The last and final ‘Pride & Joy’ car auction for 2012, which was held at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire on Sunday (9th September), raised an fantastic £31,000 for the charity, which has now been added to the amount from the CarFest South sale in August to make an amazing grand total of £91,000.
Indeed, not to be outdone by its southern counterpart, the CarFest North auction ended on a real high, with 24 of the 41 cars sold, plus both motorbikes finding new homes, resulting in a very respectable sales rate of 60 per cent.
And once again, Chris Evans, the driving force behind CarFest, took to the stage as a guest auctioneer, adding even more razzamatazz to the lively auction action, which attracted several thousands of spectators and bidding participants.
Yet it wasn’t only the amount of vehicles sold that was impressive, but also the breadth of cars that passed hands, ranging from a from a late entry 1983 Mercedes-Benz 280 at just £1,456 to a 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish, tipping the scales at £48,000.
Nick Whale, managing director, 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.”
Highlights from the final auction at CarFest North included a 1996 Jaguar XJ6 LWB for £7,840 with ALL of its sale proceeds being generously donated to BBC Children in Need. The lucky new owner has also been invited to drive the car to meet Chris Evans on his Radio 2 breakfast show before being taken out to lunch by the DJ.
Other lots catching the imagination included a 1939 Austin 8, the oldest of all the entries, fetching £2,464 and a whacky 1984 VW Beach Buggy for £3,808. Perhaps the most famous of all the cars, the 1960 Morris Mini Minor with its own television career having starred alongside Twiggy and a number of other super models to re-launch the women’s clothing range for M&S, sold for just over £9,000.
Silverstone Auctions’ is now accepting entries for its next sale at The Footman James Classic Motor Show in November at the NEC. For further information visit www.silverstoneauctions.com.