We’ve had the great pleasure of visiting on of the best motorsport memorabilia and merchandise stores Australia has to offer, and it’s right here in Sydney’s backyard.
Come with us on a journey through The Motorsport Shop – and make sure you enter our exclusive reader giveaway!
Tucked away just off the main street in the southern suburb of South Hurstville, businessman Patrick Wedes has been running The Motorsport Shop for close to 25 years.
Originally setting up the operation as an outlet for motorsport merchandise, he’s since moved into the more specialised field of motorsport memorabilia.
With over 350 square metres of floor space to play with, The Motorsport Shop houses the most impressive collection of motorsport memorabilia that you’re likely to see under the one roof, and all of it is for sale to the die-hard motorsport fan.
Patrick runs his business on an abundance of passion for all things motorsport, and his many years in the business have given him access to many of the most high-profile figures in motorsport history, including very close ties with the Senna family.
Today, Patrick also works as the business affairs manager for Australia’s last World Champion, Alan Jones. The pair has been working together in selling some of the former champion’s own memorabilia and his Speed Jewellery line, and there are whispers of a Jones biography in the works.
Jones and Wedes took a host of F1 fans to the Monaco Grand Prix in May, where they had yacht and terrace views of the on-track action, pit lane tours and exclusive drinks parties with the racing drivers!
It’s inside the store where you’re really impressed; it is a veritable treasure trove of items to take your fancy. Rifle through the shelves of classic and new-release videos, DVDs and Blu Rays. Check out the impressive array of scale model cars from Formula 1 seasons gone by. Get the hat or clothing merchandise of your favourite driver. Pick up a classic poster or souvenir program from a Grand Prix. You name it, you’ll probably find it.
The Motorsport Shop is the Australian representative for the Instituto Ayrton Senna, the charity set up in his honour that aims to help Brazil’s poor. With Patrick’s close ties to the Senna family, this guarantees that all Senna merchandise is officially licensed and very exclusive.
There are scale-model helmets and racing cars from all of his years of major competition, as well as a great range of lapel pins of his helmets and all of his commemorative pins to celebrate his World Championship titles. Add to this a range of T-shirts, hats and other items, and you have the perfect shopping environment for the true Senna fan.
There’s also a host of Senna memorabilia on display that won’t ever go on sale, including some of the letters the Brazilian wrote to his friends back in Brazil during his early years racing in Brazil when he was battling terrible homesickness. They give a great insight into the fragility of this great young mind, who had the rest of his life ahead of him.
A look in every direction will give the trained eye another gem from motorsport history to look at, and one of my favourites was the engine cover from one of Niki Lauda’s Ferrari’s proudly displayed at the shop’s entrance.
It is truly a fascinating store and I’d strongly encourage you to check it out at:
Alternatively, if you’re unable to get to Sydney to have a look, you can also browse the entire online store catalogue and make your purchases online at the store’s official website.
ENTER OUR LATEST READERSHIP GIVEAWAY!
Courtesy of The Motorsport Shop, we have a great giveaway prize on offer to a lucky Australian reader, which includes:
- An Ayrton Senna helmet pin;
A never-before-released ‘alternative’ poster of the SENNA documentary that was designed for the film’s Australian cinema release; and
- An official Australian Grand Prix event poster!
All you have to do is email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org and correctly answer this question:
What Senna charity is The Motorsport Shop officially licensed to represent?
(Hint: the answer is in this article!)
and include your full name and postal address with your entry. Entries are limited to one per household, and they must be received by 11:59PM, Saturday 21 July 2012. For the giveaway’s full terms and conditions, please click here.