One lucky bidder has scored a slice of the Pye, rewarded with their newly acquired Supercar on the Bathurst 1000 podium in an action-packed weekend of auctions.
Walkinshaw Andretti United’s #2 Race Car driven by Scott Pye was sold under the hammer at Lloyds Auctions just hours before it claimed second place in the Bathurst 1000. The new chassis owner waited less than 24 hours to experience their first podium finish behind the Autobarn Lowndes Racing team, significantly increasing the cars value.
The Walkinshaw Andretti United ZB Commodore fetched a quarter of a million dollars on the night, attesting to the success of this innovative new programme never seen before in Supercars.
“A podium finish at Bathurst was a fantastic experience and a great way to celebrate winning this car! I feel very passionate about racing and am honoured and very much looking forward to enjoying the 2019 season alongside the Walkinshaw Andretti United racing team” said the new owner of Scott Pye’s car #2.
A VIP experience where the owner is entitled to special team benefits throughout the 2019 Championship season including hot laps, card passes and other hospitality opportunities was included as part of the auction.
“If the 82/83 Bathurst winner is anything to go by then Walkinshaw’s car number 2 would certainly have multiplied in value substantially with its podium finish today, as it writes itself into Australian motorsport history” remarked Head Auctioneer Bill Freeman.
Later that same night in an amazing Peter Brock Collection event in nearby Kelso, a dual Bathurst winning car driven to first place by Peter Brock in 1982 and 1983 fetched a whopping $2.1 million at auction – the only Aussie car ever to win two Bathurst races in a row.
Thousands packed the auction house after fireworks and the 5000hp Lloyds Pro Slammer fired up to commence a memorable evening with a video honouring Brock and these unique cars. Negotiations continued for some cars after the event, with a strong clearance ultimately closing out a hugely successful weekend.
Craig Lowndes race suit (which he later wore and won Bathurst in) raised over $20,000 in a Drought Relief Charity Auction run by Lloyds Auctions in Pit lane on Friday night. Lloyds said that this suit would have now doubled in value with Lowndes winning his last ever Bathurst race before retiring from Supercars later this year.
The Supercars auction raised over $180,000 for Burrumbuttock Hay Runners from items donated by Race teams, drivers, partners and sponsors.
It was a massive weekend for motoring enthusiasts and a strong indication that the market for race cars and historic legends continues to grow with passion and strength.
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