PEOPLE out and about in the district could be forgiven for thinking they have double Pudsey vision.
Sophie Harris from Long Itchington, and Dawn Morgan from Moreton Morrell, were the two lucky winners of specially decorated Children in Need Minis featuring a giant Pudsey design by artist Doug Hyde.
The pair, who have never met, both attended Chris Evans’ CarFest North and South events in July and August respectively and both paid £10 for their winning raffle tickets. The two cars were the top prizes at the two events to raise money for Children in Need.
Sophie told The Observer she realised something unusual was going on when friends were texting her, saying they had seen her driving her Pudsey Mini around places she had not been.
Sophie, who works at Cape Road Dental Practice in Warwick, said: “It was a real ‘I never win anything’ moment – I was sat right at the top of the field by the stage when Chris Evans called my name out as the winner of the Mini.
“I raced down to the stage waving my ticket. It was such a surreal experience because I got to meet Chris Evans and Danny Baker and sat on stage with them!
“The ladies on reception point out my car to children who come to the dentist and tell them Pudsey is in getting his teeth checked too.
“I definitely turn heads driving around in the Mini.”
It wasn’t until Sophie was told about a plea on Facebook from Dawn to reunite the cars that the mystery of the matching cars was solved.
Dawn, Head of Sixth Form at Leamington’s Kingsley School, added: “I only went for one day of CarFest North so didn’t get to hear my name called out on stage, but some of my students were there and heard it.
“The Mini was the star prize of the raffle – which I nearly didn’t enter – and the other prizes were things like a Fiat 500, experience days and indoor skydiving. It was £10 well spent.
“People come and talk to you about the car. I often see people laughing or shaking their head as I drive past!
“My twin daughters will get to enjoy driving Pudsey too in a few years when they are 17.”
The pair got their cars together – which can only be told apart by their number plates and different coloured wing mirrors – for Children in Need at Kingsley School.