The Team

Our team is highly experienced and comprises of:


Nick Whale - Managing Director

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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 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 - Market Research

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Harry Whale

Harry Whale - Classic Car Specialist

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'Four years working at Aston Martin Racing and many more years competing in various national GT championships, has 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 a passion and commitment needed to be successful in this industry.  I am very excited to be joining our youthful, knowledgable 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 help develop in the future.



Arwel Richards

Arwel Richards - Classic Car Specialist

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For nearly twenty years, since my first job as a showroom assistant at the age of fifteen, my life was always 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 share 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. Buyers can expect a showroom experience during viewing days, and I build relationships that don’t end with the fall of the hammer.

Joe Watts

Joe Watts - Classic Car Specialist

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My knowledge and sheer enthusiasm for classic cars underpins 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

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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

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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

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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 life long interest for motorsport and sporting cars.

I have always felt honoured to work within an industry where my passion and enthusiasm is shared between both colleagues and clients.

I am currently building an E36 M3 Race car 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.


Guy Blundell

Guy Blundell - IT Specialist

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Having worked in IT services for over 15 years, joining Silverstone Auctions is a new and exciting opportunity.

I hope to use my technical knowledge and experience to support the growth and innovation of the company, allowing us to deliver the best experience for our clients.

Combined with being involved with prestige classic cars….. “it’s the childhood dream”.


Chloe Hastings

Chloe Hastings - Administrator

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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. During that time, I had the pleasure of working onsite at the major UK race circuits.

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

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I am an experienced administrator and business management graduate with honours.

I have a background in systems, sales, customer support and service and have worked in a variety of areas including the charity sector.

I am pleased to have joined Silverstone Auctions where my professional skills can be combined 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. I am currently returning my Daimler SP250 to the road.


Debbie Kempton

Debbie Kempton FCCA - Group Accountant

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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.