Racing fans get a chance to own a piece of sporting history as Donnington Park's world-famous Dunlop Bridge is set to fetch £50,000 at auction

  • Iconic structure is made up of 16 panels, with each one being sold separately
  • Tyre measures 184ft end-to-end but was dismantled in 2009 for new track

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Racing fanatics are being given the chance to get their hands on one of motorsport’s most famous landmarks - when the world-renowned Dunlop bridge goes under the hammer.

The iconic structure, which loomed over Donington Park race track for over 30 years, will be auctioned off next week where it is expected to fetch up to £48,000.

Enormous 16ft x 13ft panels which combined to form the eye-catching tyre displaying the company’s logo will be sold off individually.

Each side of the completed bridge - made up of 16 panels - measures a whopping 184ft from end-to-end.

Race cars whiz under the Dunlop bridge, which became a key feature of the race track. The bridge is expected to fetch £50k when it is auctioned

Memorable: Race cars whiz under the Dunlop bridge, which became a key feature of the race track. The bridge is expected to fetch £50k when it is auctioned


Dunlop advertising hoardings, and a Pirelli timing clock are also among the lots going on sale.

Christopher Tate, managing director of the park, said auctioning off the items would make way for new developments at the park.

 

He said: 'These iconic items will mean a great deal to thousands of racers, bikers, spectators and all the staff and officials who have worked at Donington Park since 1977.

'The time has come when the Dunlop bridge panels need to make space for new developments in the paddock area.

Iconic: The Dunlop Bridge is dismantled in 2009 to clear the way for a new stretch of track. The structure is now being sold at auction

Iconic: The Dunlop Bridge is dismantled in 2009 to clear the way for a new stretch of track. The structure is now being sold at auction


The large bridge measures almost 200ft from one side to the other and each of the 16 panels are 16ft x 13ft. They are being sold off individually

The large bridge measures almost 200ft from one side to the other and each of the 16 panels are 16ft x 13ft. They are being sold off individually

'The famous clock was to be moved this winter as our programme of track refurbishment continues.

'The lots aren’t going anywhere until after they are sold, though - a good-sized crane will be needed for that.'

The bridge, built in 1977 over the Leicestershire racecourse’s ‘Starkey’s Straight’, has become synonymous with motorsport.

Donington Park’s version of the famous bridge was dismantled in 2009 to make way for a proposed 200 mph straight.

Hundreds of music fans position themselves next to the Dunlop Bridge at the Download Festival of heavy metal music which takes place at Donington Park

Hundreds of music fans position themselves next to the Dunlop Bridge at the Download Festival of heavy metal music which takes place at Donington Park

Speed: Sports cars race at Donington Park in Leicestershire, where the Dunlop bridge became an iconic structure

Speed: Sports cars race at Donington Park in Leicestershire, where the Dunlop bridge in the distance became an iconic structure


The auction is to be held at the Goodwood Revival race meeting on Saturday 15 September.

Toby Wilson, from Bonham’s auction house, said: 'It is really exciting and a privilege to offer such an iconic piece of motorsport history as the Dunlop Bridge.

'These side panels, large as they are, would be the perfect object with which to decorate the wall of the side of a museum or the inside of a private collector’s garage.'

Proceeds from the sale will go to charity Hope Against Cancer.


 

 

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Over the past few years Donington has made some monumental mistakes, trying to adapt to F1 to please that little man Ecclestone, what a big mistake they made, they destroyed the real Donington race track, went bust in the process, and closed for a few years and left it in the mess it is now, I've only been once since it was re-opened and was not pleased at all, why Oh why do people with big ideas make such a mess and ruin everything to please people like Ecclestone, the Dunlop bridge was an icon, it was the place to be on race day, and I will never go again, sorry Donington but you spoilt the place for ever, good by.!!!!!!!!

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You're mixing it up with the Dunlop bridge at Le Mans - that is the one that's world famous and iconic...

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What sort of people make a monumental mistake, and decision that this piece of world famous racing history should no longer be in-place where it belongs. Glad they are not working for me what a load of wasters.Would you suggest to the queen that she should have one of her diamonds removed from a crown as it would look better with a bit of re work, I thought not!!

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Donington is spelt with one "n".

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Keep The Dunlop Bridge at the circuit It's where it belongs.

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oops double post lol

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OK Now listen My Lttle Cup Cake,do you remember when ..........

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Should be still above the track where it belongs

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Should be still above the track where it belongs

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