McLaren and Johnnie Walker take to the streets of Edinburgh
In golf, they call it the ‘19th hole’ – the clubhouse where weary players convene to swap stories and share a drink or two at the end of a day on the fairway.
In Scotland, the 19th hole is a well-known tradition – after all, the country is not only home to some of the most challenging golf courses in the world, but also to John Walker & Sons’ once-family-run distillery, which became the most famous whisky brand in the world – Johnnie Walker.
Also in Scotland, but a little less well-known is the ‘20th race’ – the final outing of 2014 for McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen. The pair journeyed to Edinburgh on Thursday for an end-of-season spectacular through the famous Scottish city’s Princes Street Gardens.
A grand prix around the streets of the Scottish capital, surely not?
Well, not entirely. Yesterday’s extravaganza was another of Johnnie Walker’s #JoinThePact events, which promotes responsible drinking and anti-drink-driving. Our drivers arrived in the venerable brand’s homeland at the end of a long season, where they were joined by Johnnie Walker’s global responsible drinking ambassador, Mika Hakkinen.
And Jenson and Kevin weren’t strapped into their MP4-29s; they swapped them for a McLaren 650S sportscar, in which they conducted high-speed passenger thrill-rides around the park.
In line with the responsible drinking message, the event also showcased Johnnie Walker’s commitment to promoting anti-drink-driving, which this year will provide a free bus service to midnight revelers who attend the city’s world famous Hogmanay.