Saturday 30 January 2016

Zoom auction - F1 stars' own photos auctioned for chairty

Photos of F1 drivers, or those taken in the F1 paddock and pits and elsewhere, are not in any sort of shortage of course. Neither are signed photos and the like being sold to raise money for charity.

But Zoom auction put a unique twist on this familiar theme, by getting F1 drivers and team principals, as well as Bernie Ecclestone, to take photos themselves to put up for auction. Now in its fourth year, the latest Zoom auction will take place in London this Friday evening coming, the 5th of February, and will be hosted by Suzi Perry. It'll include images taken by Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and Jenson Button and many other well-known F1 figures, who also have signed the photos, and plenty of F1's leading personalities will be at the event in person. Best of all the event is held in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

As you can imagine too the novel approach gives us a diverse range of fascinating and spontaneous insights into F1 and its people, of the sort that we don't ordinarily get to see. A few examples of the photos being auctioned this time are below:

Felipe Massa: "A selfie with my boss and great friend. It is a great honour to race for his team."

Vijay Mallya: "This photo captures the special atmosphere in the garage before Nico heads out onto the circuit - into the bright glare of the sunshine. It also shows the latest updates on the b-spec VJM08, especially the innovative nose design that we introduced earlier in the season. The car looks aggressive and beautiful, just as a Formula One car should."

Lewis Hamilton: "Roscoe does Rome."

Jenson Button: "Hepburn Springs, mountain biking. The weekend before the Melbourne GP 2015"

You can find out more about Zoom auction on its website here: as well as on Twitter:

All photos from previous years can be viewed here:

I'm also fortunate enough to have been invited to Zoom auction and plan to Tweet live from the event, so look out for that. It remains to be seen if I'll be doing any bidding though...

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