The US Motoring team continues to expand, with the addition of motorcycle specialist Tim Parker. Tim, originally from Cambridge, UK, began his career in publishing, focusing on motor-related titles and
working with some of the industry's most respected authors, latterly as CEO of Motorbooks International.
An avid racer and keen restorer of vintage and classic machinery, he is an expert in post-war motorcycles, with particular emphasis on Italian marques.
To contact Tim call +1 651 235 2776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 May - 29 June 2013
Bonhams were pleased to sponsor this year's Peking-Paris Motor Challenge.Two days to go before the finish at the Palace Hotel, Gstaad, The Peking-Paris Rally competitors were able to sample some well deserved luxury at the stunning Palace Hotel. Bonhams partnered the hotel's proprietor, Andrea Scherz and family in hosting the welcome reception.
At the finish, Philip Kantor of the European Motor Car Department welcomed Erwin Beerens at the conclusion of the Bonhams-sponsored Peking- Paris in Place Vendome, Paris. After 33 days and 15,000kms, Mr Beerens finished second in class overall with his 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.
US CEO Malcolm Barber conducted the second annual charity auction in memory of Henry Surtees, the son of ex-Formula 1 and 500cc motorcycle
world champion John Surtees. Formula 2 driver Henry Surtees died in 2009. An endurance kart race and auction held at Mercedes-Benz World
in Surrey, UK, raised £58,000 for the Brooklands Museum and the Henry Surtees Foundation. Some £14,000 was raised at the auction.
Motorcycle department head Ben Walker took part in his first Banbury Run, on board Andy Dean's 1928 New Imperial 350cc Model 6, winning the Susan Moore Memorial Trophy for being the youngest rider riding in their first Run to finish the course.
Once again, the Motor Car department will offer valuations and advice from its stand at the VSCC Prescott event from 2 to 3 August. The
traditional hog roast for friends of Bonhams takes place between 5pm and 7pm. Meanwhile the Motorcycle department will be on hand to discuss buying or selling collectors' motorcycles at the
International Beaulieu Autojumble at the National Motor Museum from 6 to 8 September.
Tom Black, on board his 1975 Buick Skyhawk, on his way to recording 213.479mph across four timed miles on the Bonneville salt flats in
the 5-litre D/GC class. The record is 221mph. He said: "This car actually holds the record for the class, but we, as rookies, were running a pretty conservative 'tune' on the motor: about 7900 rpm against almost 9000 to get over the record."
An exciting weekend of classic racing at Donington Park from 9 to 11 August will again include the Bonhams-sponsored Lansdowne British
Historic Championship. Motorcycle department specialists will be on hand to offer advice on buying and selling collectors' motorcycles, and will present a preview of machines on offer at the
department's Autumn Stafford Sale.
The event will support The Joan Seeley Pain Relief Memorial Trust, a fund established in memory of the late wife of motorcycle legend Colin Seeley which supports specialist work in UK hospitals and
hospices. Visitors can join Colin on board Michael Braid's 1964 BMW racing outfit for charity rideson Saturday evening. He said: "I am privileged to be associated with the Donington Park Racing Festival and I thank them for their support of the Charity Trust."
In 1992-93 Bonhams Chairman Robert Brooks was one of the people who helped devise the Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside Lord March. The first Festival was held in 1993 with the then Brooks auctioneers as a sponsor and auction partner.
Into the 2000s the Goodwood Gravity Race was devised as a fun diversion from the motorised hill-climb at the core of the event. The Brooks Motoring Department enthusiastically embraced the idea, and Glyn Lambert began construction of a suitable 'soapbox' in which for the company to participate. Sadly Glyn passed away with the project barely begun. It was then handed to consultant historian Doug Nye and racing mechanic Terry Hall for completion.
Once finished, 'The Brooks Going...Going... Gone! Special' was extensively tested and run-in, reaching 54mph on the public roads of East Hampshire. In its first event it could not compete with the best of the rival Formula 1 teams' contenders but it gave a good account of itself. 'The Brooks Going...Going...Gone! Special' was demonstrated in the 2013 Festival of Speed by Motoring Department specialist John Polson. He said: "I had more fun than anyone else and, as the contraption is fairly lethal, probably had a bit more excitement than anyone else."
The Special carries the contemporary winged- 'B' Brooks logo, plus 'Going...Going...' lettering, on each side. Should the Special capsize two '...GONE!' logos are applied to its undertray, readable whichever side it might land upon. The Brooks/Bonhams philosophy is always to anticipate all eventualities...
Following the sale of the Out of Africa DH60 Gipsy Moth for a world auction record £171,000 in February, Bonhams has announced its support for the annual de Havilland Moth Club International Tiger
Moth Rally, which takes place at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August.
James Knight, Group Motoring Director, said: "Both Bonhams Chairman Robert Brooks and I hold many happy memories of our involvement with the Woburn meeting in the 1980s and we are delighted that Bonhams has
the opportunity to support this event." More information is available at: www.mothsatwoburn.co.uk