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DJ Chris Evans' charity road trip ends at Chewton Glen Hotel

Friday 1st July 2011

Southern Daily Echo

DJ Chris Evans showed off his £12m pride and joy - at a Hampshire hotel.

The Radio 2 breakfast host, 45, posed with the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO at the Chewton Glen hotel in the New Forest at the end of his annual road trip in aid of Children in Need yesterday.

He has raised £500,000 by auctioning chances to drive one of seven vintage Ferraris.

The Chris Evans Ferrari Drive's 200-mile tour started at his Berkshire home and stopped off at several location including Longleat, near Warminster, Wiltshire.

Among the cars were five from his own collection - a 1969 365 GTC, a 1985 288 GTO, a 1992 F40, a 2010 599 GTO and a 2011 SA Aperta.

Three others - a 1963 250 GT Lusso Competition, a 1966 275 GTB 4 Cam and the back up a 1964 250 Lusso - had been loaned especially for the event.

When Evans and the convoy arrived at Longleat, they were greeted by park owner Lord Bath.

During the pit stop a crowd gathered to admire the vintage

vehicles and have photographs taken with the radio star.

The DJ had kicked off the four-day BBC Children in Need Drive And Dine extravaganza with a live broadcast from the bottom of his garden.

After leaving Longleat, the convoy headed into Dorset countryside, visiting the Monkey World sanctuary.

Following a refreshment break, Evans lent a hand by doing a scatter feed of fresh fruit and vegetables for chimpanzee Paddy and his family group.

He then went to see Enzo, the endangered woolly monkey he named during last year's visit to the sanctuary.

Before leaving, the DJ was invited to christen Enzo's newborn cousin by naming him Milo - making him Evans' second ''God-monkey'' at the park.

The Drive and Dine event finished at the Chewton Glen.

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