It’s a Rolls-Royce of a school trip for motor enthusiast Callum

TOUR Callum Jeffery, 11, on his visit to the home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood
TOUR Callum Jeffery, 11, on his visit to the home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood
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CAR fanatic Callum Jeffery’s dream came true when he was given a VIP tour around the Rolls-Royce factory.

The 11-year-old had already made a name for himself as the motor correspondent on his school newspaper, The Trosnant Times.

So when he wrote to the luxury car maker, based in Goodwood, near Chichester asking to spend a day at the plant to interview designers and engineers they didn’t hesitate.

They sent a Rolls to pick up young Callum and headteacher Jim Hartley from Trosnant Junior School, in Havant, and so began a day they will never forget.

The year seven pupil said: ‘It was good because they picked us up in my favourite car, a Rolls-Royce Phantom extended wheelbase.

‘It cost £400,000 but one day I hope I’ll own one.

‘The tour of the factory was good and I met the designers.

‘One day I’d like to either be a Rolls-Royce designer or a motor journalist.

‘I’ve been into cars for as long as I can remember and I read lots of car magazines and have lots of models.’

Callum and Mr Hartley were treated to a VIP lunch just like any other millionaire who visits the factory to choose which vehicle to buy.

Mr Hartley said: ‘It was absolutely fantastic.

‘We ran a project to write a persuasive letter to a famous person and Callum got it into his head to write to Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the chief executive of Rolls-Royce, because he is a car fanatic.

‘While many of the children asked for things from celebrities such as a signed picture or a baseball cap all he wanted to do was talk more about cars.

‘I was so impressed by him because he was able to carry out discussions with adults.’

Mr Hartley added: ‘He was not just knowledgable but he had manners and good conversation.

‘I think a lot of the staff had seen the Callum’s Cars page of the school newspaper and they were very impressed.’

Andrew Ball, corporate communications manager for Rolls-Royce and Callum’s host for the day, said: ‘It was a pleasure to meet Callum and I was impressed by his professionalism.

‘He is undoubtedly a talented young man and I have no doubt that he has a bright future in the exciting world of automotive journalism.’