Prince Charles Shows Off Car That Runs On Wine and Cheese

Known for his love of vintage vehicles, the Prince of Wales today showed off one of his all-time favourite automobiles – and it runs on wine and cheese!

On a visit to the new Aston Martin Lagonda factory in Wales, 71-year-old Prince Charles pulled up in his vintage Aston Martin DB6 Volante.

The car was a gift given to him by the Queen for his 21st birthday.

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The royal, who is a passionate advocate for environmental issues, converted the car to run on bioethanol made from wine and cheese back in 2008.

Speaking to the Telegraph at the time, he explained: “They discovered they could run it on surplus English white wine, but also I hadn’t realized that they had mixed whey into it, too.

The engineers at Aston said, ‘Oh, it’ll ruin the whole thing.’ 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.”

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The car was also used by Prince William and Kate Middleton to drive away from the church after their 2011 wedding.

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During the visit to the factory, Charles became one of the first people to check out Aston Martin’s first SUV, even placing a logo on the high-end car.

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