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Classic Car World mourns loss of two important British men

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  1. Marcel Massini

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    #1 Marcel Massini, Aug 23, 2021
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    Adrian Hamilton, 73, the well known UK dealer and son of Duncan Hamilton passed away last week Saturday, after a massive stroke.

    Robert Brooks, formerly of Christie's and then founder of Brooks, then Bonhams, passed away this morning after a two year battle with cancer, only in his sixties.

    Two wonderful and charming gentlemen, both very important and extremely knowledgeable in the classic car world. May both of you RIP.

    Marcel Massini
     
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  3. mcimino

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    Sad...makes me think of Scott Stoddard in the movie Grand Prix...
    "Y'know one of the most beautiful things about a car? If it isn't working properly, you can strip the skin off, expose the insides, find out exactly where the trouble is, take out the faulty part and replace it with a new one. If only we could do that with people!"
     
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  4. Mark Shannon

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    The Aston world sadly lost Richard Williams of R.S. Williams fame last week as well.
     
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  5. BIRA

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    Very sad indeed .

    I bought my first Ferrari from Adrian , a GTC/4 . I came to visit him and he said “here are the keys but don’t go too far, or add gasoline into it”. I thought if a dealer trust you so much, you have to trust him! And bought the car on my way back!

    And my first Maserati from Robert, a Vignale Spyder, at one of his very first auction under Brooks name. It was an absentee bid, following his guidance. Next morning they called me to inform me I had the winning bid. Then they softly asked whether I would be a seller at some profit. I said no without asking how much they had in mind, and kept the car for almost 20 years,

    They were joining an early E type and a Giulia spyder veloce and a BMW 30.csi that I had bought in the mid eighties. This was 30 years ago! Both were lovely to deal with. If everyone in the classic car world would be like them,,we would buy even more cars! We and certainly I will miss them.
     
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