James May and Richard Hammond Bike Sell All 12 Motorcycles in This Weekend's Auction

Good news for (unemployed) James May and Richard Hammond: all 12 motorcycles they had for sale this weekend at the Stafford auction held by Bonhams. In fact, the whole auction was a success, as Ben Walker, international director of Bonhams Motorcycle department hilself admitted.
Richard Hammond's Norton Commando 961SE 4 photos
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This Norton Commmando 961SE belonged to Richard HammondCarl Foagrty rides a Ducati ScramblerRichard Hammond on his BMW R1200RT
With 86% sell rate and bikes worth £2.2m (€3.07m or $3.33), the Spring Stafford auction was a big hit, as certain bikes were sold for "fantastic prices", as he adds, "new precedents being set".

Vintage British bikes rule supreme in auctions

Bonhams sources add that the old British motorcycles have been the best-selling items this weekend. The auction drew bidders from all over the world. The "crown jewel" of the event was a 1939 Vincent HRD Series-A Rapide, which found a new home for a £275,900 (€385,000 or $417,500).

And if the price was not enough to get your attention, how about we tell you that this bike was originally purchased for £10 and an Amal carburetor? After being salvaged from scrap, the Vincent got fully restored to proper glory and is now a very expensive collectible.

Hammond's Norton was the most expensive

Of the 12 bikes sold by the two TV stars, Richard Hammond's 2010 Norton Commando 961SE fetched the most money. The Norton changed hands for £15,180 (€21,185 or $22,970), with the price being consistent with what the bike was expected to bring.

The two said that as collectors, they use to sell certain items every now and then to fund other purchases and renew the lots. Wonder what's next from them...

Carl Fogarty and Richard Hammond lead 5,000-strong charity rally

Yesterday, Hammond teamed up with WSBK champion Car Fogarty and lead a charity bike rally of around 5,000 in an attempt to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance service.

Around 5,000 bikes rallied up behind Fogarty and Hammond as they set out from Shrewsbury to the Bike4Life festival at RAF Cosford, on a 23-mile (37 km) parade.
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