F1 fans have a rare chance to bid for Formula One paddock passes with team hospitality for two at each of the nine European Grands Prix.
For nine weeks from 9 February 2009 the Tom Pryce Memorial Trust will be auctioning one pair of passes for a Grand Prix each week, with all the money raised contributing towards a memorial to Tom Pryce in his home town of Ruthin, North Wales.
Tom Pryce is the only Welshman to have won a Formula One race and is also the only one to lead a F1 Grand Prix. He he was killed in a freak accident during the 1977 South African Grand Prix.
Bernie Ecclestone and the Formula 1 teams have offered their support by providing the paddock passes and hospitality. The following passes are available: McLaren Mercedes, Spanish GP (May 8-10); Force India, Monaco GP (May 21-24); Toyota, Turkish GP (June 5-7); Williams, British GP (June 19-21); Renault, German GP (July 10-12); BMW Sauber, Hungarian GP (July 24-26); Toro Rosso, European GP Valencia (August 21-23); Red Bull, Belgian GP (August 28-20) and Ferrari, Italian GP (September 11-13).
Spanish Grand Prix: Mon 9 Feb – Fri 13 Feb
Monaco Grand Prix: Mon 16 Feb – Fri 20 Feb
Turkish Grand Prix: Mon 23 Feb – Fri 27 Feb
British Grand Prix: Mon 2 Mar – Fri 6 Mar
German Grand Prix: Mon 9 Mar – Fri 13 Mar
Hungarian Grand Prix: Mon 16 Mar – Fri 20 Mar
European Grand Prix: Mon 23 Mar – Fri 27 Mar
Belgian Grand Prix: Mon 30 Mar – Fri 3 Apr
Italian Grand Prix: Mon 6 Apr – Fri 10 Apr
Well, let’s see how high will the fans go. My guess is the winning bids will be seriously higher than prices of the “regular” Paddock Passes … The fact that each new bid must be at least GBP100 higher than the previous bid shown sort of suggests what kind of winning bids the organizers expect.
More at www.tomprycememorial.com