Michele Alboreto

Michele Alboreto

Reference number:

7530
£138.00

Description:

A 1986 autograph book page, clearly signed in ballpoint by Michele Alboreto.

Double mounted for fine display with photographs.

Certification:

CERTIFICATION ; From the autograph book of Dylan K who attended and had access to the paddock area at The British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, held over the weekend of the 12-13th July 1986. The book contained the signatures of the majority of the most notable drivers on the GP Grid. It was the ninth race of the 1986 season and became the last British GP race ever held at Brands Hatch (from 1987 onwards the event moved to Silverstone). This race was notable for a first lap pile-up (involving Jacques Lafitte) which ended with a significant number of cars blocking the track entirely. The race was stopped without any drivers completing a single lap and was restarted over an hour later as Laffite had to be airlifted to hospital and the race could not be restarted without the medical helicopter in attendance. This was fortunate for Nigel Mansell whose Williams-Honda had suffered a driveshaft failure at the first start ; he was then allowed to restart as no full lap had been completed. Lucky also for Mansell was the fact that the spare Williams was his team-mate (Piquet's) for the weekend and they had the time to change the settings on it to suit him. Mansell then went on to win against a much-depleted grid in the spare car. He defeated Piquet in a straight fight, leading the Brazilian home by 5.574 seconds, much to the delight of the 110,000+ crowd in attendance. Reigning World Champion Alain Prost finished 3rd in his McLaren-Tag, one lap down on the Williams pair. We will include two original polaroid photographs taken on track on the day itself to support the provenance of this autograph. Michele Alboreto retired his Ferrari on Lap 51 with turbo problems. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

18x14in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed

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Michele Alboreto

MICHELE ALBORETO autograph d2001. Italian Formula One racing driver, famous for finishing runner-up in the 1985 World Championship. Career record ; 215 races / 5 wins / 23 podiums and 2 pole-positions. Driving for Tyrrell ; two wins (the first in the final round of the 1982 season in Las Vegas) and the second a year later in Detroit, earned him a place with the Ferrari team. He then took three wins for the Italian team and challenged for the 1985 Championship, eventually losing out by 20 points to Alain Prost. Following a poor 1988 season, he left Ferrari and re-signed with his former employers where he stayed until joining Larrousse mid-way through 1989. Further seasons with Footwork / Scuderia Italia and Minardi followed during the tail end of his F1 career. In 1995, he moved on to sports-cars and a year later the American Indycar series. He took his final major victories (the 1997 Le Mans 24 Hours and 2001 Sebring 12 Hours) with Porsche and Audi respectively. In 2001, just a month after his Sebring victory, he was killed aged just 44 whilst testing an Audi R8 at the Lausitzring in Germany.

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