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  • Malaysia F1

    Posted on March 25, 2013 by Selby

    Maybe it was against team rules but still best  F1 dust up for 2 years!!

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  • F1 Changing Seats

    Posted on October 16, 2012 by Selby

    Vettel seems to me unlikely to make the widely anticipated move to Ferrari in 2014 especially following Massa performance at Mokpo, his contract with Red Bull extends to 2014 and is probably performance related which says it all - back to back in India in Abu Dhabi should sort it all out hope MS can improve a bit in these races and add to his 43 points my moneys on Grosjean for India @ 36/1 ew probably misguidedly????

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  • Sebastian Vettel Sports Memorabilia

    Posted on October 14, 2012 by Selby

    Vettel on the way to World Championship - Great stuff for F1 collectors, Paddy Power were offering 3/1 on Mark Webber losing position on lap 1 seems like a foregone conclusion!!!

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  • French F1 driver Romain Grosjean

    Posted on October 8, 2012 by Selby

    Romain Grosjean having been involved in incidents in Malaysia, Spain, Monaco, Silverstone, Germany and Belgium boxed out Mark Webber at the entrance to t2 on the opening lap in Japan yesterday on a very eventful first lap, currently 8th in the table, with the top 3 drivers so close 4/1 on Vettel to win outright looks a great bet. Romains seat at Lotus next season is anyone's guess

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  • michael schumacher to make a move, not sure if its backwards or forward

    Posted on September 29, 2012 by Selby

    Seems MS may move to Sauber not sure if this is a move backwards or forwards, I would like to see him manage an F1 team and take it easy!!

    Michael Schumacher keeps his F1 options open for next year despite Lewis Hamilton's arrival at Mercedes

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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

    Motor Racing Memorabilia

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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

    Motor Racing Memorabilia


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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

    Motor Racing Memorabilia

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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

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