Classic Bike (UK) - - LOT STUFF -

Bonhams have an en­vi­able net­work of re­gional spe­cial­ists across the UK. That means any­one with a clas­sic bike to sell is never far from per­sonal con­tact with a ded­i­cated and knowl­edge­able auc­tion pro­fes­sional. Meet some of the Bonhams team...

Alan White­head, Lan­cashire:

The face of the Stafford show for many years, Alan is one of the pi­o­neers of the au­to­jum­ble and show scene, run­ning his first jum­ble in 1973. He ran his first auc­tion at his Belle Vue Clas­sic Bikes Show in 1983, and the fol­low­ing year Mal­colm Bar­ber (now with Bonhams) con­ducted the Sotheby’s sale there. Jok­ingly claims Bonhams joined him, not the other way round. Loves mo­tor­cy­cles from vin­tage Broughs to mod­ern MVS.

David Han­cock, Home Coun­ties:

An in­dus­try le­gend and one of the new faces on the Bonhams team. Started as a me­chanic at Chas E Cope and Sons in New­cas­tle un­der Lyme and made his road rac­ing de­but at 20 be­fore go­ing on to span­ner for Char­lie Williams and Steve Par­rish at Mit­sui. Dave joined Honda as an area sales man­ager in 1987 and rose swiftly through the ranks to be­come one of only three non-ja­panese test rid­ers for the R&D depart­ment. He can ride a bit.

Colin See­ley, Home Coun­ties

Colin has done it all in the world of mo­tor­cy­cling. Since re­tir­ing from rac­ing in 1967, when he took over pro­duc­tion of the Matchless G50, the former side­car ace has en­joyed stints as a frame builder, race car builder – work­ing with Bernie Ec­cle­stone – and team man­ager. Has been a Bonhams con­sul­tant for 18 years.

Greg Pullen, Wilt­shire, Som­er­set and Devon

A qual­i­fied char­tered sur­veyor who turned his hand to writ­ing – he has been an oc­ca­sional CB con­trib­u­tor and pub­lishes Ben­z­ina mag­a­zine. Pas­sion­ate about Ital­ian bikes, Greg has com­pleted four Moto Giros D’italia. Joined Bonhams 18 months ago and owns “far to many” Ital­ian bikes.

Mark Gar­side, Lan­cashire, York­shire, North Mid­lands, North­ern Coun­ties and Scot­land

An avid mo­tor­cy­clist since the age of 14,

Mark launched deal­er­ship Sad­dle­worth

Clas­sics in 1987. He has been a Bonhams con­sul­tant since 2011. His most valu­able con­sign­ment to date was an un­re­stored, 1939 Vin­cent Se­ries A Rapide that made £270,300.

Martin Heckscher, Hert­ford­shire, Bed­ford­shire, Buck­ing­hamshire, Ox­ford­shire and the South Mid­lands

Worked in the pi­ano busi­ness, but joined Bonhams in 2011, hav­ing been a buyer at a num­ber of their sales. The first bike he bought at auc­tion was a 1950 In­ter­na­tional Nor­ton, but his real pas­sion is for pre­war bikes. Firmly be­lieves that pre­sent­ing the mo­tor­cy­cles hon­estly and with­out mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion is the best way to achieve the best price for clients.

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