The first car he went for was one of the auction’s stars, the ex-David Hobbs Lola T70 Spyder. “I won a race at Silverstone in one of these once, they don’t go round corners but gosh they are quick on the straights,” says the touring car hero, who is driving a Bizzarrini at MM this year.
It was the Aston Martin DP214 replica that took his fancy next, but he insists he would only want an original one (er, that might be difficult Anthony…). He was immediately drawn to the beautiful Alan Mann Racing Daytona Coupe but went off it when he discovered this made-in-2016 car was still lacking an engine.
“That must be a million pounds worth,” he enthused about a Ferrari 330GT in the sale. I could see myself in that.” And yet he might: the gorgeous silver Ferrari actually has a guide price of £180-320,000.
Anthony paused for a moment by a Lotus 7 – “one of my first jobs when I left school was building Caterham Super 7s at the old Caterham works” – and then again at Douglas Bader’s Alvis drophead, complete with its little Spitfire mascot on the bonnet.