Donington's Dunlop Bridge to be sold

Iconic motorsport landmark could be yours. Neighbours might not be too impressed.

DONINGTON PARK'S Dunlop Bridge is to be sold at auction with the proceeds going to charity.

The bridge, along with four other display items from the circuit, are to be sold at auction by Bonham's at the Goodwood Revival on the 15th of September.

The four Donington Park landmarks, to be sold ‘in situ’, are:

  • The individual sections of the fibreglass bridge, each as big as a large garden pond. Buyers can choose whether they want the individual letters or the whole bridge to spell out Dunlop, along with side supports.
  • The Dunlop advertising signage which hung below the bridge until its demolition in 2009.
  • The old timing clock once branded to Pirelli, which currently sits on the Old Hairpin bridge.
  • The wind tunnel model, from the 1970’s, of the World Land Speed Record car, Project Blue Star, which also sits on the Old Hairpin bridge.

Dunlop originally paid for the bridge to be built over the back-straight at Donington over 30 years ago, but the bridge was removed and the metalwork sold for scrap when the circuit was disasterously 'revamped' under the guidance of Simon Gillett.

Money raised from the auction will be donated to Leicestershire-based Hope Against Cancer, a charity passionately supported by the late owner of Donington Park, Tom Wheatcroft.