Broadcaster and confirmed car nut Chris Evans today unveils plans for FAB1 Million, a year-long fundraising campaign with the aim of raising one million pounds for Breast Cancer Care using a bespoke pink Rolls-Royce Ghost a la Thunderbirds.
Host of The Radio 2 breakfast show and The One Show, Evans presses main engine start Thursday 18 April by leading a star-studded point-to-point drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats as FAB1 takes to the road for the first time. There will be key city stops en route as Chris and his co-drivers Gary Barlow, Professor Brian Cox and James May share the driving duties. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the British luxury car marque have gifted the brand new Extended Wheelbase bespoke Rolls-Royce Ghost to Breast Cancer Care for a year. This followed Evans wondering what to do with the iconic FAB1 Lady Penelope Thunderbirds plate, which he’s owned for five years, now that it was no longer on a car.
Conceived last December, the FAB1 Million project aims to raise funds by making FAB1’ available for hire on a daily basis with every penny raised going to Breast Cancer Care.
Standard charges are £5,000 inc VAT for a standard* day and £7,500 inc VAT for a premium** day supplied with a full tank of fuel and professional chauffeur. FAB1 is ready to hit the road anywhere its passengers desire to go in the UK.
There are further premium package options which will be auctioned via the website, whereby the purchaser will secure tickets to an exclusive event as well as their FAB1 chauffeur driven experience. These incredible packages include high profile entertainment and sporting events such as Glorious Goodwood, The Silverstone Grand Prix, The Festival Of Speed, Britain’s Got Talent The Final, The Brit Awards and Royal Ascot.
FAB1 can be booked by calling the FAB1 Million booking line on 020 7960 3482, or you can find out more information by visiting www.fab1million.co.uk
Additional fundraising activities will allow supporters to enter a competition and have a chance of winning FAB1 for a day by donating £5 to Breast Cancer Care. All you need to do is text FAB to 83222. Text entry to the draw costs 50p, plus the standard network rate. For full prize draw terms & conditions visit www.FAB1million.co.uk
On the morning of the 18 April Chris, Gary, Brian and James will embark on the infamous Land’s End to John O’Groat’s run in FAB1. Along the way making pitstops in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer Care and let as many people see the car as possible.
After the 833.3 mile launch of the campaign, the car will return back to its temporary London base before going into action full time. FAB1 will be the centrepiece of a FABulous window display in Harrods for a period of one week where FAB1 Million representatives will be on hand to answer any questions and take booking enquiries for the car. Also in the Harrods FAB1 window display will be a very special contribution from Jamie Anderson, the son of legendary Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson. To sit alongside a replica Parker puppet owned by Gerry Anderson, Jamie is unveiling a Chris Evans inspired Parker puppet (kindly sculpted and built by Duncan Willis of Superpropreplication) created specially to celebrate the campaign.
Every 10 minutes someone in the UK hears the devastating news that they have breast cancer. Every one of those people will need more than medical treatment alone to help them deal with the lasting turmoil of this life-changing disease. FAB1 Million will enable Breast Cancer Care’s specialist nurses and experts to provide free, tailored information and support to anyone affected by breast cancer and help them live with, through and beyond breast cancer.
James Bond has his DB5, Breast Cancer Care now has FAB1. Buckle up, it’s time to go for a spin.