Bright Yel­low Car Con­voy

The UK’s most colour­ful pa­rade – in sup­port of a vic­tim of car van­dal­ism

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page - Nick Larkin

This as­ton­ish­ing con­voy of clas­sics and mod­erns – or­gan­ised in solidarity with a pen­sioner whose car was van­dalised for be­ing yel­low – has man­aged to raise more than £1500 for good causes.

En­trants in the 100-strong run in­cluded ev­ery­thing from a Messer­schmitt to a Lamborghini, via a Mini, a Mor­ris Trav­eller, MGs and a Lan­cia Delta In­te­grale.

The pa­rade through the Cotswold vil­lage of Bibury sup­ported 84-yearold Peter Mad­dox, whose Vaux­hall Corsa was van­dalised out­side his home fol­low­ing com­plaints that the car was spoil­ing the view of the much pho­tographed cot­tages. The van­dals caused dam­age cost­ing £6000 to the car in Jan­uary, even etch­ing ‘Move this’ on the bon­net.

Peter watched the con­voy with his fam­ily. He says: ‘I was shocked by what hap­pened to my car but am over­whelmed by ev­ery­thing peo­ple have done for me’.

The con­voy was based at the nearby Cotswold Wildlife Park, where Peter was in­vited to choose his top three cars from the day.

In third place was a 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo owned by San­dro Roppa; a new Corsa was placed sec­ond; while the win­ner was Ian An­drews’ 1960 Messer­schmitt.

‘It’s lovely to have had the car cho­sen by Peter but this is such a great event for ev­ery­one’, said Ian.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Tanya Field praised the event’s suc­ceess and says that there have been plenty of re­quests to hold an­other next year. ‘This is the best in peo­ple com­ing out to show sup­port and solidarity in the most Bri­tish of ways for some­one who has been a vic­tim of a nasty and up­set­ting crime’, she says.

‘The vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple are good and kind and yel­low car own­ers wanted to con­vey this to Peter, his fam­ily and the peo­ple of Bibury, and to do it in a fun and en­joy­able way.’

w Chris Edgell’s 51,000-mile 1960 Ford Con­sul leads a few mod­erns – in­clud­ing an MG TF. Clas­sics and mod­erns min­gled well, thanks to them all be­ing yel­low. Diane Billing loves the 1999 Fiat Barchetta that she’s owned for 15 years and still uses it reg­u­larly. Peter Mad­dox (right) chose Ian An­drews’ 1960 Messer­schmitt as his favourite car. ’We have had fan­tas­tic sup­port - what a cel­e­bra­tion of all things yel­low’

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