F1 car making Richard House pit stops

Published: November 27, 2014

Staff and children from Richard House with St Joseph's staff next to Niki Lauda's car

Staff, children and young adults got an F1 Christmas surprise today when three times World Champion Niki Lauda’s first F1 car travelled to our residential unit at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney to deliver Christmas presents.

The car, which is to be auctioned next week as part of the COYS True Greats Christmas Auction, is likely to sell for half a million pounds.

After visiting Hackney, the car travelled to our permanent site in Beckton, where it will be a star attraction at the start of our young adult’s Games Evening.

“We are aware of the fantastic work that Richard House, the first hospice for children in London, are doing for young people with life-limiting conditions,” said Chris Routledge, the Managing Director of the International auction house. “We also know how much interest there is in F1 from young people and we thought that it would a Christmas treat for some of the children to see the car before it was sold and have their picture taken with it.”

This iconic former Grand Prix March from the “Golden Era” was built in 1971 for Ronnie Peterson, who used it as his initial Works Team Car at Kylami, Monaco and the memorable Zandfort race.

This then became his spare car after he took over the new 711 -6 chassis at the German Grand Prix of that year. It was at this time that the car became the career opener for Niki Lauda in 1971 when he started at Peterson’s team as the second works driver.

Pictured: Staff and children from Richard House with staff from St Joseph’s with the F1 car