Eddie Jordan will put two of his former Jordan Grand Prix cars and Jordan memorabilia up for sale to raise money for CLIC Sargent and the Amber Foundation.
The collection, to be sold by Cars International, includes the first Jordan car ever built – chassis number 01. The 191, designed by Gary Anderson, is highly significant as it was Michael Schumacher‘s debut car. As a token of Schumacher’s gratitude, he presented Eddie Jordan with the now seven-times World Champion’s original helmet, signed, and comes complete with the car.
The second car up for sale is the 198, the very car that the 1996 World Champion, Damon Hill, took to victory at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix – Hill’s final and Jordan’s first race win. Hill battled through a massive crash on the opening lap and torrential rain at Spa, leading home team-mate Ralf Schumacher to a famous 1-2 finish. The 198 comes complete with the Constructors World Championship trophy and Hill’s race suit and helmet from the Grand Prix.
There will also be a further twelve Driver and Constructors World Championship trophies, eight Jordan team drivers’ helmets and a range of other memorabilia up for sale, each coming with a certificate of authenticity, personally signed by Eddie Jordan. Everything sold will be formally presented to the new owners by Jordan at Silverstone, where the Jordan Grand Prix story began.
“These two F1 cars were kept because of their history, the good memories and what they meant to the team,” said Jordan. “But it’s time to let them go and the money will be used to good effect helping young people and their families cope with cancer (CLIC Sargent) and getting young adults back on the straight and narrow (Amber Foundation).”
The collection will not go up for auction, but for private sale through Cars International, who will also provide the opportunity for service and maintenance of the two cars should the new owner wish to use them for racing or demonstration runs.