This week, we look forward to the resumption of the World Championship battle between Red Bull and Mercedes which looks set to be played out not only on the track but also in the FIA stewards room if the proposed two-way protests in respect of limbo wings and flexi wings goes ahead. Will the resurgent McLaren (well, at least Lando Norris’) challenge for another podium or will Sergio Perez flourish on one of his favourite tracks?
Meanwhile, we are delighted to showcase some new pieces in our McLaren collection that are hand-signed by Ayrton’s nephew, Bruno Senna, who has become a brand ambassador after directly contributing to the development of the awesome McLaren Senna HyperCar.
First, we offer an original used steering wheel complete with pit lane limiter and radio buttons from a hi 570s GT4 raced in the one-make series as part of the Pure McLaren programme. Manufactured by Sparco to bespoke specification, the wheel features a central carbon plate with the McLaren logo, hand-signed in silver sharpie by Bruno Senna.
Accompanying this, we offer a race competitors plaque in carbon fibre featuring the Hockenheim circuit layout and event details. This beautifully engineered carbon piece comes with a magnetically attached stand in orange anodised alloy with the McLaren logo and its original McLaren pouch case. It is hand-signed by Bruno Senna.
Another contemporary and very rarely seen McLaren piece we have in stock is a hardback Sports Series Owners Handbook as supplied new with the 600LT and 570s cars. An exquisitely detailed and illustrated book for the discerning collector.
From the final development of the McLaren F1 GTR programme, we offer a very rare example of the 1997 press pack with 19 pages of technical information and two colour photographs of the longtail car.
Another exceptionally rare piece from McLaren is Mika Hakkinen’s 1994 steering wheel from the McLaren Peugeot. This bespoke Nardi steering wheel has the Peugeot and Shell logos present and is offered as it was removed from his car in the second half of 1994.
For the discerning Senna collector who is looking for a signature piece with undoubted provenance, we have a wonderful framed example of the limited edition Alan Fearnley print “Fight to the Finish” featuring the titanic battle between Senna and Mansell in Casino Square Monaco in 1992. Long sold out upon issue, this was the last limited edition series of prints hand-signed by Ayrton. This example is accompanied by the publisher’s COA with a photograph of Ayrton at the signing.
From the West McLaren era, we offer a pair of caps dedicated to Kevin Eason, formerly the Times F1 correspondent, hand signed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Kimi Raikkonen and Mika Hakkinen. These came directly from Kevin’s personal archive.
Finally this week, we showcase a celebration Dartington Crystal clock commissioned by Ron Dennis and given to key personnel and sponsors to celebrate the McLaren F1 team’s fourth consecutive World drivers and constructors title in 1991 after Ayrton Senna secured his final title in the v12 Honda-powered car.