Staged within the grounds of the BRDC Farm as part of the Formula 1® Rolex British Grand Prix weekend, the legendary occasion attracts high-profile members and motorsport personalities. AC-ET has been a Patron of the BRDC’s exclusive ‘Young Driver’ Programme for over a decade, and supplied the lighting design for the event ever since.
AC-ET worked closely again with the BRDC to create the event lighting. The company supplied the complete indoor and outdoor lighting systems, which utilised approximately 200 fixtures. The project was designed and overseen by AC-ET production manager, Andy Walne Smith.
Featuring heavily in the marquee lighting design, Chroma-Q®’s award-winning Color Force II™ LED wash lights delivered immersive colour-changing effects lighting alongside Space Force™ LED soft lights providing general illumination.
To celebrate 25 years since BRDC member, Damon Hill OBE won the 1994 F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, an enclosed display of his race-winning FW16 Williams car and Clay Regazzoni’s 1979 FW07 car – which gave the team its first ever F1 Grand Prix victory – were illuminated by Space Force fixtures.
In addition, a ‘Union Jack’-arranged flower wall which proved a popular photos backdrop for attendees in the garden area, was lit using Color Force II fixtures enclosed in a custom water-proofing housing.
A flexible package of PROLIGHTS’ Eclipse Fresnel and Profile, Luma700, JetSpot4Z, plus Stark and Diamond ranges of LED fixtures created a relaxed environment during the day, and transformed the venue into a lively and vibrant atmosphere at night.
Various fixtures from PROLIGHTS’ complete IP65 family were used for the outdoor lighting. Solar LED wash lights illuminated the exterior of the buildings, as well as the surrounding trees and garden, complemented by Panorama Spot IP gobo washes and Panorama AirBeam IP ‘searchlights’. In addition, StudioCOB Plus Full Colour PARs provided feature lighting.
The powerful Vista 3 by Chroma-Q® lighting & media control range provided flexible control for ‘busking live’ a variety of looks both indoors and outdoors. With space at a premium, the Vista EX control surface provided lots of physical controls within an ultra-compact footprint.
Vista 3 was connected to the fixtures via a Luminex system featuring GigaCore network switches, a DMX Node8 Ethernet-to-DMX converter, LumiSplit DMX data splitters, plus Chroma-Q Magic Box™ 8-way and 4Play™ 4-way DMX buffers. Power distribution was delivered through StageSmarts’ SmartPDU 72-channel intelligent system. The large quantity of power, data and hybrid cabling needed was provided entirely by AC-ET’s in-house Tourflex® Cabling bespoke cable assembly service.
BRDC Club Office Manager, Lisa Benamore commented: “We are delighted with the stunning lighting display delivered by A.C. Entertainment Technologies for the 2019 British Grand Prix Party. The lighting just gets bigger and better for the annual party, and this year was no exception. It really added to the spectacle and ambience of this highlight event for the BRDC’s members and guests.”