Suzi Perry

Suzi Perry was the first permanent female anchor of BBC One’s Formula 1 coverage, then in 2016 she returned to the world of motorcycle racing when she joined the BT Sport team as channel ambassador and host of the Moto GP and Speedway GP series. Travelling the world to report from trackside and speaking to the biggest names in motorsport for more than two decades truly makes her the ‘Queen of the Pit Lane’.

It’s not all about wheels and petrol though. Suzi’s other sporting credits include the BBC’s live coverage of Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, the London Marathon, the Trooping of the Colour, the London Olympics, the great North Run and the University Boat Race.

Growing up surrounded by music (her Dad was a leading band manager, booking agent and venue promoter and her godfather was a founding member of Whitesnake), Suzi has a deep love for radio and live performances. She is regularly called upon to cover the early breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 and following a hugely positive response from the audience she has also covered the drive time show and fronted a documentary looking at the music playlists of the world’s leading Formula 1 drivers.

She has numerous other television credits and regularly contributes articles to leading newspaper and motorsport publications.

A Celebration of Speed is delighted she is able to host our first dinner and we look forward to welcoming her to the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl.

Kenny Bräck

Kenny Bräck is a highly respected and successful racing driver – a brave man with a story to tell.

After almost a decade of successful racing in Europe, only losing the FIA F3000 Championship after a penalty in the final race, Kenny became IRL champion in only his second season in the USA before going on to win the Indianapolis 500 in 1999. Kenny would no doubt prefer not to be remembered for setting another less desirable record at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2003. In a devastating accident his car collided with Tomas Scheckter and crashed into fences and barriers and the impact measured an unbelievable 214g. An even more incomprehensible statistic is that Kenny’s body, normally a slender 10 stone 12 pounds, would at that moment have weighed 14 and a half tons. Nobody had ever survived an impact that severe and he was unconscious for days.

A measure of the bravery of the man is that less than 2 years later, after intensive rehab, he made a comeback at the highest level, substituting for an injured driver in the 2005 Indy 500.

Kenny has been a regular at both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Revival meetings, recording records for the Hill Climb and thrilling crowds with his racing style and ability. His career is fascinating and an insight into the world of Motorsport. Most recently Kenny has been engaged by McLaren as a test and development driver and he will share an insight at the Celebration of Speed into their preparation and experiences of tackling the lap record at the Nurburgring. It promises to be a fascinating evening.