SATURDAY 26 & SUNDAY 27 MAY 2012
The Motor Car Department was out in force at the Vintage Sports-Car
Club's annual Prescott Speed Hill Climb at the Bugatti Owner's Club's
Gloucestershire venue, where the wet summer weather did not dampen
the spirits of more than 8,000 spectators who watched 250 pre-war cars
competing against the clock.
Senior specialist Rob Hubbard took to the hill on board Julian Ghosh's
Vauxhall 30-98 to set the fastest time for a Vauxhall, two seconds ahead of his nearest rival, while the Bonhams Lagonda M45 was put to use transporting marshalls up and down the hill. The department's inaugural hog roast on the Saturday night was a huge success, and will become an annual event.
On the Bonhams stand were a total of seven cars, displayed ahead of
their entry into the Goodwood Revival Sale in September, including the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 'S'-Type and the 1939 Lagonda V12 Le Mans Team Car.
PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA
SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 2012
Across the Peninsula from Quail Lodge at the Pebble Beach Concours
d'Elegance, Bonhams New York specialist Rupert Banner showed his
1901 De Dion Bouton 'New York' Motorette in the Antique – Small Horsepower Class.
The car, which was formerly owned by the first ever chairman of
the Concours Alton Walker, together with its presentation by Rupert's
father John Banner and Bonhams specialist Evan Ide (with support from
the Bonhams Motoring team) was enough to secure a coveted 2nd in
SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 2012
Julian 'Chief' Ghosh was back from a 10-year absence driving on VSCC Trials. His new weapon 'Super G', a 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 Special, proved to be a mighty performer, and Rob Hubbard was on hand as some hefty ballast to bounce.
Matthew Parkin and Rob Glover completed Team Carnagewith the car returning home on fine form.
UK MOTORING DEPARTMENT SIGN
UP TO 'MOVEMBER'
During November, the UK Motoring team will – with varying degrees of success no doubt – be sporting mustaches in support of the Movember campaign, which raises money and awareness of men's health
issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancers. Th ecampaign, now in its 10th year, sees thousands of men around the world ditch their razors and sprout mustaches during the month of November.
In the motor car department, the likes of Tim and Rob (so hairy he is almost Simian) will have no difficulty in producing a manly masterpiece, but Sholto, Tom, John (yet to buy a razor) and Jamie (hair long since departed) may have more difficulty. No matter the quality of the motor car department's efforts, though, Ben and James
in the motorcycle department claim to be sure they will
To donate, please visit uk.movember.com/team/435965.
Mazda Raceway , Laguna Seca
THURSDAY 16 - SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 2012
Mark Osborne and David Swig made the annual August pilgrimage to Monterey for this fantastic event. David managed to land himself a ride in one of the more sinister-looking specials on the track, the appropriately-named 1957 "Monsterati", which won three out of its four
races over the two weekends. A collection of American car parts sourced from the scrapyard, the car sports a 1939 Ford frame and front suspension, with a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine and 4-speed transmission.
Mark's attempt with the USRRC group was not so successful, being more a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when a car breaks down. A broken throw out bearing was diagnosed and replaced before the team returned to racing, albeit at the back of the field.
On Sunday afternoon Mark presented the Bonhams 1793 trophies for the weekend's feature races.
SNETTERTON RACE CIRCUIT, NORFOLK
SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2012
The Vintage Sports-Car Club closed another very successful racing season with its first visit to Snetterton for many years. The Norfolk circuit proved popular with drivers and spectators alike, with a fantastic array of motor vehicles in the spectators' car park
showing the hotbed of vintage activity that is East Anglia.
Bonhams motor car specialist John Polson was competing aboard Graham
Gallier's Delahaye 135CS and the main race of the day – the Seaman Trophy – was won by David Morris aboard the famed ERA R11B.
£16,000 IN MEMORY OF HENRY SURTEES
Malcolm Barber took to the rostrum to conduct a charity auction in aid of the Henry Surtees Foundation. Widely tipped as a star of the future, Formula 2 driver Henry Surtees – the son of ex-Formula 1 and 500cc motorcycle world champion John Surtees – died in 2009. An endurance kart race and auction including items signed by current
F1 drivers took place at Brooklands Museum on Wednesday 4 July.
The overall event raised £54,000 for three causes: The Henry Surtees
Foundation – which helps people with accidental brain and physical injuries and provides education and training in technology, engineering and fitness – the Brooklands Museum and the Kent,
Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.
The auction brought in £16,000 of the total raised.
Saturday 1 September 2012
Bonhams is now in its third year of official sponsorship of the Dutch National Red Cross Rally which, with 150 participating teams, always raises a substantial sum for the Red Cross charity.
Starting and finishing in the south of Holland, this year participants briefly entered Germany, after special permission
was obtained by the rally organizers. The weather held up from the start at Castle Geijsteren to the finish at Castle Hillenraad
te Swalmen, via a buffet lunch at Haus Coull te Stroulen.
Notable cars this year included Bonhamsguests Frans van Haren in his Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 and Etienne Veen in his Bentley Speed Six. Philip Kantor participated in his mother's Jaguar XK150 SE 3.8 coupé, which was stolen from the family in the early 1980s, and which he was fortunate enough to be able to acquire last year. Bonhams looks forward to supporting this great charity event again next year.
SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER
Sholto Gilbertson and Karen Bosch dusted off the 'Yellow Peril' for another blast on the Tour Britannia. The Mini Britannia is the one-day version of the main Tour Britannia and was a great day out. Based around Silverstone the competitors had a full day of driving which ended with a dinner and trophy presentation at the BRDC clubhouse, where Sholto and Karen were awarded 2nd in Class. Above: Sholto and Karen alongside Jonathan Turner and Tim Whitworth. Jonathan was competing in the ex-Ropner Semi Lightweight Jaguar E-Type purchased from Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival last year.
Thanks as always to Alec Poole and the Tour Britannia team
who organized the event. To join the next Tour, contact Alec
on +44 (0) 1295 268888 or visit www.tourbritannia.com.
GOODWOOD MOTOR CIRCUIT,
FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2012
Sir Stirling Moss OBE joined Bonhams chairman Robert Brooks and Lord March at Goodwood for the launch of The Steering Wheel Club. Originally established in the 1960s, the Steering Wheel Club was London's (and arguably the UK's) club, which included all the top drivers of the '50s, '60s and early '70s, as well other highly-ambitious and would-be racers.
The all-new Steering Wheel Club, supported by Bonhams, was launched at the Goodwood Revival by member 001, Sir Stirling Moss. It will offer exclusive facilities at selected Bonhams motoring sales, as well as host other motoring events.
2 NOvember 2012
For the first time this year, the Barber family will enter three cars into the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Sons Adam and Alexander
will each drive their own vehicles, leaving Jo and Malcolm on their
own for the first time in 30 years, and able to entertain friends in the family car. Malcolm claims to have been waiting for that moment for years, and to be delighted not to have to hang around on the start
line in Hyde Park waiting for them to get out of bed...
SATURDAY 22 & SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2012
Bonhams Motorcycle Consultant Martin Heckscher took to the hill for the fourth year running in this annual event, first aboard the 1927 AJS Big Port, and then on his 1925 Model 18 Norton. The glorious weather on Saturday drew more than 10,000 spectators to watch the
competitors. Even on Sunday, which was a complete washout, it was watched by 4,000 people.