TROUSER BRI­GADE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - RICHARD BAR­NETT, MAR­KETS EDITOR

Bon­hams’ Goodwood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing sale was a full-flight de­light – there was a great at­mos­phere brought about by the sale mar­quee be­ing rammed with true en­thu­si­asts rather than those red cords-wear­ers pre­tend­ing to be petrolheads.

My views on the clas­sic move­ment’s band­wagon jumpers are well known and – OK, cards on the ta­ble – I’ll avoid them like the plague, es­pe­cially when, for ex­am­ple, they say a Jaguar MkX was driven by In­spec­tor Morse. Yes, hon­estly. Those new pas­sen­gers don’t share the keen­ness of an en­thu­si­ast and they’ll be off once in­ter­est rates start to rise.

What­ever make or model we’re en­thu­si­as­tic about, we’re do­ing our part in the con­ser­va­tion game. In the same way that the im­me­di­ate post-war pe­riod saw many big coun­try houses de­mol­ished, too many old cars have been lost over the years. So thank good­ness for those en­thu­si­asts who have helped to save many clas­sics from the scrap­yard down the decades. Long may it con­tinue.

‘We’re do­ing our part in the con­ser­va­tion game’

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