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Richard Rowe - CEO Golden brings famous ?188,938.88 Volkswagen Golf, once owned by Pope Benedict XVI, to the UK as part of their Worldwide tour.

The famous 1999 Volkswagen Golf, once owned by Pope Benedict XVI, and won on eBay by for an amazing ?188,938.88 ($244,590.83 USD), has now arrived in the UK?, the #1 Internet casino and poker room, made headlines worldwide this summer by winning one of the most popular and expensive eBay auctions of all time: Pope Benedict XVI?s previously owned 1999 Volkswagen Golf. The auction shattered all eBay records with an incredible 8.5 million visitors to its auction page. is delighted to announce the UK arrival and forthcoming autumn tour of the record-breaking car, nicknamed by the media as ?The Pope Benedict Mobile?. The car and its incredible story are set to feature at a number of UK Automobile shows over the coming months.

The history of the car is fascinating. A few months before being elected leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Josef Ratzinger) decided to sell his six-year-old VW Golf. Without knowing the car?s history, Benjamin Halbe, 21, bought the Golf in January. It was only when Halbe obtained the car?s registration documents confirming Josef Ratzinger as the former owner that he realized the truly blessed nature of his purchase.

Halbe auctioned the car on eBay in May 2005, and was quick to jump into the bidding in an effort to add the car to its large collection of remarkable and eccentric eBay phenomena.

? is delighted to bring our famous car to the UK and to have been invited to feature at these shows,? said CEO Richard Rowe. ?The fact that over 8.5 million people viewed this eBay auction clearly shows that the car has captured the world?s imagination. It is certain that people everywhere are eager to see and experience what are both an example of automobile and Internet history, plus, quite simply, a magical story!?

The car?s confirmed UK tour stops are the Volkswagen Enthusiasts Show, Donnington, 09 Oct 2005; MPH?05, Birmingham NEC Birmingham, 10-13 Nov 2005; and MPH?05, London Earls Court, 17-20 Nov 2005. plans also to create opportunities for media and the general public to sit in the car.

So, keep an eye out for this car that has captured the hearts and imaginations of so many people around the world. Who knows? A glimpse of this famous car might bring you luck!

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Comments on this event
On September 27th, 2005 at 6:47 PM L. Diamond. said:

Wow! What great photos!!!
On October 12th, 2005 at 9:40 PM I.M Christianson said:

Wow if Pope John Paul could see how much good his little VW has done in this world he certainly would break into tears of joy and happiness. I wonder if he knows his dream has been fulfilled! Good work G.P.C!
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On January 18th, 2006 at 8:29 AM hazza said:

Yeah I bet the pope would be well happy if only he was alive to see people stupid enough to pay that kind of money for a car and then have one of his possesions in a casino.
On January 20th, 2006 at 5:41 PM Popey Seed said:

How popeular is this car?
On June 04th, 2006 at 12:08 AM danny said:

vw great car ,should be a luck charm

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