Pais­ley-Monaco in wife’s hon­our

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

A re­tired po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent is driv­ing 1300-miles from Pais­ley to Monaco in his Rover 100 to raise money for char­ity.

Gordon Best, along with friend David Hen­drie, is mak­ing the trip in mem­ory of late wife Moira, with whom he had planned to tackle the Ral­lye Monte Carlo Clas­sique (see Out & About, p22).

When Gordon and Moira re­turned to the UK from Rhode­sia (now Zim­babwe) they bought ‘Cuth­bert’ – a 1960 Rover 100 that had spent 38 years in the African bush – with the in­ten­tion of en­ter­ing it this year’s event.

In 2013, how­ever, Moira was di­ag­nosed with a rare can­cer gene. Fol­low­ing surgery and what Gordon de­scribes as ‘in­cred­i­ble care and sup­port’ from NHS staff, Moira’s con­di­tion ap­peared to be un­der con­trol.

Trag­i­cally, her con­di­tion took a turn for the worse and she passed away on 20 Oc­to­ber 2016, 50 years to the day since she and Gordon first met.

Best ex­plains: ‘Moira and I shared a great love of clas­sic cars. When we lived in Rhode­sia we drove thou­sands of miles on bush roads in my 1959 Ri­ley 2.6.’

Gordon is rais­ing funds for the Strath­car­ron Hos­pice and Beat­son Can­cer Char­ity. David Mil­loy ❚ Do­na­tions via: www.just­giv­ fundrais­ing/moira-best1 and www. ❚ just­giv­ /fundrais­ing /moira-best2

Gordon Best (far left) and pal David Hen­drie in front of Pais­ley Abbey at the start of the Ral­lye Monte Carlo Clas­sique.

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