Formula 1 Ferrari race closes Cordova

Cordova St. was closed Sunday between Cambie and Abbott for the second annual Friends of Ferrari Formula 1 Grand Prix championship.

But unlike the Vancouver Indy, the FFF1 is barely noticed by the neighbours. This charity event, for which I was honoured to wave the checkered flag, pits three to five-year-old boys and girls against each other in electric vehicles that move at a brisk walking pace.

During the last five years, Franco Corona and his energetic volunteers have raised a staggering $1.1 million for 38 charities. On Sunday, the Strathcona Dental Clinic, Bladerunners and the Vancouver Police Pipe Band divvied up $10,000.

Save driving practices are mandatory. As Franco says on his website, “proper driving includes not trying to hit other cars, cutting other cars off and following instructions to stop and turn.”

Today’s winners scored huge trophies and the champion won a mountain bike.

Women drivers start their engines for the Woodwards Formula 1 Sunday in Gastown.

Women drivers start their engines for the Woodwards Formula 1 Sunday in Gastown.