One of the original cars from the classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is set to go under the hammer later this month as part of a charity auction in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI.
There are reportedly six different versions of the iconic ‘phantasmagorical machine’, the car with the ability to fly and to swim, driven by Dick Van Dyke in smash hit movie which was released over 50 years ago.
The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson owns one of the versions of the car as did radio presenter Chris Evans who chauffeured fans of his then BBC Radio 2 show to their wedding ceremony.
Co. Down man Andrew Bailey who purchased the car, which is the only one that actually drives, from Chris Evans is offering a trip in the magical car as an auction prize for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Love Letters Ball, celebrating 55 years of the charity, at Titanic Belfast on Friday 27th September.
The lucky winner will spend a morning or afternoon being chauffeur driven, sadly not flying, along the Ards Peninsula with ‘truly scrumptious’ food at Cafolla’s Premier Café before being transported to Mountstewart to include pictures with the car parked outside the stately National Trust property, a tour of the home and gardens and afternoon tea.
Mr Bailey and his wife Phillipa are friends of Michael Cafolla, owner of Cafolla’s Premier Café and whose son Thomas is currently recovering from a stem cell transplant to treat his lymphoma.
Michael Cafolla said, ‘This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to climb aboard one of Hollywood’s most famous cars and for a spectacular journey along our scenic coastline. We’re very grateful to Andrew Bailey for donating his prized car for a day to help us raise money to support local research right here in Belfast’.
For more information go to www.llni.co.uk