Aston Martin hosts launch of international cycling fundraiser


What do a pair of Paralympians and James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 have in common?

Both were the stars of the show at a glamorous launch event for the Seashell Trust’s Cycle Switzerland challenge.

80 intrepid road cyclists gathered amongst the superstars and supercars at the Aston Martin showroom in Wilmslow to discover what they can expect during the five-day, 300-mile challenge.

Multiple gold medal-winning Paralympic cyclists Lora and Neil Fachie, who are Seashell Trust Ambassadors, spoke on the highs and lows of their glittering careers.

Inspired by this, the riders will take on some of the classic cycling hill-climbs between Geneva and Zurich in September this year.

The ride will also take in the iconic Furka Pass (featured in Bond’s third outing, Goldfinger) and an Aston Martin DB5 – from 007 film Spectre – made a special appearance in celebration.

Nik Boxall, dealer principal at Aston Martin Wilmslow said: “We were delighted to be able host this evening for Seashell Trust.

“We wanted to do out bit to help them recruit cyclists and raise as much money as they can.”

Dominic Tinner, head of fundraising at Seashell Trust, added: “This is a great opportunity for those who like a cycling challenge to experience some of the finest scenery and raise funds for extremely vulnerable young people at the same time.”