Celebration of Speed 2018

By  Marc Millon and Sophie Kukor.

Those who know Michael, know that one of his great passions is for cars, the faster and shinier the better. It was therefore a real pleasure for Michael and the Lympstone Manor team once again to be able to welcome guests to the second “Celebration of Speed”.

This was a real celebration of motoring in the truest sense, an opportunity for some 200 guests see up close a range of beautifully crafted super-cars representing the finest in mechanical engineering, from Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW and Mini, all kindly donated for the day’s event by Helston Garage from their respective local dealerships. Helston Garage remained on hand for the duration of the event to help guide guests through the cars and their capabilities.

Meanwhile, the Lympstone Manor team served our delectable afternoon tea, with homemade scones and an array of French pâtisseries while our friends at Exeter Brewery, Frobishers, Nespresso, Chase, and Monkey Shoulder helped keep thirst at bay with a wonderful array of cocktails, mocktails, beers, soft drinks and coffee throughout the afternoon.

Michael is a Partner and Ambassador for Williams Martini Racing, working with the Williams Martini Racing chefs to help deliver a Michelin-star dining experience to the team’s luxurious motorhome facility over race weekends. As a result of this longstanding relationship, the highlight of the Celebration of Speed were two classic F1 cars brought to Lympstone Manor by the Williams Martini Racing team. The FW08C was the first F1 car ever driven by Ayrton Senna, who tested for the team at Donnington Park in the summer of 1983. Senna completed 40 laps and set a faster lap time than either of that season’s race drivers, Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite, could manage.

The second of the Williams F1s, FW36, was the first Williams car to use a Mercedes engine after new engine regulations were enforced for the beginning of the 2014 season. It was the first turbo-powered car Williams had had since 1987 and signalled the beginning of the title partnership with Martini, giving the team the name Williams Martini Racing, as it is known today. The car immediately proved more competitive than its predecessor and notched up a total of nine podiums, as well as a 1-2 in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, with Felipe Massa taking the team’s first pole position since 2012, and last to date. At the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, the team finished 2nd and 3rd, scoring a total of 66 points due to the double points system that was in place for that race. This is the largest tally of points a team has scored in a single race and helped secure the team’s position of 3rd in the Constructors Championship.

In the evening, privileged guests enjoyed an extraordinary evening with Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer at Williams Martini Racing, who worked with the team during its championship winning years as well as for McLaren and Mercedes, helping them both to win world championships. It was a privilege to have Paddy presenting the evening and sharing his insights on F1 past and present. For this unique occasion, Michael devised a special ‘Celebration of Speed’ tasting menu that was anything but rushed, matched with a special flight of wines.

“An amazing day, spectacular cars, captivated guests and a great speech by Paddy Lowe from Williams Martini Racing. We can’t wait to build on the event for 2019 adding more cars and activities for our guests to experience”

Michael Caines MBE Chef Patron and Chairman of Lympstone Manor



Selection of Canapes
Michael Caines Blanc de Blanc nv, Champagne


Roasted Brixham scallop

aubergine and tomato vinaigrette, basil oil

2015 Grüner Veltliner, Weingut Knoll, «Ried Kreutles» Smaragd, Wachau


Quail raviolo
quail eggs, pea purée, jus rôtie

2014 Pinot Noir, «Chacra 55», Patagonia


John Dory boudin

apple and ginger purée, Pak choi, chicken sauce

2015 Chardonnay, Bachelder, Niagara Peninsula, Canada


Darts Farm beef fillet
braised ox cheek, watercress purée, Wye Valley asparagus, Madeira sauce

2015 Priorat, Alvaro Palacios, «Les Terasses»


Cherry parfait
cherry ice cream

2016 Moscato Rosa, Franz Haas, Alto Adige


Coffee and petit fours

Pistachio and almond nougat

Milk chocolate and Tonka bean gateaux

Passion fruit and mango pate de fruit

Recommended ‘Nespresso’ coffee pairings:

Nepal Lamjung paired with Milk chocolate and Tonka bean gateaux From the Himalaya foothills, Nespresso Exclusive Selection Nepal Lamjung is a generous intense flavoured coffee. Gifted with fresh notes of toasted bread and a supple texture.

Kilimajaro Peaberry paired with passion fruit and mango pate de fruit. Made with exceptional peaberry beans from Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro region, Nespresso Exclusive Selection Kilimanjaro Peaberry is a fruity coffee offering a round, harmonious sensation

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