Last night was the third in a series of very special events organised by long time member and motorsport enthusiast Michael Hipperson – an evening with Damon Hill in aid of his charity HALOW, which works to support young people with learning disabilities and help them to better integrate in to their local community.
Held at the spectacular BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club) Clubhouse at Silverstone, the 1996 World Champion and former BRDC President, with questions from renowned motorsport journalist Alan Henry, talked the audience through his experience growing up amongst racing in the 60’s and the gradual realisation his father was involved in something very dangerous, his early days in motorbike racing, his transition to racing cars through to winning the Formula 1 World Championship, and how he came to take the mantel of BRDC President – presiding over the renovation of the Northamptonshire circuit and securing deals for hosting both the MotoGP and F1 races.
The auction and raffle exceeded all expectations, raising an incredible £10,765 thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the guests.
The auctions star lot, an original acrylic paint canvas donated by artist Matthew Keeler entitled “Rain at Interlagos” showing Hill on the way to victory in horrendous conditions in Brazil during his championship year, saw fierce bidding, with guest auctioneer and former Stig, Perry McCarthy, taking the price comfortably over £2,000 for this wonderful and unique piece.
SELOC would like to thank all those who made this incredible evening so successful, you can find more information and pictures from the evening in our forums.