LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!
The old-car hobby has so much more to offer than just the vehicles – there are the specialists who supply the parts and look after them, there are the club staff whose enthusiasm gives so many cars the support they need, and then there are those auctioneers and dealers who keep the buying and selling process going.
A fair number of us have come across the characters that have been an integral part of the oldcar movement – Bunty ScottMoncrieff’s advertisements for Bentleys and Rolls-Royces were entertaining reading when I was growing up, and he wasn’t alone.
Personalities underpinned the start of the old-car movement, but are things just a little too characterless today? Perhaps, but fortunately there are still good auctioneers out there – rostrum performers who can put on a bit of a show while extracting a few more quid from punters.
I’ve always said people will buy from an auctioneer who entertains the crowds as he conducts the bidding, and I stand by that view. Like it or not there are some people on the rostrum who don’t sparkle quite as much as others, and that’s almost certainly reflected in their results.
‘People will buy from those who put on a show’