Normally when the thought of flamboyant chrome-plated exotic sports cars come to mind, they tend to be associated with Middle-Eastern sheiks, oil tycoons, rappers or the ultra-wealthy inhabitants of South Florida. But, in this case, the car in question – an all-chrome R8 Spyder donated by Audi – was auctioned off recently to raise money for charity!
The White Tie and Tiara Ball, held at the home of Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, is an annual event that raises money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). The mirror-like chrome finish (which could potentially be as distracting to other motorists as the glitzy Las Vegas billboards at night) applied to the 312kmh drop-top was intended “to attract the highest possible bids.” It is also loaded with the 525bhp V-10 engine, manual transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive.
“Sir Elton John’s fundraising ball really is a golden ticket event that is as glamorous as it is hugely effective in fundraising terms,” said Jeremy Hicks, Director of Audi UK. “We are delighted, and enormously proud, to support it for a ninth year with the donation of what is arguably our most fittingly glamorous model.”
The EJAF was founded in 1993 and is one of the 10 largest AIDS grant-making organizations in the world. It raises money for programs that provide medication, nutrition, shelter and support as well as information and education about AIDS in 15 countries.
This happened to be the the 13th year for the auction fund-raiser that was held on 23rd June 2011, which was and still is aimed at raising copious amounts of money, especially for those in need of the foundation.