A COUPLE drove home in a brand new car after winning it in a raffle in the New Forest.

The Fiat 500C TwinAir was the star prize in an annual draw organised by the National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu.

The red soft-top was presented to Rosalind Cottee and her husband Norman in a ceremony at Palace House.

They were joined by Niall James from Snows Fiat and Abarth, which supplied the car.

Mr and Mrs Cottee, from Maidenhead in Berkshire, visited Beaulieu last summer, when Rosalind bought her winning ticket at the National Motor Museum.

She said: “We had a lovely day but I really didn’t expect to win anything, let alone the car.

"I think the only other thing I’ve ever won in a competition was a bowl of fruit. We’re both retired so I'll be using the Fiat for local trips.”

Carole McGuire won the second prize – an opportunity to take part in this year's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run as a passenger in a 1904 De Dion Bouton Model Q.

Carole, from Tonbridge in Kent, was presented with a commemorative certificate by the motor museum's chief engineer, Doug Hill.

She said: “It was meant to be. Years ago, I used to live near the route of the run so I always went to watch the veteran cars pass by.”

Third prize went to Michael Burton, from Formby near Liverpool, who won a VIP trip around the New Forest in a vehicle from the museum's collection.