Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fancy lunch at the Istana with Alonso and Raikkonen?

FORMULA 1 greats Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda have a lunch date with President S R Nathan on the Istana ( Grand Palace now the President & Prime Minister's Office) lawn on Sept 26.

They are both on the invited list for the official Formula 1 party on the first day of the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix onSept 26, and all the current drivers — including world champion Kimi Raikkonen, 2005 and 2006 title holder Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton — will be there too.
The luncheon at the Istana is open to the public, with 18 tables set aside at $30,000 each and another 12 at $50,000 per table. All proceeds will go towards the President’s Challenge charity programme and the organisers, Singapore GP, hope it will raise about $1 million. There will also be an auction of two Chopard watches — a man’s “Tourbillion” timepiece worth $250,000 and a lady’s “Happy Sport” worth $30,000 — and other F1 memorabilia.
“It is a prestigious event and there will be a lot of stars there, but we don’t want people to get stuffy in their coats and ties,” said Singapore GP chairman Teo Hock Seng. “It will be a smart casual affair.”

The lunch is also a first in Formula 1. Formal black-tie dinners are usually held on the first day of races, but Singapore is hosting the sport’s first night race. Twelve tables have been already been sold. Interested parties can email bj_quah@komoco.com.sg or tracyteo@komoco.com.sg. Organisers also revealed that 95 per cent of tickets for the Grand Prix have been sold. Some grandstand and walkabout tickets for Saturday are still available.

Ian de Cotta - Today Paper

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