5 pieces of British F1 memorabilia



2015-06-26 13:57:41

Check out these 5 incredible pieces of British F1 memorabilia

Image: Graham Budd Auction

5. Nigel Mansell helmet

The proud owner of one of the world’s most recognisable moustaches, Nigel Mansell is among the most eminent names in the history of British motorsport.

He is one of the most decorated drivers of all time, having notched up an impressive 31 wins over the course of his F1 career.

He wore this Arai race helmet, which features a tube for connecting a water bottle, and an intercom connection, during the 1991 season with Williams-Renault.

It sold for £5,000 ($7,818) at Graham Budd in 2007.

4. Damon Hill flame suit

Damon Hill was the son of the legendary Graham Hill and a fine racing driver in his own right, winning the 1996 F1 championship.

Image: Aurora

His sparring with rival Michael Schumacher during the 1990s was legendary.

Hill wore the suit racing for Williams-Renault during the 1993-1996 seasons. It sold for $3,300 in an auction held by Aurora in California in 2010. 

3. James Hunt’s F1 helmet
Image: Bonhams

James Hunt was a hugely charismatic presence during his stint on the track in the 1970s, his eccentric and hell-raising behaviour injecting some life into the often staid world of Formula 1.

He wore this helmet during his 1976 victory for McLaren, which saw him crowned world champion.

It sold for £37,500 ($58,641) at Bonhams last year, likely helped by the release of the blockbuster Rush – a film based on his life.

2. Jackie Stewart’s first racer

Known to the tabloids as the Flying Scot, Jackie Stewart blazed an incendiary trail through the history of British motor racing.

Image: Silverstone Auctions

He first got behind the wheel of this 1962 Marcos GT Xylon in the year it was built.

In an interview with BBC Radio Scotland he commented: "It was the first proper, what I would call, racing car I ever drove.

"It was laminated plywood. It was very fragile but because of the plywood it was also very light. It was a competitive car and we won several little things with it.”

It made £42,000 ($65,678) at Silverstone Auctions earlier this year.

1. Stirling Moss Ferrari

Stirling Moss is regarded as one of the greatest British racing drivers to have ever lived.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Although he never won the World Championship, his extraordinary skill on the track (regardless of what he was driving) made him a favourite with the public and his peers.

In 2012 a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO custom built especially for him sold for £22.7m ($36.2m) in a private UK sale.

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