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Bourne car enthusiast wins raffle prize of 1969 Fiat 500 classic car, once driven for TV by Jennifer Saunders





A self-confessed petrolhead’s luck was in when he won a classic Italian car after buying just two 38 pence raffle tickets.

Mark Sinclair, from Bourne, had never won a competition prize, but persistence paid off when he landed a 1969 white Fiat 500 classic motor through the Aspire Comps website.

The cars normally sell for between £8,000 and £12,000, but Mark’s number was drawn despite splashing out on just two raffle tickets costing 38 pence a pop.

Mark Sinclair with his classic 1969 Fiat 500, won with two 38p raffle tickets
Mark Sinclair with his classic 1969 Fiat 500, won with two 38p raffle tickets

“When I got the phone call I thought it was a wind-up, I mean what are the chances of that,” he said.

“The site has different prizes every week. I actually came across it because it had a VW Beetle that I wanted to win a couple of months before, but I didn’t buy any because I was sceptical.

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“I thought it was a bit of a scam because you never hear of anyone winning these prizes. So it all came as a bit of a shock.”

The car was driven by comedian Jennifer Saunders for a TV show on classic cars
The car was driven by comedian Jennifer Saunders for a TV show on classic cars

Aside from its age and provenance, the Fiat can also boast a TV appearance in 2015 series, The Classic Car Show, when it was driven around London by comedian Jennifer Saunders.

“It’s a really cracking little car,” Mark said.

“It’s what you expect from a 1969 car, no thrills and spills, it's just a solid little car.

“But it’s good fun, it brings a smile to your face.

“Everyone who you drive past gives you a little wave and little toot and a smile so that’s nice.”

The 54-year-old veteran will be rested during the harsh winter weather, while Mark, a purchaser manager and ‘massive’ car enthusiast, continues to drive his Audi A6 to get from A to B.

“It comes with a sunroof which is obviously a very old sunroof so it’s not exactly new-bought watertight,” he said.

“So in the summertime I’ll probably use it quite a bit, and in the wintertime it will be in the garage and just come out on the half-decent days.”

So now the prize drought is over, would Mark describe himself as lucky?

“Generally no, but on this occasion, very,” he said.

“The odds of winning it were one in 17,000.

“I’d never won anything in my life before this. I used to play the lottery and gave that up many years ago because I never even won the £25.”



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