News reached DSC earlier this week of the likely acquisition of the Speed Chills brand by our friends at Travel Destinations.
Many regular travellers to the Le Mans 24 Hours, and to other major race events will be familiar with Speed Chills, set up by Directors Neil Matthews & Chris Daynes to look after race fans at Le Mans, and offering a comprehensive service of travel, tickets and camping offers.
In recent months Neil’s work commitments away from Speed Chills, meant he was unable to devote the time he would like to its customers and that has led directly to the now finalised acquisition of the brand by their previous market rivals Travel Destinations.
Neil Matthews today said: “With Speed Chills, our aim was always to put the customer at the heart of everything we did and then to surround them with rock-solid administration and the best team of like-minded people we could muster to deliver a great experience.
“So, when the time came to pass on the baton, there was only one organisation to work with; the team at Travel Destinations. I am confident that our customers will be extremely well looked after and the spirit in which we developed the brand will be upheld.”
Richard Webb, Director at Travel Destinations:
“We have always kept good relations with Neil and the Speed Chills team, so we were delighted when Neil approached us to continue the Speed Chills brand. We see Speed Chills as a very good fit with Travel Destinations and we look forward to welcoming Speed Chills customers to Le Mans and our other events.”
Initially, Speed Chills customers will notice a face-lift to their website in the coming days and then all Speed Chills registered subscribers will receive a further update in the next week.
Richard has provided the following Q&A to assist customers in understanding just what to expect:
Your questions answered:
We usually book for Le Mans now, when can we book for Le Mans 2020?
We are open and on sale now for the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Le Mans Classic. Initial bookings are best made by telephone by calling 01707 329988. If you have already lodged a booking request with Speed Chills, that information has been passed to Travel Destinations and we will be in touch.
Can I still contact Speed Chills?
The Speed Chills brand will now be owned by Travel Destinations. Initially the Speed Chills phone number will be diverted to the Travel Destinations reservations team, who will be happy to assist.
I normally buy just my tickets through Speed Chills; can I still do this?
Of course, you can still call to purchase your tickets, ultimately these will be processed via www.tickets-2-u.com, another member of the Travel Destinations family.
Will the Speed Chills private camping areas resume?
Speed Chills last offered private camping at Le Mans in 2018. Travel Destinations were actually the first company to offer private camping and continue to offer private camping at Porsche Curves.
We hope that Speed Chills customers will enjoy their new home there.
Travel Destinations also offers glamping and our Flexotel Village cabins, which will also be available to Speed Chills customers.
Were Speed Chills in financial difficulties?
No. Speed Chills were always successful, but Neil recognised that his time was being spent away from the business. By transferring the brand to Travel Destinations, Speed Chills customers will continue to receive knowledgeable and experienced customer service.
In the past, we travelled with Speed Chills to Daytona and hoped to return.
This is also no problem; Travel Destinations already have 2 very similar offers available for the Daytona 24 Hours & the Daytona Classic. We also have offers for Sebring & Bathurst.
All Travel Destinations offers are available now on www.traveldestinations.co.uk and will also be available to Speed Chills customers
We booked through Speed Chills because they were members of ABTA so we knew our money was safe.
Travel Destinations are also ABTA bonded. We are also members of AITO and hold an ATOL license, so you can book with confidence through Travel Destinations.
For further information or to make a booking for Le Mans or any of the other Travel Destinations
packages, please call Travel Destinations directly on +44 01707 329988.