Sports memorabilia #4 – Formula 1

In part 4 of our look at collectable Sports Memorabilia – the kind you might need self storage for we delve into the high-octane world of motorsport and its pinnacle – Formula 1. Since the early 1900’s motor racing has been a popular sporting spectacle. Perhaps more than any other sport it brings together people from all walks of life to build, participate and spectate in sporting action that is the fastest on earth.

And at its pinnacle is Formula 1 – where the world’s wealthiest sponsors, best engineers, strategists and drivers come together to create and race the fastest and most technologically advanced machinery. And all that hardware becomes obsolete very quickly – which means it is the perfect hunting ground for any sports memorabilia enthusiast… 

Formula 1 is not short of sporting legends. Many of the world’s most iconic sportsmen hail from the tracks of the world’s premiere global motorsports championship. Sadly, that’s because many of them had their lives cut short in the days when safety was not taken as seriously as it is today. Take the new movie RUSH – it’s a biopic about one of the most fiercely contested championships in history – a story of two heroes, one British, one Austrian, the second of whom nearly lost his life in a fiery accident and was read the last rites – but miraculously recovered and was back in the car in two races. There are so many pieces of Formula 1 hardware that can be collected as sports memorabilia. And if they’re in some way connected to some of F1’s most enigmatic characters they go for big money.

A used Senna Crash Helmet 

Even non-f1 fans have  heard of Senna. Killed in a crash at Imola on 1st May 1994, the already triple world champion is hailed by many – including the BBC – as the greatest racing driver ever. Many experts and commentators believe that had it not been for the sad and untimely death – at just 34 – he would have gone on to top the all-time-greats list on paper. It’s no surprise then that anything associated with the man or his racing career commands big money. And this 1993 season Crash Helmet is no exception. Signed by Senna himself, it was used in his final season at McLaren, the team with which he won all three of his championships. This particular example sold at Silverstone Race Retro auction in February 2012. The estimate was £42 – 50,000. It made £74, 750!

A Schumacher F1 Ferrari –

Formula 1 Ferrari’s don’t come up for auction often. So a Formula 1 Ferrari that has been driven to race victories by the most successful  driver in history is a very rare thing indeed. This car was the first 2002 chassis and achieved three wins at the hands of factory drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. It was a car that contributed to Schumacher’s 4th World Championship of 7 and was designed by Ross Brawn, who is currently heading Mercedes’ resurgence with Lewis Hamilton.

It’s some track toy, and no surprise that it attracted a tidy sum at auction. It sold at for a cool $2.25 million dollars at Pebble Beach in 2013.

Somewhere to put your can of RedBull: A 2010 RB6 F1 wheel coffee table

A more accessible piece of memorabilia (in both cost and purpose) is the coffee table. Since the mid-eighties people have been converting tyres into useable furniture and the coffee table is a favourite. More recently – as tyres are now recycled by the manufacturers after the race – it’s the wheels themselves that are being used as the base. Who knows, maybe it was on Sebastian Vettel’s car in the epic season finale at Abu Dhabi – a race he won and a victory that saw him take his first World Championship. AT £575 it’s cheaper than either of the above items – but if that’s still not within your price range – how about this:

Signed Sir Stirling Moss print.  

Rewind back to the 1960s and you may have heard of a certain Mr Stirling Moss. Hailed by many as the greatest driver never to have won a world championship he was a terrific sportsman. Moss gifted the 1958 world championship to Mike Hawthorn when the latter was threatened with a penalty after bump starting his car in reverse. Moss supported Hawthorn’s actions which meant he kept the six points he had earned and ultimately beating Moss by one point at the end of the season. So what could be a better piece of memorabilia than Sir Stirling drinking a Coke after victory at the 1955 British Grand Prix – signed by the man himself. You can get one at the signaturestore.co.uk

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