After two years of planning and hard work, the stunning Richard Burns Tribute Bike is ready to go on sale at the Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia sale at Olympia in London next week with all proceeds from the sale going straight to the Richard Burns Foundation.

The bike, created by Midlands-based Ironside Choppers, is the result of over 100 hours of hard work by the specialist manufacturers. The auction, on December 7 is the culmination of that work and the moment that all those involved with the bike have been aiming for since the inception of the project.

It is hoped that the unique piece of machinery, decked out in Burns' famous blue and yellow Subaru livery, will be the centre of the attention at the event as buyers vye to own a one-off piece of motorsport memorabilia.

Among the motorsport luminaries who have shown their support for the venture are Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Rauno Aaltonen, Sebastien Loeb, Petter Solberg, Mikko Hirvonen, Jochen Mass, Bobby Rahal, Derek Bell, Leon Haslam and James Haydon.

All have added their signatures to this one-of-a-kind motorcycle, along with a host of other stars and Richard's father Alex Burns, his co-driver Robert Reid, David Williams, the man who spotted his talent and Zoe Keen, Richard's fianc?e.

Details of his long and successful rallying career have been incorporated into the design of the bike, which also has an image of the former World Rally champion emblazoned on the fuel tank.

A custom-built bike made by Ironside Choppers costs in the region of ?18,000 but the Richard Burns Tribute Bike is a one-off project and will never be repeated, adding to its value and making it a true collectors' item for any motorsport enthusiast.

"Ironside Choppers have put a staggering amount of time and effort into this project and we have been bowled over by their enormous generosity," said Richard Burns Foundation administrator, Peter Martin.

"The bike is an absolutely fantastic piece of machinery, a truly unique piece of motorsport memorabilia, and we expect that there will be plenty of people bidding to own it so that we can raise the maximum amount of money possible for the Foundation. We are also extremely grateful to the generosity of Bonhams who have made this sale possible by including the bike in their auction."

"It has been a long time since we came up with the idea of building the Richard Burns Tribute Bike, but we are incredibly excited that we are about to reach the goal that we have all be working towards," added Simon Turley from Ironside Choppers. "A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into building the bike, but we couldn't be more pleased with the way it has turned out. We have received brilliant support from the motorsport world and it has been amazing to get the signatures of so many motorsport legends on the bike.

"We have seen a great reaction from motorsport fans around the UK who have seen the bike so now we are just hoping that it will get the same reaction at the auction and raise as much money for the charity as possible."

Crowds of motorsport fans flocked to see the bike on its first public appearance at the Goodwood Revival earlier this year and it was again the centre of attention at this year's Rally GB in Cardiff where the stars of the World Rally Championship had an exclusive chance to view the bike, so it is sure to become the prized possession of the highest bidder after next week's auction.

The auction meanwhile will not be the end of the partnership between the Richard Burns Foundation and Ironside Choppers as the manufacturers have made a generous long-term commitment to donate 10 per cent of their profits from the future sale of any bikes to the charity.


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