Our six mar­ket ex­perts

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Hot 30 -

Will Smith Sales man­ager, Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions, War­wick­shire

Smith started in the clas­sic auc­tion in­dus­try in 2008 and helped to found Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions three years later. He heads up a sales team and has achieved a num­ber of world-record auc­tion prices for mod­ern clas­sics. His own cars in­clude an Alpina B9 and early Mini.

John May­head Pro­pri­etor, May­head Me­dia, West Sus­sex

As well as con­tin­u­ing to edit the Hagerty Price Guide, May­head has just started his own com­pany pro­vid­ing mo­tor­ing con­tent and val­u­a­tion ser­vices. An Ital­ian car fan, in ad­di­tion to his clas­sic Alfa Romeo Spi­der he owns a VW Cam­per­van and Porsche 944.

Emanuele Collo Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Kid­ston SA, Geneva

While still at univer­sity Collo con­tacted Si­mon Kid­ston ask­ing for work experience. The move paid off – he’s now the com­pany’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor. He has a soft spot for ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cials but that hasn’t stopped him buy­ing a Mercedes-benz 300 SEL 6.3 restora­tion project.

Stephen Hal­stead Chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, JBR Cap­i­tal, Lon­don

Hal­stead has a fi­nance back­ground and his long-stand­ing interest in clas­sic cars made a per­fect fit with an op­por­tu­nity to grow high-end ve­hi­cle fi­nance provider JBR Cap­i­tal. His own pref­er­ence is for V12 en­gines and he aims to get a Fer­rari with one up front.

Daniel Donovan Pro­pri­etor, DD Clas­sics, Lon­don

Donovan has more than four decades of experience in deal­ing in clas­sic cars through his com­pa­nies Straight 8 and, later, DD Clas­sics. He’s an ar­dent clas­sic car en­thu­si­ast him­self and his com­pany stocks ve­hi­cles from all price brack­ets of the mar­ket.

Tim Schofield Di­rec­tor, Bon­hams Mo­tor Car De­part­ment, Lon­don

A mem­ber of the Vin­tage Sports Car Club and Veteran Car Club, Schofield has been in­volved in the clas­sic car mar­ket since 1994. He joined Bon­hams at the turn of the cen­tury and has han­dled the sale of many high-end col­lec­tions. His daily run­ner is a BMW M5 Tour­ing.

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