CEOs of Toyota and Aston Martin - Akio Toyoda and Dr. Ulrich Bez
You may recall that last month the CEO of Aston Martin, Dr. Ulrich Bez, auctioned off his Rapide company car in order to raise funds for the Japan earthquake relief effort. Bez, and his counterpart at Toyota, Akio Toyoda, are at the Nurburgring 24 Hours race taking place in Germany this weekend where this giant cheque was presented.
The Concours Blue luxury sedan managed to sell for £100,000, about $160,000 at current exchange rates, with all proceeds being handed over to Toyota, which can better direct it to charities providing aid to victims of the recent earthquakes and Tsunami in Japan.
The Rapide was purchased by long-time Aston Martin enthusiast David Linley, a world renowned furniture designer. Built in late 2009 exclusively for use by Bez, the car came with a black leather interior accented by walnut wood trim. It also came with heated and cooled front and rear seats, an integrated garage door opener and a rear seat entertainment system incorporating a twin-screen DVD system and infrared headphones.
Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez
Dr. Ulrich Bez is also down at the Nurburgring to lead the driver team piloting two examples of Aston Martin’s new V12 Zagato endurance race car, both of which are sporting a special ‘Heart for Japan’ dedication to symbolize the automaker’s support for the island nation. Toyoda, meanwhile, is attending the event in support of Gazoo Racing and its pair of LFA supercars.
Stay tuned for our full results coverage following the conclusion of the thrilling race tomorrow.