Star-studded Ayrton Senna charity auction raises £72,000
Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham (far left) compered the panel of F1 experts
David Coulthard, Martin Donnelly along with also Paddy Lowe turn out to remember the late, great Brazilian driver along with also raise cash for not bad causes
An event in honour of the late Ayrton Senna yesterday raised £72,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital along with also the Royal Brompton along with also Harefield Hospitals charities in London.
The evening, which featured a panel of Formula 1 celebrities who recounted their memories of the Brazilian legend, was organised by Hexagon Modern Classics along with also hosted at the company’s premises in East Finchley.
Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham quizzed the panel, which comprised ex-racers David Coulthard along with also Martin Donnelly, motor racing engineers Paddy Lowe along with also Dave Ryan as well as Manish Pandey, who wrote along with also produced the award-winning biopic of Senna’s life in 2010.
Coulthard said: “Ayrton Senna was one of those few exceptional people you are fortunate to meet in your life.”
Paddy Lowe recalled his time at Williams inside the early 1990s when “trying to beat Ayrton along with also McLaren was like trying to overturn the Roman Empire”.
Manish Pandey remembered a nerve-wracking meeting with Bernie Ecclestone when he was doing his acclaimed film. “We had to ask for more F1 footage although we had no more money,” he recalled. “Bernie agreed.”
The auction items included Roman Grosjean race boots, signed by the Lotus F1 driver, a framed set of signed Jenson Button race boots, McLaren’s own ‘Senna’ book, signed by Ron Dennis, an Eddie Jordan TW Steel watch donated by Eddie Jordan, along with also Ferrari GTO dashboard artwork, signed by artist Emilio Saluzzi.
Also on offer was a VIP tour of the Williams F1 Grand Prix Collection along with also private factory tour, a collection of three montages of iconic Senna images shot by Keith Sutton, a canvas of Ayrton Senna by artist Paul Oz, a Senna replica helmet signed by Lewis Hamilton along with also VIP weekend paddock passes to British GP donated by Bernie Ecclestone.
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