It’s well known that British motorsport fans are some of the most committed you’ll find anywhere, but it seems that their passion for the sport is matched by their generosity.
In the run-up to the British Grand Prix and across the race weekend we held a couple of auctions of team and driver memorabilia in aid of our chosen good cause, the spinal injury research charity Wings for Life, and the results were very impressive indeed.
The first sale took place at the Bonhams auction at the Festival of Speed,Goodwood last month. We brought along a helmet used and signed by Sebastian Vettel during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend in 2013 and we were stunned by the attention it got.
Designed by Seb's regular helmet designer Jens Munser, the top of the helmet features an image of Sir Stirling Moss's famous 1961 victory while the back features a pin-up model whose clothing disappeared as the temperature increases. It's one of Seb and Jens' most recognisable designs and following a fantastic bidding frenzy, the lot sold for £16,000.
A couple of weeks later, over the British Grand Prix weekend, we held our regular auction at the superb Whittlebury Hall campsite and, as ever, the response was superb. We had six lots on offer and in total they raised £3,210 for Wings for Life. The top price of £1,300 was paid for an Infiniti Red Bull Racing factory tour for four people, while a signed Mark Webber replica race suit fetched £370. A signed Seb fireproof top reached £280, while a balaclava signed by the champion made £210. We also auctioned off a pair of VIP tickets to the upcoming Red Bull Air Race at Ascot, which made £540.
We'd like to thank everyone who took part in the Whittlebury Hall auction. The atmosphere there is always fantastic and the response to our bid top raise some much-needed funds for spinal injury research is always embraced with great enthusiasm.