According to Joff van Reenen, Lead Auctioneer and Director of High Street Auctions, the gargantuan automobilia sale was the result of thousands of man hours over six months of sorting and cataloguing more than 100 000 individual items of spares and parts, but the global response was worth every minute.
“We were expecting a substantial turnout this weekend, but the number of bidders who registered for the sale, the attendance at the auction and the 1 000-plus viewers who watched the auction online was way beyond our predictions.”
Stef Olivier, South Africa’s 2018 Champion Auctioneer and MD of Bidway Auction House, says: “The auction took more than six hours to complete, with the highlight of the day the massive interest and hugely competitive bidding for the restored runners on the block from Lot 350 onwards.
“Most vehicles were eventually sold to South Africans, who were bidding fiercely against international buyers to keep the cars in this country. Classic Motor Clubs joined in the numbers to attend as well, and co-ordinate to protect South Africa’s automotive heritage.”