Mr Coles passed away last year, his family have consigned a collection of his works to Embank's auction house. Photographs of the sport's biggest legends will be going under the hammer including: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Graham Hill, Nico Roseberg, John Surtees, Tom Pryce, James Hunt, John Watson, Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart to name a few.

Importantly, the six albums of photographs, together containing several hundred images and their corresponding negatives will be sold with full worldwide copyright, allowing the new owners to print and publish them at will.

Photograph by Don Coles Photograph by Don Coles McClaren

Don Coles, who was born in 1930, was a highly active sports photographer concentrating mainly in Formula 1. He had privileged access to both the pits and the paddock areas, enabling him to take candid shots of the drivers and teams. Many of his images have been published in leading motor sports magazines and are also held by motor racing photographic libraries such as Jarrotts.

Interviewed by Motor Sport magazine in 2005, which carried a feature illustrated by Don’s photographs, he told the writer: “I was introduced to motor racing at Goodwood in the early 1950s by the journalist Tommy Wisdom and his wife Elsie, and have attended all forms of events since.

"During the 1970s and '80s I gained photographer accreditation from the RACMSA and covered the British GP from 1972 to '88. Many of my framed display panels are in the Kentagon at Brands Hatch, the RAC MSA at Colnbrook and the administrative offices at Silverstone.”

Elsewhere, a comment accompanying a stunning action photograph of Emerson Fittipaldi in the British GP reads: “My first Grand Prix and a day I shall never forget. The sunshine, the smell, the noise and the beautiful body shapes. Emerson Fittipaldi triumphed in his ‘wedge’ Lotus 72D and went on to his first Championship in 1972.”

“This remarkable archive is a unique record of motor racing and its participants of its time,” said auctioneer Chris Ewbank. “We anticipate it will attract considerable international interest

Goodwood enthusiast Peter Jillings, the owner of Liphook Motors, has been a collector of automobilia for about 30 years, with much of his collection being displayed at his garage. To the delight of other collectors, he is downsizing his incredible collection of Ferrari pieces. The collection is estimated at around £20 000.

It includes two hand-built 1:8 scale model Ferraris from the workshop of the famed maker Javan Smith: the historic 1964 250LM car with mid-mounted 3.0 litre V12 with Campagnolo magnesium wheels  and the iconic 'Sharknose' 156 F1 car, autographed personally by Phil Hill who piloted the car to the F1 Drivers World Championship title in 1962.

A 1:12 scale model of the Ferrari Dino 268SP car which competed in the Nurburgring 1000 KM in 1962 driven by the great Mexican driver Ricardo Rodriguez is number 112 from a limited edition of 499 built by Modellismo-Leonardo is estimated at £1 000-1 200.

The Jillings collection includes a large number of antique car mascots, pick of which is a rare kneeling Rolls-Royce 'Spirit of Ecstasy' mascot mounted on a wooden base incorporating a chrome plated flag post.

More valuable car mascots have been consigned by another Surrey collector, including a 1920s glass example by the French designer Réne Lalique, modelled as a wild boar and known by its French name of ‘Sanglier’. This example is in smoked glass and is estimated at £800-1 000.

The sale will take place on 17th March. Search the full catalogue on Barnebys here.

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