Any Sonic fan in 1993 will remember this iconic SEGA statue of Sonic, awarded to Ayrton Senna of the McLaren Team at European Grand Prix at Donington Park that year…but where is that statue now?
27 years ago on 11th April 1993, Senna manouvred his way past four drivers to take the lead in wet condition, and then ultimately win, in what is now regarded as one of the greatest laps of all time in Formula 1.
The race was heavily sponsered by SEGA, and upon winning, Senna was awarded huge statue featuring Sonic holding a cup, with SEGA’s logo emblazened along the base (unfortunately, Senna sadly died in an accident the following year while leading the San Marino Grand Prix).
The location of the trophy was debated for many years until in 2018, McLaren confirmed the statue was in storage:
You mean this little thing? 😉 pic.twitter.com/CZwKrowFHS
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) April 11, 2018
Now, two years on, and due to popular demand, the trophy is now in display at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, in their trophy cabinet!
11 April 1993 ➡️ Senna wins the iconic SEGA trophy at Donington Park after one of his finest drives. 👏 🏆
12 June 2020 ➡️ The trophy returns to MTC. You asked, we listened! 🧡 pic.twitter.com/VubK4qz8bh
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) June 12, 2020
Looks like we need to take a trip there soon to see it in the flesh!