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  • Sachin Tendulkar

    Posted on March 26, 2012 by Selby

    Sachin Tendulkar is an excellent ambassador of Indian Cricket since going in at the deep end against Pakistan in '89, he is surely one of the greatest batsmen ever as statistics show he is the only cricketer to score a hundred centuries in international the many memorable is his astonishing double century for Mumbai playing against the touring Australians at the Brabourne Stadium in 1998.

    Interesting read in the attached article Times of India

    Tony Selby



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  • England Cricket

    Posted on March 22, 2012 by Selby


    Strauss and Trott have put England back in with a good chance over Sri Lanka Development X1, SL lead of 203
    Good to see Strauss batting well again hopefully this development will ease pressure on front line bowling selection for first test on Monday.

    Tony Selby
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  • Sri Lanka Cricket

    Posted on March 21, 2012 by Selby




    what an amazing score 376/5 by sri lanka development scheme on day 1 of the tour match seems like the high humidity and temp are working in sri lanka's favour, well done Broad 3/55, should be an interesting day

    Tony Selby

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  • Ireland Cricketers make up for Rugby let down

    Posted on March 19, 2012 by Selby


    Four in a row for IRE with things looking up for twenty2good 17 run defeat of Scotland in Dubai!!!!

    Tony Selby

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  • Dan Gurney F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia

    Posted on March 12, 2012 by Selby


    Dan Gurney F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia

    Dan Gurney  Racing Driver, Car Constructor, Team owner – Memorabilia from the Historic F1 1967 Belgian Grand Prix -  Indianapolis 500 – Nascar – Trans AM Series – Daytona – Le Mans -  Gurney  was an Iconic Champion Racer.

    Ferrari, BRM, Porsche, Lotus, Brabham, Eagle, McLaren, lots of potential for the Motor Racing Memorabilia enthusiast, Dan Gurney led a varied and exciting career between 1958 – 1970, which has meant lots of interesting Collectables emanating from his many memorable events and competitions.

    It is important to remember that Dan was competing during “the Golden Age of Motor Racing” era his fellow racers are now mostly legendary names and Memorabilia associated with Drivers and Constructors from this era is always in demand.

    Dan Gurney (1931) was born in Port Jefferson New York, moving to the West Coast in his teens he combined his interest in Mechanical Engineering with his desire to go racing and designed and built a series of Hot Rod cars with little money and lots ingenuity from scrap yard parts.

    US Motor Racing around this time was to say the least disorganised, enthusiasts would compete in a variety of races and often travel long distances, a trait which became evident later in his career, demonstrated by his huge cross section of victories, in all 4 major categories F1, Indy cars, Nascar  and Sports car racing.

    Dan began street racing in the early 1950’s and attended events all over Southern California, driving a highly modified ’35 Ford with a flathead V8 engine, he soon made a name for himself winning races.

    Thanks to his engineering skills it was not long before Dan was breaking records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, he became a Drag Racing hero when he drove a home built Mercury Flathead at 138 MPH.

    His early forays on the racing scene were interrupted when spent a two year spell with the United States Army in Korea. On his return to the West Coast in 1955 he began his career in earnest driving a TR2 in numerous competitions around West California. There are some great original photographs available of Dan racing the white TR2 at Torrey Pines Road Races leading a Jag XK120 and a Porsche.

    His big break came in 1958 when Luigi Chinetti invited him to team with Bruce Kessler driving a Ferrari Scuderia (No 0666) in the 24 hour Le Mans Endurance Race, the car was involved in an accident and did not finish; it was eventually rebuilt at Maranello but retained its ominous number.

    By now Dan was attracting the attention of the Motor Racing hierarchy, during 1958 he was offered a Test drive with Ferrari and shortly after he joined the Ferrari F1 Team.

    In the 1959 season Dan Gurney competed in the French Grand Prix at Reims driving a front engine 2.5 litre Ferrari he retired with radiator problems on lap 19 in a race which saw Tony Brooks (Ferrari), Phil Hill (Ferrari), Jack Brabham (Cooper Climax) take the podium positions, Dan followed up with a 2nd at the German GP, 3RD at Portugal and a 4th in Italy, he was awarded “Rookie of the year “establishing his position in Motor Racing.

    In 1960 Dan joined the Owen Racing Organisation this proved to be a poor decision owing to the unreliability of the BRM P48 which lead to 6 non finishes in 7 races. At the Dutch Grand Prix Dan had a serious accident on lap 11 driving the BRM, Dan broke an arm and a young spectator was killed in the accident.

    For the 1961 season Dan teamed up with Jo Bonnier driving for the Porsche Team, he took 2nd place at Reims, Monza and Watkins Glen and ended up finishing in third place with 21 Championship points, alongside Stirling Moss (4 Ret).

    In 1962 Dan Gurney won his first F1 race the French Grand Prix at Rouen driving an 8 cylinder Porsche 804 he followed this up in a non-Championship race at Stuttgart a week later.

    Between 1962 and 1970 entered the Indy 500 each year gaining two 2nds and a third in the final three years.

    He was to win twice in 1964 driving for Jack Brabham, in the French Grand Prix (Brabham - Climax) and the Mexican Grand Prix (Brabham - Climax).

    Dan finished the 1965 F1 season in fourth place behind Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jackie Steward with 25 World Championship points, his tally for the season was two second places and three third place finishes

    By 1966 Dan was running his own team American Eagle, his team won the historic Collectors dream  Belgian Grand Prix in 1967 with Dan at the wheel. The same year he had won the 24 hour LeMans with AJ Foyt, driving a Ford GT 40 MK 1V.

    Dan Gurney F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia – 2 events stand out in 1967 the Westlake powered Eagle winning the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch and the historic Eagle victory at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. Jackie Steward and Chris Amon made up the podium places. I currently have a –Photographic Montage, Signed Photographs, Event related items, Pits all area admittance, programmes, race reports. Race attire and car parts would be desirable especially from the historic win at Spa.

    1967 also saw Dan take third in the Canadian Grand Prix behind Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme (Brabham – Repco).

    Dan retired from F1 racing after the 1970 British Grand Prix where he went out with oil pressure problems on lap 60 whilst driving a McLaren Ford.

    Dan Gurney was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990, this is one of many awards he received over the years.

    He was a co-founder of the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1974 and has taken an active interest in the development of Motor Racing throughout his retirement, occasionally entering cars at celebrity and charity events.

    In 2002 Dan announced that he had designed and developed the Grand Prix Alligator Motor Cycle, he released 36 Limited editions, all bearing the colours of his historical racing car the F1 Eagle which won the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix, The edition was limited to 36 as that is the number displayed on the FI car. Not surprisingly the Bikes were a sell-out.

    Tony Selby

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  • Jim Clark F1 Motor racing Memorabilia

    Posted on March 11, 2012 by Selby


    Jim Clark F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia

    Jim Clark F1 Motor racing Memorabilia

    Double World Champion, 25 Grand Prix Wins, 33 Pole Positions, F1 Memorabilia associated with Racing Legend Jim Clark, especially the Belgium Grand Prix 1962, significant as his first F1 Championship win. Jim the Gentleman Racer was the fastest man of his era.

    Jim Clark (1936 – 1968) was born in Kilmany Fifeshire Scotland in 1936; he was sadly killed competing in a second choice Formula 2 race in Hockenheim on 7th April 1968.

    Jim Clark F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia is high on the agenda of most Collectors and items associated with racing events back in 1958 would be of great interest to me, as would the 1962 F1 at Spa, his first Grand Prix win or Collectables from his Indy 500 win in 1965.

    Jim was brought up on the family sheep farm in the Berwickshire, completing his education at the independent Loretto School,  Musselbrough; he soon began competing  in local road rally and hill climb events,  which he entered driving his Sunbeam Talbot motor car purchased from his efforts working on the farm.

    His talents soon became evident and Jim was winning most of events he competed in. He would spend time assisting the organisers and generally became very involved not only on the racing front.

    At the start of 1958 season Jim met his Mentor for the first time, fellow racer and designer of Lotus cars Colin Chapman, they were both driving Lotus Elite sports cars at Brands Hatch, this meeting would eventually lead to Jims F1 debut in the 1960 season. The relationship that ensued was one which lasted until Jim’s untimely death. I have several signed photographs showing Jim and Colin at various circuits.

    1958 was an eventful season as shortly after his meeting with Colin Chapman  Jim became a major competitor in the more formalised Club events driving a Jaguar D type provided by a wealthy enthusiast. His first race at Full Sutton RAF aerodrome (3.2M) near York in the D type was a record breaker he became the first driver to officially lap a British circuit averaging over 100mph winning the Formula Libra and the Sports car races.

    His parents were concerned about the dangers of Motor Racing, a concern which was not alleviated in 1958 with six F1 drivers dead followed by Mike Hawthorn’s road fatality at the beginning of 1959.

    In 1959 Jim drove a Lotus Elite MK14 (Border Reivers)  with Sir John Whitmore in the June 24 hour Le Mans, the pair finished 2nd in their class and 10th overall, the race was won by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby driving an Aston Martin DBR1/300.

    It was at the Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort in June 1960 that Jim Clark made his F1 debut driving a mid-engine Lotus 18; he retired on lap 42 with transmission problems having started from 11th place on the grid, the podium places were taken by Jack Brabham, Innes Ireland and Graham Hill.

    His first F1 win was at the 1962 Belgian Grand Prix driving the Lotus Climax V8; he recorded the fastest lap, won from 12th position on the grid and was followed home by Graham Hill (BRM) and Phil Hill (Ferrari). He won the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July from Pole position and the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in October again from Pole position, this win put Jim in a position to catch Graham Hill to win the 1962 World Championship, however it was not to be Jim started the South African Grand Prix from Pole and retired on lap 62 (last lap) with an oil leak.

    In 1963 he won the Belgium, Dutch, French, British, Italian Mexican and South African Grand Prix. With 7 of the 10 races won Jim Clark was the 1963 F1 World Champion with Lotus and Colin Chapman taking the Constructors Championship?

    In  1964 Jim was deprived of the title in the Mexican GP due to oil failure on lap 64 he had completed the fastest lap and started from Pole, Dan Gurney won the race in a Brabham Climax and Graham Hill took the World Championship by one point.

    In 1965 Jim dominated the ten race Championship winning six of the 10 races and his second World Championship. He missed Monaco to win the Indianapolis 500.

    Motor Racing Memorabilia from the Indy 500 event where Jim drove the Lotus 38 Ford, would be a great addition to any collection.

    It is important to put things in perspective and realise exactly how good Jim was, this is demonstrated by the fact that he competed in the Golden Age of Motor Racing against drivers such as Graham Hill, Dan Gurney, Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme, Bruce McLaren, Jackie Steward, Bandini,Ginther, Surtees to name but a few. Each of these drivers are excellent examples of Memorabilia in demand.

    Jim Clark F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia associated with the 1962 win would be of particular interest to Collectors, as would the 1960 event at Zandvoort his first GP, Collectables from early events are always in demand such as his early drives with the Jaguar short nose D type and the 1958 event at Brands Hatch. The 1963 win at Spa is of significance as it is often regarded as one of his best races.

    In 1964/65 completely dominated saloon car racing in his works white and green Lotus Cortina,

    1966 was uneventful as the new FIA 3 litre regulations came into being leaving the Lotus under powered and underperforming.

    In 1967 Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe went back to the drawing board and designed the Lotus 49, featuring the Cosworth DFV it would be the most successful engine seen so far in F1. Jim won the cars first race the Dutch GP, also winning the GB, USA and Mexican Grand Prix.

    1n 1968 Jim won the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami from Pole position, he put in the fastest lap confirming the success of the Lotus Ford; Jim was joined on the podium by Graham Hill(Lotus Ford) and Jochen Rindt (Brabham – Repco). It was the last race he would win.

    Jim was sadly killed competing in a Formula 2 event at Hockenhein Germany in 1968. The Gentleman Racer held the record 25 Grand Prix race wins, Pole position 33 times, from a total of 72 Grand Prix starts.

    A list of Jim Clark achievements is shown below:

    Formula 1 World Championship Winner in 1963, 1965

    First Briton to win  the Indy 500 1965

    British Touring Car Championship 1964

    Tasman Series Cup 1965, 67, 68

    Motorsports Hall of Fame 1990

    Jim Clark F1 Motor Racing Memorabilia which I currently own consists of signed photographs from the 1963 British Grand Prix, a signed Montage from Spa 1964, a 1967 signed photo of Jim in the new Cosworth Ford and several signed Programmes, Tickets, Steward Arm bands and race Collectables from later events.

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

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  • Giuseppe Farina Motor Racing Memorabilia

    Posted on March 8, 2012 by Selby


    Giuseppe "Nino" Farina Motor Racing Memorabilia

    Giuseppe “Nino” Farina - First Ever F1 World Champion  – Motor Racing Memorabilia from the 1950 British Grand Prix  at Silverstone is Rare and sought after by Fans and Collectors.

    Nino (1906 – 1966) the legendary Italian racing driver was born in Turin, he raced with the Alfa Romeo and Ferrari teams between 1950 -1955. He won his first F1 race the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1950. Later that year driving the Alfa Romeo Straight 8, he also won the Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten and Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He could be temperamental and erratic on the track  often pushing the car to the limit and beyond, during his career he had more than his fair share of accidents, with at times, apparent disregard for his safety. This was at a time when the mortality rate of racing drivers was high, it is ironic that he met his death in a road accident between Geneva and Chambery on route to the French Grand Prix, Nino was 59 years old.

    Nino is etched in the History of Motor Racing for his style and triumphs, yet a fact that these days escapes attention is his pioneering of the modern day racing position “arms straight “ this is a position which racing enthisasts were still imitating in the early sixties.

    As a young man growing up Nino was interested in cars, learning to drive before his teens. He became an excellent student diligent in his studies, whilst showing enthusiasm for skiing, running, horse riding, soccer and cycling.

    Nino attended Turin University where he received a Doctorate in Political Science, whilst a student he purchased a second hand Alfa Romeo which he entered in the 1932 Italian International Hill Climb Championships; he crashed the car and did not complete the competition.

    Following a brief spell in the Cavalry he decided to invest his time and money in Motor Racing.

    Giuseppe Farina Motor Racing Memorabilia is rare, I have been fortunate to have procured a mounted Sepia Press Photographs which are separately signed beneath, of the 1950 British and Swiss Grand Prix; I would like to locate some earlier Collectables from hill climbing events, early Sports Car Competitions and the Italian driving Championships.

    He moved up to Circuit Racing the following year where he entered his own privately run Maserati in a number of National and International competitions, he showed plenty of promise over the next three years before his racing impressed Enzo Ferrari who offered him a drive for the Scuderia Ferrari  Alfa Romeo Team. In 1936 he finished 2nd in the Mille Miglia. The following year 1937 he won the Naples GP along with enough other races to become Italian Driver Champion from 1937, 38.39, his first major victory was the 1940 Tripoli Grand Prix held in Libya driving an Alfa Romeo, this was his last chance to shine as World War 2 brought an end to the competition for next few years. On his return in 1946 he immediately won the GP des Nations at Geneva driving an Alfa 158; he repeated his win at St Cloud.

    Following a break from competing he returned in 1948, driving an independent Maserati, he won the 1948 Monaco Grand Prix in a Maserati 4CLT joined on the podium by Louis Chiron and Baron Emmanuel de Graffenried.

    I bought at auction a particularly  good original photo presentation from the 1948 Monaco Grand Prix, Nino has hand signed his autograph which is mounted beneath the photographs.

    He continued with the car the following season winning the Lausanne GP in a Maserati 4CLT 48 over 90 laps. He was placed 2nd to Ascari in the Daily Express International Trophy at Silverstone (Ferrari 125) prior to winning the Rosario Argentina Grand Prix (Ferrari 125).

    Getting off to an excellent start in the 1950 season driving a supercharged Alfa Romeo 158, Nino won the British, Swiss and Italian Grand Prix to become the first ever World Champion, he had 30 points. The same year Fangio won Monaco, Belgium and French Grand Prix taking 2nd place in the World Championship on 27 points.

    The same year Nino (Alfa) won the Formula 1 race, 1V Gran Premio di Bari at the Lungomare Circuit in Italy, he was joined on the podium by Juan Fangio (Alfa) and Stirling Moss (HWM alta).

    His only Championship success in 1951 was at the Belgium Grand Prix where his Alfa took the honours against the Ferrari’s of Ascari and Villoresi.

    In the 1952 season Nino driving for Ferrari, was completely overshadowed by his teammate Alberto Ascari who won 6 of the 8 season’s races, Nino although taking pole in both the Swiss and British Grand Prix did not win any World Championship races.

    Nino won the 1953 German Grand Prix (Ferrari) at the age of 47, the same year he joined fellow F1 driver Mike Hawthorn winning the Spa 24 hour Endurance race driving the Ferrari 375mm.

    Nino was badly burned in a crash in the 1954 Supercortemaggiore Sports Car Race at Monza putting him out of action for rest of the season, on his return to Ferrari in 1955 he got a 2nd place in Argentina, 4th at Monaco 3rd at Spa, he continued to drive but the writing was on the wall and he soon retired to run a successful Alfa Romeo distributorship.

    Rare as it is there are still examples of Giuseppe Farina Motor Racing Memorabilia available although it is more likely found at specialist auction sites. Collectables from the early hill climb days would be excellent as would any associated with the 1950  Britain, Swiss, Italy Grand Prix,  leading up to the World Championship.

    I would advise online purchasers of Sports Collectables to read a recent article of mine called “Rare autographs real or fake” this will point out the many pitfalls in purchasing “signed” Collectables online.


    Tony Selby

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  • Jack Brabham F1 Memorabilia

    Posted on March 6, 2012 by Selby


    Jack Brabham F1 Memorabilia
    Triple World Champion F1 Racing Driver – 1959, 1960, and 1966 - Jack Brabham Motor Racing Memorabilia is in demand. A Legendary Competitor and Race Car Constructor Jack is one of most highly respected members of the F1 community.
    Jack Brabham won 3 World Championships, 14 Grand Prix, 31 Podium finishes.
    Collecting Motor Racing Memorabilia can be a rewarding hobby or part time business especially if you are already a fan. Attending race meetings, equipped with a paddock pass you are likely to meet many of the competitors either in the pits area or the member’s car park. Usually at the end of a meeting team members are more forthcoming with autographs, signing programmes and photographs. Always remember many retired racing heroes attend meetings it’s not just the current drivers you should be interested in.
    It can be good idea for those new to collecting to specialise in limited areas such as following one team, sponsor or to specialise in a certain era say Pre–war or the 50s and so on, To try to collect everything in sight will invariably lead to an incomplete collection.
    Jack was born in 1926 in Hurtsville Sydney Australia; in later years he became interested in Mechanical design engineering which was to hold him in good stead later in the years to come.
    Jack joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1944 where he worked on the Bristol fighter aircraft an involvement which would sow the seeds for the design of the Cooper – Bristol racing car.
    in 1946 on his discharge from the RAAF Jack had to earn a living so he started up a small repair and machine shop which he operated from a workshop near to his home, His introduction to Motorsport came when he began to prepare and race small open wheel single seater Midget cars, competing on circular dirt tracks, between 1948 - 51 Jack won four Australian speedway Championships followed by the 1953 Hill climb championship in a Cooper Bristol. Midget car racing was very popular in Australia at the time and the sport attracted droves of spectators.
    I would like to find some early Jack Brabham Memorabilia from those long gone days, so far my collection starts and stays in line with his F1 career.
    Jack soon progressed to road circuit events driving a modified Cooper racing car, he had a number of success including victory in the prestigious 1953 Queensland road racing Championship, in 1955 he decided to capitalise on his talents travelling to England where he bought and raced his own Cooper,Jack became a regular visitor to the Cooper workshop where he became friends with John and Charles Cooper, on realising his racing talent the brothers invited him to join the Cooper works team.
    Jack’s British Grand Prix debut (ret: engine) was in an underpowered Cooper Bristol in 1955 competing at the now defunct Aintree circuit Liverpool, a race won by Stirling Moss with Fangio taking second place.
    Jack Brabham F1 Memorabilia
    from early races is always a good find and I have been fortunate at auction to have bought signed photographs and programmes from the Aintree meeting in 1955.
    In 1959 Coventry Climax developed the 2.5 L F1 engine, that year Jack won his first World Championship, with wins at Monaco in the season’s opener where Jack having completed the fastest lap finished ahead of Tony Brooks who was driving a Ferrari 246. In the fifth round British Grand Prix at Aintree Jack started on pole to win in a works Cooper T51 leading from lap 1, he was joined on the podium by Stirling Moss (BRM) and Bruce McLaren (Cooper Climax).
    Jack Brabham F1 Memorabilia associated with the 1959 season is relatively rare and if the opportunity arose collectables from the French or British Grand Prix would be good purchases.
    The 1960 saw Jack win the World Championship a second time in a modified T53, he achieved five straight wins the Dutch, Belgium, French, British and Portuguese Grand Prix. F1 Memorabilia from these five races is rare and would be very attractive to the collector. When sourcing Motor racing collectables race attire and car parts are the number one items however these are very rare and most collections include signed presentations, autographed race literature, press tickets, photographs and team and sponsor items.
    Jack left Cooper in 1962 after a disappointing 1961 season dominated by Ferrari and Lotus however Jack did have a fastest lap in the last race of the season at Watkins Glen which he started from pole, a race won by Innes Ireland (Lotus).
    In 1962 he formed his own company Motor Racing Developments in partnership with fellow Australian Ron Tauranac, a relationship which would see the production of a new breed of racing car, soon Jack began driving for his own team “ Brabham.”
    The MRD Brabhams began making their mark in Formula 2, which as they not only advanced the car they were also creating opportunities for young upcoming drivers to demonstrate their skills. In the autumn of 1962 the first Brabham F1 car was announced with the Climax engine, The BT3 made its debut at the German Grand Prix the car had throttle problems and retired the race was won by Graham Hill (BRM), the following year the BT3 won the Solitute GP driven by Jack at Stuttgart also winning the Austrian Grand Prix at the Zeltweg airfield by a massive five laps.
    In 1964 the car won twice at the French Grand Prix Rouen driven by Dan Gurney with Jack in 3rd place and again at the Mexico Grand Prix driver Dan Gurney Jack retired with electrical problems on lap 44. Jack Brabham F1 Memorabilia is available from this meeting.
    During the middle to late 1960s the Brabham marque became the largest constructor of “customer specification” racing cars.
    1965 was a disappointing season with no Championship wins and with inconsistent reliability problems.
    The 1966 French Grand Prix was a double first for Jack, he won the race and became the first person to do so in a car named after the driver i.e. Jack Brabham wins in a Brabham, that same year Jack won the World Championship for the third time. His team took the constructors championship in 1966 and in 1967 when the World championship was won Denny Hulme driving a Brabham - Repco , It is a point of interest that in 1967 Hulme won the Monaco and German Grand Prix, whilst Jack won the French and Canadian.
    Jack was awarded the OBE in 1967 later receiving a Knighthood in 1978 for his services to Motorsports.
    The Repco V8 did not perform well in 1968 leading to 8 retirements and no wins.
    In 1969 Jack won the BRDC INT Trophy at Silverstone driving a Brabham Ford.
    Jacks last win was in the opening race of the 1970 season in the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami driving a BT 33, he was joined on the podium by Denny Hulme and Jackie Stewart who had started from pole position.
    Jack Brabham retired from Motor Racing as a participant in 1970, he will always be remembered as one of the great legends from the “Golden Age” of Motor Racing.
    Good luck on your travels collecting Jack Brabham F1 memorabilia.
    Let me know how you get on
    Tony Selby
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  • Mike Hawthorn F1 Memorabilia

    Posted on March 3, 2012 by Selby


    Mike Hawthorn F1 Memorabilia
    Mike Hawthorn - Charismatic World Champion - Motor Racing Legend, F1 Memorabilia is epitomised by Drivers like Mike, who’s Ferrari putJuan Fangiointo 2nd place in the 1953 French Grand Prix. It is epic races like this that the F1 fan or collector looks to in order to source scarce mementos from unforgettable races.
    Mike Hawthorn (1929 – 1959) was born in Mexborough Yorkshire sadly his life ended on the Guildford by pass at the age of 30. Certainly the 50s was an eventful time and it is easy to feel he packed a lifetime into those short nine years.
    As a youngster Mike spent his leisure time around his father’s famous Tourist Trophy Garage, which his father had bought to be close Brooklands motor circuit, at weekends he would accompany his father to the racing circuits where his dad used to tune and modify entries in the pits garage.
    Having already shown an interest in Motor cycles Mike soon turned his attention to Racing cars and with the encouragement of his father Mike started competing in races making his Motor racing debut at the Brighton speed trials in 1950, which he won driving a 1934 Riley Imp 1100cc, this was followed by two minor wins in Ireland, Mike was instantly recognisable in those early days as he usually drove wearing a bow tie and county clothing.
    In 1952 Mike upped a few gears by switching to Formula 2 racing cars making his name in a Cooper Bristol at the Easter Trophy meeting Goodwood.
    His entry into F1 followed soon after when at the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, in the third round of the World Championships, he was placed 4th in the Cooper Bristol ahead of the other British drivers, the winner Alberto Ascari driving a Ferrari.
    Mike followed up with 3rd in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, winner Ascari, on this occasion Mike was ahead of 17 British drivers. In August he was placed 4th in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.
    Mike Hawthorn F1 Memorabilia from these early races is scarce and items on offer are variable there are many prints of autographed photos (worth very little), however there are good examples of Presentations sets, Montages, and Hand signed Autographs. What the collector really wants are items which are directly associated with these early events, such as original press photographs, all enclosure passes, programmes, marshals’ badges, race attire and car parts.
    The Motor Racing fraternity were well aware of Mikes outstanding talents as was Enzo Ferrari who had been following his progress closely, Ferrari signed him for the 1953 season and were soon rewarded at the French Grand Prix at Reims when he took 1st place on the podium, closely followed by Juan Fangio in his Maserati. This win put him into 2nd place in the World Championships table on 14 points which was headed by Ascari on 28 points. This win made him the youngest F1 driver to win a Grand Prix.

    Motor racing collectables associated with Mike Hawthorn’s early races, especially 1952 Spa and 1953 Reims Gueux, (closed in 1972), are very collectable, I was fortunate to be able purchase car park badges and a hand signed presentation plus several autographs from the events, at auction.
    It is always advisable when collecting any sports memorabilia to concentrate on a nominated category, pre-war or post war, Motor Racing Collectables from the modern era although desirable will not receive the same attention shown to earlier examples. For instance you could concentrate on post war Mike Hawthorn and his fellow peers from the same era, this way you would include some of the most illustrious names in Motorsport, check out results for F1 Championship races 1952 -1958 for example and you can see what I mean. Concentrating in set areas like this can be very rewarding.
    It is prudent to consider the condition of Memorabilia, although one must be realistic and bear in mind age and usage when valuing race worn attire and car parts.
    1954 was a bad year for Mike on a personal level, his father was killed in a road accident shortly afterwards he suffered a bad crash at Syracuse circuit in Sicily, driving a Ferrari 625. The race was won by Giuseppe Farino in a Ferrari.
    On returning to racing later in July he finished the season with a 4th at Spa, 2nd at Silverstone, 2nd in Germany and Italy followed by long awaited win in the Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes, Barcelona, the places were taken by Luigi Musso in a Maserati and Fangio in the Mercedes straight 8 Fuel injection W196.
    1955 was a miserable year Double World Champion Ascari was killed at Monza testing a Ferrari 750 Monza Sports, followed with the appalling accident in the Le Mans 24 hour race where Pierre Levegh driving a Mercedes 300 SLR sports car and 83 spectators were killed and many injured. The race winner was Mike Hawthorn in a Jaguar D type.
    During the 1956 season Mike drove for BRM, Maserati and Vanwall finishing in 12th position.
    In 1957 back with Ferrari Mike achieved 4th place in the World Championship.
    1958 Mike Hawthorn became the first British driver to win the World Championship with Stirling Moss one point adrift, it was a season which saw the deaths of his team mates and close friends Luigi Musso lap 10 in the French Grand Prix at Reims and Peter Collins also on lap 10 in a Ferrari Dino 246 at the German Grand Prix Nubergring. Mike, some say disillusioned and with health problems on the horizon decided to retire from F1.
    Stirling Moss had demonstrated admirable qualities during the Championship, Mike had been disqualified during the Portugese Grand Prix for pushing his car preventing him from taking a 2nd place finish, due to Stirling intervening the decision was reversed and his points were reinstated, interesting when you consider Mike won the championship by just one point.

    Mike competed in his last race the Morroccan Grand Prix on October 19, 1958, his Ferrari finished in 2nd place behind the Stirling Moss Vanwall.


    Mike Hawthorn is remembered as a true personality and racing legend from an era that is long gone, this is what makes Motor Racing Memorabilia from any of his epic events so sought after by fans and collectors alike.

    Good luck with your collecting
    Let me know how you get on?
    Tony Selby

    Motorsport memorabilia





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  • Takashi Ono Olympic Memorabilia

    Posted on February 29, 2012 by Selby

    Takashi Ono Olympic Memorabilia

    5 Gold Medals – Japanese Champion Gymnast – Olympic Collectibles from 1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome, 1964 Tokyo are scarce and sought by Collectors.

    Takashi born in Noshiro Japan in 1931 is the holder of 5 Olympic Medals, 4 silver and 4 Bronze. His artistic Gymnastic achievements make Collectables from his historic events an important addition to any portfolio.

    Takashi was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1998.

    It is important when purchasing Gymnastic Memorabilia to select the more significant events which the Athlete competed in, a signed item is so much more collectable when directly connected to a significant event.

    Photographic presentations, event worn attire, hand signed photos are just a few of the collectables currently available.

    Events which are specifically collectable are listed below:

    Helsinki 1952: Vault 1 Bronze.

    Melbourne 1956: Horizontal bar 1 Gold: All round, Horse, team 3 silver: Bars 1 Bronze.

    Rome 1960 Horizontal bar, Vault and Team 3 Gold: All round 1 Silver: Bars, Rings 2 Bronze.

    Tokyo 1964 Team, 1 Gold.

    Collectables are in demand from the World Championships events:

    1954 Rome.

    1958 Moscow.

    1962 Prague.

    Associated Memorabilia from the World Championships, tickets, passes, badges, participation medals, handbooks, posters, competitor information, stamps and trade cards are all collectable and appreciating in value.

    Always take care when purchasing Olympic Swimming Memorabilia online as there can be so many pitfalls and it is very much a case of buyer beware, I have written an article Rare autographs real or fake which should be of interest to the reader and may well save some money on your investment.

    Now is a good time to start collecting, interest has never been greater with London Olympics later this year.

    Tony Selby

    Sports Memorabilia

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