• Nov 21, 2010
You don't get much higher stakes than Formula One. And while some teams have their own airplanes, there are a couple this season that have their own airlines: Richard Branson's Virgin, and Tony Fernandes' Lotus Racing and Air Asia.
As you may recall, the rivalry between the two tycoon-backed upstart teams escalated to such a point that Branson and Fernandes made a gentlemanly bet that was anything but: the owner of the team that fared worse in this year's championship would have to cross-dress as a female flight attendant and serve as such on the other's airline.

Well, Lotus edged out Virgin towards the bottom of the standings, so it's Sir Richard who'll be wearing Air Asia's finest skirt and blouse. Fernandes is keen on placing his rival on a long-haul Kaula Lumpur-to-London flight, tickets for which he plans to auction off for charity. Looks like the negative effect of downforce isn't the only kind of drag these guys will be dealing with in the offseason.

[Source: Autosport]


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      • 4 Years Ago

      Big deal. I wear a skirt several times a week and its really no big deal. So do my gf's as well as my mom. Come to think of it, all the women I know do at some point along the way, and its hardly what I would call newsworthy. But then again, we're women.

      Its really embarrassing for a man to wear women's clothing, but hardly noticeable if a woman don's menswear. Why is that? Is it that you're lowering yourself to a womans' place? Or is it some kind of kinky reminder that most men get off on wearing what we get to wear all week long, and that you just KNOW what he's thinking when he's wearing it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      #correction it's Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight, not "Kaula".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well he's rich enough to the point that cross dressing wouldn't hurt his dignity/image so kudos to him for not bailing out on a bet
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I could find out which flight he is on I can cross off one of my things-to-do on my bucket list: "Make billionaire do my bidding."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Air sick? Demon on the wing? No. Not this time. It's something else.

      Ah well, safety laws will probably prevent him from actually serving as a member of the flight crew for the entire flight so he'll do some perfunctory drink serving or something and then do something flight attendants rarely do: sit down.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Kuala Lumpur
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buhahahahaha
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stewardess Branson needs a shave...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder if the agrement specify: using lipstick, depilated legs, painted nails, etc ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        +hahahahaha
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love it! If only technology boss' (aka. Steve Job, Steve Ballmer, Jim Balsillie, etc..) have the balls to do the same instead of just mouthing off in public.

        • 4 Years Ago
        It takes a real man to make a bet like that, having said that I feel really bad for anyone on that flight.
      • 4 Years Ago

      quote from Speed Zone:

      "Would you like my peanu[t]s ?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Coffee, tea, or flick a my Bic
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the press and YouTube coverage of that flight. Ought to be a lot of fun for all involved, even Branson. No matter what, they BOTH win because it's free publicity for both of their airlines.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best bet ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well i'm glad that something good is coming out of the bet. Smart idea auctioning off the tickets for charity
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