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Gearing up for sale of historic F1 racing suit

Auctioneer Malcolm Barry from Village Auctions at North Tyneside Industrial Estate, Benton, seen with the racing suit worn by Racing Driver Jacques Villeneuve when he became world champion in 1997.
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Auctioneer Malcolm Barry from Village Auctions at North Tyneside Industrial Estate, Benton, seen with the racing suit worn by Racing Driver Jacques Villeneuve when he became world champion in 1997. REF 0805141484

A racing suit worn by Jacques Villeneuve when he won the Formula One world championship is being auctioned in North Tyneside.

The Canadian, son of F1 legend Gilles, won the 1997 title at the championship decider held at the European Grand Prix at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

Villeneuve finished the race third but took the title after a collision with rival Michael Schumacher, who had to retire from the race.

Now the Williams team racing overalls are being auctioned by Village Auctions on Saturday, May 17, at its salerooms on North Tyneside industrial estate in Benton.

Auctioneer Malcolm Barry, who bought the overalls from a private collector, has put a reserve price of £5,000 on the item, which is attracting interest from around the world, including Canada.

The suit comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by team owner Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head.

Malcolm said: “The racing suit is unique, we’ve never had something like this before. I’ve had a lot of interest in it.”

The auction will start at 10.30am and also features a pair of hand carved red devils thought to be around 100-years-old and estimated at £2,000.

Malcolm added that they were planning on holding evening auctions to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice, with the first one planned for June.

 

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