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Grand Prix and Fashion Unite for Children

In the end, Czech model Tereza Maxova walked away with over 300,000 euros for orphans in her homeland. But it was an auction unlike anything that would be seen at Sotheby's, with humourous moments such as Maxova promising to bake a strudle in order to coax guests into upping their bids. Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone as well as Renault F1's boss Flavio Briatore got into the spirit of the occasion, both purchasing items that were on auction and donating them back there and then to be bid on again to raise more funds.

The Grand Prix and Fashion Unite event (May 25, 2007), now a fixture on the Monaco Grand Prix calendar, brought together supermodels as well as wives, girlfriends and daughters of popular Formula 1 men. They strutted in designs by Isabell Kristensen, known for her red carpet creations, all in an effort to raise funds for the Tereza Maxova Foundation.

The charity was started in 1997 after the model visited a Prague orphanage and was overwrought at the plight of the children she met. Maxova told the guests their participation in the event and auction would continue to help approximately 25,000 children in the Czech Republic.

As in the past, the event was patronized by Monaco's sovereign, Prince Albert II, who made a grand entrance when he cruised up by boat to the Amber Lounge at Le Meridian hotel, built right on the Mediterranean shore. Seated with him for the show was South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock, who has accompanied the Prince at numerous public and private events since they first appeared together at the Turin Olympics in February 2006.

Photos: © Tatiana Hughes

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(Left) Monaco sovereign Prince Albert II, who arrived alone by boat, greets Charlene Wittstock
(Right) The Prince shares a joke with his friend and physician Dr Michael McNamara
Designer Isabell Kristensen
with actress Bai Ling
Formula 1 racing boss, Bernie Ecclestone
Renault F1's Flavio Briatore and Elisabetta Gregoraci
Monaco Event organizer, Czech supermodel Tereza Maxova Monaco Germany's next top model Lena Gehrke Monaco Czech top model Petra Nemcova joined in the cause

A Trini lime at the 2007 Monaco Grand Prix

We at Monaco Revue hadn't planned on particpating much in the Grand Prix. With our lease expiring at an inopportune time, we had prepared ourselves to be scurrying around moving office equipment while everyone else was having fun. The only event we intended to cover was the Grand Prix and Fashion Unite show on the Friday before the race.
However, a chance encounter at the show between our editor and her compatriot, former Trinidad government minister Carlos John, led to an invitation for Monaco Revue to take in the premier Formula 1 event the proper way -- aboard a yacht with a view of the track.

"We couldn't miss out on a Trini lime in Monaco," editor Celia Sankar said. Translated from Trinidad slang, that means it was impossible to say no to joining fellow Trinidadians to hang out (ie "enjoy a lime", a term that has noting to do with eating the fruit, by the way). 

So, after a frenetic move, it was off to the Grand Prix to join a Trini posse that included industrialist Lawrence Duprey (head of the conglomerate CL Financial, which encompasses 65 companies in 28 countries, involved in everything from banking to making Trinidad's famous Angostura Bitters); Duprey's advisor, Carlos John; and Rampersad Motilal, CEO of Methanol Holdings Trinidad Limited (MHTL, a CL Financial company which is building the world's largest methanol processing facility at an industrial estate in Trinidad). After meetings earlier in the week in Oman, where MHTL owns a plant, executives of the company stopped over in Monaco to celebrate MHTL's tenth anniversary, which coincided with the prestigious F1 race.  "It was great; it was exciting," Duprey said of his first Grand Prix, adding he plans to attend again.

Photos: © DP Inc.

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(Left) Monaco Revue editor Celia Sankar and barefoot billionaire Lawrence Duprey
David Cassidy, a member of the MHTL contingent, enjoys the Mediterranean weather
MHTL board members and stakeholders (left to right) Hermann Kastner, Joseph Cassidy, 
Daniel Eggenberger and Niels Hoffmann relish their unobstructed view of the Grand Prix race
Monaco Carlos John, former Trinidad government minister, now advisor to Duprey (in the background)  
Monaco MHTL's CEO Rampersad Motilal and Monaco Revue's editor Celia Sankar

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