The Team

Our team is highly experienced and comprises:

 


Nick Whale - Managing Director

Tel: +44 (0) 7831 440 158 | Email: nick@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 apply my modern sports car and luxury car retailing experience to my Nick Whale Motorhomes business which is based in Pitchill, Evesham. Simultaneously my lifetime 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 has now 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 operates three fully equipped helicopters, with paramedics on board, from Strensham, Cosford and Tatenhill airbases to cover the Midlands area. They are funded entirely by donations and receive no government or lottery support.

 

Lionel Abbott - Market Research

Tel: +44 (0) 7831 574 381 | Email: lionel@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 eight years as a works driver for Saab UK backed by the Mobil Oil Company.

Therefore, a progression towards historic cars has become almost a natural evolution. The friendship with Nick was formed at UK race circuits during the 80s, and our association shares a similar ethos - to find the right cars for discerning buyers with a simple remit:

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

 


Jonathan Humbert - Auctioneer

Tel: +44 (0) 1327 359 595 | Email: jonathan@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 25,000 lots per annum including fine art, antiques and property. He has looked after the sales 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@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.

Adam Rutter - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7803 289 988 | Email: adam@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 run cars at the Britcar 24-Hours a number of times.

A real enthusiast at heart, I enjoy going on track days, and will soon 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.

Harry Whale

Harry Whale - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7919 887 374 | Email: harry@silverstoneauctions.com

Four years working at Aston Martin Racing and many more years competing in various national GT Championships have exposed me to a wide range of experiences meeting some fascinating people and seeing some interesting sights along the way. 

Like the majority of our team, motorsport and classic cars have featured heavily throughout my life, both as a hobby and as a career, resulting in the passion and commitment needed to be successful in this industry.  I am very excited to be joining our youthful, knowledgeable, and committed team who have provided the very highest levels of service to all our clients. Customer delight is a core value of Silverstone Auctions and one I am keen to continue developing in the future.

Arwel Richards

Arwel Richards - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7434 960868 | Email: arwel@silverstoneauctions.com

For nearly twenty years, since my first job as a showroom assistant at the age of fifteen, my life has always been about cars. After a spell during the 2000s as Tournament Director of St. Davids Polo Club, I returned to my one true passion as a consignor for a supercar showroom in Puerto Banus, Marbella.

If joining a team of dedicated classic car professionals wasn’t great enough I found that each of us shares an ownership experience across the marques. British luxury cars are deep in my affections, and I am currently restoring a classic Range Rover.

Vendors rightly demand a dedicated professional service that fits their schedule and buyers can expect a showroom experience during viewing days and, hopefully, I can build relationships that don’t end with the fall of the hammer.

Joe Watts

Joe Watts - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7779 082707 | Email: joe@silverstoneauctions.com

My knowledge and sheer enthusiasm for classic cars underpin my role as a consignor. Having had a life-long association with cars and motoring, resulting in a genuine interest in the market and the ownership of some choice models over the years, it is now a real privilege to work within the classic car community.

I pride myself on being thoroughly professional and working as hard as possible for my clients and any new customers. I look to support them throughout the whole process - before, during and after the auction - resulting in a positive experience, return business and sound working relationships. As Silverstone Auctions has grown and developed, I am able to pass on any associated benefits to customers in terms of promoting their cars extensively and giving each and every one the best possible route-to-market.

Mark Hickman

Mark Hickman - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7525 005070 | Email: mark@silverstoneauctions.com

My early years in the Motor Trade were with Ford in the late 1980s before I was lucky enough to join a family business where I was to remain for the next fifteen years. As well as selling new cars from a number of major manufacturers, they also specialised in quality pre-owned sports and prestige cars, and during this happy period, I learned as much about every aspect of the motor trade as I could, working my way up from a Junior Salesman to Sales Manager and finally Dealer Principal.

I had got to know Nick Whale quite well over the years, doing business with his family dealerships, and I joined him when he created Nick Whale Sports Cars working from Nick's home and building a bespoke business sourcing the absolute best examples of whichever model our customers required. Dealing in both modern sports cars and a variety of classics, the idea was formulated to start an auction company offering really interesting and well-cared-for 'classics', so, in 2011, Silverstone Auctions was created and has gone on to become one of the UK's leading auction houses.

Having been in the business for approaching 30 years, I consider myself to be very fortunate as cars are in my blood, it’s a passion, a hobby, and a great business to be in.

Nick Bicknell

Nick Bicknell - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44(0) 7957 279000 | Email: nickb@silverstoneauctions.com

I believe the expression is 'Autoholic'.

With a lifelong passion for both cars and motorsport, I have been very fortunate to combine my personal interests with my professional career.

That journey has taken me from being a 'hands-on' workshop technician to fairly senior management within a number of the countries most prominent motor groups, looking after some of the world's most admired prestige brands including Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, and Aston Martin.

I believe my relative success can be attributed to my enthusiasm for the marques that I have been privileged to represent, and my strongly-held belief that offering the very best customer service is simply the best way of doing business which, happily, dovetails nicely with the approach adopted by the entire team here at Silverstone Auctions.

Steven Keen

Steven Keen - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44(0) 7500 040422 | Email: steven@silverstoneauctions.com

With a background in engineering and restoration, I have a common sense approach to my work and a keen eye for detail. My knowledge of classic sports cars has developed from years of experience within the industry and a lifelong interest in motorsport and sporting cars.

I really enjoy working in an industry where my passion and enthusiasm is shared among both colleagues and clients and, whether at work or out socially, the conversation never drifts far from interesting cars, motorsport or the auction business.

I am currently building and preparing a  BMW E36 M3 that I plan to race at club level in both endurance and sprint races with possibly the odd track-day here and there to satisfy my need for speed.

Chloe Hastings

Chloe Hastings - Administrator

Tel: +44(0) 1926 691141 | Email: chloe@silverstoneauctions.com

I am an experienced administrator with a background in sales and management.

I have worked in several industries including event management for a successful British/World Superbike charity, and during that time I had the pleasure of working onsite at a number of major UK race circuits. As anyone who has worked 'backstage' at busy race meetings can tell you, it can become a little 'manic' with an ability to think on your feet essential. This serves me well during our auction weekends when, with 3-400 Lots for sale, dozens of vendors and hundreds of buyers all asking questions at the same time, being able to stay cool, calm and collected comes in handy.

I am pleased to be part of the Silverstone Auctions team where I can utilise my existing skill set and continue to progress in an area of personal interest.

Shân Stokes

Shân Stokes - Administrator

Tel: +44(0) 1926 691141 | Email: shan@silverstoneauctions.com

I was lucky enough to graduate from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen being awarded a BA with Distinction in Business Management and have since worked in a number of areas including the charity sector with RVS.  I am an experienced administrator with a good background in systems, sales, client support, and customer service. As well as handling the vast amount of paperwork generated by a two-day sale, I enjoy being face to face with customers who are often unfamiliar with the auction process. and occasionally a little stressed when it comes to parting with their 'pride and joy'. I am told I have a bubbly personality and try to bring this to the fore in these situations and when dealing with vendors, potential buyers, and our busy team in the high-energy environment of the auction room.

Working at Silverstone Auctions allows me to combine my professional skills with my interest in cars. I have been fortunate to own a number of classic and sports cars over the years including Tatra, Alvis and Marcos, and am currently returning (hopefully soon) my lovely C-Spec Daimler SP250 to the road.

Debbie Kempton

Debbie Kempton FCCA - Group Accountant

Tel: +44(0) 1926 691141 | Email: debbie@silverstoneauctions.com

I trained and qualified at a local firm of Chartered Accountants before setting up my own accountancy business. During this period, I met Nick and started consulting for him in his Nick Whale Sportscar business.

Nick asked for my help in preparing business plans for an idea he had for setting up a classic car auction company and I have worked with Silverstone Auctions ever since.

I have seen both Silverstone Auctions and its sister company, Classic Car Auctions, grow from incorporation into the successful companies they are today, and I am proud to be an integral part of the team.

Alan Kenny

Alan Kenny - Photographer

Tel: +44(0) 7584 432 727 | Email: alan@silverstoneauctions.com

For the past seven years I have worked as First Class cabin crew for British Airways. I made the most of my spare time away and photographed supercars all over the world.

The images have the most incredible backdrops including the beaches of Miami, skyscrapers of Houston, vineyards of San Jose, waterfalls of Johannesburg and mountains of Muscat.

Photography and cars have always been a passion of mine and now I am fortunate enough to be able to combine the two working for Silverstone Auctions. I look forward to the opportunity of working with the company, meeting the vendors and capturing the best images of their cars.