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PROTON GEN-2 CARS GO 'AROUND THE GROUNDS'

17 Feb 2006

Known as the 'Around the Grounds Tour', six members of the Propulsion and Airframe Components Flight at Royal Air Force Coltishall will be driving the length and breadth of England and Wales visiting all 92 football league grounds and the two national stadiums (Wembley and Cardiff).

Proton Cars are shirt sponsors of Norwich City Football Club, so it is highly appropriate that the tour will start from the 'Canaries' home at Carrow Road this Sunday 19th February; the tour will finish at St James' Park, Newcastle United, the following Friday 24th February.

The RAF members will cover over 2,600 miles in their two distinctive yellow and green Proton GEN-2 cars as they strive to achieve their target whilst collecting goods from the clubs to auction after the event.

Money is being raised for Macmillan Cancer Relief through direct sponsorship of the tour itself (see www.justgiving.com/aroundthegrounds) and through monies raised by the post-event eBay auction activity.

Editors' Notes:

PROTON CARS

PROTON (Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Berhad) was founded as a vehicle manufacturer in Malaysia in 1983 and Proton Cars (UK) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary, began trading in the UK just four years later. PROTON acquired a share in Group Lotus plc in 1996, increasing its stake to 100% in 2003. PROTON exports to 50 countries worldwide; the largest export market is the UK. The current range in the UK consists of a five door family hatchback, the GEN-2, a five door city car, the Savvy, a four door saloon car, the Impian and a half tonne pick-up, the Jumbuck. A three door supermini will be launched later this year.

PROPULSION & AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS FLIGHT RAF COLTISHALL

The Propulsion & Aircraft Components Flight (PACF) is part of the Engineering & Supply Wing at RAF Coltishall. PACF is the hub for second line maintenance for the Jaguar aircraft and sections within the flight are responsible for numerous components including the aircrafts' engines, the Adour Mk 106, external fuel tanks, tyre and wheel components, hydraulics and liquid oxygen. PACF is made up of around 65 personnel with the majority being employed in the engine and components bays, however the flight is also responsible for the operation of the Uninstalled Engine Test Facility and the Early Failure Detection Centre.

MACMILLAN CANCER RELIEF

Macmillan Cancer Relief helps people who are living with cancer. Each and every day 739 people in the UK are told they have cancer. More than one million people in the UK today have had a cancer diagnosis and more than one in three will be diagnosed at some time in their life. This means that the demand for Macmillan's services will also increase. So as well as taking action today to support people with cancer, they are shaping the future of cancer care. By working closely with people with cancer, their families and communities, they aim to develop services which reflect people's real needs and wishes. Macmillan Cancer Relief also shares its expertise with a wide range of health and social care providers, leading by example and inspiring others to meet their standards.

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