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Formula One drivers to hit Monaco catwalk for charity 14 May 2008

Red Bull Racing Filming at Stekl Castle south of Prague. L-R: Red Bull Racing team mates David Coulthard (GBR) and Mark Webber (AUS) with a Knight in armour. Red Bull Racing Film Shoot, Hluboka, Czech Republic, 9 February 2007. © Red Bull Racing Drivers wives and girlfriends at the Amber Lounge Fashion Party, watched by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Friday, 25 May 2007

The next port of call for the Formula One fraternity will be the Monaco Grand Prix later this month, and though glamour is never in short supply in Monte Carlo, this year it's set to get an even bigger sprinkling thanks to a charity catwalk show and auction.

Organised by Amber Fashion and raising funds for the Elton John Aids Foundation, the star-studded event will be held on the Friday evening, with some rather famous faces acting as fashion models.

Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button, Nelson Piquet, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Mark Webber, David Coulthard and Adrian Sutil are all expected to grace the catwalk, as they try their hand at modelling FORM, Petra Ecclestone’s new luxury menswear collection, and there could even be a star turn by world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

The drivers’ wives and girlfriends and several world-famous supermodels will also feature, and with actress Elizabeth Hurley’s haute couture swimwear range, Jimmy Choo shoes, Chopard jewellery and Isabell Kristensen’s evening gowns all set to be modelled, those taking part will be spoilt for choice.

Following the catwalk event, guests will be invited to bid for a selection of luxurious lots to raise money for the Aids Foundation. Items on offer include a week on Force India co-owner Dr Vijay Mallya’s 95-metre yacht, the Indian Empress, and a piano used by Elton John to write and record the Grammy-nominated ‘Songs from the West Coast’, signed by 17 international musicians.

With legendary auctioneer Charlie Ross on hand to help boost bids, TV presenters Steve Rider and Tamara Ecclestone in charge of hosting duties and a Martini-sponsored party, Monaco’s glitterati are expected to be out in force. The event will be held at the Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel on Friday, May 23.