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’