Alan Jones is showing his support for the Queensland flood victimsSupport continues to grow to raise funds for victims of the Australian flood appeal, with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and former World Champion Alan Jones auctioning special F1 items as part of their own fundraising efforts.

Richard’s F1 had an exclusive chat with the 1980 champion, Jones, today about how he is assisting with fundraising efforts.

Jones – a long-term resident of the Gold Coast, the city south of Brisbane fortunately spared by the floods – is amazed at how the Australian population has banded together in support of flood victims.

“I know a lot of people from the Gold Coast who are going [to flood-affected areas] to lend a hand,” he said.

Alan Jones MemorabiliaItems available for auction include helmets and racing suits

“Australians can be the biggest contributors to the Tall Poppy Syndrome, and yet when something like this happens, we’re one of the best.”

Jones has compiled an extensive collections of his own memorabilia from over four decades of competition, and he has offered to sell these items to interested bidders, where he will donate half of the proceeds raised to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal, which (at the time of publication) has raised almost AU$90 million.

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation, meanwhile, is auctioning a once-in-a-lifetime experience to ride in a Minardi two-seater Formula 1 car, with the entire auction proceeds being donated to flood victims.

The eBay auction ends on Friday 28 January, and the winning bidder will experience the speed and g-forces of an F1 race car while strapped in the rear seat for a hot lap around the spectacular Albert Park street circuit during this year’s event.

“To experience the power of a two-seater F1 hitting speeds of 300 kilometres per hour is normally a money-can’t-buy opportunity, so by auctioning this amazing experience we hope to raise a significant amount to support Queenslanders”, said Andrew Westacott, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

The highest bidder will ride in a Minardi Two-Seater F1 car at this year's Australian Grand PrixJones agrees: “This is a fantastic initiative and hopefully motorsport fans show their support in contributing to such a crucial cause”.

The two-seater is powered by a 700bhp-plus V10 racing engine and features a similar chassis construction, suspension, brakes and tyres as the cars competing in this year’s championship.

Strict eligibility conditions apply if you’re interested in bidding (for example, passenger height and weight), and you can check out the full details at the AGPC website.

They join the growing list of motorsport figures who have already offered their support to the devastating floods.

To read more – or enquire – about bidding for items from either venture, please click on the respective banners below:

Australian Grand Prix Corporation The Motorsport Shop

Alan also provided Richard’s F1 with more interview content, offering his perspective on Mark Webber’s 2010 season and his chances for 2011, as we as his insights and opinions on a whole range of topics, which we’ll be publishing in separate articles in the coming days. So stay tuned!

Meanwhile, you can read our first interview with Alan Jones here.

If you would like to donate directly to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal, click here.

[Original images via Alan Jones’ official site, Flickr and The Motorsport Shop]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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