Banger cars are the stars as race lovers get hitched

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

A‘RACY’ cou­ple swapped tra­di­tional wed­ding cars for old bangers to show their mu­tual love of mo­tors.

Char­lotte and Tim Moore, of Up­ton Pri­ory, in­jected some adren­a­line into the start of their mar­ried life when they used their banger rac­ers as wed­ding cars for their big day.

The un­con­ven­tional ve­hi­cles were the ob­vi­ous choice for the cou­ple, who both en­joy tak­ing part in banger rac­ing at Bux­ton Race­way.

Tim, 35, of Corn­wall Close, started rac­ing bangers five years ago and Char­lotte took part in her first ladies race last year af­ter Tim got hold of a car for her.

The pair, who have sons Elias, eight, and Manny, three, hope hav­ing the bangers at their wed­ding will mean they keep the ex­cite­ment in their mar­ried life.

Char­lotte, nee Burgess, said: “We just had to do it. We both love rac­ing.

“It’s the thrill, adren­a­line and the free­dom and go as fast as you want.

“We thought hav­ing the cars at the wed­ding would be the per­fect start to mar­ried life.

“It’s some­thing we en­joy to­gether and our son Manny loves it too.”

Char­lotte, 32, added that she has been on a rac­ing hia­tus over fears she may in­jure her­self ahead of the wed­ding.

She said: “I was ter­ri­fied when I first raced, but it was bril­liant. I haven’t raced since due to a self im­posed ban be­fore the wed­ding for fear of in­jur­ing my­self. But I can’t wait to get back be­hind the wheel.”

The cou­ple’s cars are do­nated by scrap metal mer­chants Mav­er­icks of Macclesfield, so Tim, a self-em­ployed elec­tri­cian, is known as ‘Mav­er­ick’ when he races.

He strips out the scrap cars and adds roll cage and safety fea­tures be­fore get­ting them spray painted for rac­ing.

He drove to the wed­ding at St Al­ban’s Church in a spe­cially painted racer, a yel­low Ford Fo­cus, along with his sons.

Char­lotte joined the fam­ily in the car – which is yet to hit the race track – af­ter the cer­e­mony to travel to the re­cep­tion at Macclesfield Rugby Club. Also on show were three more of Tim’s bangers, which he took on a trailer to the venue be­fore the wed­ding.

Char­lotte, 32, a self em­ployed nail tech­ni­cian, said: “Tim doesn’t win his races, it’s not about the win­ning, but he’s well known for smash­ing into other cars.

“It’s about putting on a good show. It is danger­ous but Tim loves it, it’s his pas­sion.”

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Char­lotte Burgess and Tim Moore chose a yel­low Ford banger as their wed­ding car to cel­e­brate their mu­tual love of rac­ing. With them are their chil­dren Elias (left) and Manny

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