The Run to Monaco takes a new turn

A supercar race from the UK to the principality for the Grand Prix

Supercar owners with a yearning for speed, gourmet food, fine wines and Formula One excitement would be best advised to put their bid in now for a space in The Run to Monaco race, kicking off on Tuesday May 20. The five-day rally (£34,500 per car entrant, including everything but petrol, based on two people sharing) will see a fleet of 30 supercars whizz from London to Monaco, via Burgundy and Sancerre, culminating in front-row seats at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Starting with a dinner and stay at Leeds Castle in Kent, the drivers will head by private Eurostar to France. At Rouen airport they will have the chance to take part in a race for the quickest standing kilometre. The prize in 2012 was a racehorse; this year’s lucky winner gets a super-luxe bespoke Run to Monaco watch. From here it is a jaunt through to Sancerre, where petrolheads can test their mettle on the Circuit Magny Cours, the former home of the French Grand Prix. Then it is a zoom into the Auvergne, before heading south for some Michelin dining at Jany Gleize’s restaurant La Bonne Etape, followed by pure driving heaven along the Cote d’Azur. Finally, the drivers travel down to Monaco, where home for the Grand Prix weekend is a superyacht in one of the top six berths in the harbour. Entertainment comes in the shape of former Cirque du Soleil performers, music from Jamiroquai, dinner with Formula One stars, a fashion show and the Run to Monaco party.

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Now all you need is a supercar (though it’s worth mentioning that rental can be arranged at extra charge if you don’t own one yourself).

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For those unable to join the jamboree, save the date for the inaugural Run to Austin, which leaves from Las Vegas in November.

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