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Ten money-no-object gifts for your F1-mad valentine

2016 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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Today is Valentine’s Day and if you’ve only just realised this you may already be in trouble.

Fortunately F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship prize supplier Memento Exclusives can suggest ten gifts which are sure to win over your F1-mad loved one – as long as money is no object.

Michael Schumacher race-damaged 1995 Benetton B195 end plate – £1,999

Michael Schumacher race-damaged Benetton B195 endplate
Michael Schumacher race-damaged Benetton B195 endplate

Michael Schumacher produced some of his finest drives en route to his second world championship title in 1995: winning from 16th on the grid at Spa-Francorchamps, battling through the field at a slippery Nurburgring and elbowing Damon Hill aside at Estoril.

It didn’t always go to plan though: this race-damaged rear wing end plate is the legacy of a visit to the scenery, possibly when he skidded off at a damp Imola during the San Marino Grand Prix.

But if two thousand pounds seems a bit steep to you, consider fast-forwarding to the bottom to find a few more affordable present ideas.

Red Bull salt and pepper set – £2,154

Red Bull salt and pepper mill
Red Bull salt and pepper mill

Presented on a carbon brake pad and fashioned from gearbox parts, this has to be one of the most striking ways to season your food. Salt and pepper not included.

Force India engine cover chair – £3,950

Force India engine cover chair
Force India engine cover chair

If you often find yourself standing around wondering what to drink, this chair made from a Force India’s engine cover featuring their many alcoholic beverage sponsors can solve both problems.

Formula One ‘Raced’ Chess Set – £9,950

F1 'raced' chess set
F1 ‘raced’ chess set

“F1 is like a game of chess” said former FIA president Max Mosley, who never grasped that the object of this game isn’t to get your pieces around the board as quickly as possible. Fork over the best part of ten grand for this beautiful set made from race-used parts, and stun your opponents by following up a Sokolsky Opening with an Albin Countergambit.

Signed 1994 Michael Schumacher Bell replica helmet – £11,418

Michael Schumacher 1994 replica helmet
Michael Schumacher 1994 replica helmet

This classic Schumacher helmet design from the year of his first world championship victory is signed by the man himself.

Red Bull exhaust pipe lamp – £14,400

Red Bull exhaust pipe lamp
Red Bull exhaust pipe lamp

Made from part of the exhaust system from a 2008 Red Bull RB4 the Inconel alloy can withstand temperatures of up to 1,000C, illuminating the room as it glows white-hot. But it’s probably safer to pop a few halogen bulbs in.

F1 OPUS world champions’ edition – £20,000

F1 OPUS Champions Edition
F1 OPUS Champions Edition

A book for the price of a library? The five-figure price tag attached to this vast tome is partly due to the fact that it has been signed by every living world champion.

Asiatech AT02 V10 engine – £38,400

Asiatech AT02
Asiatech AT02

Celebrate one of F1’s great moments of underdog heroics: this engine powered Mark Webber’s Minardi to fifth place in the 2002 Australian Grand Prix.

Ayrton Senna Lotus 99T engine cover – £48,000

Ayrton Senna Lotus 99T engine cover
Ayrton Senna Lotus 99T engine cover

Misplaced the engine cover for your 1987 Lotus-Honda 99T? Good news: Memento Exclusives have a spare one in stock. Ayrton Senna won twice and took six more podiums in the canary yellow racer before joining McLaren.

Jordan EJ13 – £420,000

Jordan EJ10
Jordan EJ10

For the ultimate money-no-object F1 gift, how about a race-winning grand prix car? One of Jordan’s EJ13s won the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix, although it took the FIA until several days after the race to work it out.

More affordable gifts

Covetable though they are, these fantastic products and objects are only realistic purchases for a lucky few. But Memento Exclusives has a great range of more affordable products for F1 fans. Find them here:

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