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Tom Pryce Memorial Trust offering exclusive F1 passes 23 Feb 2009

Tom Pryce (GBR) Shadow celebrates with a glass of champagne his first (and only) pole position. Pryce crashed out of the race on lap 21 whilst in the lead. British Grand Prix, Rd 9, Silverstone, England, 19 July 1975. Tom Pryce (GBR) Shadow DN5B finished seventh. South African Grand Prix, Rd2, Kyalami, 6 March 1976.

Formula One fans are being given an unprecedented opportunity to experience a European Grand Prix of their choice from within the Formula One paddock as guests of one of the teams. The exclusive paddock passes are being auctioned online in aid of the Tom Pryce Memorial Trust, with the money raised going to create a permanent memorial to the late Welsh racer in his home town of Ruthin.

Pryce was arguably the greatest Welshman ever to race a Grand Prix car, combining natural speed with sensational car control that invited comparisons with legends such as Jochen Rindt and Ronnie Peterson.

He is best remembered as the only Welshman to have won a Formula One race, the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch in 1975, on a day when his pace was simply sensational. He was Tragically killed in a freak accident during the 1977 South African Grand Prix, aged just 27.

Fellow Welshman and former F1 team boss David Richards, who also has roots in Ruthin, is a member of the fund raising committee. Richards said: “Tom was an extraordinarily talented racing driver who remained true to his roots in Wales where, to this day, he retains a strong following amongst his many fans.

"I am extremely proud to chair the Trust and support its plans to honour Tom with a permanent memorial in his home town of Ruthin in the Vale of Clwyd, an area he loved so much.”

The auction takes place on www.tomprycememorial.com and runs until early April.