Fans to drive Chris Evans' fleet of exotic motors
BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans will allow fans and petrolheads to sample the delights of his impressive fleet of luxury cars in a generous gesture to raise money for Children in Need.
The famous Ferrari fan will hand over the keys to 12 of his most treasured possessions after auctioning off two exclusive driving packages to the general public for Children in Need last November.
Yesterday, the winning bidders got a chance to meet Mr Evans and come face-to-face with the Ferraris, Aston Martins and other desirable machines they are soon to drive in the Berkshire countryside around the presenter's home.
Two driving opportunities were available to bidders last year: a Magnificent Seven package allowed seven couples to get behind the wheel of a 2011 Ferrari Sa Aperta, a 1990 Ferrari F40, a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, and a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB.
It also included a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder, a 1961 Ferrari TR61, and a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso 'Competition'.
A Famous Five package saw five couples speeding off in an exact replica of the 1965 Morris Minor Cooper S, a 1970 E-type Jaguar, a 1987 Lamborghini Muira, a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 - used in the James Bond film Goldeneye, and a 27-litre 1930 Bentley Meteor.
Overall, the auction raised a whopping £801,797 for Children in Need but the lucky bidders do get some serious rewards for their charitable donations.
After a BBQ Breakfast cooked by F1 Racing Legend Jody Scheckter and his Laverstoke Park Team, the cars will be driven from Chris's Berkshire home through various landmarks including Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.
The Magnificent Seven Tour will end at Cliveden House Hotel in Berkshire where couples will be treated to dinner and golf at the nearby Foxbridge Golf Club.
Both groups will then meet at a Dine and Disco evening where food will be cooked by Giorgio Locatelli, wines chosen by Olly Smith, bread baked by Paul Hollywood and entertainment taken care of by Take That's Gary Barlow.
They will all then ride up the famous Goodwood Hill Climb at the Festival of Speed.