Sir Stirling Moss

The greatest British driver never to become World Motor Racing Champion, Sir Stirling Moss, passed away aged 90 at the peak of the pandemic April 2020.

Whilst the tributes flowed in any memorial service and the like were not possible.  To its credit the famous Brooklands Museum is putting this right with a celebration of Stirling’s life on Sunday 12 September (10:00-16:00) with over 35 of Moss’s cars expected on display.

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Aspire Road Test

No showroom for Genesis.

Following the strategy of Tesla, Genesis – the high-end arm of Korean manufacturer Hyundai and Kia – has arrived in the UK, but without any showrooms.

Instead Genesis is offering a ‘butler-style’ service where demonstration models are brought to you.

Travel News Update by Aspire has managed a short introduction with the GV 80 3ltr diesel. Nothing sensational but a steady performer with a quiet and torquey power unit. £69,685 on the road. www.genesis.com

Belfast flights

Users of the Aspire Belfast City Airport lounge should not be worried hearing that Stobart, the operator of the Aer Lingus (EI) franchise, has gone into liquidation.  Other airlines have quickly stepped in to cover the flights and all tickets will be honoured.

Some of the major airlines typically, Aer Lingus and British Airways, do not have the smaller aircraft to fly regional routes and contract out the services (franchise).  EI will find another partner whilst BA has CityFlyer at London City Airport.  The aircraft and everything about them are badged as the mother airline.

The current Belfast City Airport routes are:

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Leicester Square hotel

London’s most exciting new hotel, The Londoner in Leicester Square, is to finally debut in September.  Originally planned for last year the opening was another victim of the pandemic. 

Costing more than £300m, the new hotel covers a site the size of a football pitch but is limited to eight storeys, with a rooftop Japanese restaurant, bar & patio. It has seven levels underground, including a swimming pool, gym, two screening rooms, hair and nail salon plus barber shop and what is claimed to be the largest ballroom in the UK.

www.thelondoner.com

ATOL WARNING

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Air Travel Organiser's Licence agency (ATOL) are warning consumers to check that they are financially protected when booking a holiday.

While ATOL protected package holidays provide the best level of protection possible, there are other ways of booking trips.  What the CAA is saying is that if not on ATOL package make sure that each segment of the holiday is covered.

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Australia New Zealand travel suspended

The New Zealand – Australia trans-Tasman travel bubble has been suspended “for at least the next eight weeks”, as the number of Covid-19 cases in Australia rises. 

Flights were not curtailed immediately, a period of respite introduced to enable people from both countries to make the return.

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