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Chris Evans buys Dunlop Bridge from Donington

Mon, 17 Sep 2012

Radio 2 DJ and Ferrari nut Chris Evans has bought the Dunlop Bridge from Donington Park in a charity auction.

When Chris Evans goes to an auction, he usually comes back with a trophy car from Maranello, such as the James Coburn Ferrari 250 GT SWB (or the Ferrari 250 GTO he bought privately through RM Auctions).

This time, the Ginger one has been busy buying the sort of motoring ephemera that only a man with a big back garden could afford to find a home for – the iconic Dunlop Bridge from Donington Park.

The Dunlop Bridge was taken down at Donington in 2009 when previous owners of the tack were pitching to host the British Grand Prix and has been lurking, in pieces, in a yard ever since until someone came up with the bright idea of auctioning it off for charity.

Step forward Mr Evans with his cheque book open to snap up the bridge, which ended up going for just £300.

Chris intimated he’d be putting the Dunlop Bridge up in his back garden, but what local planners will have to say remains to be seen. Jeremy Clarkson got away with having an  English Electric Lightning Jet in his garden, but his local planners caught up with him and made him remove it.

Maybe if Chris can get the Dunlop Bridge in at under 4 meters high it’ll be exempt from planning regulations?

By Cars UK