Star’s visit gives Ford fan a real rev- up

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

CAN­CER pa­tient Martin Hig­gin­son has had a run of bad luck with his health but the Ford fa­natic man­aged to put on a brave smile af­ter get­ting a visit from V8 Su­per­cars driver Scott Pye.

Mr Hig­gin­son, from Mackay, is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Townsville Hos­pi­tal and said he had friends com­ing up for the three- day race event his week­end.

But, as he is too sick to at­tend, Mr Hig­gin­son’s doc­tors or­gan­ised a sur­prise visit to bring a bit of the track to the ward.

“I have al­ways liked Ford. They drive bet­ter and are built bet­ter, and I was a bit flab­ber­gasted to get a visit from their driv­ers,” Mr Hig­gin­son said. “It makes be­ing in hos­pi­tal a bit eas­ier and my friends are very j eal­ous.

“The V8s are a great thing and they bring a lot of money and tourism to the place. So, it’s re­ally good.”

Pye, who drives for DJR Team Penske, said he was glad a lit­tle thing like sign­ing an au­to­graph meant so much to fans.

“I heard Martin’s story and he sounded like such a de­ter­mined guy and I jumped at the chance to meet him,” he said.

“There are plenty of peo­ple that love our sport, and wher­ever they are they might not be able to make it to races so any time an op­por­tu­nity comes up for us to meet them is fan­tas­tic.”

THRILL: Martin Hig­gin­son with Scott Pye.

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