Ignition 23 Spring / Summer 2012


Ignition is a quarterly magazine produced by the Bonhams Motoring team.

Launched in early 2007 and issued free to all Bonhams Motoring clients four times per year, the magazine provides updates on the latest news and sale results from the Motor Car, Motorcycle and Automobilia departments around the world, as well as offering previews of upcoming events and auctions.

It is edited by Helen Buckingham, a former motorsport correspondent for a regional daily newspaper, who joined the Bonhams Motoring team in 2012.

Ignition is unique in offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the diverse personalities and passions that make up the hugely successful Bonhams Motoring team.

  1. Welcome to Ignition

    Published 21 Nov 2013

    With summer rapidly becoming autumn it could only mean the Bonhams Motoring team were back in action for their annual sales from Quail Lodge in California through to the Goodwood Revival in the heart of the Sussex Downs. The record-breaking year continued at our Quail Lodge Sale, highlight of which was the 1931 Bentley 4½-Liter Supercharged Le Mans Racer from ...

  2. Ignition 28

    Welcome to Ignition

    Published 9 Aug 2013

    The onset of summer for the Bonhams motoring team has become synonymous with breaking world auction records. In 2012 the Motor Car department set new standards for the Bentley and Rolls-Royce marques, and achieved the highest-grossing UK motor car auction in history – and that was in just one sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. At this year's Festival ...

  3. Ignition 27

    Ignition Spring/Summer 2013

    Published 2 May 2013

    The months from April to July are always a busy and exciting time for
    the Bonhams Motoring department, with a packed auction calendar
    including sales at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, and of course at the
    Goodwood Festival of Speed.

    After another impressive run of auctions in 2013 so far – including
    record-breaking ...

  4. Ignition 26

    Ignition - Winter / Spring 2013

    Published 1 Feb 2013

    As an extraordinary year for the Bonhams Motoring team draws to a close and a new auction season begins, this issue of ignition provides a chance to take stock. Not only has 2012 seen the team defy a difficult economic climate to achieve a global sale total in excess of any other year in the company's history, but a ...

  5. Ignition 25

    Ignition Autumn / Winter 2012

    Published 23 Nov 2012

    It has been quite a summer for the Bonhams UK Motoring team. After recovering from the record-breaking highs of June's £22 million auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the team geared up for a busy two weeks during September, hosting sales at the Beaulieu International Autojumble and the Goodwood Revival.

    All three departments put on an extremely strong ...

  6. Ignition 24

    Ignition 24, Summer / Autumn 2012

    Published 19 Aug 2012

    Welcome to Ignition

    Many collectors' vehicle auction records were smashed at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale. Not only did the ex-Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin 1929 4½-liter 'Blower' Bentley, which raised the Brooklands Outer Circuit record to 137mph, sell for £5,041,500 to become the
    most expensive Bentley and, indeed, British motor car ever sold at public auction ...

  7. Ignition 23 Spring / Summer 2012

    Ignition 23, Spring / Summer 2012

    Published 3 May 2012

    A 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT selling for €1.01 million (£839,960) headed a €7.2m (£5.97m) Paris Sale during Retromobile in February. One month later, 100% of cars consigned for the Oxford sale sold including the ex-Dino De Laurentiis 1961 Ferrari 250GTE S1, ripe for restoration sold at £101,180.

    Bentleys headline 30 April at Hendon in ...