Motorsport treasures released as part of Classifieds relaunch

Peter Brock pic: V8 Sleuth

An original and rare door from one of Peter Brock’s 05 Commodores heads a list of high-end memorabilia being offered as part of the re-launch of Speedcafe.com’s Classifieds section.

The door is from the car Brock crashed in the Phillip Island round of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championship in 1996 after a coming together with Alan Jones’ Pack Leader Falcon at Siberia.

The left hand front door, which is being offered for $7,500, was from HRT 032 and still has some yellow paint on it from Jones’ Ford.

Speedcafe.com Classifieds currently offers almost 300 items for sale ranging in price from $5 for a used book up to $125,000 for an Audi TT RS Production race car.

The Brock door is one of several exclusive and rare pieces of motorsport history being offered by Speedcafe.com owner Brett ‘Crusher’ Murray as part of the re-launch of the site’s classifieds section.

It was part of the private collection of former HSV boss John Crennan before being purchased by Murray a few years ago. It comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Crennan.

The door also comes with a rare ‘sample’ number plate signed by Brock which was originally prepared as part of a farewell year merchandise range. It is believed that just two of these signed plates exist.

Just some of the other items being offered by Murray include a one-off Team Penske Marlboro jacket signed by the late-great Ayrton Senna and Roger Penske, the first helmet of 1980 Formula 1 world champion Alan Jones, a one-off panel from Craig Lowndes’ 2009 Falcon, an original 2008 James Courtney Bathurst helmet, and a signed and box framed championship hat from four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais.

“I have been fortunate to acquire some very unique pieces of memorabilia over more than 30 years in the business and it is time to make some space,” said Murray.

“You might not be able to afford one of the Brock cars about to go up for auction, but at least you can have your own bit of history attached to the great man.

“I have a collection of personal items that have been gifted to me during the years that will never be sold.

“All the items I have put up have been personally purchased by myself from other private collectors, at memorabilia shows or at charity auctions.

“The re-launch of Speedcafe.com Classifieds provides a fantastic opportunity to take these items to market and give fans and collectors the opportunity to get their hands on some one-off pieces of history.

“These are not mass-produced merchandise, but genuinely unique items that all have great stories.”

Click here to view the listing for the Peter Brock door.

The selection of prized memorabilia includes:

Senna signed jacket: In December 1992, Ayrton Senna conducted a private IndyCar test with Team Penske in Phoenix. This jacket is a Marlboro Team Penske jacket worn by a team member that day. It is signed by Senna and comes with images from the test which could be framed with the jacket. After being purchased, the jacket was also signed by Roger Penske as a further sign of its authenticity. Click here to view the listing.

Craig Lowndes one-off panel: This is the front left guard from Craig Lowndes’ #888 Vodafone Falcon at Homebush Sydney 500 in 2009. The car ran in a one-off pink colour scheme in support of the McGrath Breast Cancer Foundation. The panel was bought at a charity auction. It is signed by Lowndes and comes with an originally boxed 1:64 scale model of the car. Click here to view the listing.

Bob Janes’ gloves: These classic gloves are signed by Bob Jane, an Australian icon of motorsport, and endorsed by the Bob Jane Racing Heritage. Jane was the first Bathurst 500 winner in 1963 with Harry Firth and is regarded as one of the sport’s greatest icons in the country. He was a four-time Bathurst winner and a four-time Australian Touring Car Champion. He drove in the 1977 Hardie Ferodo Bathurst 1000 with Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan in a Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback. Click here to view the listing.

Alan Jones’ first helmet: Originally thought to be the helmet of Australian open-wheel star Stan Jones, it was later verified to be the first go-kart helmet of 1980 world Formula 1 champion Alan Jones. ‘AJ’ has personally provided the background story of the helmet, which he has since autographed. There is just one of these in existence and Jones is just one of two Australian F1 World Champions. Pieces don’t come rarer than this AGV helmet from the early 60s, which comes complete with plenty of stone chips! Click here to view the listing.

Mario Andretti – 100mph club jacket: This is a rare piece of IndyCar motorsport history from one of the greatest of all time. This jacket is Mario Andretti’s 100mph Club Jacket from his rookie year at the Indy 500 in 1965 – the year he finished third behind Jim Clark and Parnelli Jones and was named ‘rookie of the year’. Click here to view the listing.

Original Bathurst 1-2 cars print: In 2010, Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Team Vodafone became the first team to finish one-two on the same lap at the Bathurst 1000 since the legendary one-two formation finish from Allan Moffat and Colin Bond in 1977. Two weeks later those cars from the 1977 race were together again for the first time on a race track as part of the Pirtek Legends at Surfers Paradise. As part of the promotional lead up to that weekend, an opportunity was snatched to have all four cars and drivers together in pit lane. This massive (1300mm x 1000mm) framed photograph is an original and is signed by Allan Moffat, Colin Bond, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup. It is truly a unique piece which captures two remarkable moments in Australian motorsport history. Click here to view the listing.

James Courtney helmet: This helmet was race worn by 2010 V8 Supercar champion James Courtney. It comes as worn in the 2009 Bathurst 1000 without radio. This helmet will come signed with a personal message if requested. It was originally purchased for the selling price from a charity auction to raise funds for prostate cancer. Click here to view the listing.

Signed 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 program: 2011 saw the 100th anniversary running of the Indy 500 and Sports Illustrated produced a special edition magazine featuring classic stories from the race and rare photographs. There would be few, if any, copies signed by the race winner Dan Wheldon and the pole position winner Alex Tagliani. Tragically after this famous victory and the second Indianapolis 500 win of Wheldon’s career, he was killed during a race in October in Las Vegas. Click here to view the listing.

Signed and boxed Championship hat: Sebastien Bourdais is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the Champ Car World Series, having won four successive championships from 2004 to 2007. This is the official Bridgestone Podium Cap signed and worn by Bourdais brilliantly framed alongside a stunning photo celebrating his championship victory. This cap was worn by Bourdais on the Podium as he accepted his 4th championship title, and became the only driver to win two races at the Surfers Paradise round of the Champ Car World Series. Click here to view the listing.

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