To kick off the British Grand Prix at Silverstone being held this upcoming weekend, The Hurlingham Club was home to the 9th annual Grand Prix Ball. Widely considered as one of the world’s exclusive top members clubs, this prestigious event is an opportunity to be amongst a most special cohort and to experience some of its magnificent 42-acres by the River Thames.
In addition to being the ultimate lifestyle experience, the Grand Prix Ball benefits the Prince’s Trust Foundation, an organization founded by Charles, Prince of Wales in 1976. Their “youth can do it” mantra helps 11 to 30-year-olds who may be struggling to get on track in school, find employment, and ultimately transform their lives.
Celebrating amongst flashing flights and fast cars, guests were welcomed to the Georgian estate with endless chilled champagne and a stunning aerial acrobatic performance.
A must-see event for any car enthusiast, the outdoor champagne reception doubled as a luxury car show – showcasing some of London’s finest sports cars and renowned race cars. Generously displayed by Officina Caira, one of the cars was happily signed by Eddie Jordan, its former driver.
Amongst the star-studded guests walking the red carpet were Made in Chelsea’s Harry Barron, Diana Larionov, and Emma Walsh (YouTube), as well as Love Island’s Danielle Sellers (2017), Dr. Alex George (2018), and Maria Wild (2019). Angel investor Cassandra Harris, electric violinist Linzi Stoppard, and Whyte Studio’s creative director Bianca Whyte were also amid the beautiful guests.
Before taking our seats for the gourmet three-course dinner, award-winning German mezzo soprano Friederike Krum wowed the audience with an exceptional performance at the clubs back gardens.
The traditional live F1 demonstration hosted by sports commentator David Croft then followed. Guests cheered on the sounds of historically iconic race cars, including the Lotus F3, Footwork A11C and Michael Schumacher’s original 1993 Benetton.
Dinner and dancing followed the inauguration, perfectly topped off with a live performance by Eddie Jordan and the Robbers.
Special motorsports-related lots, including a signed shirt by Rafael Nadal and a meet and greet with Tom Walker, were silently auctioned throughout the soirée, in order to raise funds for the Wings For Life Foundation. Established by two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and Redbull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, Wings For Life is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on spinal cord injury research.
The future of the British Grand Prix is in pristine hands, as the Formula 1 has been signed on for an additional five years at Silverstone Circuit. GP Traveler looks forward to next year’s 10th annual Grand Prix Ball and the efforts made by their continued charitable support.