The Burlington Beaujolais Run 2009 - From Reims to Gueux

Teams awoke to yet another sunny start. After a leisurely breakfast teams headed to their third and final historic circuit; Reims-Gueux. The local Gendarmes encouraged teams to 'enjoy' their vehicles on the famous start finish straight and ensured that there were no mishaps.

Approaching Calais, the teams met typically wintery British weather and boarded Eurotunnel to reminisce their fun filled five days. Some thoughts turned to the great John Surtees OBE and his endeavour on the previous Tuesday morning.

Six cars left the pack and headed north. Three Aston Martin DBS', two Lotus' and a Jaguar E Type were headed for The Ritz Club and Casino at the kind invitation of Tim Cullimore its Chief Executive to repatriate the first land borne bottle of this year's harvest. After a fight through London's manic traffic, the vehicles arrived victorious outside the Ritz to the flashbulbs of the awaiting press on Picadilly.

The Burlington Beaujolais Run webstreaming, filmed by Marc Lis, continues to bring the 'Run to life for families, friends and sponsors across the world. Sponsors enjoy a vast audience on a global scale, giving patronage of a unique event where 100% of competitors' sponsor monies benefit the event's nominated charities.

The Burlington Beaujolais Run 2009 - From Mâcon to Reims

After the spectacular torch lit release of the 2009 vintage all the teams declared it a winner! Competitors awoke to fog in Mâcon and emerged once again into bright sunshine above Beaune. All teams made good progress to Reims as they knew a treat was in store...

As the sun went down on Reims, two gleaming white coaches arrived sent by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger himself, summoning the teams to la Marquetterie, his chateau amongst the vines. On arrival, the teams found that the Taittinger pressing room had been turned into a party venue complete with stage. After the popping of many corks and the firing of six litres of Aston Martin V12 DBS Volante guests and teams were startled when the car burst into the room, roof down, carrying no less than Eddie Jordan. Keen to debrief the teams in his role of 'M' on the 2009 'Run and to join Q, Justin Llewelyn, (son of Desmond Llewelyn who played 'Q' in the Bond films) Champagne Taittinger's Ambassador.

Justin led teams through five different wines accompanying a sumptuous dinner and a charity auction; the highlight of which being an original James Bond script from You Only Live Twice. During dinner Eddie Jordan thanked teams for their fundraising efforts and gave some insight into the 2009 AND 2010 Formula One seasons.
Expectations were running high as the time for prize giving arrived. Phil Derry and Graham Innes of TrackaPhone took P2 for the GT1 Maps Only navigation class. Winners of P2, Any Assistance, were Neilsen McConnell and Louise Orpin, Team Beaky. The highly coveted P1 went John Riley and Nick Kift. This year the trophy attached to P1 was re-named, in perpetuity, as the James Wall Trophy for the Highest Fundraiser. This was in memory of a competitors' son who lost his fight against cancer in April 2009.

Always a hotly contested award, L'Esprit du Cours went to Steve Williamson and Jo Holmes, The Nubees for their true Beaujolais spirit throughout.

Dean Pither and Anthony Heller proudly collected the Wooden Spoon Award having chalked up the most miles during day two's navigation trial.

Most teams thought that Eddie Jordan was finished for the night, but they were wrong! As they commenced their desserts Pete (on bass) and Luca (lead vocals/lead guitar) took to the stage. Teams were then stunned to find Eddie Jordan was to join the musicians on percussion! The three piece band was joined with a stunning rift from Mark Keen who had supported the 'Run with his musical and technical expertise. Their eclectic playlist ensured all partied hard. La Marquetterie was still ringing with the sound of Eddie and his band as carriages conveyed teams home.

On return to Reims, some of the teams found their second wind. After researching some of Reims' finest night spots, they returned to the hotel's underground garage for an impromptu, and awesome, performance from Mark Keen on his acoustic guitar!

The Burlington Beaujolais Run - Brooklands to Reims

This year's start location was one worthy of 007 himself. A source of great inspiration to Ian Fleming for both the character of James Bond and that truly scrumptious car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was the historic Brooklands motor circuit.

Teams formed up on the fiercely protected, famous Brooklands banking. Formula One legend John Surtees OBE was on hand to give teams some last minute advice. After a brisk wave of the starting flag by John, teams were on their way. "It was an immense privilege to take to the road alongside such a great motoring hero" said one competitor; as John drove the Ginetta G50 Electric Vehicle bound for Eurotunnel with the pack.

Fresh from its Top Gear ordeal in Romania, the Aston Martin DBS Volante led an escort of Aston Martins. The 2009 celebrated marque swept towards France, mixing it with Ferrari, Maserati, Caterham, Lotus, Morgan, Bentley and Jaguar.

On arrival at Eurotunnel, teams were greeted with a media reception and found a real life Bond girl waiting for them! Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger posed for photographs with the teams and talked of her time with Sean Connery in the famous Goldfinger car chase where the DB5 slashed her tyres!

Expectation was high as John Surtees OBE pointed the Ginetta towards the Channel Tunnel itself to set a new record for driving the 31 miles under the sea to France!

John emerged victorious in Coquelles to collect the first bottle of Louis Jadot Beaujolais En Primeur to ensure that his bottle was the first repatriated to the UK and onward for its presentation at The Ritz Club and Casino, Picadilly.

After a spirited drive south from Calais, the teams found themselves welcomed warmly into the arms of the Taittinger family at their Caves at Place Saint Nicaise, Reims. After a private tour and tasting, the teams headed into the Reims' nightlife.

The Burlington Beaujolais Run 2009 - From Reims to Gueux

Teams awoke to yet another sunny start. After a leisurely breakfast teams headed to their third and final historic circuit; Reims-Gueux. The local Gendarmes encouraged teams to 'enjoy' their vehicles on the famous start finish straight and ensured that there were no mishaps.

Approaching Calais, the teams met typically wintery British weather and boarded Eurotunnel to reminisce their fun filled five days. Some thoughts turned to the great John Surtees OBE and his endeavour on the previous Tuesday morning.

Six cars left the pack and headed north. Three Aston Martin DBS', two Lotus' and a Jaguar E Type were headed for The Ritz Club and Casino at the kind invitation of Tim Cullimore its Chief Executive to repatriate the first land borne bottle of this year's harvest. After a fight through London's manic traffic, the vehicles arrived victorious outside the Ritz to the flashbulbs of the awaiting press on Picadilly.

The Burlington Beaujolais Run webstreaming, filmed by Marc Lis, continues to bring the 'Run to life for families, friends and sponsors across the world. Sponsors enjoy a vast audience on a global scale, giving patronage of a unique event where 100% of competitors' sponsor monies benefit the event's nominated charities.

The Burlington Beaujolais Run - Launch Night, Brooklands

Teams immersed themselves in the romance and history of Brooklands and learnt of the missions they would undertake on this year's Burlington Beaujolais Run. For one night only the distinctive green-domed Clubhouse, Brooklands Automobile Racing Club, became the Royale Casino. A Champagne Taittinger reception and wines by Messrs Louis Jadot ensured the competitors were kept refreshed in style as they came face to face with their competition for the first time. Friends of the 'Run Steve Berry, Anthony Reid and Alex Burns (father of the late WRC Champion Richard Burns and 2008 winner of the GT1 Maps Only navigation class) all took to the stage to brief the teams.

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