- The Beaujolais Run celebrates its 43rd year with a bumper offering for 2013
The featured marque for the 2013 ‘Run will be Chevrolet and the 60th anniversary of the Corvette. The Corvette is synonymous with American Muscle and has evolved into the most technologically advanced supercar of today.
With an additional celebratory nod to 100 years of Aston Martin, 40 years of the Porsche 911 Targa and 50 years of Lamborghini it is sure to be a special year.
This mad dogs and Englishmen event accepts classic cars, supercars, daily drives and touring motorcycles on the event. Today it also announced a new class in honour of Land Rover’s 40th anniversary. An all four wheel drive class will now operate on The Beaujolais Run due to the unique abilities theses vehicles posess.
The Beaujolais Run is a navigational shootout through a cryptic checkpoint course, which begins at a location in the UK and ends in deepest Burgundy. The Beaujolais Run attracts an impressive array of teams each year piloting vehicles from daily drives, classic cars and supercars, and aims to provide ‘money can’t buy experiences’ to its participants, as well as raising money for worthwhile causes. This year, will see competing teams who have travelled from as far afield as the USA and Gibraltar take part in the ‘Run.
This years ‘Run will start from The Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Park with a live hillclimb in place on Monday 18th November 2013 and a Henry Fessy Beaujolais and Taittinger champagne reception with some very special motoring guests. The action will then switch to Brands Hatch on Tuesday 19th November to join John Surtees OBE, Anthony Reid, Jonathan Palmer on The Grand Prix circuit before heading for four hard days of motoring and fun challenges in France.
In a fitting Corvette celebration; a selection of Corvettes will lead this years event off the start line including the new Corvette Stingray piloted by Oliver Gavin, Le Mans Ace.
Ably assisted by John Surtees OBE, Patron of The Beaujolais Run; Gavin will lead the competing teams on laps of the Grand Prix circuit, before they head for France.
In France, driver and navigator teams will be VIP guests of Champagne Taittinger enjoying all that the regions of Champagne and Burgundy have to offer.
The Beaujolais Run is a not for profit event, which this year will raise much needed funds for the Henry Surtees Foundation under the direction of John Surtees. Having already clinched world titles on two wheels, it was 53 years ago this year that Surtees switched to four-wheel racing.
The Beaujolais Run Patron John Surtees OBE added: “When I was asked to become a patron, the answer was not a difficult one. The opportunity of being involved with an event that included travelling on fine French roads, through superb villages and visiting chateaux, together with superb wine, champagne and food was hard to resist. The important point however is that all proceeds go to charity. I have to thank all concerned for nominating the charity set up in the name of my late son Henry as one of the beneficiaries. I will certainly ensure that every penny counts in helping causes for those that are less fortunate than ourselves”.
Last year The Beaujolais Run and The Henry Surtees foundation together equipped Air Ambulances in the South of England with much needed blood transfusion equipment.
Not only will competitors have the chance to share the track with Surtees, Palmer and Reid, they will also experience three legendary F1 circuits on this year’s ‘Run; which will see a return to Dijon-Prenois and the Reims-Gueux circuit where Surtees drove his first race for Cooper-Maserati in 1966 after leaving Ferrari and as leader of the World Championship.
Limited Places are available for this years ‘Run by registering at http://www.beaujolaisrun.com/