Mike Hailwood Cromwell pudding basin helmet

UK motorcycle museum collection for auction

Famous race helmets on offer

Here’s your chance to own some amazing motorcycle memorabilia including helmets owned by famous racers such as Mike Hailwood, Joe Dunlop and Marco Simoncelli.

The contents of the Phil Morris Road Racing Museum, one of the world’s largest collections of motorcycle racing memorabilia and motorcycle spares is to be offered by Bonhams in an online auction from Monday April 18 to May 3.

Phil was a schoolboy trials racer who graduated to four-wheels competing in the RAC Rally.

He is known in British racing circles as a sponsor and team owner and started collecting motorcycle memorabilia in the 1970s.

In 2001 added machines to the mix when he bought back his first Ariel.

Phil set up a dedicated space for the collection in 2007 when it had outgrown his home and his then wife’s patience. Forty to sixty people would visit every Thursday until the doors closed with the first lockdown last year.

His collection is one of the world’s largest arrays of rare sets of spares, matching helmets and leathers for the GP bikes, Moto 2 and Moto 3 motorcycles, raced, worn and won by some of the most famous names on two wheels, such as Phil Read, Joey Dunlop, Mike Hailwood and Kenny Roberts.

More than 330 lots are offered in the online sale, running from Phil’s Museum in Oswestry, dubbed ‘The Church’ by Isle of Man TT rider Rob Barber.

The auction follows the successful sale of racing motorcycles in Phil’s collection in the 2021 Autumn Stafford Sale.

Highlights of the sale include:

  • Joey Dunlop: full-face helmet by Boerisport, 1976/77, (estimated to fetch up to £1500) in his trademark yellow and black.

    Joey Dunlop full-face helmet by Boerisport 1976:77. 2
  • Mike Hailwood: A Cromwell pudding basin helmet, (up to £1000) in white with red and gold design, with the nine times Grand Prix World Champion’s trademark two flag decals applied to the front, together with a pair of Stadium goggles.

    Mike Hailwood Cromwell pudding basin helmet
  • Marco Simoncelli: a signed full-face helmet by Dainese (up to £700) in leopard head design, worn by the late MotoGP rider.

    Marco Simoncelli signed full-face helmet by Dainese

Click here for the catalogue.

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