Classic cars and charity lots ‘bid’ to outdo each other!
It was a case of charity begins at Oulton Park following the incredibly successful Silverstone Auctions ‘Pride & Joy’ classic car and charity auction at Chris Evans’ CarFest North, which raised a fantastic £115,651 for BBC Children In Need.
A crowd of thousands saw 20 of the cars on offer successfully hammered away for a total of more than £350,000 with dozens of charity lots also being snapped up by eager festival goers.
Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “There was a real buzz in the crowd throughout the afternoon and this was reflected in not only the fantastic amount that was raised for BBC Children in Need, but also the great prices that were achieved on many of the cars on offer.”
Two charity car lots, where proceeds from their sale went to BBC Children in Need, did particularly well. First up was a stunning and unique 1973 Jaguar E-Type S3 V12 2+2 Roadster Auto, built by Vicarage Classic Car Company, one of the best Jaguar specialists in the world. The entire £73,025 proceeds from the sale of the car were very generously donated by the vendor to the charity as well as all of Silverstone Auctions’ fees from its sale.
A VW Camper that was tirelessly converted during the CarFest weekend by nine staff from renowned specialists Camper King of Kineton in Warwickshire , made £22,425, with £6,425 going to Children In Need.
However, a number of other eye-catching classics were hotly contested including a stunning a 1966 Jaguar E-Type S1 fixed head coupe 2+2, which sold for £34,500, an amazing 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth with just 3,300 miles from new, which fetched £28,750, a 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS, which sold for £29,200, and a beautiful 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider, which sold for £17,250.
Of course, the ex-Chris Evans owned 1964 Austin Mini Mk I, built to Cooper specification, was hammered away to great applause by the crowd, eventually selling for £10,235.
And Chris Evans, the driving force behind CarFest, couldn’t resist taking to the auction rostrum adding even more razzamatazz to the lively sale. Charity items auctioned by the motoring-mad DJ included being driven round Oulton Park’s circuit by him in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the opportunity to read the weather on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show followed by lunch with the star, which raised more than £10,000 for the charity.
“CarFest is only half way complete and we’re delighted to still be inviting entries into our sale at CarFest South which takes place later this month on Sunday 25th August.
“However, our catalogue closes at 6pm on Friday 9th August, so if you do have a classic that you’d like to be considered which will benefit from all of the exposure and attraction that CarFest brings, then don’t delay in speaking with our team,” added Nick.
For more information about submitting an entry in CarFest South Pride & Joy Auction, visit www.silverstoneauctions.com.
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