26-27 May, 2012
One of the most anticipated events in the
motorcycle calendar, Les Coupes Moto
Légende in Dijon did not disappoint. More
than 28,000 people attended the event,
which was blessed with not only beautiful
machinery but also equally good weather.
There was something for everyone – from
Pioneer-period machines to legendary Grand
Prix racing motorcycles being ridden by the
likes of Giacomo Agostini, Steve Baker, Carlos
Lavado, Phil Read and Christian Sarron.
More than 1,000 riders from 20 different
nations took to the track, including Ben
Walker, riding the VMCC's Norton CS1
and ex-Titch Allen Velocette KSS. Also in
attendance were Bonhams consultants and
specialists Bob Cordon Champ and Martin
Heckscher with his Velocette, as well as
James Hewing, CEO of the VMCC, along
with a sizeable turnout of club members and
26-27 may 2012
The Bugatti Owners Club's sixth annual pageant
of French motoring excellence La Vie en Bleu took
place from May 26 – 27. Highlights of the event –
which combines a super weekend of motor sport
and French displays in the paddock – included
the Bugatti Veyrons and a demonstration by the
Breitling Wingwalkers. Special mention must be
made of Nick Mason, who made a spirited assent
of the hill in his 1901 Panhard et Levassor.
21 April, 2012
Rob Hubbard and Tom Harrington took part
in the Veteran Car Club Creepy Crawly Run.
Despite the fact it was Tom's first rally, he only
got the pair lost three times. Many thanks go
to the organisers for a great weekend, and to
the American collector for lending Rob and
Tom his Oldsmobile.
8 - 10 June, 2012
Bonhams returned as main sponsors to the annual
IVVCC Gordon Bennett Rally, which took place in
Co. Kildare, Ireland, from the 8-10th June. This year
Tim Schofield was joined by his wife Nicola and was
delighted to take up the kind offer of Eric Kavanagh
and his son, John, to ride in his beautifully restored
ex-Arthur Jeddere Fisher Vauxhall 30/98, which was
purchased from the Bonhams Beaulieu Sale in 2007.
The rally was a great success and the Bonhams team
looks forward to next year's event.
4 - 5 May, 2012
The Donington Historic Festival returned for a
successful third year at the historic racing circuit and
the Bonhams Motoring Department was delighted
to join as sponsors. On show for the spectators
was the ex-Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin 1929-31 Bentley
4½-Litre 'Blower' Single-Seater and the Le Mans
24-Hours, ex-works, Team Lotus, Cliff Allison/Keith
Hall 1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans Sports-Racing
Roadster, both of which sold at the Goodwood
Festival of Speed. There was plenty of on track
action. John Polson competed in the Mad Jack Race
for Pre-War Sports car and triumphantly made it
onto the podium.
The organisers of the Peking to Paris and of
Britain's biggest timed rally for pre-war cars, the
Flying Scotsman, are now to receive official support
from Bonhams. The Endurance Rally Association
and Bonhams will work together to enhance future
rallies in an announcement agreed in July between
the auction house and the rally office team.
Rally director Philip Young said: "I'm delighted at
this news. Our desk at the Bonhams auction at the
Goodwood Festival of Speed was besieged with
interested classic and vintage owners seeking fresh
adventures. What we do is offer a chance to use
the cars in the way they were originally designed
– for driving down truly empty roads, exploring
Tim Schofield took part in the Flying Scotsman in
April. He said: "We are delighted to be supporting
the Endurance Rally Association and we hope this
partnership will prove to be a marathon in itself."
8 - 10 May, 2012
Rob Hubbard, James Stensel and Jonathan Vickers
attended the second annual St Mawes Classic
Car Festival, which was another great success in
2012. The Bonhams 'Works' Lagonda M45 set the
fastest time of the day around the street circuit of St
Mawes, but the overall winner of the concours was
Nick Mason's Ferrari 550MM Carrera Panamericana.
Bonhams looks forward to sponsoring this
wonderful event again in 2013.
16 – 19 June, 2012
Sholto Gilbertson headed out in the 'Yellow Peril' on the annual Tour Britannia with Karen Bosch and this year was joined
by Jamie Knight and his wife Emma who entered in Jamie's Austin Healey 100. Based up in Harrogate, the Tour took in
various circuits and stages including Croft, Cadwell Park and Harewood Hill Climb. Despite leading for the first two days
Sholto and Karen were finally hunted down by Team Knight, who won first in Class on their debut Tour.
A huge thank you as always to Alec Poole and his Tour Britannia team, and of course the Stewards. We recommend the event highly. If anyone would like to join in, they should contact Alec Poole on +44 (0)1295 268888 or visit www.tourbritannia.com. The organisers are still taking entries for Mini Britannia in October, which will feature Silverstone
as the main circuit.
16 - 21 April, 2012
The 2012 Tour Auto returned to a start under
Europe's biggest glass roof for a scrutineering day.
The event was a not-to-be-missed opportunity for
those still nostalgic of the good old days when
the Grand Palais hosted the "Salon de l'Auto"
until 1961. The location is also the place where
Bonhams will hold its second sale of exceptional
motorcars, motorcycles and automobilia during
Rétromobile week in February 2013.
The 2012 Tour Auto took place on Saturday 21
April in Nice and once again the itinerary through
France, including beautiful roads from Paris to
Nice, delighted both the competitors and the
spectators participating in the event. The stopover
towns – Beaune, Aix-les-Bains, Clermont-
Ferrand and Nîmes – welcomed thousands of
spectators and, in its 20th year of existence, the
Tour gathered a very high quality grid. With at
least one circuit and two special stages per day,
the event is one of a kind. This year Philip Kantor
teamed up with Grégory Noblet in their 1965 Alfa
Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA to finish a very creditable
17th overall in the VHC competition section of the
event, behind a squadron of Cobras and GT40s.
Louen, Czech Republic
11 – 13 May, 2012
Hot-footing it from Monaco to Prague via the
UK, Jamie re-packed the suitcase, collected his
wife Emma, and headed back into continental
Europe to attend this inaugural event
Held in the wonderful grounds of Chateau
Loucen (www.zamekloucen.cz), home of
Maximilian Thurn und Taxis in the nineteenth
century, the event was organised by Robert Pergl,
the Ferrari main agent for the Czech Republic,
with support from Ferrari Classiche. Noted
Bugatti historian Bohuslav Klein was tasked with
curating the entries, and both he and Robert did
a tremendous job.
Bonhams assisted proceedings by conducting
a charity auction. Jamie's performance on
the rostrum was translated by Bonhams local
representative Jan Zvelebil, still managing to raise
money and – on occasions – laughs.
24 June, 2012
The Vintage Sports Car Club celebrated its 20th visit to
Mallory Park circuit in Leicestershire for the Bob Gerard
Memorial Trophy with a day of outstanding motor racing.
After qualifying well in the Delahaye 135, a gearbox failure
left John Polson stranded on the grid. Better luck was had in
the Sunbeam Coupe de L'Auto replica, where he pedalled
his way to fifth overall. Meanwhile Rob Glover finished
16th overall in his trusty 12/50 Alvis, 16 seconds clear of
the next 12/50.
The annual Edwardian car race was won by Mark Walker
in the 200hp Darracq after a sterling drive through the field,
and the meeting's title race by Mark Gillies driving Mary
Smith's beautifully-prepared ERA R3A to a debut victory at
the circuit. Elsewhere Neil Twyman in his Alfa Romeo 8C
overcame stiff competition to win the Mallory Mug for
pre-war sports cars.
21 April, 2012
As part of Bonhams' ongoing multi-year
partnership with the Vintage Sports Car Club
the Motoring Department was out in force at
the Spring Start meeting at Silverstone in April.
A selection of motor cars from the Daniels and
Glasius Collections were well viewed pending their
sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June.
Roger Collings, past club President and a longstanding
friend of George Daniels, fired up the
Itala and gave the 12-litre Edwardian a couple of
demonstration laps of the circuit.
A review of the record-breaking Goodwood sale
is included in this issue.
17 July, 2012
The Goodwood Motor Circuit played host to the
Bonhams Motoring team on Tuesday 17 July and
Radical Sports Cars were kind enough to bring along
one of their brand new road cars, the SR3SL. Jamie
Knight and Sholto Gilbertson were both taken out by
the professional driver. Those who know Sholto well
know he is very rarely quiet but he was speechless
when he stepped out of the car. Our thanks go to
Roger Green and the team at Radical. For more
information on Radical Sports Cars please visit