EXCLUSIVE - Group of classic experts join forces to create a 'one stop shop' with auctions, car meets and storage under one roof.
A major new facility for classic owners - offering everything from auctions and car storage to a venue for club meets - is opening in the north west later this week. Runcorn based Manor Park Classics - a group of classic car traders and auction experts who describe themselves as 'enthusiasts through and through' - will bring together multiple services under one roof at a purpose - built facility, with land available to develop further.
The group aims to cater for all makes and model of classic and all segments of the UK market.
Sales director, Sam Grange-Bailey, said: 'We are uniquely positioned to offer a broad range of services for the classic car community, delivered by experienced and credible classic car people, catering for Morris Minors and blower Bentleys and everything in-between.'
A major new facility for classic owners - offering everything from auctions and car storage to shows and club meets is opening in the north west of England later this week.
Runcorn based Manor Park Classics is opening a 30,000sq ft site that will be initially to provide classic car storage, but will be expanded over the next months to offer a site for car club meets and classic car auctions, all of which will incorporate social distancing and health measures while the region is dealing with the COVIS-19 outbreak. It will also provide brokerage for sales, and advice for specialists. It is the brainchild of Cheshire businessman and classic car enthusiast Stephen Ashworth, Chairman and CEO of Manchester-based Hurstwood Holdings, who has realised his long held ambition and said he is delighted to announce the opening of Manor Park Classics, based in Runcorn Cheshire.
Headed up by managing director Roger Nowell, the team also includes Sam Grange-Bailey, operations manager Askins, who has 20 years experience in the industry and BAFTA award-winning photographer, George Turner.
The team said that they were all 'enthusiasts through and through' who have all spent years working with classics, and wanted to create a site which brought all aspects of buying, selling and owning classics under one roof.
Sam Grange -Bailey told CCW: 'We don't think there's anywhere else in the north west that offers this sort of facility for car storage, and we don't think there's anywhere else nationally that will bring so many services for classic owners under one roof.
We want to make everything about buying, and also owning a classic car as pleasant and as fun as possible - and we're just as interested in a Morris Minor that costs £1000 as we are in an Aston Martin that costs £1m.' The facility will be split into two halls - one for auctions and the other for classic car storage, with room for up to 120 cars: storage starts at £25per week plus VAT, for smaller classics such as Minis, Fiat 500's and MG Midgets.
It also plans to allow cars being sold in its classics auctions to be viewed on inspection ramps ahead of the sales, to help give potential bidders more information ahead of the sales themselves. The outdoor parts of the site will also be available for classic clubs to use as a venue for meetings, or for other interested parties to host coffee meets with classics, although Manor Park Classics is currently working on making sure these are hosted safely during COVID-19 pandemic, with much of the north west currently subject to local lockdown restrictions.
'its a Bold move'
This reminds me of the very first story I covered for CCW, nearly eight years ago - the creation of a classic car heritage park in Oxfordshire, which eventually evolved into Bicester Heritage. It's great to see an equally determined bunch of classic fans joining forces for a new venture in the north west, and to use it to support car clubs and events I hope that Manor Park Classics will be used to help support sharing skills with younger fans too, particularly if there are any opportunities for apprentices. Its a bold move to launch the venture in the midst of a pandemic, but I hope it takes off.
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