The Le Mans Series Press Pack is seldom a civilised bunch, but Team
Bruichladdich did all it could to remedy that situation at Donington
Park last Saturday evening - with an invitation to taste the sublime
Single Malt whisky produced by the team’s sponsor at its Islay
Tim Greaves was on hand to explain the complex production processes
and protocols involved in producing whisky (particularly in its
international home of Scotland).
arrival had excited much interest amongst the press pack, not only
because he is good and interesting company, but also because the
ever-helpful team PR Pippa Neilson had just announced “Tim’s
just coming over and he’s bringing a 20 year old with him!”
For many the revelation that the 20 year old in question was actually
a £100 bottle of whisky was initially a disappointment, the
vast hordes of photographers who had turned out for the tasting
(funny that!) no doubt anticipating a paparazzi moment.
Greaves though was soon into his stride, explaining
the differences between the 20 year old product, a rather more fiery
11 year old and a sublimely smooth special edition “Yellow
Submarine” bottle, named after the experience of a local fisherman
who found – well a submarine obviously, fouling his nets.
Amongst the interested onlookers were both Ben Devlin
and 1995 World Rally Champion Colin McRae, the latter fresh from
competing in the inaugural round of the Radical World Cup, driving
solo in a Radical SR8. After leading the race he was forced to retire
with an electrical problem. He soon became engrossed in Tim Greaves’
presentation. “I’m really learning something here, it’s
just a shame that my next race is so early tomorrow or I’d
have a wee dram myself.”
So McRae stood
and watched as the German contingent of the press pack waded through
the onerous task of tasting the different whiskies on offer. Jan
Hettler and Harald Gallinis are here seen doing just that!
So then, welcome
aboard Team Bruichladdich, all we need now is a team sponsored by
Haribo and Benson & Hedges and the dsc Editor would have a happy,
smiley face at every race.