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STARS AND CARS AT ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ATTRACTS THOUSANDS AND RAISES OVER $300,000 FOR CHARITY

RMs Silver Anniversary Event

World Champion Racer Phil Hill, Actor Edward Herrmann, Hollywood Car Customizer George Barris Celebrate With Collection of World’s Rarest Vintage Automobiles On Display – Chatham, Ontario

CHATHAM, Ontario, Canada (August 1, 2004) – RM Auctions Inc., a world-renown collector car auction house and the leader in the investment-grade collector car market in North America celebrated its silver anniversary milestone with an international celebration at its headquarters on July 16-18, 2004. The weekend celebration, held in RM’s hometown community of Chatham-Kent, Ontario, attracted more than 50,000 car enthusiasts and visitors from across the globe to mingle amongst some of the world’s rarest vintage cars and automotive celebrities.

“We pulled out all the stops to make this anniversary something people will remember for a long time,” says RM founder Rob Myers. “After twenty-five years in this business we have been fortunate to make a lot of friends that share the same passion for rare and beautiful cars.” Myers ads, “They all came together for this cause and we not only raised a few eyebrows in the community, but we raised an impressive amount of money for youth charities.”

The weekend kicked off with a classic car museum tour followed by a historic presentation by world champion racing legend Phil Hill who shared stories of his amazing, 50-year racing career. Friday night the historic King-William block area played host to an old-fashioned downtown cruise night and concert featuring Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels. Merchants enjoyed the crowds and a boost in sales as the downtown came alive with thousands of car enthusiasts.

The weekend crowds peaked on Saturday as more than 1,500 classic cars and collector vehicles surrounded RM’s international headquarters beside Hwy #401 - Canada’s busiest expressway. Leading the pack was the famous Batmobile TV and movie cars and other bat vehicles that were under the watchful eye of their creator and custom car builder George Barris, who signed hundreds of autographs to the delight of fans.

“The community and volunteers really went out of their way to support this event,” states RM partner Mike Fairbairn. “With all the car shows and events in this community we have definitely earned the title of the Classic Car Capitol of Canada.” “We not only celebrated our past withy this event, but also the future of the classic car industry.”

Sunday’s Concours event in Tecumseh Park, hosted by Master of Ceremonies and Emmy Award winning actor Ed Herrmann, saw many rare autos collectively worth more than $100 million including a ten-car display of Duesenbergs, three 1948 Tuckers, a 1947 Delahaye owned by Rita Hayworth and the Pebble Beach winning 1930 Mercedes-Benz SS Roadster that was restored by RM in 2001. Concours spectators were also treated to a very loud and boisterous WWII vintage B-25 Mitchell bomber fly-over courtesy of Canada’s Hamilton Warplane Museum.

Following the Concours event, Rob Myers and Mike Fairbairn were joined on stage by RM partner Dan Warrener who came good on a bet to shave their 25+ year-old beards for the cause, raising an additional $22,000 in donations. Celebrity friends and customers of RM each took a turn at the razors and deftly shaved the partners without a nick.

According to the municipality of Chatham-Kent, the event conservatively generated over $2 million in economic impact leading the way for future auto-related events and firmly establishing Chatham-Kent as the Classic Car Capitol of Canada. Other classic car events around the town that followed included Wallaceburg’s WAMBO Festival and Bothwell’s Old Autos Car Show – which both saw record numbers of classic cars and visitors – a strong indication of the growing hobby and an increased awareness of this classic car community.

Photo highlights of the RM 25th event can be found at: www.rmauctions.com/25years/index.htm

RM Auctions, Inc., and its divisions, is the leader in the North American investment-grade collector car auction market and an international renowned specialist in vintage automobile restorations. Celebrating twenty-five years in the trade, RM has achieved incomparable records in worldwide sales and awards in the multi-billion dollar vintage car industry. For additional information on RM Auctions, Inc., please call (800) 211-4371 or visit the web site at: www.rmauctions.com

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more