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’