The Team

Our team is highly experienced and comprises of:

 


Nick Whale - Managing Director

Tel: +44 (0) 7831 440 158 | Email: nick.whale@silverstoneauctions.com

 

I have been lucky enough to combine my passion for cars and motor racing with my professional career for over 30 years now. During that time I have enjoyed representing many famous and prestigious brands as a main dealer which have included Lotus, AC, Noble, Toyota, Lexus, Porsche, Maserati and Ferrari.

From 2001 until 2006 I also enjoyed a successful business partnership with ex-F1 World Champion, Damon Hill OBE, during which time we represented BMW/Mini in Warwickshire and Audi in the West Country.

More recently it has been a pleasure to combine modern sports car and luxury car retailing with some exceptional classic cars, through my Nick Whale Sports Cars business which is now based in Cookhill, Evesham. Simultaneously my life time knowledge of buying and selling classic cars has come in very useful whilst establishing Silverstone Auctions early in 2011. This specialist classic car auction house has done spectacularly well from its first sale at Silverstone Circuit in June 2011 and looks set to become one of the leading classic car auction houses in the UK, supporting many key motoring events nationwide.

The people in all my businesses have been the key to our success and their approach and caring attitude have consistently allowed us to lead the way in providing real customer delight, as evidenced by our level of repeat business.

It has also been my privilege to have recently served on the main board of both the BRDC and the MSA, including some testing times in 2008/2009,  when the British Grand-Prix seemed lost forever!

In Spring 2013 it was an extreme pleasure to be invited as a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

A cause close to the heart of all motoring enthusiasts on both two wheels and four, the Midlands Air Ambulance operate three fully equipped helicopters, with paramedics on board, from Strensham, Cosford and Tatenhill airbases to cover the Midlands area. They are funded entirely from donations and receive no government or lottery support.

 

Lionel Abbott - Director & Market Research

Tel: +44 (0) 7831 574 381 | Email: lionel.abbott@silverstoneauctions.com

Motorsport has been a major part of my life - from Touring cars - to three UK saloon car championships and three Willhire 24 hour victories. This culminated in 8 years as a works driver for Saab UK backed by Mobil oil company.

Therefore, a progression towards historic cars has become almost a natural evolution. The friendship with Nick was formed on the UK race circuits during the 80's. Our association shares a similar ethos - to now procure cars for discerning buyers with a simple remit:

"Cars we would be proud to own and drive ourselves".

 


Jonathan Humbert - Auctioneer & Lifestyle/Automobila Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 1327 359 595 | Email: jonathan.humbert@silverstoneauctions.com

Coming from five generations of auctioneers, Jonathan's own Northamptonshire auction business, J.P Humbert Auctioneers Ltd, is also based near Silverstone. Jonathan sells over 25000 lots per annum including fine art, antiques and property. He has presided over the sale of many important and historic motor cars from Aston Martin to Rolls Royce. He says "I am delighted to preside over Silverstone Auctions' sales - the quality of the vehicles on offer is world-class and the online bidding combined with the global advertising and support from the Silverstone Auctions team combine to give buyers and sellers an unrivalled auction experience".

 

Guy Lees-Milne

Guy Lees-Milne - General Manager / Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7773 776 414 | Email: guy.lm@silverstoneauctions.com

Having been associated with the motor industry at PLC senior management level for 12 years; customer service and customer satisfaction have always been high on my agenda.

Classic and race cars played a large part in my family life- and the ability to now mix business with pleasure creates a rare and exciting opportunity.

 

 

Will Smith

Will Smith - Sales Manager & Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7809 430 111 | Email: will.smith@silverstoneauctions.com

Will has immersed himself in the auction world for over six years since graduating from law school. An experienced international auction negotiator, Will can be found at any number of events in Europe throughout the year and he is a highly passionate enthusiast at heart.

Customer service and reliable valuations are key to Will's success and his personable attitude make for a smooth and enjoyable buying or selling experience. Feel free to give him a call to discuss any of your needs or simply for an impartial discussion on any aspect of the classic car industry. In his spare time, Will enjoys playing with his cars (a 1071cc Mini Cooper S and Alpina B9 BMW), swimming, heated tennis encounters and lengthy discussions with fellow enthusiasts.   

Since joining Silverstone Auctions from day one, Will has brought invaluable expertise to the business and continues to provide a superb service to clients.

 

    

Paul Campbell - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7812 013 963 | Email: paul.campbell@silverstoneauctions.com

Paul has a keen passion for classic cars and all things motoring.  A genuine interest in classic motor cars and motorcycles means that Paul spends far too many weekends at club events, car shows, race circuits & auctions keeping abreast of demand in the marketplace.

As awareness in the classic car arena grows and financial markets take a greater interest in our world, the need is now stronger than ever for a simple, professional and reputable service to be consistently delivered through an established firm like Silverstone Auctions.  Paul is proud and excited to offer this experience to buyers and vendors alike.

 

Jonny Shears

Jonny Shears - Photographer & Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7855 241 647 | Email: jonny.shears@silverstoneauctions.com

Jonny is a professional photographer who has expanded his photographic work to his other passion of motor cars with Silverstone Auctions. He has been an avid car fanatic since he was a young boy walking around the pits of his local race track, Silverstone. Having been brought up in and around classic cars and motor racing through his father, he is knowledgeable and passionate about cars, so cut from the perfect cloth for Silverstone Auctions.

 

Geoff Hobbs - Motorcycle Specialist

Mobile 07825 779921 | Email geoff.hobbs@silverstoneauctions.com

I can blame my elder brother for my life long passion for motorcycles. From the age of 5, I was allowed to help clean his KTT Velocette and then accompany him when he started racing both solo and sidecar outfits.

I have been lucky enough to have bought, sold and rebuilt some of the great classic marques including Vincent, Velocette, Ducati, BSA, Triumph, MV Agusta, Yamaha, Honda and many more. For me it's not just the riding, it's also the pleasure of ownership.

Joining Nick and his team represents a great opportunity for me to get fully involved in my passion.

 

Adam Rutter - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 1926 691 141 | Email: adam.rutter@silverstoneauctions.com

Having spent my formative years surrounded by classic cars and living above the family firm, a Morgan dealership, I have been lucky enough to experience the inner workings of a classic car business first-hand. This has cemented my passion for the industry, and allowed me other opportunities such as working as part of a British GT team and helping running cars at the Britcar 24 hours a number of times.

A real enthusiast at heart, I enjoy going on track days, and will soon to start the careful process of restoring my Mini back to its former glory. I’m excited by the opportunity that Silverstone Auctions has been able to present.

 


Karen Bishop - Administration

Tel: +44 (0) 1926 691 141 | Email: karen.bishop@silverstoneauctions.com

I first worked with Silverstone Auctions at the hugely successful Classic Sale back in July 2011 and I am delighted to be a part of this vibrant team. 

With my love of classic and historic cars and generally, the smell of Castrol ‘R' at race meetings, I'm in the right place. A fan of all things Goodwood and with a personal dream of owning a late 60's Pagoda Top Mercedes, I've previously owned things as diverse as an Austin Princess 4LR, an Austin 1100 (my first car!!) a Hillman Imp and a Maserati BiTurbo Sports as well as an Alvis Speed Twenty! My background is in sales and marketing.