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#1 spacekid

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 22:50

Its funny where retired F1 cars find themselves. Living and working in London I often bump into the odd retired F1 car, and it made me wonder how many of them are scattered aroud the world, and what models there are out there? I'm also curious to know if there are any others in London that I haven't spotted!!!

The F1 cars that I have so far come across in London are;

Sennas 1993 McLaren at the McLaren car dealership on Park Lane

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Michael Schuamchers 2005 Ferrari at the Ferrari store on Regent Street

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And finally Zanardi's 1999 Williams in a shop window on Fleet Street (I have no idea what this one is selling)

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By far the strangest place I have ever bumped into an old F1 car was at Flambard's amusement park in Cornwall where there's an old Jordan looking competely unloved and unsure why its been dumped at a funfair.

So where have you guys stumbled across old F1 machinery outside of the obvious motor museums?

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#2 zack1994

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 23:13

Went to a concert last sunday at the O2 area/millenium dome which is massive BTW as we were walking to the stadium part of the O2 there was a little sky sports hd centre with an 2011 Force india car behind it, it was the first live f1 car i ever saw and i was amazed at how big it was it was huge.
So if you going to the O2 look out for the an F1 its incredible.

Hopefully you can go there spacekid you should find it easily.

Edited by zack1994, 16 February 2012 - 00:00.


#3 Coops3

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 23:32

There's a David Coulthard museum in Twynholme in Scotland just off the A75 which has his old Williams. It's quite a quaint little museum and the village would be about the last place on earth you'd expect to find it if you didn't know that's where he's from!

#4 rwamnep

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 23:35

Saw a red bull show car in Tesco a few months ago, could of been any model

http://yfrog.com/nw56343886j

#5 NoDivergence

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 00:05

Hakkinen's championship winning car was here at the McLaren of San Francisco dealership when they opened

#6 Les

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 00:13

I've seen the Ferrari in the shop in Regent Street and bought a book about Nuvolari whilst I was there. I was down about the time of the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix so on the Monday after the race we went to Bluewater where Jenson Button was doing a PR day a couple of days after winning the WDC. They had an F1 car on display but sadly it was one of the crappy 07/08 Honda's dressed in Brawn clothing.

I don't think I've ever seen an F1 car in Scotland though!

#7 showtime

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 00:23

Its funny where retired F1 cars find themselves. Living and working in London I often bump into the odd retired F1 car, and it made me wonder how many of them are scattered aroud the world, and what models there are out there? I'm also curious to know if there are any others in London that I haven't spotted!!!

The F1 cars that I have so far come across in London are;

Sennas 1993 McLaren at the McLaren car dealership on Park Lane

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Michael Schuamchers 2005 Ferrari at the Ferrari store on Regent Street

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And finally Zanardi's 1999 Williams in a shop window on Fleet Street (I have no idea what this one is selling)

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By far the strangest place I have ever bumped into an old F1 car was at Flambard's amusement park in Cornwall where there's an old Jordan looking competely unloved and unsure why its been dumped at a funfair.

So where have you guys stumbled across old F1 machinery outside of the obvious motor museums?


Check the Science Museum, there is/was a McLaren there, I don't remember if it was Kimi's or Mika's but it had damage from a crash.

#8 Jejking

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 00:27

Not actually contributing to THIS thread but worth mentioning that at a temporary Ferrari dump place near me, it was Walhalla. Under a sheet, it was obvious due to the shapes... I recognized it instantly... a 250 GTO! Wauw. Just wauw. I could feel history to that single layer of glass, it was epic.

#9 zepunishment

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:21

Check the Science Museum, there is/was a McLaren there, I don't remember if it was Kimi's or Mika's but it had damage from a crash.


It's Mika's from Hockenheim 2000, intended to show how little damage it took from a high speed crash:

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It's been there since at least late 2004, which was when I saw it.

f1 cars near me? There was a red bull showcar at the uni 10 minutes from me a year or so ago, another in the local tescos (didn't go look myself), and a couple of ears ago there was a random bridgestone display area set up in the town square for a day with an f2008 showcar (i think it was plastic). Further afield, there was a 2000ish williams in gatwick airport, There was an old sauber (herbert '97?) in the petronas towers....which you'd expect I'd guess. That was in 2005.


#10 Jejking

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:37

You mean 1999. It has a good story behind it!

#11 spacekid

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:51

Thanks guys! I have seen the F1 car at the science museum (last time I went there was also one of Hamilton's cars upside down suspended from the ceiling!) but had forgotten all about them. I didn't know about the one at the O2! So that makes 5 or 6 in London - I wonder how many more there are there?

Not too many sightings of F1 cars not in museums outside of the UK though...

#12 nugat

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 13:02

The Auto museum in Brussels had an old Jordan when I visited a few years ago. Looks like they are planning more soon...

http://www.autoworld...ur-collections/

#13 jimjimjeroo

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 17:32

There's a Williams at a go-kart track in Plymouth, never knew there was a Jordan at Flambards, was in the neighbouring sainsbury this morning!



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Posted 16 February 2012 - 17:40

Saw a red bull show car in Tesco a few months ago, could of been any model

http://yfrog.com/nw56343886j


Thats the 2010 Torro Rosso in Red Bull markings.

#15 FNG

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 17:48

Schumacher's 1997 Ferrari is at the Ferrari dealership here in Vancouver. Although I think it's on "tour" and makes it's rounds at all the dealerships. Currently it's here in Vancouver.

#16 Amphicar

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 17:56

This 1990 John Barnard designed Ferrari 641 is hanging on a wall in the Museum of Modern Art, New York

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#17 Lemans

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 17:59

McLaren Mp4/5 driven by Prost in the McLaren dealership here in Toronto. I live about 5 minutes away. I visited the dealership last week with my girlfriend. It was a great experience. Everyone was very friendly. Even got to sit in a black 12c.

A very different experience to dealing with the douchebags at the ferrari dealership across the street. No surprise, really.

#18 Kubiccia

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 18:00

It's amazing in the 93 Mclaren how the F1 car is much wider than regular street car :eek:

Do you have bigger version of that, spacekid?

#19 Amphicar

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 18:14

A couple of years ago I pitched up at Heathrow T5 and discovered this Renault in the main departure lounge

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 18:17

1993 McLaren MP4-8 shell in Hockley heath

Just like the one on park lane.

http://www.flickr.co...phy/5950954473/

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#21 spacekid

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 18:24

It's amazing in the 93 Mclaren how the F1 car is much wider than regular street car :eek:

Do you have bigger version of that, spacekid?


I know, F1 cars are always much bigger than I expect in the flesh. And the McLaren road car isn't exactly small!

No I just got that picture of the interweb, I didn't take it myself. I have been to the shop about 5 times though just to look at the F1 car, completely ignored the road car each time!

#22 spacekid

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 18:25

This 1990 John Barnard designed Ferrari 641 is hanging on a wall in the Museum of Modern Art, New York

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This is by far my favourite one so far! That looks so surreal - to me the perspective makes the car look really small, although I know it isn't.

Its a beautiful car, and I love the shade of red (proper Ferrari red to me, not this Marlboro shade) - great choice by the museum.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 18:33

Theres a Jordan 197 suspended from the roof in the waiting area of Easy Fit tyres, Weston Super Mare. Its been there about 10 years since the place opened!

#24 S3baman

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 18:34

I took some pictures of this F1 car at the Infinity stand when I was at the Montreal Auto Show earlier in the year

http://imageshack.us...dscf5677kj.jpg/

I also have some pictures of the BMW Sauber F1.07 from one of their F1 week-end events, but now I can't seem to find them.

#25 Fastcake

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 18:56

I've seen a McLaren in a hotel in Bristol before, sitting there pretty invisible to everyone else! Was a Hilton one though which I later remembered were partners of the team, so not exactly too odd.



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Posted 16 February 2012 - 19:09

i saw kimi's mclaren but not sure which year was at a motor show here in Egypt

#27 jrg19

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 19:12

This 1990 John Barnard designed Ferrari 641 is hanging on a wall in the Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Amazing looked like a little diecast when i first looked!

#28 jimjimjeroo

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 19:14

Damon Hills championship Williams done the rounds in 97 saw it in my local Renault dealer have some pics I'll scan in

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 19:40

A few years ago I was walking through my local shopping centre when I stumbled upon a Renault R27. It was completely unattended (and ignored), and there was no explanation as to why it was there. I thought about getting into the cockpit, but decided against it, as Sod's Law would have ensured a security person turning up as soon as I did so.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 19:52

A few years ago I found out that a gent who lives a few miles away as the crow flies,
collects Iso Rivoltas.
He's got an F1 as well. Phoned him and got an appointment to take pics of FX3-1
http://www.gurneyfla...ft-3-4-view.jpg

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#31 spacekid

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 20:55

A few years ago I was walking through my local shopping centre when I stumbled upon a Renault R27. It was completely unattended (and ignored), and there was no explanation as to why it was there. I thought about getting into the cockpit, but decided against it, as Sod's Law would have ensured a security person turning up as soon as I did so.


To heck with it, I'd have jumped in! The worst they could do is shout at you and make you get out again... worth it I reckon...

Completely OT but I was sat in a Harrier a couple of months ago (with permission). It really gives you a new perspective on the machine, it was tiny! I'd love to sit in an f1 cockpit just to know what it feels like.

#32 midgrid

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 21:29

To heck with it, I'd have jumped in! The worst they could do is shout at you and make you get out again... worth it I reckon...

Completely OT but I was sat in a Harrier a couple of months ago (with permission). It really gives you a new perspective on the machine, it was tiny! I'd love to sit in an f1 cockpit just to know what it feels like.


I imagine that an F1 cockpit would be just as cramped! I've sat in a F2 Brabham BT23C, and that was tight, although the main concern when racing it would be the fact that the cocpit sides are lined with pannier fuel tanks...


#33 spacekid

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 21:36

I imagine that an F1 cockpit would be just as cramped! I've sat in a F2 Brabham BT23C, and that was tight, although the main concern when racing it would be the fact that the cocpit sides are lined with pannier fuel tanks...


Thats a heck of a crumple zone!

All the best machines are designed for peak operation. Trying to squeeze a human being into them is seen as a real nuisance to the designers - I think they form the view 'it will work best like this, he'll just have to deal with it' :p

#34 King Six

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 21:50

Living in London I've seen the 2005 car at the Ferrari store but it just looked so fake to me, at the very least it's like looking at Lenin's embalmed body at his mausoleum

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 22:03

This 1990 John Barnard designed Ferrari 641 is hanging on a wall in the Museum of Modern Art, New York



Oh I seen that one :up:


Occaisionally one shows up at the local Ferrari dealer here in Northern Virginia. I think its only a show car though.

#36 Les

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 22:07

Of course I'm speaking bollocks when I say that I've never seen an F1 car in Scotland. Here's a couple of Jackie Stewarts cars he's loaned to the National Museum in Edinburgh:

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:35

Most years in the leadup to the GP here in Melbourne, Australia, there is an F1 car or two at Federation Square as some sort of promotional thing.

So... keep a look out.


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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:37

The sports bar in Glasgow used to a BAR Honda in it

not sure if its still there

oh and there used to be one or two at the Glasgow transport museum along with older LMS cars , again not sure if they are still exhibited since the musuem moved to the waterfront

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 16:23

Right now, today, there is a #3 MP4-26 sitting in the foyer of PwC's black monolith at 7 More London Place on the South Bank in London.

You can get a view of it from the public part of the foyer if you pop in, but it is in the client area. Apparently PwC has launched a product and Vodafone are buying in and so car is there on sponsorship duties.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 16:28

The airbox of a Jordan 198 is hanging up in the composites lab which is in the same building as my office.

I go and look at it when I feel the need for a tug.

Edited by maverick69, 17 February 2012 - 16:58.


#41 fifi

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 16:52

i remember years back prob about 99 seeing a jordan in the shopping centre, it was being used by their then sponser Pearl as a marketing tool (ie to get suckers to sign up for their financal products....yeah it worked on me)

recently last years red bull has been at the sky call centres in livingston and dunfermline and im sure last year there was a red bull in george sq in glasgow

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 17:07



the official F1 cafe at Roppongi Japan displays;


"Senna's MP4/6"

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"Red Bull eff one car"

http://lunch.tokyo-r...e3/DSCN6995.JPG



I take it as complete dis at F1 fans. :o They do display these cars as genuine F1 car :drunk: , or at least dont put any explanations. :rolleyes: not sure they still have them tho.



#43 rolf123

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 20:29

My old workplace (an investment bank in London) had a McLaren a few years back for a few days, something to do with a charity.

Well if you looked closely it was not an F1 car at all. It was actually GP2 or something else with a new livery to make it look like a McLaren.

At first glance you would never know.

#44 spacekid

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 20:52

My old workplace (an investment bank in London) had a McLaren a few years back for a few days, something to do with a charity.

Well if you looked closely it was not an F1 car at all. It was actually GP2 or something else with a new livery to make it look like a McLaren.

At first glance you would never know.


There's an allegory about investment banking in here somewhere...

#45 paulogman

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:40

here's a couple more of the ferrari from MoMA NYC

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#46 d246

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 18:30

[quote name='Les' date='Feb 16 2012, 22:07' post='5532741']
Of course I'm speaking bollocks when I say that I've never seen an F1 car in Scotland. Here's a couple of Jackie Stewarts cars he's loaned to the National Museum in Edinburgh:




You should go to the Coulthard museum in Dumfriesshire. Both a Williams and a Red Bull from memory. Could be a Mac too.

I remember seeing a newspaper article on the wall which was used to back up their 'please do not sit in cars' with a picture of some large lady who got stuck in the cockpit and required extraction by the authorities.

Interesting little museum.



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Posted 19 February 2012 - 18:34

here's a couple more of the ferrari from MoMA NYC

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Loved the Barnard car. I remember seeing it in Ferrari Museum in Maranello years ago. Think it was the Mansell one.

#48 alfa1

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 16:05

You should go to the Coulthard museum in Dumfriesshire. Both a Williams and a Red Bull from memory. Could be a Mac too.



There is indeed a Mac.
Found some pictures of a visit here...
http://www.bikersora...ad.php?t=113583


#49 alfa1

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 21:01

Until the 29th of Feb, a Lotus 97T in Honolulu.
DFS Galleria, Waikiki.

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Links to the forum message about it, and the promotional site...
http://www.lotustalk...-public-110951/
http://www.dfsgaller...ions-and-events


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:02

the official F1 cafe at Roppongi Japan displays;


"Senna's MP4/6"

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"Red Bull eff one car"

http://lunch.tokyo-r...e3/DSCN6995.JPG



I take it as complete dis at F1 fans. :o They do display these cars as genuine F1 car :drunk: , or at least dont put any explanations. :rolleyes: not sure they still have them tho.

I think that might be McLaren MP4/7 on loan from it's permanent display at Honda Collection Hall at Motegi, Japan?