Donington Park Dunlop bridge to be sold at auction
Motorsport fanatics are being the offered the chance to own a slice of racing history.
Next week, the iconic Dunlop sign on the side of the bridge which spanned the circuit at Donington Park for 30 years will be sold at auction.
It is one of a number of items being offered to race fans to raise money for Leicestershire charity Hope Against Cancer.
Also up for grabs will be the Dunlop signage which hung below the bridge until it was demolished in 2009 and the Starkey's Bridge Pirelli timing clock.
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"These iconic items will mean a great deal to thousands of racers, bikers, spectators – and all the staff and officials who have worked at Donington Park since 1977," said Christopher Tate, managing director of the Castle Donington venue.
The Wheatcroft family, which owns the race track, has supported Hope Against Cancer for a number of years.
Mr Tate said: "We decided the time had come to offer these motoring landmarks to the market – and support Tom and Kevin Wheatcroft's favourite charity in doing so.
"We think there will be some strong interest."
Tyre company Dunlop originally paid for the bridge to be put over the Donington track, but during the previous operator's ill-fated attempt in 2009 to rebuild the circuit, the steel structure was knocked down and sold for scrap.
The fibreglass panels bearing the word "Dunlop" have recently been recovered and will be sold by Bonhams auction house.
There are 14 sections, each of which will be auctioned separately for an estimated £2,000 to £3,000 each.
People will be able to bid for individual letters, along with side supports. Each of the 14 panels is about 5m by 4m.
The clock, which at the moment sits on the circuit's Old Hairpin bridge, is estimated to go for between £300 and £400, and the advertising panel for between £400 and £500.
Half of all of the money raised will go to Hope Against Cancer, which is based in Leicester.
The clock will be moved this winter as the track revamp continues. All pieces will be stored on the site until it is time for them to go to their new homes.
The auction will be at the Goodwood Revival race meeting, in Sussex, from September 14 to16. Likely bidders will be able to arrange an inspection of the items with the circuit's management.
Toby Wilson, head of the automobilia department at the London auction house, said: "It is really exciting and a privilege to offer such an iconic piece of motorsport history as the Dunlop Bridge.
"These side panels, large as they are, would be the perfect object with which to decorate the wall of the side of a museum or the inside of a private collector's garage."
Donington Park hosts world, European and British motor racing including the British Touring Car Championship, FIA British Truck Grand Prix and the European Le Mans Series.