Minardi auction extended

Paul Stoddart's auction of Formula 1 cars and equipment, believed to be the biggest in the sport's history, has had to be extended to take place over four days because of the huge number of items that have been put up for sale

Minardi auction extended

With more than 5,000 items being sold, including 40 Formula 1 cars, the auctioneers have now decided that the event will be run from November 17 to 20 at one of the team's facilities in Ledbury.

One of the lots includes everything that an aspiring Formula 1 team would need to get on the grid - including five complete Arrows chassis, with intellectual property rights, relevant drawings, a spares package and a quantity of support equipment. Also due to come under the auctioneer's gavel are two F1 motorhomes, a pair of race transporters with tractor units, and a catering unit.

"I didn't realise how many Formula 1-related items we had until we started to assemble everything in order to catalogue it," said team boss Paul Stoddart. "One thing is certain, and that is, it's going to be a very busy four days for the five auctioneers involved.

"We anticipate the auction lasting 12 hours each day, with the main items of interest, the F1 cars, coming up for sale at 3pm each day."

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