Several normally reclusive grand prix stars have been spotted out and about in recent weeks, and the trend is sure to continue as the British Grand Prix approaches.


Award for attending the most glamorous occasion goes to Jackie Stewart who, along with wife Helen, was a guest a the wedding of HRH Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones. The triple champion took time off from his team's French Grand prix preparations to attend the ceremony at Windsor castle last Saturday.


Elsewhere over the weekend, a hatful of contemporary drivers starred at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, where they were joined by the great and the good from past eras.


Mika Salo and Rubens Barrichello were present throughout the three-day event, driving Williams FW11B (Salo), and Lotus 79 and McLaren MP4/6 cars respectively. David Coulthard made a flying visit to demonstrate an even older car - the venerable 1954 Mercedes W196 - while Patrick Tambay, Michele Alboreto, Rene Arnoux, Jacky Ickx, Stirling Moss, Marc Surer, Emerson Fittipaldi, Martin Donnelly and Jochen Mass also appeared before a packed crowd.


The next event on the F1 social calendar in this country will be the British Grand Prix Ball on the eve of qualifying, with Eddie Jordan's annual post-race jam session on Sunday night.


Meanwhile, several stars are lined up to play in a charity golf competition on the Monday following the race. Scheduled for the Stoke Poges course, the event will feature the diverse talents of drivers Coulthard, Johnny Herbert, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Pedro de la Rosa, former stars and media personalities John Watson, Jonathan Palmer, Murray Walker and Jim Rosenthal, and team personnel including Eddie Jordan, Craig Pollock, Adrian Newey, and Stewart pere et fils.

 

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