A unique collection of sought-after Formula 1 memorabilia and experiences, including Ayrton Senna’s racing gloves from his 1991 championship-winning year and Jenson Button’s race seat from this year’s Australian GP, are to be auctioned off in the New Year to raise money for the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust.
The Trust, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and which James Allen is among the trustees, has been chosen as the first official charity of Motor Sport magazine’s Hall of Fame awards, which will be held for the fourth time in February when a further quartet of legends of the sport will be inducted onto the honours list.
A special auction will be held alongside the ceremony and on Wednesday night at London’s Landmark hotel the charity’s founder, Sir Jackie Stewart, unveiled the items that will go under the hammer on the evening at the capital’s Royal Opera House.
Money-can’t-buy items have been donated from across the F1 paddock, including six of the leading teams, Bernie Ecclestone and Pirelli, with highlights including steering wheels used by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, a Ferrari cylinder head and differential gearbox from Williams.
In addition to VIP Paddock Club and paddock passes for next year’s British GP, and the chance to drive Silverstone with expert tuition from charity trustees Martin Brundle and Derek Warwick, one of the most highly sought after lots is likely to be Senna’s 1991 gloves which have been donated by legendary McLaren figure Jo Ramirez.
“What Motor Sport is doing, in connection with their Hall of Fame night, is aiming to raise enough money to help the Trust significantly by allowing the public to also bid on the auction items that have been donated to us It’s perhaps the most spectacular auction I’ve ever seen of F1 jewels which could never be bought anywhere else,” Stewart said.
The Hall of Fame evening, and charity auction, will take place on February 25 but would-be buyers can also make advance bids via a special website here which will go live on Friday 14 December and run until midnight on Sunday 24 February.