Models, drivers in top F1 gear to raise funds for educational charity

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 June, 2010, 12:00am

Singapore's Formula One car race is still three months away but that isn't stopping local racing enthusiasts from testing their driving skills - if not behind the wheels of million-dollar F1 vehicles then with lookalike, model slot cars.

Last Thursday night, 18 participants entered a model-slot-car race for charity at the Wyndham Street bar Solas. The event was in aid of Room to Read, a San Francisco-based charity with chapters around the world helping to create educational opportunities for underprivileged children. There was free-flowing wine, raffle draws and an auction of getaways and signed sporting gear.

Celebrities such as host Rosemary Vandenbroucke (left), one of Hong Kong's best-known models, and funnyman Simon Yin, helped make the night festive. More than HK$54,000 in prizes didn't hurt, either.

Vandenbroucke has never attended the Singapore F1 race but hopes to be there this year, having had a memorable time at the Shanghai F1 Grand Prix.

'The energy there was indescribable,' she says.

Guest of honour model Cara Grogan (right) loves 'the adrenalin that goes with any kind of outdoor sport'.

Hong Kong's top racing car driver, Marchy Lee Ying-kin (centre), was also in attendance. The nighttime racing atmosphere at the Singapore games gets him going. 'The beauty of night racing is the lights; they're stunning.'