You can BID to own this exclusive one-off Fender Stratocaster guitar designed by Paolo Nutini and signed by Valentino Rossi - which is being auctioned for The Marco Simoncelli Foundation in Italy.
This October will mark the five year anniversary of the tragic passing of rising MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli. Already the world champion in the 250cc category, he was emerging as a natural successor to the great Valentino Rossi before his life was tragically taken in an accident at the Malaysian MotoGP in October 2011.
To help raise money for the Simoncelli Foundation on their latest project - which is to build a day care facility for children with disabilities in Marco’s hometown of Coriano, Rimmi, Italy. Life long fans of Moto GP, Paolo and his father Alfredo have made and donated a one-off hand painted Fender Stratocaster guitar.
The Nutini's worked closely with Fender to create the unique design, based on the Simoncelli Foundation logo which was created by legendary MotoGP helmet designer Aldo Drudi. With the help of Martin Finnigan, the UK ambassador for the Simoncelli Foundation, they were able to gain support for the project of one of Marco Simoncelli’s great friends – Valentino Rossi. Valentino, one of the greatest Moto GP riders of all time, signed the guitar and is giving great support for the guitar and the auction of it.
Marco’s father, Paolo Simoncelli said “This is a sensational initiative from Paolo (Nutini) and his Dad Alfredo - and our UK ambassador, Martin Finnigan. This is the first time that we know of where such a great and important initiative leaves the world of music to help Moto GP, I'm happy for this! And I can only say thanks for all the support."
Paolo said… “My father Alfredo is the bike fanatic. I have always loved them but they are his passion. What always got me was the sheer guts and guile that these guys show as they fly round that track at such speed. I thought that Marco Simoncelli was an exciting rider and one who seemed to be getting stronger and stronger. The people who knew him spoke of his kindness and geniality. A handsome big guy with wicked hair and full of passion. It was his love for the guitar that led us to get in touch with Fender and collaborate on the guitar that we have now. Kindly, Fender were more than happy to get involved and we now have the custom ‘Super Sic Strat’. I hope that as lovers of bikes or music, or both, that you can help us raise as much as possible for the foundation and ultimately the children that it will go to.”
The auction is live now and concludes after race day of The Malaysian GP in Sepang on Sunday 30th October - so get bidding now for this very unique guitar. Click HERE to bid...
There is only ONE of these guitars on the planet so it really is a collectors item.
From left to right… Martin Finnigan (Simoncelli Foundation UK); Valentino Rossi; Paolo Nutini; Alfredo Nutini