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  • Australian Grand Prix 2013

    Posted on March 13, 2013 by Selby

    Fernando has a great chance this season, if the 2013 Ferrari lives up to its practice sessions at Jerez and Barcelona.
    9/2 looks good odds for an opening win in Melbourne Latest F1 News

    Should  be a great season for Motorsport Memorabilia


    Tony Selby



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  • Brazil Grand Prix - Motorsport Memorabilia

    Posted on November 21, 2012 by Selby

    The climax of the F1 season at Sao Paulo’s Autodrome, Interlagos will decide the championship battle between Alonso and Vettel .
    Motorsport Memorabilia  from this event will be very collectable. A one two for Red Bull and Ferrari would see photographs signed by both drivers at a premium.
     Interlagos is an exciting 71 lap anticlockwise, high altitude  circuit around 800M above sea level providing more than usual overtaking possibilities, it makes for great racing, especially this weekend with the World Championship going right down to the last race of the season.
    It will be Lewis Hamilton’s last race for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes; he’s never won in Brazil and will be going all out to follow up on his well-timed win in Austen last weekend, neither Sebastian nor Fernando can afford to relax for a moment.
    It is supposed to be Michael Schumacher’s last race; I hope it is and that he goes out in the style so due to him.
    Interestingly Pirelli will be supplying the 2013 prototype tyres for Friday’s free practice enabling feedback from the teams which would normally not be available February, so they must be hoping it stays dry which is by no means certain, the weather is always a factor in Interlagos.
    With a 13 point lead Vettel is favourite to win quoted around 2/1, I prefer Alonso’s chances and think the 7/2 which Paddy Power are offering is great value, it would only take rain on Saturday to leave the race wide open.
    Keep watching the forecast
    Best of luck Fernando

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fangio Motor Racing Memorabilia

    Posted on December 30, 2011 by Selby


    Fangio Motor Racing Memorabilia
    Five times F1 World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio (1911 - 1995) is remembered alongside Stirling Moss as an iconic driver from a past era who thrilled enthusiasts in those early days of F1 racing. Juan Manuel Fangio motor racing memorabilia is a great find for any collector.
    Ironically on his retirement Fangio played an active part in promoting sports collectables by accumulating his own portfolio of memorabilia which is now on display in Argentina.
    Fangio began his motor racing career in 1934 in his home country Argentina. He became Argentine National Champion in the seasons 1940 -41. The progression of World War 2 put on hold his hopes to compete in Europe.
    His first official F1 appearance was at the 1950 French Grand Prix (a round of the new FIA Formula 1 World Championship) whilst driving an Alfa Romeo 158, in those days the event was contested in the champagne growing area at the Reims Gueux one of the most famous road circuits of the 1930s, he was placed second. He won the race in 1951 (Alfa) and again in 1954 following a mid-season change from Maserati to Mercedes. He more or less dominated motor racing at that time winning the F1 drivers’ championship the following three seasons, 1955, 56, 57.
    Fangio won 102 of his 186 international races including 24 world championship races out of 51 starts. He was world champion five times.
    A few statistics:
    Racing Seasons 9
    Races 51
    Won 24
    Pole position 29
    Fastest lap 23
    F1 points 245
    F1 title 5 times with 4 different teams.
    Fangio won his last driving title in 1957, at the age of 46 when competing in the German Grand Prix (Maserati) his performance that day at the Nurburgring is often referred to as his greatest race.
    On retirement from motor racing Fangio opened the Mercedes Benz main dealership distributing and retailing cars, in 1974 he was appointed President of Mercedes Benz Argentina. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.
    A good place to view some outstanding motor sport collectables is the “Museo Juan Manuel Fangio” in Buenos Aries; the museum dedicated to its namesake, houses a unique collection of cars, trophies, photographs and other collectables including many items collected by and pertaining to their National hero “the maestro”.
    He wrote a book published in 1990, in conjunction with Roberto Carozzo called “ Fangio: My racing life”, a remarkable account of his life and achievements it is a must read for any enthusiast.
    Motor racing memorabilia associated with early races especially Reims Gueux, (closed since 1972), is very collectable I was fortunate to be able purchase an early paddock pass and several autographs from the 1953/54, events, at auction. Items to look out for include race attire, helmets, caps, rare autographs, hand signed photos, event tickets, programmes, sepia press photographs signed framed presentations, paddock passes and car parts.
    • When collecting any sports memorabilia it is always advisable 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.
    It is important 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.
    Sought after Motor racing memorabilia deriving from the golden era of Fangio, would include drivers such as Giuseppe Farina, Enzo Ferrari, Alberto Ascari, Mike Hawthorn, William Grover Williams, Hermann Lang, Richard Seaman, Henry Seagrove, Stirling Moss, Malcolm Campbell(yes he was a Grand Prix driver), there are plenty of memorable drivers, it is all about personal choice and opportunity to purchase right item at the right price.

    Motorsports memorabilia sales

    When participating in online auctions it is important to research the vendor and always ask for formal authentication, UACC or AFTAL .I cannot emphasis enough the buyer beware syndrome, nowhere more so than popular internet sites

    I have recently written an informative article called Rare autographs real or fake, I strongly advise you to read this before making any purchases.
    Good luck with your collecting
    Tony Selby
    Motor racing memorabilia

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