Rotarian puts foot down for charity

Cherie Gunn being interviewed by Chris Evans (in the red hat with the microphone) while husband Tom looks on
Cherie Gunn being interviewed by Chris Evans (in the red hat with the microphone) while husband Tom looks on

Driving a Ferrari and rubbing shoulders with Formula One bosses was how one North-east couple spent their weekend.

The couple secured their dream weekend by bidding on a Children in Need acution on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show.

Tom Gunn and his wife, Cherie, were given the opportunity to get behind the wheel of some of the ‘magnificent seven’ fleet of cars, including a vintage 1961 Ferrari California.

After Oldmeldrum Rotary Club member, Tom, sold his global marine navigation services business just over a year ago, he ‘retired’.

Describing himself and his wife as ‘petrol heads’, Tom told members how he had driven from their Banffshire home to England to meet up with another 12 couples, who in total had bid in excess of £1.5 million for the weekend.

The day began with breakfast at Evans’ Berkshire mansion as he presented his morning radio show, before travelling to Ascot and a private airfield owned by Pink Floyd drummer, Mick Mason.

His private collection of cars were viewed, before the group sped off to enjoy an evening with McLaren Formula 1 boss, Ron Dennis.

Other pit stops included the famous Thruxton racing circuit, where some other vintage sports cars were driven as well as a visit to Clifton Hall for a cabaret with singer Gary Barlow.

Tom said: “Most of the people taking part were entrepreneurs who had sold their businesses and were looking to give something back.

“It was an incredible few days spent driving fantastic cars in the company of some really interesting people. We made some good friends and we’ve all kept in contact since.”