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Drive Guide: at your side in 2016!

Lots of updates, and something new!
If you bought a copy of France: the Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts when it came out last year, thank you! If not – or if you have friends who would like to read it – the guide remains available as a paperback, eBook and as a series of digital apps covering five major regions. More details of how to buy each edition are available at

Updated digital content for 2016

Like any travel guide, there will inevitably be changes in the car-related places and events taking place in France. Fortunately, however, the classic and sports car community in France is in great shape, with a recent FFVE survey listing 6500 events during the year, up 1000 on their previous research. The events we chose for the guide are among the biggest and best established in France, so there have been very few changes to those presented in the book. In addition, we deliberately ‘future-proofed’ the content: rather than giving exact dates and prices in the printed book, you can go straight to the organisers’ websites (in your browser or using the handy QR codes) and check the latest details for this season online. If you are buying the guide in 2016, you can be confident that there is still no better place to find so much information!

Check the latest Practical Information online.

Even though there are only a few, often minor changes, we have fully updated the eBook and digital apps, so that these are completely current as of February 2016. Should further changes occur, we will update them again during the season. If you are already using one of the digital apps, go to the app store for your device (Android, iOS or Windows Phone) and download the latest versions.

Latest digital apps available for all platforms.

Online extras

Complementing the guide itself, this website is also where you’ll find:

  • The 2016 event calendar, which now lists 80 events taking place throughout 2016, and even four already scheduled for 2017, if you like to plan ahead! Check it out now at

May is already a bumper month to visit France!

  • An updated set of GPS coordinates for all the venues in the guide, available to download from This set of files lets you import the address of each museum, circuit or show featured in the guide into your preferred satnav device: there are pre-formatted files for TomTom and Garmin, and even a version for Volvo’s Sensus system

Navigating to one of the places in the guide, in the author’s Volvo.

  • Information on my brand-new book, The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe, published later this month. The perfect complement to the guide to France, you’ll find here all the practical information you need to remain safe and legal wherever you are driving in Europe. Find out more by clicking on the cover!

The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe, also from Veloce.

If you use Amazon for some of your book purchases, you probably already know its Author Pages. Check out my page on Amazon (.com, and .fr) and see the new projects I am working on and the events I’ll be attending over the next few weeks, with venues including Reims, Stuttgart and Magny-Cours. I am always happy to meet readers of the guide and other enthusiasts visiting from abroad: just use the Contact form on this website.

My Amazon UK Author Page, with details of my next books and events I’m attending.

Social media and magazine features

Throughout the year, we will be sharing the latest news from the French classic and sports car scene on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to Like these pages and receive fresh information several times each week.

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If you prefer reading car magazines, my next feature in Classic & Sports Car – on the hidden treasures of the Musée de Sanxet – is due out very soon, and there are more planned later in the year.

Bertrand de Passemar next to his unique Casimir Ragot Spéciale at Sanxet.

Coming soon…

In my next blog I will cover some of the events in France which take place only in even years, as well as some exciting new shows and races which will be held for the first time this year. Check back here soon!