As you may have read, me and
I had enrolled the help of APR (http://www.automotivepr.co.uk/) to help with spreading the word, and within one hour of the auction going live they told me that the SMMT (Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders) had run the press release – I expected great things!
After 6 hours, posts on my BLOG,
Watching eBay had become a drug – I had my ‘selling’ page added to the favourites on my iPhone, by Blackberry, laptop and PC – I would feel naked if I hadn’t checked the bidding for longer than 30 seconds.
The first few days were painful; I set up several anonymous eBay accounts and resolved myself to bidding if the money didn’t start to role in.
To make myself feel better about the whole thing I would open eBay up in various languages to see how much had been raised in Chinese RMB, US$ and even in Rupee – however ‘not a lot of money’ is ‘not a lot of money’ in any currency.
Why was I worried? Well the whole event had been well reported, both in the
I needn’t have worried, as the weekend passed we were looking far more respectful and the money had started to trickle in, a competition between MG and Lotus enthusiasts seemed to have encouraged several well healed people to start bidding for badge pride, by Tuesday late afternoon (In China) I happily refreshed my eBay web page and watched the closing moments of the Auction.
With MG consistently in the lead all the way down to the last couple of hours when the Lotus tour took a surprising late comeback, however nothing could hold back the MG fans who proudly took first place for the most money pledged.
In total we raised £953.50 (or 12,891 RMB, $1875.97 or even 80,633 INR).
Not life changing by any means – but still a respectful amount.
My thanks go to the generous winners:
MG Tour Winner - £360
Mr G. McGeachy from
Lotus Tour Winner - £257.50
Mr N. Lohf from
CCT Advert - £155
P. Vanden from
LTI Tour - £131
Mr B. West from Middlesex
Lifan Car Models - £50
Mr M. Schug from Bexbach
To all of those who placed bids, and of course to the generosity of:
Richard Ji –
Mathew Cheyne – LTI
Lifan Automotive –
Such has been the success of the project; we are considering holding another auction later this year. Over the years I and