Bonhams will stage the the first-ever classic car auction at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting. Held on 21 March 2015, the newly announced sale will be the third Bonhams auction hosted at Goodwood, alongside the annual Festival of Speed Sale on 26 June 2015 and the Goodwood Revival Sale on 12 September 2015.
James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, said, “Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting completes our trio of sales at this famous motoring location. The timing is perfect, allowing buyers a full season of recreational or competitive motoring for the year ahead. The Members’ Meeting is a fantastically revived re-enactment of Goodwood race meetings from yesteryear, and provides the perfect backdrop for a Bonhams auction. Consignments are now being accepted for this newly established sale, and we look forward to presenting our customers with some exceptional entries.”
Leading the Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting 2015 auction will be the ex-Kitty Maurice 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe. Spotted racing at several Members’ Meetings in period, the Sea Green coupe will be offered at Bonhams inaugural Members’ Meeting auction with an estimate of £600,000-700,000.
Ordered new by a Mrs. Kitty Maurice of Castle Combe, Wiltshire, in April 1955, the car travelled to France for the Le Mans 24-hour in June of that year, acting as support vehicle for AFN (Archibald Frazer-Nash) entries. The Frazer Nash’s second and final appearance at Le Mans was under the ownership of John Dashwood. Alongside Bill Wilks, Dashwood managed the car for three hours of the race until he slid into a sandbank at Arnage due to fading brakes.
The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a new style of motor racing event, conceived by Lord March to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Members’ Meetings held ‘in period’ at Goodwood Motor Circuit from 1949-1966. Located at the Chicane Paddock within the motor circuit, the Bonhams auction will feature over 50 sports, touring and classic motor cars.
“Bonhams has been a loyal partner of Goodwood ever since the first Festival of Speed in 1993 and the decision to hold an auction at the 73rd Members’ Meeting to complement the annual Festival of Speed and Revival sales is a testament to the value of our association,” said Lord March. “I’m sure the Members’ Meeting sale, which is sure to include some stunning historic cars, will be another huge success.”
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