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Sarah Dowding, Founder & CEO

Sarah, Classic Travelling’s founder and director brings extensive touring and motoring experience, having driven over 500,000 miles across Europe, North America, and southern Africa. 

Sarah has always been a car enthusiast, from Corgi cars as a child to now owning a variety of classic cars that are all used on the various tours.

Sarah runs day-to-day operations and accompanies most group tours as Tour Director and Journey Host. She has a passion for ensuring everyone has a memorable and enjoyable touring experience, with over 20 years of experience, attention to detail, knack of finding excellent, scenic routes and superb hotels, and helping to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Thomas Brimblecombe, Tour Director

Thomas brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience in organising classic and sports car tours across Europe. He owns an MGC Roadster, which has been in his family for over 50 years and has motoring and classic cars in his blood, as his father, Nick , started one of the very first companies organising classic car tours over 30 years ago.

Thomas has been organising tours to many race meetings and events over the years, and has great insight into the best places to stay, the optimum locations for race action, and insider knowledge of fabulous restaurants to enhance your enjoyment.

Mel Bacon, Tour Manager

Mel is known for her capability, hard work, and a ‘can-do’ attitude, managing tours in the UK and Europe with enthusiasm.

Mel owns an MGB and adores driving and travel. She is also a keen sailor, skier and has her private pilots licence.

Mel accompanies Sarah on many tours and invaluable for her calm nature, welcoming presence and chatty character.

Liz Dowding, Tour Manager

Liz, Sarah’s mother, has been involved since the start in 2003, contributing significantly to Classic Travelling’s foundation. 

She has driven many, many recce trips and accompanied a number of tours. 

She is always at Goodwood Revival and Members Meeting too, so is well-known and loved by everyone in the Classic Travelling community.

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Joe Coleman, Tour Mechanic

Most of our tours to mainland Europe and worldwide (excluding the UK or Ireland) are accompanied by our knowledgeable, capable and friendly mechanic, Joe Coleman of Oldtimer Services.

Joe has saved the day far too many times to remember for numerous people with all sorts of mechanical issues with his excellent roadside and car park repairs. He has accompanied Classic Travelling tours since 2010.