a trip over the channel, detailing some superb destinations for days out, celebrations, historic rallies and places to visit.

You can get the Essential Guide's Twin Pack now, over on our shop, here, for just £14.99 (exc P&P).

The Essential Guides Twin Pack

Two fantastic books for the price of one! France: The Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts New Edition, and The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe, combine to give you over 200 things for the car enthusiast to see and do in France, with all you need to know for a safe and enjoyable trip to 50 countries in Europe.

From planning a touring holiday, or taking a business trip, to enjoying a special journey across the channel with friends or a club, this invaluable double-pack will help you plan your trip, check information on the road, and enjoy some of the finest automotive-themed destinations in France.

France: The Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts

This fully updated second edition is divided into five regions – Paris & the Île-de-France, Western France, Southern France, Central France & the Alps, and North-East France – each containing a wealth of detailed information for the auto enthusiast. With sections on museums, classic and modern car shows, automobilia, buying car parts, historic and modern motorsport events, and race circuits, each entry is illustrated in full colour. 
  • 200 things for the car enthusiast to see and do
  • Based on the acclaimed first edition, comprehensively updated for 2017
  • Places and events throughout the year and in every region
  • Explore where to see great cars on display
  • Learn how to take part with your car
  • Find out how to drive on 50 circuits
  • Discover where to buy motoring art, books and parts
  • Easy-to-use layout with practical information for each entry
  • Extra information online: latest dates, one-off events and satnav data
  • Of special interest to all owners of French cars

The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe

Providing all you need to know to prepare for your trip, cope with the unfamiliar, and stay safe while enjoying your trip, this guide covers everything from winter driving, towing a caravan, travelling with pets, and taking a classic car overseas, to what what to do in the case of a breakdown or accident. Covering Western Europe (including France), Southern Europe, Northern Europe, and Central & Eastern Europe, 50 individual countries are covered, and all the information is based on extensive local research, and includes comprehensive details of speed limits, drink/driving rules, motorway tolls, mountain passes, and other local regulations. Extensive illustrations help you recognise and understand unfamiliar signs, whilst more than 25 port maps guide you safely to terminals in the UK and on the Continent.

  • All you need to know for a safe and enjoyable European trip
  • Helps you plan your trip and check information on the road
  • Reassurance for the first-timer … and the latest facts for regular travellers
  • General guidance on driving abroad, and country-specific information
  • Specific advice: driving in cities, towing, winter driving …
  • What to do in an emergency: breakdowns, accidents, car crime …
  • Comprehensive coverage: specific information for 50 European countries
  • Speed limits, local rules, and motorway tolls in each country
  • Extensively illustrated with 200 photos, plus road signs and port maps (UK & Continent)
  • Includes UK information for visitors from USA and Australia
You can find out all about the guides, Julian Parish, and Julian's other fantastic books, over at the Drive Guide website … click the pic below.