I'm happy to report that SilverDisc won the bidding for Nick Park's Austin A35 van on eBay on Saturday, with all proceeds being donated to the Wallace and Gromit's Children’s Foundation. According to Nick Park, Oscar-winning creator of Wallace and Gromit:
I’ve always been a fan of Austins and this particular vehicle inspired me to come up with the Anti-Pesto van that was central to the plot and rehabilitation of the vegetable eating 'pests' in Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The van needed to be big enough to transport Wallace’s invention the Bunvac 2000 while at the same time slick enough to go on high speed chases after the formidable Were-Rabbit, and the Austin was a perfect match.
We're very happy to be supporting the Wallace and Gromit's Children's Foundation with our purchase of this inspirational piece of movie memorabilia. We have some big plans for the van, which we'll let you know about over the coming days and weeks on this blog.