The Bonhams MPH sale was staged in the vast and airy Hangar 113 with active bidders socially distanced in the room as well as online and on the phone as has become the norm in recent months. More than £1m worth of lots went under the hammer with a 2018 McLaren 570S Spider supercar topping the shopping list, exceeding its top estimate and selling for an impressive £95,625 as well as an outstanding early 1962 Jaguar E-type Series 1 for £76,500.
“There were beaming drivers, happy to be back behind the wheels of their amazing cars, contented traders relishing the chance to get their businesses back on track and car clubs catching up with their impassioned members. For many, it was the first time they had ventured out this year and they were obviously delighted to be renewing old friendships, albeit from a safe distance. With the help of some brilliant weather, I feel we have successfully reignited passions and raised pulses among those who have clearly been missing such entertainment.”
“It’s fair to say that The Classic Car Drive In Weekend exceeded all our expectations breathing new energy and excitement back into all those lovers of classic cars,” enthused Shaun O’Hara, Event Director at Bicester Heritage. “It was fantastic to see so many visitors re-igniting their passions here at Bicester and we congratulate all those at Brand Events for creating such a stunning – and safe – event in what we all acknowledge aren’t the easiest of times.”
Not resting on laurels, The Classic Car Drive In Weekend team will now switch its focus onto the organisation of a socially distanced and Covid-compliant version of next year’s The London Classic Car Show, as well as planning for a return visit to Bicester Heritage, more details of which will be announced in the coming months.