An evening with the 'Legends of Le Mans' dinner

Date: 
29th March 2016

AN EVENING WITH THE LEGENDS OF LE MANS DINNER

Hope for Tomorrow is celebrating the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, the most famous endurance motor race in the world, with an event at The Hurlingham Club, London SW6 3PR on Wednesday 18th May.

This black tie dinner event is supported by Ford Motor Company who are celebrating their return to Le Mans 50 years after their famous 1-2-3 hat trick victory in 1966 with their Ford GT40’s.

Jay Ward, Director, Ford of Europe Product Communications said “Ford are delighted to support Hope for Tomorrow in their ‘Legends of Le Mans Dinner’. Our return to Le Mans with the new Ford GT is something very special for the whole company. History will always remember the famous 1-2-3 in 1966 and 50 years on, it felt like the right time to return to one of the most magical race circuits in the world. The racing will be tough against so many amazing competitors, but we are not coming back just to take part – we start every race wanting to win. With the new Ford GT and a great line up of drivers, we hope we have what it takes to mix it with the best in the world. We can’t wait!”

An Evening with the Legends of Le Mans will be hosted by sports presenter and journalist Jonathan Legard and with a Q&A by motor racing journalist Simon Taylor. Guests will be entertained by inspirational, witty and surprising anecdotes from the world of Le Mans from legendary drivers such as Patrons Sir Stirling Moss OBE, David Richards CBE, Ross Brawn OBE, Derek Bell MBE and Martin Brundle.  Also attending will be Richard Attwood, Marino Franchitti, Nick Mason, David Piper, Guy Smith, David Brabham and Andy Wallace – with many more still to confirm.

The evening will start with a drinks reception and a showcase of iconic Le Mans Cars in the magnificent grounds of The Hurlingham Club, the glass-domed Palm Court and Orangery.  The cars originate from the early 1930s to present day and include Bentley, Porsche 962 and Aston Martin among many others.

The evening will continue in the fabulous Broomhouse Suite in the company of the drivers, with a three course dinner with fine wines. It will conclude with a ‘money can’t buy’ motor-racing related live auction hosted by Malcolm Barber from Bonhams.

Throughout the evening the French Le Mans-inspired theme will continue to delight guests, with unseen vintage footage, special VIP guests and Le Mans-related surprises.
Tickets are priced at £135 per person , tables of ten are priced at £1,300; there are a limited number of Driver Hosted Tables for 12 (which include the driver and his guest) at a cost of £1,850.
By attending this event ticket holders will be raising awareness and much needed funds for charities Hope for Tomorrow and Aspire.
Five times Le Mans winner and Patron Derek Bell MBE said “I am delighted to support Hope for Tomorrow, my close friend Christine Mills MBE started the magnificent charity in 2003 in memory of her late husband David.  David managed my racing for over 25 years and I have a tremendous sense of gratitude to both for their guidance and friendship throughout my career. I wholeheartedly support Hope for Tomorrow, and look forward to attending the Le Mans dinner. It’s always a terrific night, and raises vital money to keep the Mobile Chemotherapy Units on the road”.

 

 

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Notes to Editors
 
Hope for Tomorrow for further information, please contact:
Claire Cosgrove Head of Fundraising and Communications 01666 505055 or
clairecosgrove@hopefortomorrow.org.uk
 
 
ABOUT HOPE FOR TOMORROW
Hope for Tomorrow is a national charity dedicated to bringing cancer treatment closer to patient's homes. Their Mobile Chemotherapy Units reduce long distances of travel, waiting times and help avoid the stresses and strains of busy Oncology Centres. In 2007 the charity launched the world’s first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit in a unique partnership with the NHS. Provided and maintained by the charity and operated by highly trained NHS staff, these well-equipped units allow cancer patients to receive treatment in a restful environment closer to home.  The Charity now has 9 units operational in Gloucestershire, Somerset, North and South Wiltshire, Hampshire, East Kent, Berkshire, Lincolnshire and Cornwall with the launch of the 10th to take place in West Suffolk in March 2016.
www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk
 
 
Aspire for further information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Laura Haynes, Communications Manager at Aspire, on 020 8420 8957 or email laura.haynes@aspire.org.uk
 
ABOUT ASPIRE  
Aspire is a leading national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injuries.  For more information, visit www.aspire.org.uk. Aspire is Registered Charity Number 1075317
 
FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 
In 2016 Ford is returning to Le Mans, 50 years on from its famous 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Two all-new Ford GT racing cars are competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two more are racing in the IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Championship. 
All four Ford GTs will come together to race at Le Mans. The all-new Ford GT racing car is the culmination of years of Ford innovation in aerodynamics, lightweight carbon fibre construction and ultra-efficient EcoBoost engines.

The Ford GT has been built to go head-to-head with the GT establishment – Ferrari, Corvette, Porsche and Aston Martin – as they fight for victory in the ultimate endurance battle.
Please contact Lindsay Morle +44 (0) 7971 481078 lindsay@morle.com SPORTS STARS www.sports-stars.net 
 

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