The Motoring team welcomes Henning Thomsen, who joined Bonhams as Denmark representative in February. Henning has more than 50 years' experience within the collectors' motor car market, having bought
his first vehicle – a Fiat 500 Topolino – at 17. In his spare time he is a steward and scrutineer with the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens and a board member with the Dansk Veteranbil Klub and
Motorhistorisk Samraad. He has participated in the Mille Miglia and the Colorado Grand.
Henning said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team at Bonhams. Classic cars have been my hobby and my passion all my adult life." Henning can be contacted on +45 4051 4799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 25 February 2013
Bonhams Chairman Robert Brooks presided over a charity auction held at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden on Monday 25 February in aid of the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust, which provides medical and financial help and advice to Grand Prix mechanics and their families.
The auction, part of Motor Sport magazine's fourth annual 'Hall of Fame' awards ceremony, raised more than £92,000 for the charity through a unique collection of Formula 1 items including once-in-alifetime experiences donated by current teams.
Bonhams and Motor Sport magazine would like to thank all of those who donated lots for the auction, as well as those who placed bids.
A print of a speeding race car regarded by its owner as being worth only a mere £20 was discovered to be much more valuable – thanks to Automobilia department director Toby Wilson. 'Speed Trial' by Cyril Edward Power sold for £75,476 at the Bonhams Print sale in London on 16 April.
Toby explains: "I was attending an exhibition during Pebble Beach week when I was approached by a client who had found 'this old print' that had been hanging in his garage for 25 years and asked if I liked it. He believed it was worth no more than £20. I identified the print as much more valuable and advised him it was very suitable our specialist print sales in London."
The car in the image is based on Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird, which broke the land speed record in 1931.
16th & 17th March 2013
The Motor Car Department's Rob Hubbard and Tom Harrington both took part in this event: Rob in command of Julian Ghosh's Vauxhall 30-98
special 'Super G', and Tom bouncing for Paul Jeavons in his 30-98 in his first experience of a trial.
Rob, ably navigated by the VSCC's Gillian Carr, finished just shy of the points. Thanks go to the organizing team of Mark Garfitt, Adam Jones, George Shetliffe and Paul Knill-Jones.
Monday 18 March 2013
The flagship Bonhams saleroom in New Bond Street, London, was the venue as the Motor Car department unveiled its star consignment for
this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale. The double Formula 1 Grand Prix-winning Mercedes-Benz W196 which helped five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio to his second drivers' championship in 1954 was revealed to the world's media by Bonhams Chairman Robert Brooks, who described its consignment as one of the most important
moments of his auction career.
For the full story behind this remarkable car see the Forthcoming sales section.
Wednesday 20 March 2013
Fresh from unveiling the outstanding ex-Fangio 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196, the Motor Car department attended the annual Goodwood press day at Lord March's estate near Chichester to launch some of the other highlight cars that will be included in this year's Goodwood Festival
of Speed Sale. They were joined by Sir John Whitmore, who took the celebrated Lotus Cortina in which he dominated the 1965 European Touring Car Championship – winning eight races and hill climbs out of the eight events contested – up the hill. See the Forthcoming sales section for more information on the Cortina and the other cars included in this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed sale.
Tuesday 25 June 2013
Malcolm Barber will once again preside over the charity auction at this event in memory of Henry Surtees and in aid of the Henry Surtees
Foundation, the Brooklands Museum and the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.
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 charity auction will be held in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz World and the Brooklands Museum.
Among the lots on offer at the auction is a six person tour of the McLaren Technology Center donated by McLaren Racing Ltd, a monthly supply of Kurt Geiger shoes, items of signed Formula 1 memorabilia, and the chance to secure a chaffeur driven Maserati Quattroporte for the day.
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