Event Reports

Post Christmas Auction - Wednesday 25th January 2012

We held our 8th Post Christmas Auction on Wednesday 25th January at the Grey Horse and what a truly amazing auction it was !!!

We were happy to welcome along members of Colne Valley, Barnsley and Leeds MAG branches, together with our auction regulars, from Wakefield and further afield (familiar faces, who turn up every year just for the auction, some of whom are not even bikers, but happy to support us and bag that bargain !!!).

An eager crowd

We had an immense amount of stuff donated to the auction this year, with the obvious unwanted Christmas presents, garage / shed / loft / cupboard / wardrobe clearouts, and other assorted 'junk' (but it's certainly true that one person's junk is another person's treasure).

Some of the amazing bargains to be bid on

There was lots of bike related gear donated, including 4 top quality helmets, several jackets (both leather & textile), multiple pairs of gloves, several pairs of boots, leather trousers, one piece racing leathers, thermals, buff scarves, bike intercom, and many more sundry items. You really could have kitted yourself out with a complete full range of riding gear.

Lots of clothing items were donated (many thanks to Andy Mac from Leeds MAG who brought along the worlds biggest collection of rally T shirts !!!). The quality of the hundreds of items for sale was really quite staggering. We also had a number of hugely generous donations from local dealers and traders (see list below).

The auction started bang on schedule at the advertised time of 8pm and lasted well over three hours !!! There was particularly frenzied and competitive bidding for a good number of items, with many fetching good sums. Others went for ridiculously low prices, which obviously gave the winning bidder a fantastic bargain. Lisa was particularly pleased with her hat and fairy wings !!!

Lisa got a new rally hat !!

Our auctioneers Chas & Martin did a most splendid job, as it's not easy auctionnering solidly at a tremendous pace for well over an hour and a half each.

Chas in fine form

We managed to clear virtually the lot, with only a tiny number of items remaining unsold. The racing leathers didn't make their reserve price, but they are going on eBay, so someone will still bag a bargain, with MAG benefitting from the proceeds.

Everyone who attended seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and most folks got multiple bargains.

We literally smashed our previous record (of £460), by raising just short of six hundred pounds this year !!!!. Bearing in mind the bidding on a lot of items started at 50p, this is a staggering and truly impressive result !!!!

We rounded up the amount raised so that it split nicely into 3, with the MAG fighting fund receiving £400 (2/3 of the proceeds), with the remaining 1/3 going to the following charitable causes:

This takes our MAG fighting fund donation this year to £700, a rather splendid start to the year !!!!

Particular thanks have to go out to the following local dealers and traders for their most generous donations:

They are all heroes and thoroughly deserve your business.

We will be holding our 9th Post Christmas Auction in January next year so, hope to see you there.