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Having finished 9th in 1984 in the Formula One Championship Table and 8th in 1985, Arrows Grand Prix International had high hopes for 1986 with their new A9 car and its BMW M12 turbo. It wasn't to be however, and sadly the team ended the year pointless. For 1987, BMW decided they "wanted their ball back" and pulled the plug, leaving Arrows with the promising new A10 but no engine and no money. However, Arrows team boss, ex Lotus F1 driver and legendary negotiator, Jackie Oliver, managed to squeeze some support from their primary sponsor USF&G. BMW then agreed to continue to supply engines as long as they were assembled by, and branded as, Megatron. With additional strokes of genius, he brought in Ross Brawn to head up the design team and recruited the highly talented new driver pairing of Derek Warwick and Eddie Cheever. They had driven together as part of the successful Silk Cut Jaguar Endurance Team and were both race winners as well as being notable for being able to provide good engineering feedback.This 'dream team' combination of engine, designer and new drivers saw the Arrows team collect 11 points in the Arrows A10 and finish seventh (out of 16) in the World Championship in 1987 and fifth in 1988. Silverstone Auctions are pleased to offer for sale the BMW Arrows Megatron, chassis A10-3 that was driven by BRDC President, and all round great guy - Derek Warwick - in 1987. The car was purchased by the current owner in 2002 and stored for approximately four years, however, a number of opportunities became available for the car to be displayed and driven at events, so the decision was taken to bring it out of storage and prepare it to return to the circuits. It has since been driven at no more than two events each year with a total of 1-2 hours driving time. Recently, the car has been looked after by the very well respected Roger Heavens Motorsport and has benefitted from a partial engine rebuild early in 2016, an extended roll hoop, and the wishbones have been crack tested. The car will have a simplified starting procedure by the time it is offered for sale, and will be supplied with a small number of spares.At the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2016, the Arrows A10-3 demonstrated that it still has what it takes when it was driven by the delightful Lorina McLaughlin, who was the fastest lady up the hill.