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November 27, 2012

The Run to Monaco Returns, Through Mountains and Riviera

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Run to Monaco, the supercar escapade, has announced its 2013 route, which boasts an elaborate and varied itinerary that necessitates a full wardrobe to brave multiple terrains and altitudes

Run to Monaco, the supercar escapade, has announced its 2013 route, which boasts an elaborate and varied itinerary that necessitates a full wardrobe to brave multiple terrains and altitudes, from tearing round Brands Hatch to climbing the Alps and gliding through Bordeaux’s vineyards. It provides some opportunity to tick off a few of those items on the bucket list.

The Run to Monaco (22-27 May) is a grand tour for the automotively-inclined. A fully vetted fleet of supercars begins in London, destined to meander through France and arrive in good time for the Monaco Grand Prix. It’s a smorgasbord of activities: in the space of only five days, the voyage has something to whet the taste-buds of petrol-heads, foodies, wine connoisseurs, mariners and those with wanderlusts alike.

The days begin early, involving the migration of the fleet through the unspoilt Riviera, winding mountain roads or France’s level terrain, punctuated by unique scheduled events. Culinary delights are abundant and award-winning chefs make guest appearances. Appetites appeased, the adventurers are then accommodated in fine hotels where they can expect everything from a champagne reception and tour to a private beach party.

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Highlights include:

> A quintessentially British activity on the first morning calls for an early start and plenty of hand-eye coordination: drifting a Superlight Caterham around the Brands Hatch figure-of-eight course.

> Thrill-seekers will be dared to position themselves behind the wheel of the Radical SR8 RX race car, where instructors will be on hand to offer guidance and tips.

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> Day three sees the participants flee the Alps to head south, board helicopters and take to the skies to scan the stunning views of Monaco.

> After an evening of champagne and canapés on a super yacht, VIP tables will be reserved at Amber Lounge with chauffeurs on call to take guests back to the hotel.

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The grand finale presents the rare opportunity of racing the closed Monte Carlo Street Circuit only twenty-four hours before the Grand Prix itself is due to begin, where guests will have access to the Champions Lounge on race day. Home beckons by private jet.

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