Brightwells & Bicester Heritage launch partnership
Bids open for classic motoring partnership
The historic motoring community is set to benefit from a brand-new partnership between leading auction service provider, Brightwells, and Bicester Heritage – the UK’s first business campus for the restoration, storage and enjoyment of historic vehicles and aircraft.
The agreement – announced at the renowned Brightwells Classic and Vintage Auction at Leominster on Wednesday 23rd November – will see Brightwells named as the official Bicester Heritage Auction Partner. Brightwells’ specialist auctioneers and support team will host three premium events on the 348-acre Bicester Heritage site in Oxfordshire throughout 2017, with the first scheduled to take place on Wednesday 5th April 2017.
With an auctioneering history dating back more than 170 years, Brightwells has been presenting internationally-recognised classic car and motorcycle sales since 2005. Attracting buyers and sellers from around the world, Brightwells regularly sees online interest from more than 60,000 people in the run-up to an event, while thousands of enthusiasts attend in person.
Commenting on the partnership with Bicester Heritage, Richard Binnersley – joint managing director of Brightwells, said: “Having built our reputation in the classic car world over the past twelve years to become one of the most highly regarded auction houses in the United Kingdom, we are delighted that Bicester Heritage has chosen us as its auction partner, because we very much share the same concepts and loyalty to the cultural phenomenon of preserving this country’s heritage in motoring and engineering.
“Partnering with Bicester Heritage allows us to continue to deliver a professional and welcoming sale experience in an authentic period setting of post-WW1 Britain with the benefits of the site’s central location, accessibility, superb facilities and ready footfall – this will create a unique auction event in which our clients’ classic cars can star. We are highly excited to invite vendors to nominate their classic vehicles for our launch event in April and take part in the honour of being the first to be sold at Bicester."
Dan Geoghegan, managing director at Bicester Heritage, added: “Bicester Heritage is all about the future of the historic car movement and, in creating a national centre for specialist expertise, has been careful to select the best possible partners who share our vision. With that in mind, we knew that our auction partner had to deliver the right blend of knowledge, passion and content.
“After a rigorous selection process, we are delighted to welcome Brightwells to Bicester Heritage as our official auction partner in 2017. As a business with such strong family values and a heritage of 170 years, there is a true cultural fit. We’re also pleased that the Brightwells team is putting down roots at Bicester, providing a permanent onsite presence in the Guard House. This shows a real commitment to a long-term partnership on both sides and further adds to the focused blend of businesses at Bicester Heritage.”
From its formation, a little over three years ago, Bicester Heritage has rapidly become the centre for historic motoring expertise in the UK, most recently winning ‘The 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards - Industry Supporter of the Year’ category. The ground-breaking campus has more than thirty specialist businesses, each contributing to an inimitable ecosystem of engineering and skilled support for historic vehicle enthusiasts.
The unique site, formerly RAF Bicester, is the best-preserved WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station to survive and, with bright plans for the final phase of restoration of its Grade II listed buildings and hotel development, it is truly unmatched as a national centre of excellence focused on future proofing the historic motoring industry.
Full details of the Brightwells at Bicester Heritage events will be released over the coming months, with provisional dates scheduled for Wednesday 5th April; Saturday 24th June at Flywheel at Bicester Heritage – a live action celebration of historic wings and wheels; and Wednesday 25th October 2017.
The next Brightwells Modern Classics event will take place at Leominster on Thursday 8th December 2016; while the next Brightwells Classic and Vintage sale is scheduled for Wednesday 8th March 2017.