Nick Whale Sports Car Specialists
I have been lucky enough to combine my passion for cars and motor racing with my professional career for over 30 years now. During that time I have enjoyed representing many famous and prestigious brands as a main dealer which have included Lotus, AC, Noble, Toyota, Lexus, Porsche, Maserati and Ferrari. From 2001 until 2006 I also enjoyed a successful business partnership with ex-F1 World Champion, Damon Hill, during which time we represented BMW/Mini in Warwickshire and Audi in the West Country.
More recently it has been a pleasure to combine modern sports car and luxury car retailing with some exceptional classic cars, through the Nick Whale Sports Cars business which is now based in Pitchill, Evesham. Simultaneously my life time knowledge of buying and selling classic cars has come in very useful whilst establishing Silverstone Auctions early in 2011. This specialist classic car auction house has done spectacularly well from its first sale at Silverstone Circuit in June 2011 and looks set to become one of the leading classic car auction houses in the UK, supporting many key motoring events nationwide.
The people in all my businesses have been the key to our success and their approach and caring attitude have consistently allowed us to lead the way in providing real customer delight, as evidenced by our level of repeat business.
It has also been my privilege to have recently served on the main board of both the BRDC and the MSA, including some testing times in 2008/2009, when the British Grand-Prix seemed lost forever!
In Spring 2013 it was an extreme pleasure to be invited as a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
A cause close to the heart of all motoring enthusiasts on both two wheels and four, the Midlands Air Ambulance operate three fully equipped helicopters, with paramedics on board, from Strensham, Cosford and Tatenhill airbases to cover the Midlands area. They are funded entirely from donations and receive no government or lottery support.
In 2005 I left behind 18 years in the finance sector (including 3 years working for Tom Walkinshaw) and formed Driving Adventures, a company specialising in sports car tours of Europe and Northern America and still enjoy the pleasure of running this company today with destinations regularly visited including the French Riviera, Swiss Alps and California.
Subsequently, I formed Castello Cars, a business specialising in the sale of sports and prestige vehicles. From day one the focus was on sourcing prime stock which was then marketed with highest level of detail, clarity and honesty. It was through this rapidly expanding business that I met Nick and Mark and it soon became apparent that our ideals were very much in line so it was clearly a matter of time before we took the natural step to merge the two businesses....and as they say, the rest is history.
20 years in the industry, starting with the family business together with being a motor racing enthusiast, has kept my feet firmly on the pedals.
Previously, in addition to working with Nick at Nick Whale Sports Cars in Bromsgrove, I was Dealer Principal at Ferrari and Maserati, Birmingham and have main dealer experience with Aston Martin, BMW and Mercedes.
I'm an ex Hill Climb driver but realised when the young guys were quicker and slicker it was time to give up!
In my Ferrari days, I was a member of Club Fiorano the Ferrari Racing Club providing some of the most enjoyable times of my life.
Cars are in my blood, it's a passion, a hobby and a great business to be in
I have been in the industry for 20 years and worked for the UK's largest prestige car retailer, 14 of those years with 2 iconic British brands, Jaguar and Aston Martin. I worked my way up through the ranks culminating in leading an Aston Martin dealership, now the exciting opportunity to work for a specialist sport and prestige car retailer that mirrors my own core values of honesty, trust and integrity was an opportunity not to be missed.
With all my experience, working within a great team, inline with my core values and my passion for beautifully crafted cars, I will be very proud to deliver a 1st class customer experience.
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