Bright Yellow Car Convoy
The UK’s most colourful parade – in support of a victim of car vandalism
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’