KARUN CHANDHOK LAUNCHES "VROOOM" - THE FIRST EVER F1 CARICATURE BOOK: [Friday, 21st October 2011] Indian Formula One driver Karun Chandhok today launched VROOOM, the first ever Formula One caricature book, which will be shared with F1 drivers at the inaugural Indian GP next weekend. VROOOM launched in association with Adrenna, is the brainchild of artist Shijo Varghese and is the only caricature book which includes the drivers of the 2011 Formula 1 grid.
VROOOM includes caricatures of F1 champions Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and local favourites Karun Chandhok and Narain Karthikeyan. The book includes a foreword from FMSCI President, Vicky Chandhok and also a tribute to the world’s leading motorsport cartoonist, Jim Bamber.
The book is being launched exclusively to be presented to the drivers and team principals of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship as a sneak preview to the official public release, set to coincide with the start of the 2012 F1 World Championship.Indian F1 driver Karun Chandhok had the privilege of receiving the first copy from Shijo Varghese and was thrilled with what he saw. He commented, “The moment I saw these caricatures I was very impressed and knew that it was a must have for all F1 fans. Shijo has done a brilliant job and I had a good laugh when I saw my caricature. With the inaugural Indian GP around the corner there is an additional element of excitement to this festive season, and this book brings another element of charm.”
Shijo Varghese commented, “I would like to thank Karun Chandhok for being here and accepting the first copy of this book. Making caricatures is what I’ve always loved doing and with the Indian GP coming up I thought this would be a perfect tribute to the race. This is a not-for-profit book so I would sincerely like to thank our partners, NPT Offset and Adrenna. I have always tried to show that there is a lighter side to all things in life, and especially sport where competition is often so fierce.”
Shijo has previously authored two books of caricatures, the first book a tribute to the Indian Cricket Team for their win at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup titled Stumped! and then Howzaat!, a collection of caricatures of the Chennai Super Kings for IPL4.
Murali Sashidharan, Director, Adrenna Communications commented, “We’re proud to have Adrenna associated with this initiative. I’m sure the Formula 1 fraternity will love Shijo’s work as much as we do. This is another small way to enjoy and own a piece of F1 history come 2012. We’d like to thank our partners NPT Offset for their support as we try to find new ways to bring sport into everyone’s life.”