Antiques Roadshow guest shocked at value of Lewis Hamilton's helmet won in competition

The fan's father was gifted a signed helmet and overalls by the Formula One star when he met him in 2008.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes shows special diamond encrusted helmet to celebrate his 2008 World Championship during previews to the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix on May 12, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
A signed helmet belonging to Lewis Hamilton featured on Antiques Roadshow. (Getty Images)

An Antiques Roadshow guest was shocked to learn the value of Sir Lewis Hamilton's old helmet and overalls which he won in a competition.

The racing fan revealed his father met the Formula One star in 2008 after winning a competition to be driven around the Top Gear race track by Hamilton and was gifted the signed memorabilia - and vowed not to sell it for the foreseeable future.

The guest told the BBC show: "When it all happened in 2008 that was the first season I started watching [Formula One] and I have never stopped.

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"I asked my dad to enter a competition because I wasn't old enough to enter at the time and it just so happened that he won.

Hilary Kay meets a Lewis Hamilton superfan on Antiques Roadshow. (BBC)
Hilary Kay meets a Lewis Hamilton superfan on Antiques Roadshow. (BBC)

"You were flown by helicopter to where they filmed Top Gear and got to meet Lewis Hamilton."

He added that the racing star was "very chatty, very smiley".

The signed Hamilton memorabilia included a helmet, overalls, a lanyard and photograph of his father with Hamilton.

Antiques expert Hilary Kay, 66, told him: "Even though this isn't a race overall it is the real thing, he did wear it while he was driving.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team celebrate on podium during race of Spanish GP, 8th round of FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Circuit de Catalunya, Montmelo, Catalunya, Spain, 04/06/23 (Photo by Andrea Diodato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Lewis Hamilton at the Formula 1 World Championship in Spain in 2023. (Getty Images)

"Obviously the value isn't going to be as high as if it was a race overall.

"But I still think the two together and the VIP pass, all signed, will be around £10,000."

The guest replied: "Wow. Yeah, that's a lot more than I was expecting... But I'll definitely keep a hold of this for the foreseeable future and hopefully add to it."

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Kay told him: "The great thing is, your dad has passed his enthusiasm on to you. You are going to look after this collection and hopefully you are going to add to it."

Hamilton, 38, won his first Formula One race in 2007 and so 2008 was during the height of his career.

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