Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to Audi UK and Suzanne who gave me the tickets to such an exclusive event held to celebrate some of the amazing people and personalities from the world of motor sport.
Held in the world famous Royal opera house in Covent Garden the great and the good from F1 and all branches of motor sport came together to both pay tribute to the new entries to the Motor Sport Hall of Fame as well as support the chosen charity with and auction of F1 memorabilia.
The list of name was pretty mind blowing from Sir Stirling Moss OBE, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Jody Scheckter, John Watson MBE, Jackie Oliver, Martin Brundle, Stefano Domenicali, David Richards CBE, Allan McNish, Steve Parrish to name a few
The event was sponsored by Audi and on arrival you were greeted by the sight of two of the best looking pieces of hardware from the Audi arsenal just sat outside on the pavement an R8 GT3 and one of last year’s R18 e-tron quattros.
Walking around bumping into so many people who normally you only see on telly or from a huge distance across a track or hall at the NEC was great. The atmosphere was lively and very friendly. The bubbly flowed and I have to say the canopies were delicious. As the hall filled the event kicked off with the presentations and inductions in to the hall of fame.
Introducsted and host by Natalie Pinkham and Simon Lazenby the first person to be inducted in the Hall of Fame was Colin Chapman, which was received by his son Clive.
The Second was was eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen. Presenting the award were his Audi team-mates Allan McNish and Dindo Capello. Kristensen has driven for the last seven seasons with both McNish and Capello, winning Le Mans in 2008 and Sebring in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Both his colleagues gave praise to their team mate and the outstanding contribution that he has given to the Audi team while racing in these long endurance races. In particular McNish gave credit for the amazing effort success that Kristensen has played in the night sections of the races. He was obviously delighted to receive this award and the honour of being alongside the other greats who have already been entered into the Hall.
After a short break and more drinks and I have to say the best sausages I have tasted in a while the presentations continued. Graham and Damon Hill were both entered and last but not least Niki Lauda took his place with the other greats. I have to say that Niki Lauda was a complete joy to listen to and proved just how great he is and what a brilliant sense of humour has about just about everything.
After, came the charity auction which raised over £92,000. The highest lots to be sold were Sebastian Vettel’s steering wheel from 2010, which went for £20,000 and Ayrton Senna’s gloves from 1991, which were sold for £22,000.
It was a highly enjoyable evening that I would recommend to anyone lucky enough to be offered tickets to.
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