Celebrity MINI, Last Driven by The Stig, Auctioned at Goodwood
The money will go to the support of British Forces Foundation’s Lap of Honour charity, which aims to raise the spirit among Britain’s Armed Forces, telegraph.co.uk reported.
The interest in this celebrity vehicle will be quite high, considering that it was last driven by Top Gear’s mystery driver, The Stig, who took it for a test on the test track. When The Stig crossed the finish line, everybody breathed relieved, as the car was intact.
Actually, it was a very respectable lap time for the MINI: 1.42.8, which was faster than the Aston Martin DB5’s 1.46.0. “This fantastic car has been on an amazing journey during our tenth anniversary year,” said Mark Cann, Director of the BFF.
“It will be a unique addition to any car collection and we’re delighted that Bonhams offered their help so generously to help us achieve the best bid and raise as much money as we can for the Charity. The very act of demonstrating support will send a clear message of solidarity to those on the frontline, which will in itself be a significant boost to their morale,” added Cann.
During the one-year journey around the country, the Lap of Honour vehicle was signed by celebrities such as Sir Michael Caine, Sir Jackie Stewart, Rod Stewart, Lewis Hamilton, Kate Moss, Joe Calzaghe, Sir Elton John, David Beckham, Baroness Thatcher, Eric Clapton, Joanna Lumley, Dame Helen Mirren, Gordon Brown and Sir Paul McCartney.
Of course, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, couldn’t miss the opportunity to sign it as well, after The Stig safely crossed the finish line.
The money raised at this auction will be added to the cash raised from at least 50 selected major British brand names, which were asked to donate £1,000 for the same cause. British Airways, Rolls-Royce, GlaxoSmithKline and Jaguar Land Rover are among these brands.