The Beretta Family and Sir Jackie Stewart: a long history of affection based on the solid values of friendship. For this reason, the Gardone Val Trompia weapons factory is the official sponsor of the "Sir Jackie Stewart Classic", an event in support of "Race against dementia", a charity event created by the former Formula 1 driver in order to raise funds from donate to research for the cure of this terrible disease. There are 50 million people living in this condition around the world and every minute this figure increases.
The event will take place on June 17-19 at Thirlestane Castle, Scotland, a few kilometers south of Edinburgh. On the first day there will be a "Down the line" shooting competition organized by the Scottish Clay Target Association, of which Beretta is a sponsor with GMK UK Ltd. In this discipline Sir Jackie Stewart was Scottish champion in 1959 and 1961. Made in Gardone the 5 prizes up for grabs.
These are shotguns produced by Beretta, the oldest manufacturing company in the world with almost 500 years of history: a 694 as a “high prize” and four Silver Pigeons (one for each category). 120 shooters from all over the globe are expected: among these, also Carlo Gussalli Beretta, Digital Innovation Project Manager of the gun company of Gardone Val Trompia.
Beretta's presence at the event doesn't stop there. The Family has decided to auction an SL2 rifle, recently presented to the world in the Launch Edition version (only 50 pieces in the world): a “silent auction” will be held which will be staged during the gala dinner; those present will be able to make offers starting from a base of 25 thousand pounds (about 29 thousand euros). The proceeds will be donated entirely to the cause of “Race Against Dementia”. For the occasion, the weapon - a unique piece to demonstrate Beretta's innate ability to customize - was embellished with engravings on the chest of the action: the iconic Scottish checkered "tartan" pattern, as well as the design of Sir's helmet Jackie Stewart.
On the 18th and 19th of June, however, the event will take a motoring style and will show everyone present the career and successes of the three-time world champion FIA Formula 1 drivers: Sir Jackie Stewart OBE. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend numerous exhibits of the great champion's cars, including the F1 single-seater. In addition, the Scottish Motor Racing Club will stage an adrenaline-pumping live show with classic and contemporary cars (including F1 cars) whizzing on the boulevards around the castle.
“There is a deep personal and professional bond that underlies the friendship between Sir Jackie Stewart and my family - explains Franco Gussalli Beretta, president of the Pietro Beretta Arms Factory - During these decades, first my father, Cavalier Ugo Gussalli Beretta, and then myself, we shared the same vision with him: above all the passion for skeet shooting to which my father and Sir Jackie have provided maximum impetus, favoring its development and diffusion. This union has lasted for over 50 years and is strengthened also thanks to the commitment of the new generation with my son Carlo who will take to the platform for the occasion. Being able to support Sir Jackie in this project for such a noble cause is a real privilege for us: helping those in need has always been a point of honor ".
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