After a wonderfully tense and nail-biting F1 race at Paul Ricard, no one can be in any doubt that this year’s driver’s world championship will probably be the closest for many years. Certainly, the closest fought between drivers from two teams that we have witnessed for well over a decade.
One of my favourite personal memories from the legendary track was in 1990 when Ivan Capelli in the underdog Leyton House Judd fought valiantly with Alain Prost who also overtook for the win (in the beautiful 640 Ferrari) in the last two laps, leaving Senna in 3rd. It ushered the start of the Adrian Newey era, which continues to this day.
On that theme, we have a superb original front wing endplate from an earlier Newey/ Capelli Leyton House, offered complete with driver visor, and a great original painting of Alan Prost in the Ferrari 640 by our exclusive resident artist, Ben Payne.
Continuing with world champions, we are privileged to be able to offer three Autosport awards table centres from the events held in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Unlike earlier years when a standard Minichamps model was used, these are the most recent examples when amalgam models produced sculptures of the feature cars with hand-signed plaques. The earliest example features Nelson Piquet in the Brabham, whereas the Ferrari 640 is depicted with a plaque signed by Nigel Mansell, and to celebrate 50 years since his first championship, Jackie Stewart’s Matra from 1969 was sculpted in 2019. Only 130 of each car are ever produced, and these were quickly sold out. This is a very rare opportunity to secure all three pieces.
Also, new into our stock is a Team Lotus Renault promotional race suit of Roman Grosjean from 2012. This has been used on display in the paddock club as well as in promotional appearances. A stunning piece in black and gold from the season when Romain partnered Kimi.