Auctions raise £91,000 to help children across UK

Chris Evans at the CarFest North Pride & Joy auction on September 9.
Chris Evans at the CarFest North Pride & Joy auction on September 9.

The managing director of Silverstone Auctions said his firm had exceeded its “wildest expectations” in helping raise £91,000 for Children in Need through this summer’s CarFest events.

The firm had helped run the ‘Pride & Joy’ classic car auctions at CarFest North and CarFest South, which raised £60,000 and £31,000 respectively.

The festivals of motoring, music and food were hosted by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and F1 champion Jody Scheckter.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: “It was a privilege for Silverstone Auctions to play a key role in CarFest and help raise an such incredible amount for BBC Children in Need.

“The £91,000 raised exceeded all of our wildest expectations and wouldn’t have been possible without the enthusiastic participation of both CarFest audiences and some very generous charity lot entries.

“These auctions will definitely live long in the memory of all those who took part.”

The auction at CarFest North, held at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire on September 9, ended on a high with 24 of 41 cars being sold.

Once again, Chris Evans took to the stage as a guest auctioneer, adding more razzamatazz to the lively auction action, which attracted several thousand spectators and bidders.

Cars on sale ranged from a late entry 1983 Mercedes-Benz 280 at £1,456 to a 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish at £48,000.

Other lots included a 1939 Austin 8, the oldest of all the entries, which fetched £2,464, and a 1984 VW Beach Buggy which made £3,808.

Perhaps the most famous of all the cars was a 1960 Morris Mini Minor, which starred alongside Twiggy and a number of other supermodels in an advert for M&S women’s clothing.

The Morris Mini Minor sold for just over £9,000.

Formed in 2011 as a joint venture between Nick Whale and Silverstone Circuits, Silverstone Auctions is a specialist auction house for classic cars, modern supercars, competition cars, modern and historic motorcycles and automotive memorabilia.

For more information, visit www.silverstoneauctions.com.