F1 memorabilia: Shopping list for the Indian Grand Prix

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 08:59 hrs

Lewis Hamilton's 'old' McLaren MP4 27 costs roughly between 18-36 crore rupees! And then there's a racing track that you need to hire to drive it around, because it isn't street legal.

Now, that may be a bit out of budget for most Grand Prix goers. And that's why there's a huge merchandise industry that revolves around Formula One.

From traditional race hats to team flags to kit bags and even snack boxes, there's loads to choose from for every fan.

What's really valuable are the venue souvenirs themselves. Pick up anything be it an ashtray, coffee mugs or key rings and it will guarantee you a sense of pride around the office desk or mantle piece at home.

Why, a sticker on your car windscreen that reads "BIC" will instantly warn other motorists of your traffic light starts!

The inaugural Indian Grand Prix was quick to latch on to this frenzy. Puma had really cool Buddh International Circuit T-shirts last year with the circuit layout diagram on the back. They sold out in no time and by Race day none were available...leaving fans disappointed.

There were grey hats too, with the BIC logo embroidered. Really worth it. Hopefully, this year there will be more memorabilia and merchandise branded by BIC itself. After all, the Indian Grand Prix proved a big hit among those who matter the most. The F1 drivers!

Mercedes had a unique pavilion selling their rather expensive Michael Schumacher hats. But the fit and finish of the silver Arrows' merchandise was more than irresistible and many fans found themselves poorer by a couple of grand, instantly! With news of him retiring this year these Mercedes branded items are sure to go off the shelf in a hurry.

McLaren, Williams and Lotus merchandise are really worth diving into as they are rare. They are not available through out the year in retail outlets unlike Ferrari and Red Bull who both endorse Puma.

An original Ferrari key ring might set you back by a few hundreds whereas an original scale model from a reputed brand like MiniChamps could set you back by a couple of thousands.

The 1:18 scale die-cast model, of a shiny chrome-finished McLaren MP4 27 or, a raging Red Bull RB8 is easier to carry home and maintain than the real cars themselves.

When reviewed many years later in the showcase at home far away, all those fond memories of that Indian Grand Prix will come shooting back.

So, invest wisely. And make those moments rev forever.

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