King visits Spyker – report

Thu, 2 November 2006, 07:58

An interesting rumour has been sparked following the journey to Holland by the King of middle eastern country Jordan.

The Paris based newspaper International Herald Tribune reports that on Wednesday, Jordan’s King Abdullah II visited the headquarters of Dutch sports car maker Spyker, east of Amsterdam.

“The king is a motor racing buff,” the newspaper wrote, “and (a) former rally driver.”

The royal visit coincides with reports that the Silverstone based F1 team, when owned by Midland last year, neared bankruptcy.

The Scottish Sunday Express referred to Spyker-MF1’s latest accounts in reporting that the team recorded a $38m loss in 2005 on turnover of just $47.5m.

The newspaper said only its former owner, Russian-born billionaire Alex Shnaider, ‘kept (the team) afloat’.


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