Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans buys Donington Park's Dunlop bridge
Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans has bought Donington Park race track's iconic Dunlop bridge.
The 30-year-old structure was sold during a racing memorabilia auction in aid of a Leicestershire charity Hope Against Cancer.
The Bridge, which stood for 30 years, was taken down in 2009 at the start of work to upgrade the track in the previous operator's failed bid to host the British Grand Prix.
After the purchase Evans tweeted: "The bridge !!!" and added a photo.
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On his show, Evans said the bridge was a national landmark and appealed for help getting it from the track.
"All kids listening to this show would say 'yeah, why would you not buy a bridge?'," he said.
Evans said he was going to put up the bridge, which is over 70 metres (230 ft) in length, in his garden over the top of his neighbour's house.
The lot bought by Mr Evans was auctioned by Bonhams and comprises 16 panel pieces which made the arch that decorated the footbridge. The bridge tyre panels sold for £312.50.
Proceeds from the sale will go to the Hope Against Cancer charity.
Speaking on BBC Radio Leicester Evans said: "It is a mighty size! The first thing I've got to do is work out how to get it down south.
He said that he's always seen Dunlop as a really cool brand and the bridge best symbolised UK motorsport.
"Nothing screams motorsport more to me than the bridge. I can’t think of anything else that better symbolises motor sport in the UK," he said.
Donington Park auction took place at Goodwood on Saturday