Meet The Team

Simon Kidston — Founder

With a family background like his, it's hardly surprising that Simon Kidston has carved an international reputation in classic cars. Simon grew up near Siena, Italy, and studied in Switzerland, but started his career in 1988 in the car auction department at Coys in London, which he found himself running three years later. In 1996 he left to co-found Brooks (now Bonhams) Europe in Geneva and over the next decade was responsible for staging high-profile events such as the annual Les Grandes Marques à Monaco Sale in Monte Carlo, also creating the Ferrari auction in Gstaad and the Pur Sang à Longchamp Sale in Paris. Early in 2006 Simon announced he was branching out on his own to found Kidston SA, still based in Geneva, a consultancy to aspiring and high-level collectors that has since become synonymous with Private Treaty sales of the world's rarest and most beautiful motor cars.

Simon is the nephew of 1920s aviation record-breaker and Bentley Boy, Commander Glen Kidston. His father, Commander Home Kidston, was just as much of a motoring enthusiast as his Le Mans-winning older brother, owning and racing a succession of magnificent cars that included Bentleys, Bugattis and Mercedes-Benz (“long before anyone dreamed of keeping them”, laughs Simon). Simon has succeeded in returning some of them to family ownership.

Simon enjoys historic events at the wheel of his Lamborghini Miura SV and Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and believes cars should be driven. He judges at the famed Pebble Beach and Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d'Elegance, and since 2000 has been 'the voice' of the Villa d'Este concours in Italy. He writes a monthly column for Classic Cars magazine and has presented the 'World's Finest Cars' shows on Smithsonian Networks TV in the USA. His other passions include skiing, good food, bad '80s music and, as he admits with a wry smile, "I'm a bit of a James Bond film buff, actually". His colleagues have a bet on how long it will take him to learn to fly - having tracked down and acquired the unique Gipsy Moth racing biplane his father owned in the 1930s - given the constant excuse that there's always "one more car deal" to conclude first.

Emanuele Collo — Business Manager

Born in Milan, Italy, Emanuele's passion for classic cars was encouraged from a young age by his uncles, both keen historic racers. Emanuele soon found himself attending events in his home town and at the nearby Monza circuit, later supporting the family team in rallies further afield and eventually co-driving.

Concurrently pursuing a Business degree at Italy's famous Bocconi University, Emanuele first contacted Simon Kidston to ask for an internship as part of his studies. Simon's surprising advice was to join him in the business, and in the summer of 2008 Emanuele moved from Milan to Geneva to start his career at Kidston SA as a junior classic car specialist.

He has since learned the business inside out, built up his own client network with particular emphasis on Italian, English and German enthusiasts and collectors, and established a reputation for a professional, close-liaising relationship with clients. He oversees Kidston's price and history database, closely follows client restoration projects, enjoys supervising Kidston's magazine and video shoots and in the little time he has left bravely accompanies Simon as co-driver in frequent adventures. His own pride and joy is a 1973 Porsche 911 with original 'Milano' licence plates, and although he is fascinated by both pre- and post-War cars, he is Kidston’s ‘go-to’ expert on ‘Youngtimers’ (with apologies to the Oxford English Dictionary).

Peter Wallman — Consultant

With career highlights that include selling the ex-Park Lane showroom McLaren F1 in 2008, a car that set a new price level for the model, as well as consigning the ex-Fangio 1956 Ferrari 290 MM to auction in New York, Peter Wallman is no stranger to the saleroom. Nor – as the Works Ferrari subsequently sold for $28m – is he unaccustomed to handling big figures and the world’s top collectors who so greatly prize these four-wheeled works of art.

Peter has worked in the sphere of classic cars and collectibles for over a decade. British born, but having spent nearly two decades in advertising, with spells in New York, London and Milan, he is fluent in Italian. His previous role was managing director of the European arm of an international auction house, responsible for conducting sales in Paris, London, Monaco and Milan, setting world records, exploring fresh markets and forging new strategic relationships along the way.

Away from the high-pressure environment of deal-making, Peter can be found on family adventures in his Ferrari 365 GT 2+2, or at the wheel of either their early Jaguar E-type coupé or a recent acquisition, his beautifully original 1961 Riva Ariston motor launch.

Kirsten Stromstad — Office Manager

Norwegian-American, Kirsten grew up in an International private boarding school on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Her childhood’s favorite vehicle was her father’s 1956 Landrover well known in Gstaad as “La Vache”, with its hard-top and doors decorated in a typical Swiss fashion representing “la montée à l’alpage” by Hedi Olden, former owner of Hotel Olden in Gstaad.

Over the years, Kirsten has built solid professional experience in a variety of areas ranging from the non-profit, education, hotel & tourism and consumer goods sectors. Kirsten brings to us not only her language skills: English, French, Italian, German, with basic knowledge of Swiss-German and Norwegian, but also her service-oriented approach which is well-suited to the demands of a business where clients come to expect precision and attention to detail.

Kirsten is the main point of contact for new client enquiries, marketing and advertising, event organisation and the Kidston team’s constant travel schedule organiser.

A graduate of Middlebury College (B.A.), Kirsten also earned a graduate degree at Colorado Technical University, one of the first accredited online degrees available at the time (Executive M.B.A).

Cristiana Wicht — Accounts and Finance

From the north-east of Italy by birth and Swiss by marriage, Cristiana was recruited by Simon to Bonhams Europe in 2005 with responsibility for the auction firm's European Accounting and followed her colleagues to Kidston SA in 2006. She supervises sales settlements, business accounting and supplier relations.

Arthur Halff — History and Price Database

After completing his Master’s in communication & conflict resolution, Arthur was selected by a former DTM champion to join his school team to race in the Porsche Sports Cup Germany. He followed by doing a few endurance races on modern GT cars, but his true passion are the Classics. In Paris, he used to help the organization of Le Mans Classic and the Tour Auto for his internship and it is of no surprise that Arthur eagerly joined Kidston SA in 2016 specializing in the research of the history of cars. Monitoring and closely following the market trends, Arthur also guides collectors with the process of buying or selling cars or help with different tasks in the company.

When Arthur is not on 4-wheels or 2-wheels, he is seen to zoom around Geneva and his hometown Paris on his electric unicycle!

Anthony MacLean

Called to the Bar in 1971, Oxford-educated and multilingual lawyer Anthony MacLean has enjoyed over four decades at the forefront of international law, specialising – since 1988 when he became a director of Robert Brooks (Auctioneers) Ltd on formation – in auction businesses, mergers and acquisitions and high value classic cars. He remained a key figure in Brooks, then Bonhams, until 2016.

His private legal practice is known for its expertise in international commercial, shipping and financial transactions, investment in classic cars and dispute resolution.

British born – he’s distantly related to Sir Fitzroy MacLean, the ex-Special Forces legend often considered Ian Fleming’s inspiration for 007 – Anthony has lived in Switzerland for many years and is fluent in French and Italian. A passionate Lanciaphile, he was one of the two key players in the discovery, restoration and eventual sale of historic Lancia D50 and Lancia-Ferrari Grand Prix cars to major private collectors and museums. He advises Kidston SA and its clients on their legal needs and is much in demand for his pragmatic approach to problem solving.