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 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 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 & Lifestyle/Automobila Specialist

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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.



Will Smith

Will Smith - Sales Manager

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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.


Harry Whale

Harry Whale - Operations Manager & 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.

Jonny Shears

Jonny Shears - Photographer & Classic Car Specialist

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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.


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.


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.

Karen Bishop - Administration

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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.