Hackett Beaujolais Run Awards Ceremony
Emerging from the haze of a spectacular torch lit, firework rich party in Beaujeu. Teams collected their Louis Jadot wines before making a leisurely return to Paris for the black tie prize giving dinner. Unprecedented, Galeries Lafayette welcomed teams to a private dinner on the sixth floor of their iconic establishment. All competitors took a glass of Champagne to the roof top terrace (opened only for their visit) where they took in the most incredible views of Paris by night. The tills remained open to allow those who wished to, to enjoy a little retail therapy amongst Paris' couture. Promptly at 2100hrs the dinner gong was sounded by the store being closed to the public. HBR 2008 reigned supreme.
This is the night that the most competitive had been waiting for. Jeremy Hackett, Chairman and Founder of the brand presented awards and a special Casio Waveceptor timepiece to Paul Brazier and Richard Stokes, John Riley and Nick Kift, John and Maxine Fack, Louise Crichton and Hamish Gordon. L'Esprit du Cours Award was collected by Louise Orpin and Neilsen McConnell for bravely completing the event in their D-Type, amongst other efforts and escapades completed with true Beaujolais spirit. John Young and Bradley Baker proudly collected the Wooden Spoon Award due to a route more based on gastronomy than navigation!
A standing ovation welcomed Alex Burns, father of the late WRC Champion Richard Burns, as he rose to collect the award for the GT1 Maps Only navigation class. Alex competed in his RB320, number 1 of 320, built to commemorate Richard. Alex was ably assisted by Peter Martin, a true Scotsman, one of many to arrive at Galeries Lafayette, sans pantalons, in traditional dress. Peter wanted to ensure that his win was dedicated to his Mum, who we know is an avid voyeur of the HBR 2008 blog - a big "Hello" to Peter's Mum!