Tony Cavell and Peter Gascoigne have worked in Classic Car sales, restoration and race-car preparation for nearly three decades, working together for the past 20 years, and have been associated with Barons for the past decade.
Tony was a well-known MKII racer and Jaguar race-car preparation specialist, with a string of successes both behind the wheel and as a Race Engineer, while Peter started out racing Minis in 1970 before turning his attention to Classic Cars in the 1980s.
Alongside their classic sales and restoration business, Tony and Peter have built and prepared a huge number of racing cars on behalf of their owners, including Austin-Healey 3000s, XK Jaguars and Ford Mustangs.
One notable machine was ‘1628 VC’, the only surviving ‘works’ Jaguar Mk II racing car. Driven by Roy Salvadori in the early 1960s and subsequently raced successfully by privateer John Sparrow in the British and European Saloon Car Championships, it was in a sad state when Peter Gascoigne discovered it in 1996, having been used for drag racing, with a 7-litre engine shoehorned under the bonnet. Peter and Tony restored the car to its former glory and original specification just in time for Tiff Needell to drive it at the first Goodwood Revival in 1998. And the car then went under the hammer at Barons’ first-ever auction, just a week later.
“Peter and I are very excited to be in the driving seat at Barons, after working together, both at Barons and before, for many decades,” said Tony Cavell.
Peter and Tony have plans to develop the company, but Barons’ key strengths of offering value for money for both vendors and buyers, the fantastic sale venue at Sandown Park, and our depth of knowledge of the classic car world and sheer enthusiasm for classic and collectors’ cars, will remain unchanged.”
Company Secretary and administrator is Karen Ruffles. Other members of the team include Mike Thomson and Carol Cavell at document control, drivers and general logistics, James Craig, John Cooper and Nigel Copcutt. Additional office staff include Tim Gascoigne and Marc Kings who look after provisional bids and negotiations.
We also have agents dotted around the country who can assist with consigning you classic.
Our auctioneer is Fabian Hine, who is now assisted by Helen Gascoigne, joined us in 2003, after 31 years with BCA. Fabian is a professional and accomplished auctioneer who also works for many major charity auctions and corporate organisations. Fabian is a freelance auctioneer with extensive experience.