A charity dinner hosted by former F1 driver David Brabham and his racing driver son Sam has raised almost £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation.
‘Life In The Fast Lane’ saw the Brabhams share tales to the audience about the careers of both themselves and David’s legendary father and three-time F1 champion, Sir Jack Brabham, at city centre restaurant Opus at Cornwall Street.
The evening raised the huge sum through the hosting of an auction, a charity raffle and ticket sales. An invitation for two to the 2015 British Grand Prix at Silverstone as special VIP guests of the Brabhams was the main attraction and raised £3,600, whilst the chance to embark on an Aston Martin performance driving course boosted the total by £1,700.
A specially-commissioned piece by artist Ian Cook, aka PopBangColour – who paints pictures using the wheels of remote controlled cars – sold for £3,000.
To mark the evening, diners were treated to a special dessert in the shape of the BT19 car which Sir Jack drove on his way to the 1966 Formula 1 title. A Brabham F1 car was also on display for diners in the basement of the restaurant, whilst an Aston Martin Vantage and Vanquish were also displayed on Cornwall Street.
The event was organised by Matt Shaw, partner of law firm Forresters, Jason Wouhra of East End Foods and Clive Reeves of Clive Reeves Public Relations.
Speaking on behalf of the trio, Reeves said: “To raise so much money for two fantastic causes was as rewarding as the evening was brilliant. We had some prestigious auction prizes on offer and we have to give our thanks to everybody who kindly donated and made this amount possible.
“There is a huge fanbase for motorsport in the Midlands and it was brilliant to host a sold out racing themed event outside of London. It’s a rarity to be able to invite a former F1 driver down for the evening and the speed at which the tickets sold proved that.
“There was such an interest in the Brabham F1 car that we probably should have served dinner in the car park.”