Webber to Make Flying Aussie Visit to Host Tribute Night
Webber to Make Flying Aussie Visit to Host Tribute Night For a Great Mate
Australian Formula 1 hero Mark Webber will be the guest of honour at a special tribute and fund raising function for Australian Supertruck racing legend Rodney Crick next month in Sydney.
Webber, a long-time friend of Crick who passed away in May, will fly into Sydney after the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix for the function which will be held at the Campbelltown Catholic Club on Friday, September 27.
The night of entertainment will be highlighted by a fundraising auction that will include a return trip for two to the 2013 US Grand Prix in Austin Texas from November 15-17 - including economy airfares, accommodation and grandstand tickets.
Webber’s father, Allan will personally escort the winners on 45-minute tours of the Red Bull Racing pits to meet Mark on both the Friday and Saturday of the race meeting - which will be Mark’s penultimate Grand Prix appearance before his farewell in Brazil the following weekend.
Other auction items will also include a ride in a two-seater sprintcar, rides in a Red Bull V8 Supercar and a list of other rare items from the world of motorsport, rugby league, cricket and sport in general.
Friends and fans of the multiple Supertruck champion will also have the chance to make direct donations through a specially-structured bank account - Rodney Crick Tribute Fundraiser - BSB: 802-388; Account: 80460
The night, which will involve Network 10 motorsport personality, Greg Rust, as MC, has also been supported by leading motorsport website Speedcafe.com which has donated all the marketing support for the night and will actively play a role in selling the 530 tickets available.
Tickets will be $125 and will include a three-course meal, beer, wine and soft drink, a live band and a list of special guests headed by Webber.
“Rodney was a special mate of mine for a long time and I was shattered when I heard the news of his passing,” said Webber.
“This night will be about celebrating his life as a great bloke and terrific racer.
“The idea is to raise as much money as possible for Rodney’s family and have a couple of beers in his memory.
“The motoring and motorsport community is one of the most generous I know, but when it comes to one of our own it is important we go that extra yard.”
The tribute night has been arranged by a group of Crick’s friends and associates, including well-known Sydney road safety expert, Ian Luff.
“People have come out of the woodwork in support of this night - Rodney had so many friends in so many areas of his life,” said Luff.
“We are hoping the early response indicates that the night will be a sellout and that we can raise a serious amount of money for Lisa and the kids.
“Obviously the support of Mark (Webber) is a tremendous bonus and he has been amazingly generous with his time and the donation of such a great prize for the auction.
“Now all we need is for people to lock away the date, get a table of good friends together and then open up their wallets for a fantastic cause.”