Hot wheels under the hammer at Goodwood

The 1935 Aston Martin Works Ulster
The 1935 Aston Martin Works Ulster
  • Auction of classic cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • An Aston Martin from the 1930s sells for £1.7m
  • Festival is taking place this weekend
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A MAGNIFICENT Aston Martin built for Le Mans in 1935 has shown it’s still capable of getting hearts racing.

The classic car, one of four ultimate specification Ulsters constructed for the race, went under the hammer for £2.6m at a Goodwood Festival of Speed auction.

Bonhams’ auction room was packed out for the event, with people keen to bid for rare and exciting sports cars.

The Aston Martin was the star lot and attracted keen bidding.

There were ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ in the room as the sports two-seater looked like it was going under the hammer but bid after bid was topped at the last minute.

The machine was described by the auctioneer as a ‘proper chap’s car’ before it finally sold. Another star lot was Sir Stirling Moss’s 1961 Porsche, a silver two-seater which sold for £1.7m.

A 1937 Delahaye Type 135-M Picture: Michael Reed

A 1937 Delahaye Type 135-M Picture: Michael Reed

The Bill Wyman Collection included a Mercedes he had owned since 1966, which went for £18,000, and a Citroen Coupe going for £54,000.

Opening the motor cars auction was this year’s charity lot, introduced by Damon Hill. He explained he wanted to raise money for the halow project, of which he is patron, and offered his personal copy of the sought-after F1 OPUS Champion’s Edition, strictly limited to 100 copies worldwide.

He said: ‘I am donating my own personal copy, straight from my F1 collection to yours, to help halow put young people with a learning disability in the driving seat!’

Signed by all F1 champions, the F1 OPUS went under the hammer for £17,500, with all proceeds to benefit the chosen charity.

Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Kenny Roberts will be some of the racing legends attending this year’s Festival of Speed.

This year’s festival has the theme ‘Flat Out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge’.

Festival founder Lord Charles March said the event ‘captures the essence of what makes motor racing the greatest sport on earth’.

‘It gives us a great opportunity to calibrate some of the most daring and spectacular moments in racing history.’

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