Investigations suggest that the cars, at least, will not fetch fancy prices: sources in this particularly specialised second-hand car market indicate that the going rate for a recent-model grand prix car (one careful owner, no expense spared on maintenance, always garaged etc, etc) is not unadjacent to 15 grand, without an engine. Chris Alford, a dealer who specialises in pre-1971 racing cars, explains: 'A two-year-old unsuccessful Formula One car is not worth much - there's not much you can do with it, except use it as a wall ornament.' Apparently most redundant racers end up disguised as their successors and employed as exotic centrepieces - or kiddies' climbing frames - at sponsors' events.
Would-be grand prix magnates recalling the days when Brabhams conveyed the likes of Lauda and Piquet to victory may still want to jump at the chance of owning a great Grand Prix team: they should note that the Brabham cars at present for sale were painfully slow last year, and are thus unlikely to trouble the chequered- flag-man next year, when they will have to conform to a whole bunch of new regulations. Starry-eyed berks with money to burn, or those in search of a really unusual wall ornament, should note that tenders must be in by noon tomorrow.Reuse content