- Six special auction lots for Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust
- Sir Jackie Stewart welcomes Hall of Fame celebration
- Autographed F1 components come under the RM Auctions hammer
A special auction at this month’s Motor Sport Hall of Fame (29 January) will raise funds for the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust.
The Trust was founded by Sir Jackie Stewart in 1987 to help former and current grand prix mechanics and their families in times of need and the three-time world champion has secured six special lots to be auctioned during the star-studded evening at Covent Garden’s historic Royal Opera House.
The lots include a number of original F1 car components – autographed by current grand prix drivers and key team members – as well as a pair of ‘money-can’t-buy’ paddock passes for the British Grand Prix donated by Bernie Ecclestone.
“The Motor Sport Hall of Fame is a fantastic event and I believe it’s very important for us here in the UK to honour the ultimate achievers in our sport with such a prestigious accolade,” said Stewart, who is one of just 25 racing legends already inducted into the prized Hall of Fame. “I’m also delighted that the evening allows us to raise important funds for the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust. This year we have six very special lots. I specifically asked the grand prix teams to donate the kind of ‘jewellery’ components from F1 cars that money can’t usually buy and I’m absolutely thrilled with the items they’ve produced.”
Damien Smith, editor of Motor Sport magazine, is equally delighted with the high quality auction and, in particular, the destination of the funds being raised. He said: “Mechanics are rarely given the credit they deserve. As Sir Jackie has always emphasised, he couldn’t have won three world championships without his small, tight-knit crew at Tyrrell and it is entirely fitting that Motor Sport magazine should be associated with a Trust that supports these men and women in their times of need.”
The six lots which include F1 components donated by Red Bull Racing, Mercedes and Ferrari will be auctioned by Max Girardo, managing director of RM Auctions Europe, immediately after four more of motor racing’s greatest names are inducted into the coveted Motor Sport Hall of Fame.
“RM Auctions is delighted to be associated with such a high profile and exciting event as the Motor Sport Hall of Fame,” confirmed Girardo. “The charity auction is a fantastic way for the industry to give something back to an incredible cause, and we hope many thousands will be raised for the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust.”
Although the glittering evening in London’s West End is strictly ‘by invitation only’, all F1 fans and memorabilia collectors are encouraged place their bids in advance of the auction itself by submitting them to firstname.lastname@example.org by latest 5pm on Wednesday 29 January. Information on the auction lots and information on how to bid can be found here: http://www.rmauctions.com/auctions/event.cfm?SaleCode=MS14
Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust Auction Lots
Lot 1: 2009 Ferrari fuel hatch and nozzle complete with hydraulic actualization system signed by Fernando Alonso and Stefano Domenicali. Kindly donated by Scuderia Ferrari.
Lot 2: 2012 Lotus hydraulic manifold signed by Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen. Kindly donated by the Lotus F1 Team.
Lot 3: 2013 Mercedes final-drive gear. Kindly donated by Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.
Lot 4: 2009 Red Bull wishbone signed by Adrian Newey. Kindly donated by Red Bull Racing.
Lot 5: Two Saturday and Sunday paddock passes and Paddock Club credentials for the 2014 British Grand Prix. The latter sell for £4000 each while the paddock passes simply cannot be bought. Kindly donated by Bernie Ecclestone.
Lot 6: Ferrari shirt signed by Michael Schumacher. Kindly donated by the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust.