The Team

Our team is highly experienced and comprises of:


Nick Whale - Managing Director

Tel: +44 (0) 7831 440 158 | Email: nick.whale@classiccarauctions.co.uk

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 Classic Auctions early in 2015. This specialist classic car auction house has done spectacularly well from its first sale at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre in March 2015 and has now become one of the leading classic car auction houses in the UK offering "everyman" classics from £5,000 to £50,000.

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

Lionel Abbott - Director & Market Research

Tel: +44 (0) 7831 574 381 | Email: lionel.abbott@classiccarauctions.co.uk

Following the twist and turns of the classic car market over the last few years for me has been an interesting road. Having focussed specifically on the rise in values of not only the benchmark cars but the echelons below has provided an insight into a fascinating arena. It is with that knowledge gained that my basic ethos for Classic Car Auctions will be to provide measured informed research for enthusiasts and investors alike. 

I’m proud to be part of a vibrant team in an industry that now moves rapidly and changes remarkable swiftly.

 

Gary Dunne

Gary Dunne - Sales Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 7740 946796 | Email: gary@classiccarauctions.co.uk 

The proverbial car-nut from an early age, able to identify most 70s cars by just the shape of their headlights as a youngster on the back seat of my parent’s car, it was almost destiny that I ended up in the car trade.  Subsequently after over twenty years of experience in the retail motor trade I have now finally entered the classic car fold.

Bringing a wealth of management knowledge and an understanding of how the customer experience is now, even more than ever, at the forefront of our business I will work to over achieve our customer’s expectations.  I aim to assist in making CCA the very first point of call when customers are looking to buy or sell their own classics.

 

Richard Greenhalgh

Richard Greenhalgh - senior Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7948 152 921 | Email: richard@classiccarauctions.co.uk 

Given my motorsport family background, it was natural for me to start karting at an early age and the progression into motor sport was inevitable. 

Ultimately, it is my experience of working within the motor industry with high profile main dealers that enables me to know how to offer an unrivalled customer experience whether you are looking to sell, or to buy a classic motor car. 

 

Simon Langsdale

Simon Langsdale - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0) 7496 556 325 | Email: simon@classiccarauctions.co.uk 

From a very young age motor cars have played a large part of my life and have always been at the forefront of my own personal interests, especially the older varieties and in particular the Blue Ovals from the 60’s and 70’s.

With my sales and managerial background of running a multi million pound sales team, it has come in very useful coupling this knowledge with clients expectations and requirements when it comes down to securing their all important purchase and fulfilling the experience.

With two of my own classic cars to fettle with, life is never dull!

 

Nigel Gough

Nigel Gough - Classic Car Specialist

Tel: +44 (0)7879 637616 | Email: nigel@classiccarauctions.co.uk

After three decades running my own bookselling business, I am now SO fortunate to be pursuing my passion for anything automotive.

Coming from a family of car nuts (we even had Beaulieu Motor Museum placemats at the dining table), all that knowledge that has built up over the decades, including ploughing through every motoring magazine I could get my hands on, driving and discussing my familys latest eclectic car purchases, playing Top Trumps Ultimate Cars with my son etc. can finally be put to good use.

The great thing is that all the cars I hankered after in my formative years are now the vehicles that I am engrossed in at Classic Car Auctions.

Guy Blundell

Guy Blundell - IT Specialist

Tel: +44(0) 7725 996550 | Email: guyb@classiccarauctions.co.uk

Having worked in IT services for over 15 years, joining Classic Car 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

Tel: +44(0) 1926 640888 | Email: chloe@classiccarauctions.co.uk

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 Classic Car 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 640888 | Email: shan@classiccarauctions.co.uk

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 Classic Car 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

Tel: +44(0) 1926 640888 | Email: debbie@classiccarauctions.co.uk

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.