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EARLIER THIS year James May revealed to the world what he thought was the most significant car of all time. It wasn’t the Citroën DS, or the Ford Model T. In fact it wasn’t really a car at all: James May’s most significant car yet made was the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Corgi model of 1965.
Why? In his words: “Look, childhood is formative, and those of us who love cars loved them first as die-cast toys. In the first year of production more than 2.5m Corgi Bond Astons were sold, making it the fastest-selling car of all time. It was revised and enlarged in 1968 (No 270, toy nerds) and is about to be relaunched again as a 50th-anniversary tribute. It has therefore been more formative than any other toy car. QED.”
There you have it: the Bond Corgi is a very important model car indeed, and the 50th-anniversary version is set to reignite the passion for a new generation.
To celebrate, Driving has teamed up with Hornby, the owner of Corgi, to give away 10 new Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5s.
Nine of the models come in classic silver, as in the Goldfinger film, and will be awarded to nine runners-up, but our overall winner will receive a model finished in limite-edition gold and displayed in a retro-style anniversary box – just like the original model.
Features of the models include:
- Working ejector seat
- Front-mounted machineguns
- Bulletproof screen
Not only that, but the top prize also includes an Aston Martin driving experience, which involves getting behind the wheel of not one but three of Aston Martin’s most celebrated real cars: a V8 Vantage, a DB9 and the DBS. It’s a chance to be Bond for the day and a perfect gift for Father’s Day (June 21).
- Full safety briefing
- 18 driving miles
- Demonstration lap
- One high-speed passenger lap
- A certificate commemorating your supercar driving day
This experience is available in five locations across the UK:
- Lincolnshire (Midlands): Blyton Park
- North Yorkshire (the north): Elvington
- Northamptonshire (Midlands): Rockingham
- Surrey (the southeast): Longcross
- Wiltshire (the southwest): Castle Coombe
Driving experience restrictions:
- Your voucher is valid for 10 months for one person
- This experience is available on selected weekdays and weekends from March to November
- Minimum height: 1.52m/5ft
- Maximum height is 1.95m/6ft 5in
- MaxImum weight is 114kg/18 stone
- Minimum age is 18 years
- At all locations drivers must hold a valid full UK driving licence. This will need to be presented on the day of the experience. Photocopies will not be accepted
- A health declaration must be signed by the driver on the event day
- If in any doubt about your suitability for the experience, please check with the supplier before booking
- All drivers will be required to sign a disclaimer accepting liability should damage be caused to the vehicle through their negligence
- Participants must have a good grasp of the english language for training and safety purposes
- All dates are subject to availability
Full terms and conditions are below.
How to enter
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If you’re not on Twitter, please use the competition entry form below.
The competition ends at 11.59pm on Tuesday, June 3, 2015. Find full terms and conditions below.
The Corgi brand was created by the Mettoy Company of Northampton, which first started to produce colourful, pressed metal toys in the 1930s. The name Corgi (after the Welsh dog) was chosen for three reasons: first, because it was short and catchy; secondly because the models were to be produced in Swansea and thirdly because of its strong association with the Royal Family.
The first Corgi models appeared in 1956 and covered British-built saloon cars of the period.
Without doubt, Corgi’s best known model is James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. First produced in 1965 and featuring ejector seat and front-mounted machine guns, it was an instant success earning the UK Toy of the Year Award. Priced at around 10/- (50p), by 1968 more than 3.9 million had been sold. At an auction, a rare gold-plated version given only to visiting VIPs to the Corgi factory made £1,300.
In 50 years, Corgi has produced models of virtually every type of car, bus and truck.
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CORGI BOND DB5 AND ASTON MARTIN DRIVING EXPERIENCE COMPETITION RULES
- Open to United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland residents aged 18 or over only, except employees of the Promoter, News Corp UK & Ireland Limited, and their associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies, their families, agents or any other person(s) connected with the competition, including third party promotional partners.
- Competition closes at 23:59 on Tuesday, June 3, 2015 (the “Closing Date”). Entries received after the Closing Date will not be counted.
- One entry per person. Bulk, automatically generated or third party entries are void.
- To enter this competition you must retweet the competition tweet and include the hashtag #STCorgiDB5 before the Closing Date, or enter via the online form on Driving.co.uk. Those tweeting without the hashtag will not be counted.
- There will be one overall winner and nine runners-up. The overall winner will receive one Limited Edition Gold Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5 and an Ultimate Triple Aston Martin Driving Experience from BuyaGift, while the runners up will each receive one Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5 in silver (The Prize).
- Anyone found to use multiple entries to enter will be ineligible.
- The winners will be notified via Twitter or using the other contact details provided within 10 days of the Closing Date. All reasonable endeavours will be made to contact the winner and the runners during the specified time. If a winner cannot be contacted or is not available, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw from the valid/correct entries that were received before the Closing Date.
- The Prize is non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives to the prize in whole or in part.
- The winners may be required to participate in reasonable publicity relating to this Competition.
- The promoter of this competition is Times Newspapers Limited (the “Promoter”).
- General terms and conditions for competitions apply.
Additional terms from Hornby
- All taxes, insurances, transfers, spending money and other expenses (including meals or personal expenses upgrades etc.) as the case may be, unless specifically stated, are the sole responsibility of the prize winner.
- Hornby cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition or as a result of accepting any prize.
- Winners may be requested to take part in promotional activity and Hornby reserves the right to use the names and addresses of winners in any publicity both in paper and online.
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