Monday, April 19, 2021

No. 4028 - Boat it like Beckham

The ultimate souvenir of the 2012 Olympics?

 

On Friday 27th July, a boat sped up the Thames that was watched by an estimated 900 million people across the globe. That craft, a Bladerunner BR RIB 35, was piloted by David Beckham and also carried Bladerunner’s managing director Jeremy Watts and the Olympic torch.

 

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David Beckham aboard the 2008 “Torchbearer” Bladerunner BR RIB 35

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The Olympic torch aboard the 2008 “Torchbearer” Bladerunner BR RIB 35 (Photo credit: Action Images)

The boat’s journey under Tower Bridge was accompanied by a crescendo of pyrotechnics and complete with gadgets that numbered four smoke emitting dummy rockets, a high pressure waterjet bar and dozens of LED lights, it formed a significant part of the Danny Boyle orchestrated display that opened the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

Now, the very same “heavily customised” boat is available for sale and will be auctioned on the 3rd December by at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands. A price guide of £250,000 has been set for what Bonhams call the “ultimate Olympic souvenir.”

 

For more details on the 3rd December 2012 Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia auction telephone +44 (0) 20 7447 7447 or go to: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20148/

 

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  1. The price is ludicrous. If someone pays this much for a boat because Beckham was on it for 10 mins, they must be half bonkers or fully insane.

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