I will personally chauffeur you for a day in this to help a good cause

May 1, 2014

Friends, meet my weekend test drive––the all-new Maserati Quattroporte––one of the most beautiful four door saloons ever made. It comes with a 3.7 liter V8 Ferrari engine, an 8 speed gearbox, all-wheel drive and a chauffeur named James. Seriously.

The deal. When I found out last week that I would be testing this car this coming weekend, I made all sorts of selfish plans––fun runs, a blast up to Tagaytay with my son, maybe even sneak it on the track in between the Vios cup practice sessions. Then I found out about my friend’s 2 month old daughter who needs open heart surgery.

Suddenly, the thought of tearing up the streets with this Italian supermodel seemed, well, inappropriate. So I called my friend Marc Soong, who lent me the car for a review, and pitched him something different. I asked him if I could auction off his car for a good cause. The idea would be to auction my services as a personal chauffeur and drive someone anywhere a full tank can get them, so long as the money goes straight to Alessandra’s angels––which is a working title for our small group that are raising money for the operation.

Being a man with a heart bigger than his, um, wallet, Marc didn’t flinch. This is the same guy that had me auction off a pair of Fernando Alonso’s racing gloves and a scale model Ferrari GTO donated by Luca de Montezemolo that raised over 600,000 pesos last year to fund our job fair that found 721 Yolanda survivors a job before Christmas. All he asked was that I personally knew the people I would be driving around (or have friends that could vouch for them) and not post this offer on Sulit.com or Ayosdito.

That said, I posted it up on my facebook page last night (Wednesday April 30) and immediately got an offer for 20k. As I only have the car for the weekend, I will close the auction by 10pm Friday.

So, gentlemen, if you have a hot date and want to really impress her, or perhaps you just want to go up to, say, Tagaytay in style, here’s your chance to win over your woman’s heart and help a little girl fix  her broken one.

PS. We’re trying to raise a million bucks. So we need as much as we can get. Don’t worry if you can’t bid. Helping us spread the word so it may reach someone who can counts as your donation. We can do this!

About the Author

James Deakin
James Deakin is a multi-awarded automotive journalist located in Manila, Philippines. He has a weekly column in the Philippine STAR's motoring section, is a motoring corespondent for CNN Philippines and is the host of the Philippine motoring television show Drive, which airs every Sunday night at 10pm on CNN Philippines.