Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golfers Putt to the Test for 007's Car; Extra Challenge for Players in Charity Tournament Prince's Trust Challenge Trophy 2007

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golfers Putt to the Test for 007's Car; Extra Challenge for Players in Charity Tournament Prince's Trust Challenge Trophy 2007

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Byline: By Paul Loraine

GOLFERS who play it right at a charity event are being offered the chance to drive-off in 007's favourite runaround - an Aston Martin.

The keys to the pounds 90,000 vehicle beloved of James Bond are up for grabs to anyone taking part in next month's Prince's Trust golf day at Slaley Hall in Northumberland.

The luxurious Aston Martin V8 Vantage is being donated by motor dealer Stratstone.

And all competitors have to do to win the classic sports car is sink a hole-in-one on the par three sixth on Slaley's famous Hunting Course.

Surprisingly, Mike Allan, dealer principal for Aston Martin, says he would love to see one of the 80 celebrity and corporate players lined-up to take part in the July 5 event, getting behind the wheel of the supercar.

"It would be absolutely wonderful if someone could do it. It's possible because there could be a few bandits out on the course.

"It's a wonderful car with flowing lines, hand assembled in the UK. It's got a 4.3 V8 engine and epitomises the power, elegance and style of the Aston Martin.

"The sixth on the Hunting course is a tricky par three over water, and most amateur golfers think about nothing but the water. I think there might be a few thinking about the water and the Aston Martin this time.

"I think I'll be standing on the side of the sixth green watching with interest.

"But I would love to be handing over the keys to someone afterwards, and I think there's a chance I will be. I hear some of the footballers have been putting in a little bit of extra practice."

The golf day is one of four star-studded charity sporting events this summer in aid of the Prince's Trust Challenge Trophy.

Hailed as the biggest charity sporting event to be launched in the region since the Great North Run, two teams of sporting personalities and stars of stage and screen will compete in the area's top arenas, including Newcastle United's St James's Park and Durham County Cricket Club. …

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