Ahead of what looks like being a thrilling British Grand Prix
at Silverstone – with the very real prospect of a home-grown winner, if not indeed a one-two as back-to-back F1 World Champions Lewis Hamilton
and Jenson Button
bid to take full advantage of McLaren-Mercedes' recent surge in momentum – the glittering 2010 Grand Prix Ball will rev proceedings into gear in style in London on Wednesday, 7 July.
As the highlight of the social activities surrounding the British Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Ball has traditionally been held in grounds close to Silverstone, but a new team of organisers has moved this year's party to The Hurlingham Club, a stunning country house on the bank of the River Thames in the heart of Fulham, where guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to mingle with the class of F1 2010 and a star-studded, high-profile celebrity guest list, as everybody looks forward to one of the country's most exciting sporting occasions.
To commemorate F1's 60th anniversary year, the Grand Prix Ball will showcase an impressive exhibit of cars from across the ages, featuring iconic models including those of world champions Ayrton Senna (Lotus 99T), Jim Clark (Lotus 32B), Graham Hill (Lotus 49B) and Mario Andretti (Lotus 79), right up to a modern-day display.
On the evening, guests can dress to impress at the black-tie event and look forward to being wined-and-dined in spectacular style, with a glamorous Pommery champagne reception which will then make way for a mouth-watering, sumptuous three-course feast.
After the formal dinner, there will then be entertainment from big-name live music performances – including sets from larger-than-life BBC F1
pundit and former team owner Eddie Jordan's brilliant rock band 'The Robbers' and the world-renowned DJ Lora – and guests will have the opportunity to bid in a Coys auction, proceeds of which will go to CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading children's cancer charity of which Eddie and his wife Marie are long-time patrons.
Every day, ten families are told their child has cancer, and CLIC Sargent is the only organisation to offer them all-round care and support, from providing specialist nurses to social care and helping survivors and the bereaved.
The Grand Prix Ball 2010 is being organised by Jonny Dodge, owner of celebrated London nightclub Aura and the brains behind the Dodgeball Supercar Rally. For more information, click here