The Official Formula 1 Opus: Press Release
On a momentous day for The Official Formula1 Opus, President and CEO of Formula One Management, Mr Bernie Ecclestone presented a special copy of this magnificent book to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Crown Prince is a huge supporter of the sport and, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix established as a key event in the calendar, the Opus provided a fitting and much appreciated gift. The presentation, which took place at the Emirates Palace Hotel, served as a precursor to the arrival of the Number 1 copy of The Official Formula1 Opus – Champions Edition which will be show cased in the Paddock throughout this weekend’s race at the sensational Yas Marina Circuit.
Signed by every living F1 world champion, limited to just 100 copies worldwide and priced at AED120,000, the Champions Edition is the ultimate collector’s item for any fan of the sport and, after its hugely successful debut at last week’s Indian Grand Prix, copy number 1 is making its second stop in Abu Dhabi as part of a global tour that will see it appear at every F1 event over the next 12 months. The number 1 copy will be signed by members of the Abu Dhabi royal family and selected VIPs before if departs for the next race in the USA in two weeks’ time.
This unique copy will collect more iconic signatures as it travels the F1 world and, ultimately be auctioned for charity towards the end of 2013. Opus were delighted that copy number 1 left Delhi with an opening bid of $100,000 as it embarked on this international rolling auction and are very hopeful that it will leave Abu Dhabi with a significantly increased bid in place.
With just 100 copies available worldwide, the Champions Edition is expected to have sold out well before the end of this current F1 season. Global interest dictates that just 10 of these amazing books are available to fans in the United Arab Emirates and the level of interest already shown suggests that the weekend will see this allocation oversubscribed.
About the Opus
At half a metre square, 852 pages long and weighing in at 37kg, The Official Formula 1 Opus is the biggest book on Formula One racing ever produced. Each edition is lovingly hand-bound in the finest leather and silk, with three quarters of the content newly and exclusively commissioned for the Opus. The history of this exhilarating sport has never been told in such depth, featuring numerous exclusive interviews and truly stunning imagery on an unprecedented scale.
The Official Formula 1 Opus is a joyous celebration of Formula One motor racing – the definitive story that will take the reader on a journey from the era of swashbuckling heroes who took to the streets of Paris in their quest for speed, to the high tech, high-octane world of the modern sport.
The Opus unveils many images taken from a specially commissioned photo shoot using the largest functioning Polaroid camera in the world, to uniquely capture living world champions and the key personalities of F1 in beautiful sepia tones. Ground-breaking content includes contributions from the most celebrated writers and photographers in the sport, delivering insightful commentary and detail on every world champion and every racing team. Three incredible eight-page gatefolds fold out to 2 metres delivering jaw-dropping images and further embellishing the great content included in this piece of art. The cast of F1 legends featured includes Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Jensen Button, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen, Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Niki Lauda, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Jack Brabham and many more. Add to this the unprecedented contribution and insight from President and CEO of Formula One Management, Mr Bernie Ecclestone, and the Opus really does deliver the most definitive work ever created about the sport.
From the Legends
“This is it – the definitive guide to the excitement, competition and glamour of the greatest sport in the world – Formula One. The research and detail in the F1 Opus has never been seen before, the imagery is beautiful and as a document it is unparalleled. It is a must have for anyone who lives Formula One.” – Bernie Ecclestone
“Formula 1 Opus promises to be an amazing record of an incredible sport” – Lewis Hamilton “Formula 1 Opus is an 850-page insight into the diverse world of sport that takes us to the four corners of the globe. It is the definitive book on Formula 1 and as such gives the readers access to all areas” – Mark Webber
“I had a great time participating in the making of F1 Opus and I’m looking forward to seeing what will be a great of the sport I love” – Jenson Button
“I am a massive fan of Formula 1 and have followed the sport for many years. I really can’t wait to get my hands on my copy of this amazing Opus” – Sachin Tendulkar
The Official Formula 1 Opus is available in the following 3 editions
The Champions Edition of The Official Formula 1 Opus is strictly limited to 100 copies worldwide. Each copy is individually numbered and personally signed by a host of iconic Formula 1 champions. These personal signatures, together with the limited print run and the exclusive content, ensure that the Champions Edition is the ultimate collector’s item. Furthermore, each copy arrives in a specially made bespoke carbon fibre clamshell case. Price – AED120,000 2.
The Legends Edition of The Official Formula 1 Opus is strictly limited to 20 copies worldwide. Each copy is individually numbered and personally signed by iconic Formula 1 champions and the President and CEO of Formula One Management, Mr Bernie Ecclestone. It also comes presented in a silk-cloth covered clamshell case. Price – AED60,000 3.
The Classic Edition of The Official Formula 1 Opus is a strictly limited edition, presented in a silk-cloth covered clamshell case. Featuring a silver-foiled signature sheet, each copy is personally signed by the President and CEO of Formula One Management, Mr Bernie Ecclestone. Price – AED12,000
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