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are James Bond fans (or specif­i­cally Sean Con­nery fans) will surely re­mem­ber Goldfin­ger, and the fa­mous golf match be­tween Bond and the cheat­ing Goldfin­ger.

It was staged at a fa­mous golf course near Slough (a town which was once the home of sev­eral fa­mous rac­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers and teams) called Stoke Park. A for­mer stately home, it is now a ho­tel and golf venue. If you saw the film you may re­call that Od­djob chopped the head off one of the stat­ues with his bowler hat!

For the past three years Stoke Park has or­gan­ised the Club Cup Golf Tour­na­ment, an event to which they in­vite 4-man teams from all the leading clubs of Eng­land. The Hurling­ham, Aspinalls, All Eng­land Ten­nis, Cale­do­nian Club, Queens Club, to men­tion just a few of the eigh­teen clubs which make up the field. The Bri­tish Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club is al­ways in­vited and I am grate­ful to have been on their team ev­ery year.

My old mate Jeremy Ros­siter was un­avail­able this time so my team mates this year were three of the young English up-and-com­ing stars, Will Stevens (Re­nault 3.5 and Caterham F1 sim­u­la­tor driver), Dun­can Tappy (now driv­ing for Bent­ley) and Sam Bird (for­mer Mercedes F1 sim­u­la­tor driver and ‘al­most‘ GP2 cham­pion in 2013).

Sam is now driv­ing for Fer­rari in their GT pro­gram, and rac­ing in Amer­ica as well. Dun­can and Sam are golf­ing reg­u­lars, but Will was the new­comer to the team.

These three young guys hit the ball a mile, so they out-drive me off the tee and it takes a bit of ‘skill and cun­ning’ around the green to match them on any hole!

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