Silverstone Auctions raced into the charity pole position on Thursday 19th July, raising over £27,000 for the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Motor Sport Charity at a fundraiser auction held at Silverstone circuit.
A champagne reception was followed by a total of 62 auction lots generously donated by BRDC members, including former Olympic cyclist and British racing driver, Sir Chris Hoy, MBE.
Bidders from around the world, including the United States, Australia and France, pledged their bids for highly collectible items including a replica Aryton Senna helmet, signed Daniel Ricciardo race overalls, a limited edition ‘Silverstone Luffield’ Chronograph watch, and many other items signed by the world’s most admired racing drivers.
Another item that stimulated global interest was a remarkable photograph of Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher being held apart after a clash at Magny-Cours in 1992 as Senna considered Schumacher to blame for ruining his race. It was settled amicably, however, they would clash again two weeks later. Signed by both Senna and Schumacher.
David Richards, chairman of the BRDC Motor Sport Charity commented:
“what a fantastic auction! The quality of the lots donated and the generosity of those who bid during the sale will go a long way towards helping those who need it most in our industry.”
Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said:
“it’s been an absolute pleasure to hold this very special sale with the BRDC and for a cause close to our hearts. It’s wonderful to see so much passion and support and I’d like to thank everyone who supported the sale and contributed to its success.”
The BRDC Motor Sport Charity Sale was the first of three days of auctions which will see the auction houses’ biggest ever catalogue offered, at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the Silverstone Classic.