The first Formula 1 World Championship race was held at Silverstone in 1950 and of the 34 World Drivers Champions, 10 have been British, with 20 titles.
Whilst the British National anthem isn’t played when Mercedes or Red Bull win, they are still based in Brackley and Milton Keynes, such is the strength of F1 talent across engineering, design and development in the UK.
This week we celebrate the upcoming British Grand Prix with some wonderful pieces from legendary British drivers, including the most famous driver never to have won a title…
The late Sir Stirling Moss holds a special place in the hearts of racing fans and we are delighted to offer a rare pewter plaque mounted on a wooden plinth, produced for the prestigious BRDC (who own Silverstone) when the 50th anniversary of the circuit was marked in 1998. This piece was hand signed by Sir Stirling in 2010.
In 2004, Jenson Button was driving for BAR Honda and we have in stock his promotional racesuit from that year’s Silverstone weekend with a team letter of authentication.
Lewis Hamilton remains the most successful F1 driver to date and we have available an original Puma race suit, gloves and race boots from his early months at the Mercedes GP team with incredible provenance. Unrepeatable pieces.
Nigel Mansell has always been a fan favourite and Silverstone was the scene of a lot of drama from ‘Il Leone’. We are pleased to offer a superb signed invitation card from Piero Ferrari to the 1989 F1 car launch, signed by Mansell, Prost and Berger, beautifully framed.
Jackie Stewart not only won three drivers titles but also founded his own F1 team that ultimately became the all conquering Red Bull team. We have a race used seat from the 1999 Stewart Ford as used by 1995 British GP winner, Johnny Herbert.
Damon Hill won the British GP in 1994 and we have a wonderful boxed lead crystal paperweight from the event hand signed by Damon
Hopefully we will see a great weekend of action and far fewer travel limit penalties!