Two men from north Norfolk outbid their former schoolmates in a charity auction to win their dream car – a Maserati – for the weekend. The luxury vehicle was donated to the auction by Marshall Maserati of Peterborough and the old school friends won the Maserati with a bid of £575, part of a £9,000 total raised for charity by the Old Greshamians Ball.
Charlie Mack and Duncan Baker were among hundreds of Gresham’s School alumni who attended the Ball reunion on 25 June, which raised money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The pair won the sporty GranTurismo Sport for the weekend with the winning bid.
Charlie and Duncan, who attended the school in Holt, north Norfolk from 1988 to 2003 and 1993 to 1998 respectively, still live locally. Charlie owns a 300-acre farm near Holt, and Duncan is a director of the Bakers and Larners of Holt department store.
Commenting on the auction win, Charlie said: “I remember from driving a couple of Maserati cars several years ago that they are great fun to drive and really stylish. So, when the auction started, both Duncan and I wanted to win the Maserati and decided that we’d go in for it together. We’ve already started thinking about the route we’re going to take and can’t wait to pick it up.”
Carole Merry, General Manager at Marshall Maserati, said: “I’m delighted for Charlie and Duncan that they’re going to have the opportunity to drive a Maserati for the weekend. Marshall Maserati is proud to have played a small part in helping to raise so much money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, such an incredibly worthy cause.”