RM Auctions: Unique Force India Formula One ‘Art Car’ to go Under the Hammer for Charity at RM Auctions’ London Sale

By Auto News Log • September 28th, 2011

· RM Auctions offers a unique, bespoke 2008 Force India ‘Art Car’ at its highly-anticipated Battersea sale, London, UK on the 26th of October, 2011

· Raced in 16 of the 2008 Formula One World Championship races by Giancarlo Fisichella, chassis VJM1-05 is hand painted by motorsport artist, Dexter Brown, and signed by over 40 Formula One racing drivers and other dignitaries

· Proceeds from the car’s sale, including auction commissions, to be split between the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and the newly-established Force India Formula One Team Academy

LONDON – RM Auctions, in partnership with the Force India Formula One Team, is proud to offer a unique Force India Formula One ‘Art Car’ as a featured attraction at its highly- anticipated London, UK sale next month (26 October, 2011). Racing chassis VJM1-05 has been wonderfully hand-painted by world-renowned motorsport artist Dexter Brown and signed by an illustrious collection of respected Formula One figures and other important dignitaries.

Driven at 16 of the 18 2008 Formula One World Championship races*, the car covered over 13,000kms at historic and modern racing circuits such as Monaco and Singapore, with the renowned driver Giancarlo Fisichella at the wheel.

First debuted in its new guise as an ‘Art Car’ at this year’s British Grand Prix, the car took pole position at Force India’s post-race party and prevailing Formula One balls. Formula One legends of yesteryear, including Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, and Niki Lauda, have made their mark on the car alongside current stars such as McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Scuderia Ferrari’s, Fernando Alonso.

“Seeing one of my Formula One cars transformed into a painting is a wonderful initiative that combines two of my greatest passions: cars and art,” says Dr. Vijay Mallya, Force India Formula One Team Chairman and Team Principal. “I wish to thank Dexter for producing this exquisite piece of work and to all who signed it. I am sure it will attract great interest at the forthcoming RM London sale, raising valuable funds for charity.”

All proceeds from the car’s sale, including RM auction commissions, will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, which provides world-class care for its young patients, and the Force India Formula One Team Academy, an initiative aimed at identifying racing talent in India and providing youth in India the chance to get involved in motorsport. The car is expected to fetch in excess of £150,000 when it goes under the hammer next month.

“When I was approached to paint an Art Car, I was immediately excited by the project as it’s the first time I’ve had the chance to work with a modern Formula One car,” explains artist Dexter Brown. “Painting the car was an interesting challenge because I had to work around the complex bodywork. It’s great to be involved in such a unique project and I look forward to seeing how much it can raise for these two great causes.”

Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe adds, “We’re proud to offer our auction stage and expertise for the presentation of this truly unique ‘Art Car’ in support of both the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and the Force India Formula One Team Academy. A true rolling sculpture, it gives a new meaning to the phrase ‘automobile as art’, presenting a very special ownership opportunity for discerning collectors, while at the same time, supporting two great organisations.”

Celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2011, RM Auctions’ London sale at Battersea Evolution is regarded as the UK’s premier and most consistently successful collector car auction, a reputation earned for its stunning consignments, record prices and strong international clientele. The Force India Formula One ‘Art Car’ will be joined at the October sale by approximately 100 of the world’s finest motor cars, along with a selection of 25 vintage motorcycles.

Further information and a complete list of auction offerings is available online at www.rmauctions.com or by calling RM’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070.

* Please note, this lot will be sold as a static display, without its Formula One engine

** Photo captions:

Top: Artist Dexter Brown paints the ‘Art Car’ (credit: on Sutton Motorsport Images © Courtesy of RM Auctions)

Bottom: Force India Formula One Team Driver, Paul di Resta signs the ‘Art Car’ (credit: on Sutton Motorsport Images © Courtesy of RM Auctions)

About Dexter Brown

Dexter Brown has been a fixture of the automotive art scene for almost three decades. In recent years his work has evolved to focus on the abstract expression of racing images. Using his distinctive technique of broken brush strokes, he has built up an enviable catalogue of work which has been exhibited at various locations around the world, including the Blackhawk Museum in California, the Porsche Museum in Tokyo and the Rosso Bianco Museum in Germany. Dexter’s current projects see him collaborating with the Pullman Gallery in London where a wide selection of his work remains on show. Combining his artistic skills with the Force India Formula One car helps bring Dexter’s work to a new audience and is sure to create a unique collector’s piece.

About Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital is the UK’s leading paediatric research hospital and receives more than 175,000 patient visits every year from children all over the country. Nearly half of the patients are under three years of age and the majority require intensive care or have high-dependency needs. Critically ill children from across the UK are referred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital by other hospitals and consultants who are unable to provide them with the world-class expertise and highly specialised treatment they require. Indeed, many patients have unique, complex and life threatening illnesses and Great Ormond Street Hospital is often their last hope.

About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades earning “Best of Show” honours at the world’s top concours events, including an unmatched four wins at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the past 10 years. For further information, visit www.rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

About Force India Formula One Team Academy

An initiative of the Force India Formula One Team, The Force India Formula One Team Driver Academy is the first phase of a driver talent hunt where the aim is to identify young, talented Indian drivers and nurture them over a five-year period with a view to developing indigenous Formula One driving talent. The initiative also aims to provide vocational and academic training for young Indians aspiring to a serious professional career in motorsports.

For additional information, images or interview opportunities please contact:

RM Auctions
Amy Christie
+1 519 437 3047

Peter Haynes
+44 (0) 7738 883259

Force India Formula One Team

Dadford Road, Silverstone
Tel: 01327 850800
Northamptonshire, NN12 8TJ
United Kingdom

Source: RM Auctions


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