We talked to Nick Delaney, Business Development Manager, to find out more about them and what they’re looking forward to most about the Hill Climb event in July.
Can you tell us more about H&H?
H&H is different because our specialist valuers are among the most knowledgeable in the industry and we’re staffed by hands-on enthusiasts. Our ethos has always been one of transparency and professionalism, ensuring the best service for our clients.
We’ve had the pleasure of handling everything from 1890s London to Brighton runners to 1990s Formula 1 cars, not to mention a variety of iconic motorcycles, and we’re pleased to hold a considerable number of world record auction prices.
What role does H&H play in the historic motoring scene?
We’ve previously been a sponsor of the VSCC, one of the Hill Climb’s Associated Clubs, and we’ve auctioned a variety of competition cars including a 1968 Lotus 49B, 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C Super Sport, 1931 Talbot 105 Fox & Nicholl Team Car, 1962 Lotus 25 F1, 1970 Lotus 72 F1 and many others. Simon Hope, our Managing Director, has raced historic cars for a number of years, completing the 2011 Mille Miglia in his beloved 1953 Allard J2, which he will compete in at Chateau Impney in July.
Our team understand the difference between provenance in racing cars and that of general classics, ensuring cars are presented and catalogued in the right way.
Why did H&H decide to become a sponsor of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb event?
We held our first auction at the Chateau in December 2013 and we were very impressed by the facilities and ambience of the hotel. The success of the sale ensured it would become a key venue for our auctions going forward. We also admire the ethos of making the event an inclusive, friendly experience for competitors and spectators alike, as this really resonates with our approach to business.
Why is it good to have an event like the Chateau Impney Hill Climb back on the calendar?
Without a doubt, the wider public are beginning to realise that the enjoyable, sociable and rewarding 'hobby' of owning a classic car is readily accessible. Part of the allure of classic cars is seeing historic racing cars driven as they were meant to be. The Hill Climb, with its perfect location, gives the classic-loving public the chance to be close enough to see, smell and hear these exciting cars being driven on a challenging, but safe and well marshalled course. The inclusive nature of the event means that the Hill Climb can combine glamour with grass roots, bringing this form of competition back to its true heritage.
What are your first impressions of the course and venue?
The course itself looks fantastic – Simon drove his Allard J2 up the course recently and was thrilled with the layout. Spectators are sure to enjoy the sight and sounds of classic racing cars thrashing up the hill, especially in front of the iconic façade of the hotel. The hotel and conference centre have excellent facilities, plenty of parking and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Combined with its ideal location, it’s sure to be a great success.
What are H&H most looking forward to about the event in July?
Selling some fantastic cars and seeing them find a new home! We hope that first-time auction goers can see what a transparent and safe way it is to buy and sell a classic car. We’re looking forward to a great weekend of historic racing and seeing classics of all types going under the hammer. If anyone would like to consign a car for this special sale, particularly if it has competition history, please contact us on 01925 210 035.