Gueux Circuit

A wet morning greeted those attending the Gueux Circuit. Further renovations had taken place during the year and the 'Amis de Circuit'  were waiting for the 'Run. Every Friday the 'Amis' give up their day to renovate various parts of the old circuit. They are presently renovating the drivers changing rooms and adding a clubhouse.

The support team were glad of their Ssangyong's; the four wheel drives had proved unstoppable and handled every task with ease and proved sure footed this morning in the wet.

Having paid their respects, teams headed for home to repatriate the first vintage.

There was one last display by the grand master himself. Run patron John Surtees OBE fishtailed the Ferrari FF in a show of car control and led the cars back to Blighty. 

Prize giving in Champagne

A sumptuous dinner awaited at Tailltinger's Chateau De La Marquetterie. An aperitif of Comtes de Champagne was followed by Prelude, Folie de La Marquetterie, Domaine Carneros and Nocturne Rose.

The Run had held a minutes silence at the RAC club for the victims of Paris. This evening,rather unusually, the competitors were able to wear their fancy dress for dinner. This had been held over from Wednesday as a mark of respect.
Bristol Cars rewarded their competing owners with a gift for bringing their beautiful vehicles in celebration of the marque.
During dinner Malcolm Barber spoke about some of the stranger things he had auctioned, and also some of the most exclusive. Patron John Surtees OBE waxed lyrical about his time at Ferrari and his love of Champagne.
The attention then turned to the charity auction where some amazing lots fell under Malcolm Barber's Gavel.
Prize giving revealed that the GT1 maps class outshone GT2 sat nav, and that there were many stories of this epic roadtrip to be had.
As competitors left the Cotes des Blancs, spirits were high

Beaujolais is calling......

Champagne Taittinger's walls reverberated with the sound of exhausts at the start of the navigational trial. Six secret checkpoints across Champagne and Burgundy lay in place. All connected with Napoleon in some way, a day of fun awaited.

En route to Beaujolais country, teams visited the origin of Napoleon's favourite wine, cheese and Chablis where the town grew up around where he once watered his horse.
Louis Latour greeted teams with their customary hospitality. Jean-Phillippe of Simmonet-Fevbre took navigators through an extensive tasting of their great Chablis wines. Its fair to say, the sound of bottles clinking could be heard on departure for Parc Ferme in Beaujolais.
Competitors joined the mayor's banquet and were treated to an evening of food, wine and cabaret entertainment. After donning their John Partridge coats they became part of the procession of light heralding the release of the 2015 vintage.

Day Two Waterloo to Reims

Dawn broke over the Waterloo battlefield. Awaking refreshed, teams pointed their cars at the scene of Europe's famous battleground. In commemorating 200 years since Wellington and Bonaparte's conflict, teams climbed the 'Butte de Lion' to survey the tapestry of fields that decided Europe's fate in 1815. A viewing of the Panorama painting depicting the scenes of the great battle followed.
A route south through beauty of the Ardennes followed, with the bright lights of Reims in prospect. With cars safely parked, Champagne Taittinger received teams with their customary hospitality for 'Runners. Teams marvelled at the Unesco World Heritage listed Crayeres and enjoyed listening about how their contents were made and the unique process Champagne goes through. The order was given to pour, and the teams enjoyed the beginning of their evening in Reims while cogitating on the following mornings first clue.

The Beaujolais Run 2015®

At The Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park teams on The Beaujolais Run® 2015 awoke to the sound of engines being fired up. A bright morning, greeted a band of intrepid motorist, keen on taking up the challenge of "Europe's biggest rolling house party."

Classic Featured marques Bristol and Morgan took centre stage, showcasing the car companies development, with many rare variants present.
Supporting partner SsangYong ensured that all the competitors requirements could be accomodated with ease.
The arrival of the Ferrari FF gave cause for excitement, as at the wheel was none other than 'Run patron, and double world champion, John Surtees OBE. John viewed the range of vehicles present, with a look of approval.
At sign on, the competitors found that 'Run sponsor John Partridge & Co had done them proud. The teams received a limited edition car coat each to ensure they kept warm and dry on the 2015 adventure.
Run legend, Anthony Reid, gave teams an insight into his career and some driving tips. He would later be flagged off in the SsangYong Tivoli by none other than John Surtees OBE himself.
Teams held a one minute silence in respect for the victims of Paris with the staff of The Royal Automobile Club before they were joined by Channel 4's film crew.
The teams then took part in filming for a new Food programme and tasted truffle and potato canapes, special created for them by a top chef.
The 'Run to Eurotunnel was dry, before teams were loaded onto their Trai. En route to France Champagne Taittinger provided Navigators with in flight service.
On arrival in Antwerp the 'Runners headed out to explore Napoleons favourite Belgian city. The majesty of the cathedral overlooking "Place Napoleon Bonarparte" now Grooenplatz.
'Runners dined in 16th century surroundings, debriefed the day and headed for a well earned rest in their boutique hotel. Waterloo awaits in the morning.

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