Race promoter Singapore GP and Title Sponsor Singapore Airlines announced today a collaboration to raise funds for Community Chest beneficiaries through a charity drive event, Racing Hearts. Beneficiaries and members of the public can look forward to a fun-filled evening and partake in race-themed activities at the F1 Pit Building on Saturday, 26 August from 5pm to 9pm.
Free drifting demonstrations by Formula DRIFT
For the first time in Singapore, the public will be able to enjoy free drifting demonstrations by Formula DRIFT professionals in a variety of iconic drift cars such as the Toyota Chaser, Soarer and Nissan Silvia.
One of the world’s top competitors Kenshiro Gushi will be leading the demo team. The US-based professional drifter will be supported by Malaysian Formula DRIFT Asia veterans Ivan Lau and Ee Yoong Cherng, as well as Singapore’s very own Ng Sheng Nian.
Six lucky members of the public will also have the opportunity to have front-row seats to the drifting action. To raise funds for charity, Singapore residents can submit a minimum bid of S$200 for an exclusive opportunity to strap themselves in the passenger seat with Kenshiro Gushi on the wheel. Interested parties who are keen to bid for this experience can refer to www.singaporegp.sg/revupsingapore or www.sianightrace.com for more information.
Miles to smiles
The collaboration with Ferrari Owners Club Singapore, McLaren Singapore, Porsche Club Singapore and Scuderia FSG will see over 80 Community Chest beneficiaries treated to a luxurious ride around a section of the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The convoy, which will feature over 60 cars of various marques, will then form up at the Pit Straight to allow members of the public to view them up close under the Formula 1 track lights. Participating cars include Ferrari 458 Speciale, McLaren 650S, Lamborghini Huracán and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Petrolheads can check out the vintage cars showcase with some that will be used over the race weekend for the Drivers’ Parade, an important Formula One tradition where F1 drivers will be driven around the circuit before the start of the race. Members of the public can also try their hand at go-karting – a sport most Formula 1 drivers consider as the first step to professional racing – at a nominal fee of $10 per participant, with proceeds going to the Community Chest.
Visitors keen to find out more about the inner workings of the Formula 1 night race can also participate in an exclusive edition of the popular behind-the-scenes tour of the Marina Bay Street Circuit. For the first time, the tour will feature a part of the Temasek Suite, an exclusive hospitality suite that hosts dignitaries and foreign ministers of state during the race weekend annually.
Tour participants will also hear from key Singapore GP representatives and gain access into restricted areas such as the team garages, podium and race control room. Each tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and costs $5 per participant, with proceeds going to the Community Chest. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and is open exclusively to Singapore residents at http://www.singaporegp.sg/revupsingapore.
Handicrafts handmade by Community Chest beneficiaries are also available for sale at the Charity Garage Sale within the event grounds. Items include quilling greeting cards, pottery items and handicrafts.
See the Singapore Formula 1 in a different light
Visitors can experience life in the fast lane and race against the clock to perform the fastest pit stop on a replica of a Formula 1 car, or try their hand at various game stations to test their reflexes.
Another exciting highlight is an interactive exhibit where participants can design their own Formula 1 car and see it come to life in real-time with projection mapping technology. Participants who share their customised cars on social media stand to win exclusive Singapore GP merchandise and passes to the Thursday Pit Lane Experience on 14 September.
The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix is not complete without entertainment, and Racing Hearts will be no different. Members of the public can partake in a free drumming workshop by street percussion group Bloco Singapura. One FM DJs Glenn Ong, The Flying Dutchman and Harry Corro will also be broadcasting ‘live’ from the event.
There will be photo opportunities aplenty. Kids can put on Singapore Airlines’ junior pilot and cabin crew uniforms for a unique memento. Visitors can also view the official 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix trophy on display and take Instagram-worthy shots with race-themed standees from Singapore GP.
With the tenth race taking place in 34 days, fans of the night race can also check out a specially curated photo exhibition featuring highlights from previous editions of the race since its debut in 2008.
Members of the public can make use of a free shuttle bus service to the event, on a first come first served basis. The bus service will ply Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (Orchard Road), Raffles Hotel bus stop opposite Raffles City Shopping Centre (Bras Basah Road) and the F1 Pit Building (Singapore Flyer).