Prince Charles’s Should Tell 007 To Top It Up With Wine And Cheese

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Imagine the scene: half a dozen tooled-up heavies are pursuing James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin when Q mutters into his earpiece, “You’re getting low on fuel Bond. Better top up.”

So he u-turns at 200 miles an hour into the nearest petrol station where he finds 76 frustrated motorists who’ve been queuing for hours for petrol. Presumably, Bond then gets shot, his Aston Martin blows up and his girlfriend runs off with someone in an anorak and wellington boots in a battery-powered Tesla.

So it’s time Bond took a tip from Prince Charles.

It all started when, for his 21st birthday Charles was given a blue 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Voltane drop-head as a present from his mum, otherwise known as the Queen. Charles drove the car on its usual fuel until he decided he would like his vehicle to be more environmentally friendly. So, he approached the Aston Martin engineers and explained that he wanted the car converted to run on bio-fuel.

“The engineers at Aston said, ‘Oh, it’ll ruin the whole thing,'” Charles told Britain’s Daily Telegraph in 2018. “I said, ‘Well I won’t drive it then,’ so they got on with it and now they admit that it runs better and is more powerful on that fuel than it is on petrol.

“And also, it smells delicious as you’re driving along,” he added.

Under the hood of the DB6. Via Aston Martin

After pooh-poohing the original idea Aston Martin now refer to Charles’s DB6 as “a sustainable green machine in line with his myriad eco-friendly endeavours”.

Bio-fuels are created by fermenting sugar and starch from plants and other by-products. So what are the ingredients in the royal super-fuel? Well, English white wine and cheese.

Yes, the royal chariot is powered by left-over wine and whey which is a by-product of cheese-making. No wonder it smells nice. It wouldn’t work in our house where we have very little left-over wine but presumably, all those wine-and-cheese parties supply no end of leavings for the royal fuel tank.

So now Prince Charles sails serenely past the filling-station queues, no doubt administering the odd royal wave as the commoners in their petrol-driven vehicles fume and fulminate.

The interior, complete with wooden steering wheel and red “eject” button. Via Aston Martin

We expect Charles to explain his cheesy secret to James Bond before he saves the world next time. We would think the conversation would go something like this:

007: “So, to help the environment what advice would you give to the common folk then your Royal Highness?”

Prince Charles: “Let them eat cheese.”

And it puts a new spin on drink driving, that’s for sure.

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