This year we are touring into The Netherlands and joining the Stichting Club Alfa Romeo Bezitters (SCARB) at their 40th anniversary Spettacolo Sportiva Alfa Romeo weekend meeting at the Zandvoort Circuit on the coast east of Amsterdam on 25 – 26 August. This event comes highly recommended and is attended by Alfisti from all over Europe including a regular contingent from UK. More information can be found at www.alfaclub.nl.
Our group will depart from Folkstone on Le Shuttle early afternoon of Tuesday 21 August heading for Bruges in Belgium. We overnight in a splendid old 4-star hotel in the centre of Bruges. Next day we wend our way to Bergen op Zoom in the western part of the province of Brabant in The Netherlands to stay in what claims to be the oldest hotel in the country, again in the very heart of the town.
On Thursday, 23 August, our route takes us through the most beautiful and picturesque parts of the Netherlands. SCARB has kindly provided us with this route taken from their 2016 Coppa Spettacolo Sportivo Tour. It passes through the old fishing village of Yerseke and the historic cities of Middelburg and Veere to the hugely impressive Delta Works coastal flood protection system in the southwestern part of The Netherlands. We cross the main entrance to Rotterdam harbour by ferry then past Delft to the city of Leiden. Our ultra-modern hotel on the outskirts of Leiden will be our base for the next four nights. A visit to the Louwman Motor Museum is planned for Friday morning and on Saturday and /or Sunday we will drive 35 km north to the Zandvoort Circuit for the Spettacolo Sportivo Event.
We will be meeting up with our Dutch friends in the Giulietta Register along the way and planning alternative sightseeing activities for some of our time in Leiden, including a possible afternoon drive taking in the “Green Heart of Holland”. The final day, Monday 27 August, will be a straight, mostly motorway, run to Calais for the late afternoon train to Folkstone.
Total cost is estimated to be £970 per car assuming two people per car. We still have to agree single occupancy rates with the hotels which should make it marginally cheaper. The estimated cost includes Le Shuttle, double or twin rooms including breakfasts for six nights, two group dinners, and car parking. Entrance to the Zandvoort Circuit for the whole two days will be €18 per person and is not included in this total cost estimate.
As usual we will be asking for a deposit of £485 (50%) per car from all participants in the next month or so to pay hotel deposits and reserve the trains. Again, as usual a reconciliation of all costs will made on our return. We have provisionally reserved 15 rooms at each hotel. Six of these are already allocated to Members who have registered their interest.
So, if you have not already done so, please email Peter Bradnock (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible to register your interest in joining this exciting and different European Tour to The Netherlands.