WHO WE ARE

Duncan Wiltshire - Managing Director

 

Duncan has always been deeply involved in the historic motoring and motorsport world. A former long-term Board-member of the Bentley Drivers Club and member of the Motoring Committee of the Royal Automobile Club, Duncan is also Chairman of Motor Racing Legends – promoter of five historic race series that are widely regarded as among the most prestigious in the world. These include; the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy, the Stirling Moss Trophy, Motor Racing Legends Pre-War Sports Car Series, the Historic Touring Car Challenge and the recently launched Tony Dron Trophy. Since 2001, Duncan has been responsible for promoting the Le Mans Legend support race to the annual Le Mans 24 Hour race in France.

 

Duncan launched Historic Promotions with Richard Grafton in 2010 to capitalise on the wealth of event promotion experience gained within Motor Racing Legends over many years and to make it possible to offer those skills to a broader audience within the automotive and historic motoring sectors. Originally a qualified civil engineer, and son of a former President of the Bentley Drivers Club, Duncan has raced vintage Bentleys for the past 25 years, and is a member of numerous motoring clubs.

Richard Grafton - Commercial Director

 

Richard started his career in automotive engineering, completing a degree course in Production Engineering and his early training with Austin Rover Group. He then went on to broaden his commercial, sales and marketing skills through a career in the music and entertainment industry, most recently as Commercial Director for EMI Music.

 

In 2003 he set up his own business consultancy, taking on assignments in various consumer and business-to-business markets including the entertainment, leisure, healthcare and financial services industries.

 

Since 2007 he has been working with Motor Racing Legends to develop new business strategies and to improve operations. In 2010 Richard set up Historic Promotions with Duncan Wiltshire and now oversees the commercial and operational aspects of the organisation, including event direction, marketing, sponsorship, finance, legal and IT; as well as acting as Programme Director for the Bournemouth Wheels Festival.

Lindsey Warren - Events Director

 

Originally trained in Hotel Management, Lindsey spent a decade working for her local West Sussex newspaper before taking over the management of a corporate hospitality venue.

 

She then spent several years with a major blue-chip company organising the Board’s hospitality events and worldwide conferences before moving into sponsorship management with the same company. She worked on sponsorship programmes with the Rugby Football Union, the Royal Yachting Association, National Hunt Racing, the Arts and a bid to win the Jules Verne Trophy for non-stop round the world sailing.

 

Lindsey has worked for Motor Racing Legends since 1999 with responsibility for delivering the full scope of Le Mans activities in that time. In her current role as Events Director, she is also responsible for all race entries, logistical planning and management of the activities associated with the company’s race, events and hospitality programme in the UK and throughout Europe.

 

Since 2010 her role has expanded to include further responsibilities within Historic Promotions, including the Bournemouth Wheels Festival and Flywheel.

Karen Coe - Marketing Manager

 

Karen has worked in automotive marketing and PR since 1986, including 13 years with Gordon Bruce Associates - then the UK's leading automotive PR consultancy - before turning freelance. During her time with GBA she was Account Manager and then Account Director on, among others, Brooks (now Bonhams), Duckhams, Volvo lifestyle and the Silverstone Historic Festival.

 

She was also part of the team that launched the Meguiar's Award in the UK and, during her time on the Brooks account, promoted such activities as the recreation of the London to Edinburgh run and the PR campaign around the sale of the London to Brighton great favourite, Genevieve.

 

Karen is also one of the founders and directors of the international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (www.tpoty.com), which receive entries from photographers in over 110 countries each year.

 

She continues to work in the historic sector, as Marketing Manager for the Donington Historic Festival and the International Historic Motoring Awards.

Charis Whitcombe - PR Manager

 

Charis works as both a PR professional and motoring journalist, and hence sees the industry from both sides of the fence – and understands exactly what the media require in terms of well-written, highly targeted and timely information.

 

After graduating from Oxford University in 1988, Charis spent eight years at a London PR agency where she rose to Account Director – gaining experience in planning the marketing and media strategies for Fortune 500 companies through to small, local businesses.

 

As a journalist she is currently retained as Associate Editor of ClassicDriver.com, News Editor of Auto Italia magazine and Motoring Correspondent of the CSMA Club Magazine (Civil Service Motoring Association), which is often cited as ‘the largest circulation motoring magazine in Europe’. She is also a road-test writer for New Car Net.

 

On the PR side, recent clients have included Race Retro (the International Historic Motorsport Show) and the CSMA Brands Hatch Classic Festival, while Charis has overseen the PR activities of Motor Racing Legends for the last ten years and now also manages PR for the Donington Historic Festival.