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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - by Richard Bar­nett

‘It’s just not the same as be­ing there is it?’

If any­one thought the clas­sic auc­tion sec­tor was slow­ing down, a quick look at Brightwells’ car park on sale day quickly and ef­fec­tively put paid to that no­tion. It’s as clear as day­light that more and more en­thu­si­asts are look­ing to buy at auc­tion and that means busier on-site car parks or a longer walk if you’ve parked in a nearby street some way away.

But if you don’t fancy that walk to the sale­room – or sim­ply can­not make it – there’s al­ways in­ter­net bid­ding, which more and more auc­tion­eers are em­brac­ing. As this week’s Big Story shows, in­ter­net bid­ding is clearly play­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role when it comes to bid­ding, an there’s no deny­ing the in­fin­itely large – global – au­di­ence it po­ten­tially can cre­ate.

But – and it’s a big but – there re­ally is no get­ting away from the ex­cite­ment of be­ing at a sale. The sounds, the at­mos­phere, the smells… they are all part of see­ing the ham­mer drop on a car that caught your fancy. Watch­ing an auc­tion on the ’net is like watch­ing Satur­day af­ter­noon racing on the tele­vi­sion: It’s just fine, but it’s just not the same as ac­tu­ally be­ing there your­self, is it?

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