New Chevrolet models star at Beaujolais Run

Lining up at this year’s Beaujolais Run was the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray, alongside the 2012 Beaujolais Run winner: a 2012 Corvette C6.

Both models led the field away at the iconic Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, flanked either side by a pair of Chevrolet Camaros driven by Le Mans legends. One of the legends is the manufacturer’s own star driver, Oliver Gavin.

Motorists driving on the Beaujolais Run have to navigate through a cryptic checkpoint course, beginning at the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park and finishing in Burgundy.

Each year, an impressive array of teams piloting vehicles from everyday road cars to supercars are attracted to the Beaujolais Run.

The theme for this year’s event was great races of Le Mans, with Chevrolet having a great racing pedigree and having had competed in Le Mans 24 Hour races for over five decades.

The Beaujolais Run is a not-for-profit event, with this year’s funds going towards the Henry Surtees Foundation under the direction of the Run’s patron: John Surtees OBE.

Surtees commented: "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 beneficiary. I will certainly ensure that every penny counts in helping causes for those that are less fortunate than ourselves."

The Director of the Beaujolais Run, Rob Bellinger, added: "We were delighted Chevrolet agreed to be our celebrated marque this year. To be able to use such an evocative setting like Brands Hatch and to debut Chevrolet’s latest cars on the Run here is a great privilege.

"Entering Oliver Gavin, their Le Mans winning driver, has really made this year special. Experiences like this are what differentiates us from other events and drives our entrants to raise as much money as they can for the Henry Surtees Foundation."