Lewis Hamilton’s photo of his dog Roscoe is top seller in 4th annual Zoom gala auction

Organisers Nigel Essam Redeyeevents and Jonny Dodge GP Ball


THE STARS OF FORMULA 1™ gathered alongside racing enthusiasts rich and famous at the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel on Friday 5th February 2016 for the 4th annual Zoom F1 Charity Gala and Auction in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC).

Lotus F1™ reserve driver Carmen Jorda, Neuschwansteiner CEO and founder Christian Seitz, F3 driver Maxi Günther

Notable attendees from the world of F1™ included Christian and Geri Horner, Jolyon PalmerAlexander Rossi, Adrian Newey, Carmen Jorda, David Croft, Anthony Hamilton and Karun Chandhok.

Joining the well-known faces from within the sport were celebrity motor-racing-fans including Nick Knowles, Dominic Littlewood and Charley Boorman.


Chris Routledge with Anthony Hamilton

A selection of photographs taken and signed by F1’s™ drivers and team principals were auctioned in front of the star-studded audience by Chris Routledge, managing director of COYS. Some of the biggest sellers from the evening were photographs submitted by F1™ boss Bernie Ecclestone (£1,000), presenter and Zoom host Suzi Perry (£1,100) and Sky Sports F1™ pit lane reporter Ted Kravitz (£1,100) who threw in one of his notebooks to boost the bids.

dog Roscoe

This year’s most generous bid so far was for Lewis Hamilton’s photograph of his dog Roscoe in front of the Colosseum. Entitled “Roscoe Does Rome” the world champion’s photograph raised £3,000 for GOSHCC.

The remaining lots have been entered in the Zoom online auction which is now live at www.coys-zoom.co.uk. The online auction enables fans around the world to bid for photographs taken by their favourite drivers and F1™ personalities. Images include Kimi Räikkönen’s shot of a mascot on his Ferrari, Pastor Maldonado’s photo of a lizard and Claire Williams’ view of the podium at Monza.

Suzie Perry and Red Bull racing boss Christian Horner

Suzi Perry, host of the evening, said: “It’s been a pleasure to host the Zoom auction for the third time. As well as the photos giving a candid insight into the drivers’ lives off the track, it also helps GOSHCC, one of the UK’s most important hospitals.

I always look forward to seeing what photo Bernie submits. This year it was a skeleton sitting at a desk which I felt was more like Terminator! Make of that what you will.“

Christian Sylt, co-founder of Zoom, says “I would like to thank everyone who made this possible: The teams and drivers, our partners, the winning bidders and, of course, Bernie Ecclestone. We are proud to have been able to help GOSHCC with their work and are looking forward to raising even more money through our online auction.” Although only a few winning bidders can take home one of this year’s signed photos, everyone can support Zoom by buying a copy of the official book, available at www.zoom-auction.com/book The book contains the photos from this year’s auction along with words from the drivers and personalities who took them and gives a fascinating insight into the world behind the scenes of F1™.

Neuschwansteiner CEO and founder Christian Seitz, Lotus F1™ reserve driver Carmen Jorda
F3 driver Maxi Günther, Neuschwansteiner CEO and founder Christian Seitz

Christian Seitz, CEO and founder of The World of Neuschwansteiner said: “We congratulate our partner Zoom to yet another successful photographic auction in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Helping the children is a great cause and we are honored and proud to be part of this initiative. The ZOOM London gala auction did not only mark our first anniversary of Neuschwansteiner in the UK but of course also our renewal of our support for ZOOM to help raising valuable funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children!”

Anthony Hamilton with Christian Seitz
Lotus F1™ driver Joylon Palmer and Lotus F1™ reserve driver Carmen Jorda

About Zoom

Zoom Powered by Princevalle in association with Pit Lane Pairings is an initiative from Money Sport Media, the publisher of the annual trade guide to F1™, Formula Money (www.formulamoney.com). The beneficiary of the project is Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the first event took place in September 2012. www.zoom-auction.com

About Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust is the country’s leading centre for treating sick children; with the widest range of specialists under one roof. With the UCL Institute of Child Health, we are the largest centre for paediatric research outside North America and play a key role in training children’s health specialists for the future.

About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

The charity needs to raise £50 million every year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, buy vital equipment and fund pioneering research. With your help we provide world-class care to our very ill children and their families. www.gosh.org

About Money Sport Media

Money Sport Media is the publisher of Formula Money the data report on the business of F1™ containing 220 A4 pages with more than 300 tables. These uncover every aspect of the sport’s finances from a valuation of each current team sponsorship deal to the typical budget for a Grand Prix™. The company also provides consultancy services for numerous parties within the sport such as circuits, sponsors and investors.

About Powered by Princevalle and Pit Lane Pairings

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Inga Stracke
Inga Stracke is a multi-talented journalist, event organizer, and networker who is equally at home in the Formula 1™ paddocks around the globe as well as the winter hills of the 4-Hill-Ski jumping tournament and other world class events. She is also a motorsport travel advisor for DERTOUR. Born in Bavaria, Inga became famous as pit-lane reporter for German Sky-TV and F1’s™ own multi-channel digital TV, and she founded the first agency for F1™ commercial radio broadcast in D-A-CH. She also produced the first Formula 1™ live radio show nationwide in US/Canada and headed the creation of the original Red Bulletin. Inga regularly contributes culinary trip reviews and gourmet features for MICHELIN starred restaurants around the globe.