Today we are launching a new feature on the JA on F1 website – an online auction to raise money for the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust.
I’m delighted to say that the first item we have under the hammer is a signed set of F1 racing overalls from one of the fans’ favourite drivers, Kamui Kobayashi. These genuine Sauber racing overalls, manufactured to exacting F1 safety standards, from fireproof material by Puma, have be worn this season by Kamui and he has signed them. Just to buy a set of unbranded Puma overalls of this standard would cost over £1000, so please be generous. You can place your bid by clicking here BID NOW
The 24 year old Japanese Kobayashi exploded onto the F1 scene last season with fighting drives in Brazil and Abu Dhabi for Toyota. This season he has also captured the fans’ hearts with some battling drives in the Sauber, particularly his attack on Fernando Alonso in Valencia. He has been voted Driver of the Day several times this year by JA on F1 readers.
The auction starts today and will end after Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at 9pm UK time. So get your bids in and keep checking to see how you are getting on. And remember it’s all in aid of a very good cause, the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust.
The Trust was founded by Sir Jackie Stewart and counts Martin Brundle, Patrick Head and me among its Trustees. For over 20 years the Trust has helped a wide range of mechanics and is actively engaged in advising and helping current and past mechanics. There are now a growing number of older F1 mechanics, who reached retirement without a company pension, health insurance or similar, because this things weren’t common in the old days. Often it is as they get older, long after they have left the security of their F1 team that in times of hardship, they or their families need help and assistance.
A big thank you to our partner Grand Prix Legends, who have developed this auction site with us.
To learn more about the Trust watch this short video.