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Little Classics News: 10 November 2014

44th Beaujolais Run to Commemorate World War One

The Beaujolais Run 2014

The Beaujolais Run, now in its 44th year will commemorate World War One on it famous classic car event this year with patron John Surtees OBE.

Starting from The Royal Automoblie Club, Woodcote Park on 17th November 2014, this year’s monumental event sees teams travel with patron John Surtees OBE to the city of Bruges and the battlefields of Flanders.

This year the ‘Run will be supported by Vauxhall. Itself started in 1903, Vauxhall provided vehicular support during the first World War in many guises. Anthony Reid, Goodwood’s 'king of the hill’, will be at the wheel of the Insignia Sports Tourer as he once again tackles the course.

Travelling to Tyne Cot, Passchendaele and Mons en route to Reims; competitors will be thrown back to 1914 as they take their place in the trenches. Suitably equipped by Quba&Co they will experience briefly trench life.

John Surtees OBE

Having travelled through the Menin Gate and over the Messine Ridge; Teams will then arrive in Reims to visit the cellars of Champagne Taittinger; itself a military hospital during WW1 and a place of refuge during the battle of the Marne.

During the event, teams will have to solve a navigational challenge finding five cryptic checkpoints along a WW1 route. Competitors have to cover the course in the shortest possible distance making the event a level playing field for all types of vehicles.

Encompassing spectacular driving, both on and off the track, teams will then join the vignerons of the Beaujolais region for the release of France’s first vintage on Thursday 20th November.

The primary aim of The Beaujolais Run is to raise money for the Henry Surtees Foundation; a UK charity inspired by the memory of the great, enthusiastic young racer who was tragically killed in an accident at Brands Hatch.


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