Bond cars flock to Beaulieu for special event

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A one-off Bond-themed day at Beaulieu was a big success, attracting a mass of vehicles of the types featured in the famous movie series.

Coinciding with the National Motor Museum's Bond in Motion display, itself celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 007 films, Simply Bond showcased Aston DB5s which have become synonymous with the British secret agent, Lotus Esprits (Spy Who Loved Me), Triumph Stags (Diamonds are Forever) and a Sunbeam Alpine (Dr No).

Other cars with a Bond connection included Aston Martin DBS and Vanquish, a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, BMW Z8 and a couple of gleaming Mustangs. 

The Aston Martin Owners’ Club put on an extra display of 40 Astons, the marque most associated with James Bond.

A parade around the grounds by 20 of the cars was followed by a people's concours in which price and prestige were overturned when Jim Gibson's Bond-liveried Citroën 2CV (For Your Eyes Only) bested Karl Kittlety's Aston Martin DB6 and Julia Howorth's DB3.  

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