Clas­sic Ris­ers

Mini Cooper S

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - RICHARD BAR­NETT, MAR­KETS ED­I­TOR

A cou­ple of weeks ago I spent a day help­ing out at Here­ford­shire Vin­tage Auc­tions (HVA), just to see what goes into putting an auc­tion to­gether. The sale fea­tured a dozen or so cars but also more than 700 au­to­mo­bilia lots, mak­ing this a mam­moth task for all in­volved.

There’s the lot­ting, writ­ing the cat­a­logue, mov­ing the lots to the sale venue AND then putting ev­ery­thing in nu­mer­i­cal or­der. So – you’ve got to be or­gan­ised, able to con­cen­trate and rea­son­ably fit – mov­ing heavy stuff can take it out of you.

See­ing an auc­tion from be­hind the scenes con­firmed my be­lief that putting one on isn’t sim­ple, and nor should it be. There are far too many peo­ple who think an auc­tion is an easy way to make pot­loads of cash. It isn’t. It takes de­ter­mi­na­tion, graft, con­cen­tra­tion and, un­sur­pris­ingly, BIG amounts of en­thu­si­asm.

Suc­cess is the re­ward for the grafters, not the chancers.

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