Auc­tion­eer’s View

Sil­ver­stone

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - GUY LEES-MILNE GEN­ERAL MAN­AGER SIL­VER­STONE AUC­TIONS

How many years have you been hold­ing the com­pe­ti­tion cars sale at Race Retro?

We’ve been hold­ing sales at Race Retro since 2012, which have in­cluded a mix of clas­sic road cars. How­ever in 2016 we in­tro­duced a sep­a­rate com­pe­ti­tion car sale.

Which are more pop­u­lar, sin­gle seaters, sports cars or sa­loons? And are par­tic­u­lar makes pop­u­lar with par­tic­u­lar types of cars, such as Fords and BMWs for sa­loons, or Lo­tuses in sin­gle seaters?

There’s no one par­tic­u­lar area of the com­pe­ti­tion car mar­ket which is more pop­u­lar than oth­ers, al­though it is fair to say that sin­gle seaters are a more lim­ited part of the mar­ket.

In terms of the pop­u­lar­ity of par­tic­u­lar makes and mar­ques, Es­cort MkIs and MkIIs re­main pop­u­lar.

When it comes to com­pe­ti­tion (whether gen­uine raced when new or lat­ter-day builds) cars, is his­tory all? And are podium fin­ishes most im­por­tant, or just reg­u­lar out­ings?

To some ex­tent his­tory does help the car to sell but it’s cer­tainly not the beall and end-all.

One of the main as­pects po­ten­tial own­ers will want to know is that the car is built to the right spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the car to be com­pet­i­tive in the right en­vi­ron­ment. How­ever, ob­vi­ously this does de­pend upon what the po­ten­tial owner wants to use the car for!

In the sa­loon cat­e­gory, do peo­ple want some­thing that’s pri­mar­ily Good­wood-event el­i­gi­ble or just some­thing to have some fun with?

Cars that are Good­wood-el­i­gi­ble cer­tainly have ap­peal for some prospec­tive own­ers, but there are plenty of other rac­ers who want the car for some­thing else. It re­ally is a mix, not a one size fits all ap­proach.

Are some mod­els/classes of sin­gle seaters more pop­u­lar than oth­ers? For ex­am­ple, For­mula Fords look good value for money, while 500cc rac­ers can be much more ex­pen­sive.

In the sin­gle seater mar­ket, ap­peal can be lim­ited as the op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­pete are more lim­ited than say, sa­loon cars.

If own­ers want to be com­pet­i­tive, then they will be more in­clined to buy an ex­am­ple that has been pre­pared prop­erly and has proven race pedi­gree. How­ever, for some they’ll just want some­thing that they can have fun with, so they may be able to pick up great-value sin­gle seater.

‘Good­wood­el­i­gi­ble cars have ap­peal for some prospec­tive own­ers’

Perum dem de­bis mo venim que dolup­tas et volupit fugit, sini­ant as pre ne opti deb­itiur,

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