Newport multi-millionaire dentist to sell off UK's largest vintage car collection

James Hull with his car collection. (6687746)

James Hull with his car collection. (6687748)

First published in News

A £100 MILLION vintage car collection – the largest private set in the UK –was created by a Newport born multi-millionaire and stashed in a secret Herefordshire hangar for years.

Now James Hull, who started his dentistry business in Gwent, is looking to sell his prized collection which includes Elton John’s Bentley, a car owned by Winston Churchill and some of the rarest Jaguar models ever put into production.

He moved the 457 vintage cars to their county home, believed to be somewhere near Ross-on-Wye, after a "devastating" break-in in Newport which saw vandals drive them around the warehouse like rally cars.

Now he is hoping to sell the collection within the UK – and turn his attention to a new pastime.

He said: “My wife hopes it will be something smaller like stamps.

“This is the culmination of a life-long hobby.

“Each car has its story and all have played a part in the history of British motoring.

“It is part of our heritage and, with luck, I will succeed in finding a home that can not only be enjoyed and treasured by the British public but also be admired by visitors from across the world.”

While attracting interest from overseas buyers, Mr Hull – known to his friends as Lazarus after beating cancer three times – is also in discussion with five local enterprise partnerships over setting a permanent exhibition.

“It’s already bigger than most museums,” said Graham Searle, from the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club.

“When you add up the value of some of the individual cars alone, it’s a good deal - if you’ve got a £100 million to spend.”

Among the rarest cars in the collection is a Jaguar XKSS – one of just 16 ever made, and a favourite of fast-living fellow Jaguar enthusiast Steve McQueen.

The XKSS, like many in the collection was originally used for racing before being restored, re-painted and reassembled by a team of mechanics – a painstaking process that typically takes around three years due to rarity of parts involved.

Eardisley-based Phoenix Car Restoration were one local firm tasked with helping get the vehicles ready for exhibitions and motorshows.

In 2003, Phoenix owner Steve Grimsley put the finishing touches to one of Mr Hull’s Jaguar XK’s that was named ‘Champion of Champions’ at the prestigious International Motorshow in Birmingham.

First inspired by his grandfather’s Jaguar, Mr Hull – who amassed his fortune in cosmetic dentistry – wanted to put together “a memory-evoking display”.

Now, after 35 years collecting, Mr Hull will finally hand over the keys, as health problems have taken their toll.

He said: “I have merely been a passionate custodian of this hugely significant part of British history.”

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12:18pm Sat 31 May 14

displayed says...

He moved the 457 vintage cars to their county home, believed to be somewhere near Ross-on-Wye, after a "devastating" break-in in Newport which saw vandals drive them around the warehouse like rally cars.
Duh:
Hes just told people where they are!
Wealth doesn't "increase" your intelligence!
He moved the 457 vintage cars to their county home, believed to be somewhere near Ross-on-Wye, after a "devastating" break-in in Newport which saw vandals drive them around the warehouse like rally cars. Duh: Hes just told people where they are! Wealth doesn't "increase" your intelligence! displayed
  • Score: -30

1:23pm Sat 31 May 14

Lastpost says...

It is no secret where the cars are. Some of the villagers in the area Mr Hull has moved into weren't best pleased at the disturbance of the building work. The Campaign to Protect Rural England minuted this response in May 2013:

In 2008 the former farmer sold it to Dr James Hull, a multi-
millionaire. Since taking control he has demolished the former Georgian farmhouse and built at least 13 “barns” to hold his collection of classic cars. He had planning permission to demolish the former lodge but built a larger structure than the permission allowed. He is now building an additional barn right on the boundary of his land and has put up 2 other barns and destroyed a green lane without planning permission. He is also building a large mound which local people think is made up of rubble from the old market site in Hereford, resulting in constant heavy lorries driving through the village and intrusive lights. It has also severely affected the drainage of fields, resulting in flooding in the village.
It is no secret where the cars are. Some of the villagers in the area Mr Hull has moved into weren't best pleased at the disturbance of the building work. The Campaign to Protect Rural England minuted this response in May 2013: In 2008 the former farmer sold it to Dr James Hull, a multi- millionaire. Since taking control he has demolished the former Georgian farmhouse and built at least 13 “barns” to hold his collection of classic cars. He had planning permission to demolish the former lodge but built a larger structure than the permission allowed. He is now building an additional barn right on the boundary of his land and has put up 2 other barns and destroyed a green lane without planning permission. He is also building a large mound which local people think is made up of rubble from the old market site in Hereford, resulting in constant heavy lorries driving through the village and intrusive lights. It has also severely affected the drainage of fields, resulting in flooding in the village. Lastpost
  • Score: 17

1:59pm Sat 31 May 14

Skully says...

Fortune amassed by using foreign dentists paid low wages and with very poor standard of care, and little grasp of the English language.
Also recently investigated for TAX evasion.
Another article from the Argus bigging up a Newport born rich person,without questioning the methods used to amass such a fortune.
Probably an inheritance tax avoidance scam, like when he buried many of the above mentioned cars to avoid paying tax.
Surprised he never appeared on Watchdog. May be wrong but recall the Ferret doing an investigation a while ago.
Ill health should not excuse the methods used to get rich quick, as patient care was last on his list of priorities.
Fortune amassed by using foreign dentists paid low wages and with very poor standard of care, and little grasp of the English language. Also recently investigated for TAX evasion. Another article from the Argus bigging up a Newport born rich person,without questioning the methods used to amass such a fortune. Probably an inheritance tax avoidance scam, like when he buried many of the above mentioned cars to avoid paying tax. Surprised he never appeared on Watchdog. May be wrong but recall the Ferret doing an investigation a while ago. Ill health should not excuse the methods used to get rich quick, as patient care was last on his list of priorities. Skully
  • Score: 37

8:36pm Sat 31 May 14

Gasguy says...

So Tescos take over half the country, puts hundreds of independent shopkeepers out of business, makes staggering amounts of money yet we all still happily use their shops and say nothing but when a guy makes chain of successful businesses single handedly people find it hard to do anything but criticise. Well he has my support, and I also hope that fabulous collection of cars stay in the uk and maybe becomes available for the public to view.
So Tescos take over half the country, puts hundreds of independent shopkeepers out of business, makes staggering amounts of money yet we all still happily use their shops and say nothing but when a guy makes chain of successful businesses single handedly people find it hard to do anything but criticise. Well he has my support, and I also hope that fabulous collection of cars stay in the uk and maybe becomes available for the public to view. Gasguy
  • Score: 2

8:44pm Sat 31 May 14

Independentvoter says...

Well he made most of his MILLIONS from the NHS so I hope he gives some back !!!
Well he made most of his MILLIONS from the NHS so I hope he gives some back !!! Independentvoter
  • Score: -2

12:46am Sun 1 Jun 14

Skully says...

Gasguy wrote:
So Tescos take over half the country, puts hundreds of independent shopkeepers out of business, makes staggering amounts of money yet we all still happily use their shops and say nothing but when a guy makes chain of successful businesses single handedly people find it hard to do anything but criticise. Well he has my support, and I also hope that fabulous collection of cars stay in the uk and maybe becomes available for the public to view.
A large Tesco store opened locally, not a single independent store closed nearby. Tesco also employed it's workforce from the surrounding area.
James Hull purchased existing practices/opened new ones, then got his
work force from over seas. Many UK trained dentists couldn't/wouldn't work
for him because of the oath they take to provide a duty of care. Also they wouldn't work for the low wages offered. His practices were run for pure profit, using any method he could get away with. Some he didn't.
He is being criticised because of the methods used to become rich, not for being successful and rich.
[quote][p][bold]Gasguy[/bold] wrote: So Tescos take over half the country, puts hundreds of independent shopkeepers out of business, makes staggering amounts of money yet we all still happily use their shops and say nothing but when a guy makes chain of successful businesses single handedly people find it hard to do anything but criticise. Well he has my support, and I also hope that fabulous collection of cars stay in the uk and maybe becomes available for the public to view.[/p][/quote]A large Tesco store opened locally, not a single independent store closed nearby. Tesco also employed it's workforce from the surrounding area. James Hull purchased existing practices/opened new ones, then got his work force from over seas. Many UK trained dentists couldn't/wouldn't work for him because of the oath they take to provide a duty of care. Also they wouldn't work for the low wages offered. His practices were run for pure profit, using any method he could get away with. Some he didn't. He is being criticised because of the methods used to become rich, not for being successful and rich. Skully
  • Score: 14

12:54am Sun 1 Jun 14

Skully says...

Independentvoter wrote:
Well he made most of his MILLIONS from the NHS so I hope he gives some back !!!
I think you'll find he made his fortune from private dentistry, not so much from NHS. He also recently sold his chain to a very large corporate chain of dental practices. Not disclosed but reportedly for a very large sum of cash. They have a plan to take over as many independent dental surgeries as they can.
You don't get rich being an NHS dentist.
[quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: Well he made most of his MILLIONS from the NHS so I hope he gives some back !!![/p][/quote]I think you'll find he made his fortune from private dentistry, not so much from NHS. He also recently sold his chain to a very large corporate chain of dental practices. Not disclosed but reportedly for a very large sum of cash. They have a plan to take over as many independent dental surgeries as they can. You don't get rich being an NHS dentist. Skully
  • Score: 4

3:08am Sun 1 Jun 14

dbennett1990 says...

displayed wrote:
He moved the 457 vintage cars to their county home, believed to be somewhere near Ross-on-Wye, after a "devastating" break-in in Newport which saw vandals drive them around the warehouse like rally cars.
Duh:
Hes just told people where they are!
Wealth doesn't "increase" your intelligence!
I remember doing that. we didn't drive them like rally cars we just weren't very good at driving.who leaves the garage door open to a £100million stash of cars anyway? Maybe we used them as bumper cars at some point who knows it was years ago.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: He moved the 457 vintage cars to their county home, believed to be somewhere near Ross-on-Wye, after a "devastating" break-in in Newport which saw vandals drive them around the warehouse like rally cars. Duh: Hes just told people where they are! Wealth doesn't "increase" your intelligence![/p][/quote]I remember doing that. we didn't drive them like rally cars we just weren't very good at driving.who leaves the garage door open to a £100million stash of cars anyway? Maybe we used them as bumper cars at some point who knows it was years ago. dbennett1990
  • Score: -1

8:38am Sun 1 Jun 14

Independentvoter says...

Skully wrote:
Independentvoter wrote:
Well he made most of his MILLIONS from the NHS so I hope he gives some back !!!
I think you'll find he made his fortune from private dentistry, not so much from NHS. He also recently sold his chain to a very large corporate chain of dental practices. Not disclosed but reportedly for a very large sum of cash. They have a plan to take over as many independent dental surgeries as they can.
You don't get rich being an NHS dentist.
Private practices at the Gaer and down Pill in the 80's ???? I Don't think so. He made millions from giving NHS patients front implants. From the profits he opened up private practices and Cardiff Bay being one of his biggest.
[quote][p][bold]Skully[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: Well he made most of his MILLIONS from the NHS so I hope he gives some back !!![/p][/quote]I think you'll find he made his fortune from private dentistry, not so much from NHS. He also recently sold his chain to a very large corporate chain of dental practices. Not disclosed but reportedly for a very large sum of cash. They have a plan to take over as many independent dental surgeries as they can. You don't get rich being an NHS dentist.[/p][/quote]Private practices at the Gaer and down Pill in the 80's ???? I Don't think so. He made millions from giving NHS patients front implants. From the profits he opened up private practices and Cardiff Bay being one of his biggest. Independentvoter
  • Score: 4

12:10pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Gasguy says...

Skully wrote:
Gasguy wrote:
So Tescos take over half the country, puts hundreds of independent shopkeepers out of business, makes staggering amounts of money yet we all still happily use their shops and say nothing but when a guy makes chain of successful businesses single handedly people find it hard to do anything but criticise. Well he has my support, and I also hope that fabulous collection of cars stay in the uk and maybe becomes available for the public to view.
A large Tesco store opened locally, not a single independent store closed nearby. Tesco also employed it's workforce from the surrounding area.
James Hull purchased existing practices/opened new ones, then got his
work force from over seas. Many UK trained dentists couldn't/wouldn't work
for him because of the oath they take to provide a duty of care. Also they wouldn't work for the low wages offered. His practices were run for pure profit, using any method he could get away with. Some he didn't.
He is being criticised because of the methods used to become rich, not for being successful and rich.
What a load of rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]Skully[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gasguy[/bold] wrote: So Tescos take over half the country, puts hundreds of independent shopkeepers out of business, makes staggering amounts of money yet we all still happily use their shops and say nothing but when a guy makes chain of successful businesses single handedly people find it hard to do anything but criticise. Well he has my support, and I also hope that fabulous collection of cars stay in the uk and maybe becomes available for the public to view.[/p][/quote]A large Tesco store opened locally, not a single independent store closed nearby. Tesco also employed it's workforce from the surrounding area. James Hull purchased existing practices/opened new ones, then got his work force from over seas. Many UK trained dentists couldn't/wouldn't work for him because of the oath they take to provide a duty of care. Also they wouldn't work for the low wages offered. His practices were run for pure profit, using any method he could get away with. Some he didn't. He is being criticised because of the methods used to become rich, not for being successful and rich.[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish. Gasguy
  • Score: -4

6:46pm Sun 1 Jun 14

cwmbranfella says...

Jealousy is a disease that's all
Jealousy is a disease that's all cwmbranfella
  • Score: 3

11:27pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Lucyjh says...

cwmbranfella wrote:
Jealousy is a disease that's all
Totally agree with you cwmbranfella!! Jealousy was the first word that came to my mind too!! Good for him i say - he was a dentist, not a mass murderer for god's sake!!!
[quote][p][bold]cwmbranfella[/bold] wrote: Jealousy is a disease that's all[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you cwmbranfella!! Jealousy was the first word that came to my mind too!! Good for him i say - he was a dentist, not a mass murderer for god's sake!!! Lucyjh
  • Score: 4

12:19am Sat 28 Jun 14

carlgarwood says...

I for one am pleased he set up his dental practices. When I moved to the east of Newport area I could not find a NHS dentist for love or money anywhere in Newport.. I often had to pay privately for work at private dentists on Chepstow Road. Then I was put on James Hills books up the Gaer on the NHS. It was so good to find a dentist without ripping you off. The treatment I received there was very good . I found all staff very friendly.
I for one am pleased he set up his dental practices. When I moved to the east of Newport area I could not find a NHS dentist for love or money anywhere in Newport.. I often had to pay privately for work at private dentists on Chepstow Road. Then I was put on James Hills books up the Gaer on the NHS. It was so good to find a dentist without ripping you off. The treatment I received there was very good . I found all staff very friendly. carlgarwood
  • Score: 0

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