The British Forces Foundation – a charity that boosts the morale of the Armed Forces primarily through quality entertainment with big name stars – launched its Lap of Honour project in June 2008.
Fronted by BFF Trustee Katherine Jenkins, the project marks the charity’s 10th anniversary year. The new vehicle has been engaged in a year-long month adventure around the country getting 50 British icons to autograph one car, and 100 companies to lend their support. The 50 icons represent the British elite in all spheres and the list includes Sir Michael Caine, Sir Jackie Stewart, Rod Stewart, Lewis Hamilton, Kate Moss, Joe Calzaghe, Sir Elton John, David Beckham, Baroness Thatcher, Eric Clapton, Joanna Lumley and Gordon Brown outside Number 10 Downing Street.
Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May also signed up during filming at the programme's test track in Surrey.
BFF Director, Mark Cann, said: “The Lap of Honour is more than just a fundraising event for the Charity or a focal point to mark 10 years serving the Armed Forces. It is a celebration of the British link between companies, eminent icons and serving personnel. The very act of demonstrating support will send a clear message of solidarity to those on the frontline, which will in itself be a significant boost to their morale.”
Alongside displays all over the country, The Royal Automobile Club has exhibited Lap of Honour in both the rotunda at Pall Mall and outside The Woodcote Park Clubhouse. The campaign has even managed to be invited back-stage at this year’s BRIT Awards.
Lap of Honour will be concluded when the car, along with two fully signed travelling albums, will be sold in two lots by Bonhams at their world-famous Festival of Speed auction on 3rd July 2009.
To find out more – visit www.lapofhonour.org.uk or call Ben Vestey on 01672 564 911.
1st Lot: Car signed by 50 British Icons and fully signed travelling icon.
2nd Lot: Fully signed album of preferred images chosen by each icon.