Eddie Irvine Memorial: City of Philadelphia doesn’t really love memorial

David Furst, a photographer who lives in the Chicago area, recently posted on Instagram a image that he says sums up how the people of Philadelphia feel about the memorial for former F1 champion and journalist Eddie Irvine.

Rosberg, who won five of her 12 Formula 1 career races in Philadelphia, died on 28 June.

Furst, 29, told the BBC Sport’s Phil Sheehan that his perception is that “The people of Philadelphia haven’t quite paid it any respect”.

Describing the memorial as “miserable”, Furst says that “it has to be the lowest kept secret in the city”.

He says he “believes that it is one of the quietest visits you can have to a city. You just drive down the road and there’s a small paved area where you stand behind a rope and make a wish.

“If you say you want to go to the Stars and Stripes arch, they’ll help you out, but if you tell them ‘make a wish for David Furst’ there’s no way they’re going to help you.”

The inscription on the sign at Taddle Creek Park dedicates the area to Eddie Irvine

Rosberg spent 14 years working in the media for radio, TV and print as a journalist before she made her F1 debut in 2001. She scored her most recent win, the 2006 Belgian Grand Prix, in the US.

The memorial includes two large cement plaques – one for Eddie Irvine and one for Rosberg – on two curved stone walls with the names of the late team principals Patrick Head and Ross Brawn above them, and the word ‘Eddie’ below them.

There are also some square concrete panels with the names of F1 drivers who grew up in or around Philadelphia.

The concept of the sign was conceived by Irvine himself in 1994 and it features a piece of art by Scottish sculptor James Littlejohn.

At the time, Irvine wanted to name it the ‘City of Women’, to echo the moniker of the Grand Prix held in that city in 1980.

Seven years later, however, a new team, McLaren, moved F1’s North American Grand Prix from Philadelphia to Long Beach, California, because it feared the F1 presence in the city would dilute the crowds it expected at its own event in the west coast city.

Irvine took it upon himself to change his design to the City of Light logo, and campaigned as hard as possible to ensure that was accepted.

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