Steeped in history, Duncan Hamilton ROFGO is focused on the future of historic racing
The modern yet unassuming buildings give nothing away when you arrive at Duncan Hamilton ROFGO. However, as soon as I see a 1965 Porsche 911 2.0L Cup, a Ferrari 275 NART and a 2010 Peugeot 908 HDI FAP Le Mans car casually basking in the sun, I know this is going to be a good day.
Thanks for having me over today; to start off, tell us about the current setup...
Jack: Nick and I have run the company day-to-day since 2017, and while there’s a lot of crossover in our interests, Nick’s stronger on classic road cars and supercars, particularly Jaguar E-Types, which we specialise in. I’m almost exclusively focused on race cars. Historic motorsport has come so far in a short time; in terms of the professionalism, the values and the number of events. We’re constantly searching the world for interesting race cars and work together on all our deals. For 2022, we even plan to be involved in organising a special race – more on that soon!
What would you say is the key change since Classic Driver last visited?
I love that ethos, I think that’s becoming more apparent with collectors now, that cars and collections should be fun and usable without barriers. Are you getting out to more events and races now, too?
The space here is fantastic; just seeing all the details, models, books and art, I could spend all day looking around. Do you have plans for any events here?
Jack: We’ve talked about doing mornings here, and meets of various sorts, but not on a grand scale. That's not really our style, but something intimate and exclusive would be nice. We’re very private here, and like to get to know people a bit before we open all the secret doors!
I completely agree, it’s nice to create that buzz where people see photos from an event after it has happened. So, not all cars you source make it to the website; you’ve also been involved in some high-profile off-market sales. Tell me about one of the bigger star cars you’ve been involved with recently?
Jack: The 930 Turbo was another cool deal, again, it was a chance discussion. "Oh, there's this Porsche hidden away in the Swiss countryside, it's a 930 that's done Le Mans." We were on a flight the next day, and it turned out to be the first ever turbocharged Porsche to win at Le Mans. We bought the car from a lovely, very private Swiss man; it had been hidden away in a little village since 1976 and is now with a great client in the UK. The pursuit of cars like these is really special and exciting.
Fantastic! If that's the past few years, what's the future for you guys?