Yorkshire to Host 2012 International Citroen Car Clubs Rally in August

The 15th International Citroen Car Clubs Rally, an event that will showcase cars made from 1919 to the present day, by France-based automobile company, Citroen, will be held in the UK this year, for four days in August.

The event will be held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, near Harrogate, from August 9 to 12, 2012, and it is being organised by a team of volunteers from the three main British Citroen clubs. Although the International Citroen Car Clubs Rally originated in Britain, it has been to many countries in Europe and America since its inception in 1973.

Amicale Citroen Internationale, a non-profit international organisation for Citroen Car lovers, has chosen the event as their ‘Event of the Year’. The rally is expected to see the participation of around 1,500 Citroen vehicles from around the world.

The event is expected to offer a wide line-up of classic Citroen vehicles, including British-built Citroens, and some remarkable vehicles, such as British-owned Citroens and Panhards, and a private museum collection.

The organisers of the 15th ICCCR said in a statement, ‘We invite everyone interested in any Citroen, from 1919 to the present day, to join us – from B2 to Belphegor, from 2CV to DS5.

We expect just about every Citroen model to be present – not just cars, but vans, trucks, buses and beyond. If it’s to do with Citroen, it will be there.’

The event will also include Club displays, displays of historic and model vehicles, a Concours d’Elegance, or gathering of exclusive cars, as well as driving events and competitions.

British Travellers Are Nervous of Driving in Europe

British travellers going to Europe on a fly and drive holiday are not always entirely at ease with driving on the continent, according to a survey conducted by car insurance comparison website, Confused.com.

The survey highlighted the plight of around 66 percent of British travellers who have experienced road accidents while driving in Europe, and around 73 percent of the respondents revealed a fear of foreign roads due to bewildering road signs, unpredictable driving habits, and different driving laws.

The report also says that around one in five road trips from Britain to Europe involves a crash or a bump, while around 66 percent, or two-thirds of British travellers have experienced a mishap while driving in Europe. Around 25 percent of British travellers that drive in foreign countries during summer are not actually aware of their travel insurance status when they are abroad.

Gareth Kloet, the head of car insurance at Confused.com, said, ‘As the holiday season approaches, we’re going to see more Brits heading to the continent. While driving is often the most convenient means of travel, it’s important for motorists to take the time to understand the foreign laws. Accidents can easily happen in an unfamiliar environment, so reading up and making sure you’re completely covered for the country you’re driving in is just as important as getting the right currency.’

Driving on the right-hand side of the road is the most common fear for British drivers in Europe, as reported by 39 percent of respondents, while one in five, or 19 percent of UK drivers have driven on the wrong side of the road at least once when in a foreign country.

Airports Charge Less for Parking Small Planes than Cars

Airports are charging cheaper rates for parking a small aeroplane than for parking a car, says a recent study.

The study, conducted on the UK’s 10 airports, shows that while parking a car for a day can work out to be expensive, it is cheaper to park a small aircraft for the same amount of time.

While London Heathrow Airport is the most expensive for parking a car, with a charge of GBP51.80 for 24 hours parking in the short-stay car park, an equivalent stay in the long-stay car park will cost GBP17.90 with advance booking. Manchester Airport charges GBP35 for a 24-hours parking at its short-stay car park, but it only charges GBP21 for the same period for parking a six-seat light aircraft.

John Lennon Airport in Liverpool charges GBP10.72 for parking a light aircraft, against GBP39.99 for a car park slot for the same time period. At Birmingham, it is GBP22.50 for a car and GBP10.80 for a plane, and at Bristol Airport it is GBP25 for a car and GBP17 for a plane.

Edinburgh Airport charges GBP23.50 to park a car for 24 hours, while the cost for parking a plane is GBP11.90 for the same amount of time. Glasgow Airport charges GBP21 for a car parking for 24 hours, while the cost for parking a plane is GBP11.52 for the same time period.

The only airport to buck the trend was Luton, where it is GBP36 to park a car and GBP38.88 to park a plane.

Russell Craig, the head of communications, at Manchester Airport, said, ‘Years ago airports made all their money from the planes. Now at Manchester, aviation income makes up less than half of our revenues. To be able to keep investing, you’ve got to find new revenue streams and some of that is car parking. But pre-booking is the way to save money. The turn-up prices are what they are.’