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– Stars of motorsport gathered at Hexagon in north London earlier this week to celebrate one of the world’s greatest races: Le Mans
– The evening raised £67,000 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity
– Celebrity-filled event was hosted by Amanda Stretton with guest Le Mans legends Derek Bell MBE, Jacky Ickx, Richard Attwood and Mark Blundell
– Exclusive event also featured a charity auction – where a Julian Opie painting sold for £3,000 – and a display of endurance racers featuring a McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, Porsche 962, Jaguar D-type and C-typeHexagon Le Mans16e

Hexagon is very proud to announce that its Le Mans-themed charity evening raised £67,000 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.

Close to 200 people filled Hexagon’s flagship showroom on Great North Road in north London on Tuesday July 5th and enjoyed an evening with a star-studded panel who shared their stories and memories of one of the world’s greatest motor races.

Hosted by Amanda Stretton, speakers included six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx, five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE, 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood and 1992 Le Mans winner Mark Blundell.

They were joined by a host of celebrity guests including ex-F1 driver and current Formula E star, Karun Chandhok, Manish Pandey, writer and producer of the brilliant 2010 film, ‘Senna’ and ex-F1 driver John Watson MBE, who drove for Hexagon’s privateer entry F1 team in 1974.

Star cars included a 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, Hexagon’s own 1987 Porsche 962, a 1956 Jaguar D-type Longnose and a C-type. Coys auctioneer Chris Routledge revved up the bidding in the charity auction, highlights including a Julian Opie painting, which sold for £3,000, while a tour of Ford’s Heritage Collection and a ride in a 1966 Le Mans replica GT40 sold for £2,000. Other star lots included an open face helmet signed by the guest panel, which sold for £1,100. Together with all of the tickets sold for the evening, Hexagon raised £67,000.

Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics, said: “It’s going to take a long time to come down from Tuesday night’s event. We are all overwhelmed and overjoyed. It was fantastic to bring so many people to our new flagship showroom – the night was a complete success. I’d like to thank our panel of Le Mans legends for giving up their time to be with us and for sharing some fantastic stories. I’d also like to thank all those who generously donated auction prizes and, of course, our guests who bought tickets for the night.

“I am so proud that we have managed to raise so much money for Great Ormond Street and the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals. My granddaughter owes her life to the wonderful care she received at Great Ormond Street and I am so happy that this money will continue to help support two incredible hospitals.”

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