District auctioneer helps raise £55,000

Chris Evans at Carfest
Chris Evans at Carfest

South Northants auctioneer Jonathan Humbert helped Chris Evans raise more than £55,000 for charity by putting classic cars under the hammer last weekend.

Jonathan Humbert, of JP Humbert Auctioneers Ltd in Whittlebury and Silverstone Auctions, held the hammer for Mr Evans’s Carfest event held in aid of Children in Need.

The event at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire was attended by more than 15,000 people. More than £550,000 was raised from the sale of 90 cars, meaning more than £55,000 will be donated to Children in Need. Mr Humbert and Silverstone Auctions were asked by Mr Evans to put on an auction of classic cars to compliment the host of other car-orientated events at Carfest.

Mr Humbert said: “It was a huge honour to be invited to conduct this high-profile auction. We managed to sell more than 75 per cent of the lots offered.

“Chris joined me on stage for several hours and I even persuaded him to sell a Volkswagen camper can that had been donated. He sold it for £32,000. I’d also asked him to sign a coffee cup he’d used so I could auction it for the charity. It reached £150 then Chris, totally unrehearsed, announced that the winning bidder of the cup could go to the Radio 2 Breakfast Show. The bidding went crazy and reached more than £2,000.

“In the end, we sold it to three winning bidders to share - for £2,000 each - so a further £6,000 to Children in Need.

“I still have the coffee cup as we couldn’t split that three ways, but it was great working with Chris and meeting Sally ‘Traffic’ Bowman and others - and there were over 4,000 people at the actual auction.”

Mr Humbert returns to the Carfest North event with Mr Evans on Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, 9, at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. Anyone who has a car that can be auctioned for CIN should call Silverstone Auctions on 01926 691141.