The Beaujolais Run, a unique charity driving experience, has announced that Nigel Mansell OBE will launch its 38th event at the iconic Brands Hatch circuit in Kent on Tuesday 16 November.
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 ‘Run attracts an impressive array of teams each year piloting vehicles from everyday road cars to supercars, and aims to provide ‘money can’t buy experiences’ to its participants, as well as raising money for worthwhile causes.
In 2010, The Beaujolais Run will celebrate 60 years of Formula One and the start location has now been confirmed as the legendary Brands Hatch circuit, which marked the 50th anniversary of its Grand Prix configuration this year.
Nigel Mansell OBE will take up the role as starter of the 2010 ‘Run, ably supported by John Surtees OBE and Dr Jonathan Palmer. All 3 British ex F1 drivers will then take to the grid with the competitors on 16 November for a lap of the Indy circuit before teams head to France.
The Beaujolais Run is a not for profit event, which this year will raise much needed funds for the newly formed Henry Surtees Foundation under the direction of the run’s patron John Surtees. Having already clinched world titles on two wheels, it was 50 years ago this year that Surtees switched to four-wheel racing. In celebration of John’s achievements 2010 will, for the first time, see touring motorbikes able to enter the run alongside vehicles old and new.
Nigel Mansell OBE said: “I am absolutely delighted to lend my support in memory of Henry at Brands Hatch to start what I am sure will be a very special 2010 Beaujolais Run.”
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”.
Jonathan Palmer concluded: “The Beaujolais Run is an exciting event and I’m delighted that Brands Hatch will be the start point for this year’s event. As well as being a great deal of fun for those taking part, this year’s event is supporting a cause close to our hearts and we are proud to honour Henry’s memory and support the Run’s fundraising activities.”
Not only will competitors have the chance to share the track with Surtees, Mansell and Palmer, they will also experience two other legendary F1 circuits on this year’s run, which will see a return to Dijon-Prenois – a circuit which saw a memorable battle at the 1979 French Grand Prix between Villenueve and Arnoux.
Continuing the journey through 60 Years of Formula One, competitors will also pay tribute at 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.
Entries are still open for the 2010 Beaujolais Run, to register visit www.beaujolaisrun.com