Mar­ket view

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

There have been quite a few new auc­tion lo­ca­tions this year, with H&H go­ing to the Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum in Soli­hull and – just a mat­ter of days later – to the RAC’s Wood­cote Park, near Ep­som. We’ve also seen Brightwells adding sales at Bices­ter Her­itage, which is surely a fine venue for any clas­sic sale. And His­torics’ As­cot Race­course sale in May was a de­light.

In­tro­duc­ing new sale sites can be nerve-jan­gling for auc­tion­eers, be­cause of the ‘will it/won’t it work?’ worry, but 2017’s lo­ca­tion se­lec­tions have, so far, been pretty con­sid­ered.

In last week’s is­sue I wrote that more peo­ple would like to see cars be­ing driven through the sale but I do ac­cept that plenty of pun­ters don’t seem ter­ri­bly both­ered whether they hear a car run­ning or not.

So you pays your money and you takes your choice, or you vote with your feet. But what is be­com­ing clear is that pun­ters do not like scruffy venues that are too hot in the sum­mer and too cold in the win­ter, and per­haps auc­tion­eers have been giv­ing that more thought. If that’s the case, it’s a move to be wel­comed.

‘In­tro­duc­ing new sale sites is nerve-jan­gling’

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