Imagine how Australian motor sport fans would respond if Peter Brock's 1984 Bathurst-winning Holden VK Commodore was purchased by an overseas buyer who wanted to remove it from Australia. One would expect a little disquiet.
In fact, Holden and Brock fans would make the Franklin River Dam protests of the 1970s look like half-hearted whingeing and the car would never leave this country due to the sheer rage of its fans.
Whether the Australian Government would step in is another question, though at this stage in the Federal election campaign, that's entirely plausible.
Government intervention has indeed occurred in the UK recently on a similar issue.
There, the car concerned is the speed-record-breaking 1929 Bentley "Blower" single-seater, which was sold at auction in June 2012 for more than $8 million to an overseas buyer.
Now, according the UK cultural body Arts Council England, English culture minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export ban on the legendary Bentley.
The sale price was a record for any Bentley, and the most recent of records for this particular car. In 1931, it broke speed records at the renowned Brooklands Outer Circuit with famed Bentley Boy Tim Birkin behind the wheel.
Given the car's cultural importance, the buyer was required to apply for an export licence to remove the Bentley from the UK.
It means the big single-seater needs to be assessed by Arts Council England as to whether the car is "so closely connected with our history and national life that its departure would be a misfortune".
As it stands, an alternative, England-based buyer (with about $8 million to spend) for the Birkin Bentley must be found before October 31.
If not by then, someone must show a serious intention to raise the funds, which would give them until May 31, 2014. Otherwise the Birkin Blower may well leave home.The sale price was a record for any Bentley, and the most recent of records for this particular car. In 1931, it broke speed records... with famed Bentley Boy Tim Birkin behind the wheel.
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