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As the F1 circus heads for the wonderful Suzuka circuit, we look forward to this year’s display of ultimate fandom by the Japanese crowd, with their creative hats and even full replica racesuit / helmet combinations!

One thing most fans agree on is that the circuit remains one of the greatest on the calendar, with the awesome Degner curves and 130R. What is less well known is that the circuit designer was a Dutchman, John Hugenholtz, whose son Hans remains a regular racing driver in historic events to this day. Sadly, the circuit will also forever be associated with the accident that claimed the life of Jules Bianchi in 2014. 

In 1988, 1989 and 1990, the race also decided the championship, when Senna and Prost were at their peak, the latter two years controversies making the kerfuffle of Abu Dhabi 2021 look like a mere playground spat. In 1988 Senna stalled at the start but used the downhill gradient to jump his car in 14th, but passed the entire field to win in his MP4/4 McLaren and secure his first title. We have just taken into stock one of the exact 1:1 scale replica editions of his bespoke 1988 McLaren steering wheel with buttons and collector plaque that is rarely seen for sale. 

Kimi Raikkonen delivered the drive of his life in 2005 to win the Suzuka race from 17th at the start. We have recently stocked an Arai GP5 visor from his 2006 McLaren season, hand signed by the Iceman. Also from McLaren’s 2006 season we have a complete test team steering wheel with full electronics on it’s McLaren travel case. Unrepeatable.

We are also delighted to offer one of the Ojjeh family privately commissioned Duckworth Prestex watches awarded to McLaren team members in recognition of third place in the 2020 constructors championship – the last full season before long term McLaren Chairman, Mansour Ojjeh passed away. This example comes with the letter from the Ojjeh family. 

From McLaren’s glorious F1 GTR LeMans years, we have a 1/8 scale Amalgam model of the Harrods car driven by Derek Bell, Justin Bell and Andy Wallace to third place at La Sarthe in 1995 as well as a 1/12 scale model of the XP5 prototype road car “K8 MCL” signed by Gordon Murray . 

We sign off this week with the McLaren F1 road car carbon steering wheel centre and carbon fibre airbox cover, both signed exclusively for MM at a 2022 signing at his Surrey home. 

Thank you,

Tim Scott

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