Lewis Hamilton – The first British driver ever to start on pole in Bahrain breakout the dance to ‘Jai Ho’


I first met Lewis Hamilton in Montreal, with Nicole Scherzinger, introducing them to the CEO of The Toronto International Film Festival, Piers Handling, Warren Spitz a board member of the film festival.  I asked Nicole to come to the festival and be a part of it, she at the time had no idea one of my favorite video was of her in Pussycat Dolls doing a song ‘Ja Ho’.  Lewis Hamilton went on to win the Canadian Grand Prix.  The following year Niki Lauda came to the film festival with the film ‘Rush’.

In Bahrain Lewis Hamilton becomes the first British driver ever to start in pole position, alongside another driver who did something very special for me and who I also met in Montreal ( a very good sign do things on home soil, Canada) Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari.  So let’s breakout some dance moves to ‘Jai Ho’

Warren Spitz , Niki Lauda, Piers Handling, Timothy Hollywood Khan
Warren Spitz , Niki Lauda, Piers Handling, Timothy Hollywood Khan


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Gisele Bündchen her last catwalk so dance out to ‘Jai Ho’ with Freida Pinto at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

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Gisele Bündchen in a Suneet Verma sari for Vogue India. The supermodel wore a green sari by the designer in this picture shot by Patrick Demarchelier.

Gisele has arrived in her native Brazil where designers are unveiling their spring/summer 2016 lines on the runways of Sao Paulo Fashion Week, where Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen will strut down the catwalk one last time during the five-day spectacular.

Bundchen, the world’s highest paid model in 2014 for the eighth consecutive year according to Forbes.com, has told Brazilian media that she wants to now focus on print campaigns and spend more time with her young family.

The sari reminded me of another exceptional lady I know  model, actress Freida Pinto.  As this is Brazil you can be sure after Gisele’s walk today there will be one big party to say farewell to the one true supermodel.  So let’s get you into the spirit with ‘Jai Ho’ from the film Slumdog Millionaire that broke Freida Pinto into the national spotlight.


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Putting the Ritz into the Ritz Carlton with McLaren – MP4-12C Spyder

If there where two brand in luxury that are meant to be paired then Ritz Carlton and McLaren are meant to be a global force of luxury where living meet the luxury of speed and elegance.

Ritz Carlton for me and McLaren have also allowed me the luxury to participate in magic.

There was the stay at Ritz Carlton Montreal, and my weekend with McLaren when it was launched in Canada by the sterling team of Chris Pfaff’s, Pfaff Auto in partnership with Ron Dennis.

That weekend of mine with Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger (who with A.R. Rahman, and The Pussycat Dolls performed Jai Ho in 2009 the selected video for My Name Is Khan), provided for a victory for Lewis Hamilton, thus becoming the King of Montreal at the Canadian Grand Prix 2012. It was a splendid weekend with Chris Pfaff’s team all of whom are the greatest people you will meet, where service is the key element, and most importantly for me they are all fun.

Keeping in the flow of things the teams that of the Ritz Carlton Toronto, and Pfaff McLaren came together last night to make for a mind blowing ( it was really windy ), for the launch of the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder.

Guess what folks, I gave the word this morning to my guys in Europe “we need to get this baby”. The McLaren MP4 – 12C Spyder is one sweet, fast, and most important for me sexy car.

I cannot wait to drive it from Monte Carlo on my favorite route, Monaco to Milan, Como , Geneva, Berlin, that folks you can do in this car because it is very comfortable. Hey, if Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button can do in spell-bounding speeds then this drive would be nothing.

Top up or top down, the car is a super-charged erotic performer and should have no trouble keeping up but then again who wants to keep up, what’s behind you does not matter. How much of a performer? McLaren promises 0-60 mph acceleration in just 3.1 seconds and a quarter mile elapsed time of 10.8 seconds at a speed of 134 mph.

That performance is courtesy of a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which houses a potent twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine tuned to deliver 616 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Come of folks that should already get you salivating.

In preparing for the launch the Ritz Carlton did a massive overhaul of the bar now the very warm inviting space knighted the ‘Ritz Bar’ day before the McLaren MP4 – 12C Spyder launch, the Ritz Carlton Toronto team of Nathaniel, Christian, Duncan, and crew where like the McLaren pit crew, in a race to get the bar up and running, while Daniel was working on all the other logistic’s, the team was humming. Resulting in producing tables that are the right height for cocktails, ( I learned about this from Arrigo Cipriani and son Giuseppe Cipriani of Harry’s Bar ) who are very particular about table heights, and the Ritz Toronto got this spot-on. The seating is now cozy, comfortable, and ideal for conversation, with the addition of the improvement’s to the outdoor deck it has created a new dimension previously not available to the Ritz Carlton Toronto.

The evening was how can I say it “scintillating”!.

Two teams, Pfaff Auto McLaren, and Ritz Carlton bravo!

Now bring on Hollywood and the Toronto International Film Festival 2012. The McLaren’s will be waiting as will the team of the Ritz Carlton Toronto, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Madonna, Megan Ellison, Johnny Depp discover the city like real rock stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in a McLaren.

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