News 2012

ROC Art by F1 superstars available in charity auction

Thu 22 March 2012

ROC Art by F1 superstars available in charity auction

ROC Art by F1 superstars available in charity auction
  • Unique artwork produced by F1 greats Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and David Coulthard is up for online auction from today
  • The motorsport superstars created the pieces by spinning the rear wheels of their F1 cars at recent Race Of Champions world finals
  • This auction, in aid of charities chosen by ROC and the drivers themselves, will run at the website Ebay until April 2

      Race fans have ten days to bid for three priceless items of motorsport artwork as pieces by F1 superstars Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and David Coulthard go to auction from 1700 CET today (March 23) at the link http://is.gd/raceofchampions.

      The racers created the pieces by performing burnouts and doughnuts in their F1 cars at Race Of Champions world finals. Vettel took to the canvas at the 2010 event in Düsseldorf just days after winning his first F1 world championship. The two British drivers produced their work at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2008 after Hamilton’s own title triumph and Coulthard’s retirement from F1. Both Hamilton and Coulthard’s ROC Art panels have since been painted by Brazil’s popular artist Romero Britto.

      Now the fruits of their artistic endeavour, each signed by its driver-creator, are going under the hammer in an online charity auction. All proceeds from the sales will go to the Race Of Champions’ favoured charity ICM (the Institute for advanced research on brain and spinal cord disorders) the Britto Foundation and other good causes chosen by the drivers such as Wings for Life.

      Vettel said: “We had a good time going round in our F1 cars, scribbling down some lines by doing burnouts and leaving some rubber. That’s how we created it and it’s really nice that it’s been turned into art. It’s something special and I’ll look back at it and enjoy the memory of my first championship in 2010. The main thing is that this money goes to charity. You’ll definitely help a lot of people by opening your wallet so it would be nice if there are a lot of people bidding.”

      Coulthard added: “I love art generally and I’ve got all sorts of random art in my home. Romero Britto is an incredible artist with some amazing works out there. As for Seb’s piece, this is a unique opportunity to get artwork from the youngest ever double world champion. So it’s great that ROC is supporting these foundations in this way.”

      Auction details can be found at http://is.gd/raceofchampions. The link includes a YouTube video of Vettel and Coulthard describing their new-found status as master artists.

      The Race Of Champions is an annual end-of-season competition that brings together the world’s greatest drivers from all motor sport’s disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery on a specially constructed parallel track.

      Keep your eyes peeled on news from ROC as other exclusive items signed by top motor sport stars from ROC will become available during the year. Sign up for all the latest ROC updates at www.raceofchampions.com, @raceofchampions on Twitter or Race Of Champions on Facebook.