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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.