Cars, Stars and A Sport With A Hole
Horse Power and Polo Combine in Tribute
An extraordinary weekend is planned this weekend (1-2 June) at the Hurtwood Polo Club in Surrey where iconic cars clash with iconic rock stars with an iconic sport in progress at the same time – and it’s all to do with a celebration of the life and works of legendary Ferrari car designer Sergio Pininfarina.
There are already a host of cars coming to the event to parade their lusciousness to a slavering audience from GTO, Daytona and Enzo Ferraris to other rare (and ultimately valuable) models from Maserati, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Rolls Royce and Bentley. But it’s all about the man who created most of the world’s iconic cars, and organisers hope that the event will also be celebrating a Guinness World Record for the most Pininfarina cars in one place at any one time.
Sadly, Sergio himself will not be there having passed away in July last year, but his son Paolo Pininfarina will be arriving by helicopter to be the guest of honour in order to unveil the “Sergio” - his company’s latest creation concept car – as the family continue to keep the legacy going.
Markus Böckmann is the man behind the initial creation of the Tribute Rally and, as a successful businessman and founder of the innovative wealth management and international on-line Forex & CFD trading platform the Brokersclub, he is also the sponsor of the Polo tournament taking place – meaning two passions combined.
The 4 match polo tournament will be taking place on the field at Hurtwood which many members of the Royal Family have also graced in the past – and Paolo Pininfarina will be the guest of honour at the tournament where he will present the winning team with the Brokersclub Tribute Cup.
And if iconic cars and sport isn’t enough for you, then in the evening Kenney Jones, the drummer from iconic rock bands The Faces, Small Faces and The Who, will be performing with his band The Jones Gang along with other bands that will grace the stage there. There’s also a small chance that one of Kenney’s ex-band members who is a very famous solo singer now with a recent album to promote may be in attendance and might even join in with a few numbers. (CLUE: It rhymes with Dod Blewert.)
Kenney Jones actually owns the Polo club – hence the tie-in with the two events and the rock concert, and Kenney has taken advantage of the occasion to both play and to invite along rock ‘chums’ like the aforementioned worldwide superstar ex-band member lead singer of The Faces (enough clues for you?), Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and DJ Chris Evans (a well known classic car buff.) Look out too for some famous footballers, racing drivers and TV personalities on your travels.
A spokesman for the Hurtwood Polo Club, which hosts the event, spoke glowingly of the prospect of so many cars in attendance and of the day itself: “Rock stars and stylish cars have long gone hand in hand. It’s a pleasure to host this prestigious event and we’ve invited some of the most famous names and their Pininfarina designed creations”.
If you are the owner of a Pininfarina you get free access to both days - both Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton are owners but I am sure that they don’t really need the free entry – but for others, tickets start at just £15. More details are available at www.tribute-rally.com
In fact, they are running a competition where you could win a pair of Weekend Tickets just by going to http://www.tribute-rally.com/tickets/free-tickets/ and entering your details.
And it would also be remiss of me not to mention the London to Monaco Tribute Rally to which the tribute team are trying to sign up Pininfarina members. Starting in September 2013, the rally passes through France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy along fast roads and through some sensational scenery before finishing in Monaco. Contact details are available through the website and on the day at the event.