Simon Hope, Chairman of H&H Classics has a contact book that includes buyers and sellers right across the classic car and motorsport worlds in the USA, Australia, South Africa, Europe and the UK.
Our press and media relations is led by Julian Roup who has 30 years of experience as a journalist himself and as a PR consultant or director to Christie’s, Brooks Auctions, Bonhams, Julien’s (Beverly Hills, USA), Dan Kruse Classics (Texas USA) Ivoire (France) and H&H Classics. He and our marketing team speak to the media daily.
He has had 30 years of developing connections with some of the world's wealthiest individuals with an interest in the classic car market. In this period Julian was instrumental in the sale of a Mercedes ex Fangio FI car for £20m and a 1960s Ferrari for £28m amongst many other records.
Besides press coverage in the UK's national press and automotive magazines, H&H stories regularly appear in publications right across the English-speaking world, in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA. Celebrity or Royal cars or those with a human-interest story consistently feature on radio and TV too. Journalists know that H&H is an international story factory.
The media is not a single entity but is a much more multi-faceted entity and so the company targets media outside of the automotive media sector too, including design, art, lifestyle, alternative investment, personal finance writers and publications internationally.
The arrival of the Information Technology revolution means that today the world is the collector’s oyster. If you have a smartphone or a laptop or a computer with the passion that collectors have there is no longer anywhere on earth you cannot search for what you are looking for.
The Chinese love of Jade artefacts is a case in point. Because of war and colonialism, many Chinese jade treasures came west in the 17th to 19th centuries. Now that flow is reversed thanks to the internet. There is no piece of jade not on the radar of Chinese collectors, be it in the depths of La France profonde or the island chains in the Pacific. If the seller has a website, collectors will find it.
H&H have exploited this technology with a hugely sophisticated website as well as international marketing to spread the net for interested clients. And for the last three years, the company’s Online Auctions mean that international buyers can bid online or on the phone. This huge global reach is best illustrated by some recent sales where the 800 registered bidders included collectors from no fewer than ten countries outside of the UK.
Cars reach our sales from the UK and the Continent but find buyers even further afield. So when you contact H&H Classics you can be confident that you are speaking to car enthusiasts and collectors wherever they live in the world.
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