‘High­land cat­tle’ car voted best in show

Ve­hi­cle de­signed by Perthshire artist wins praise ahead of 10,000-mile trek

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News - KIRSTY MCIN­TOSH HI­LARY BARKER klm­cin­tosh@the­courier.co.uk

A car shaped like a High­land cow has been deemed ud­der-ly bril­liant by bosses of an in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned rally.

The hairy Ford Fiesta is on the moo-ve af­ter be­ing en­tered in the Mon­gol Rally.

The car was de­signed by Perthshire artist Hi­lary Barker, who spent three weeks trans­form­ing the ve­hi­cle for a driv­ing team, who are rais­ing money for F1 leg­end Sir Jackie Ste­wart’s char­ity Race Against De­men­tia.

And Hi­lary’s hard work paid off when her ef­fort was named best in show – beat­ing off com­pe­ti­tion from more than 300 cars at the Mon­gol Rally launch party at Good­wood race track.

Su­per cre­ative Hi­lary – who runs High­land Cow Art from her Cal­lan­der farm – said: “This has been a de­light­ful chal­lenge for me to take on and I’m thrilled that the cow car, who I have chris­tened Morag, was named best in show.

“Now she can wear her rosette with pride as she makes her way to Mon­go­lia.”

The artist was left stunned af­ter be­ing ap­proached by fundrais­ers from Team Jackie Moo-art to turn a Ford Fiesta, supplied by Peo­ples Ford, into a High­land cow.

Morag left the UK on Sun­day on a 10,000-mile trek to Mon­go­lia via Turkey, Ge­or­gia, Azer­bai­jan, Turk­menistan, Uzbek­istan, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Kaza­khstan and Rus­sia.

Hi­lary said: “I think this is def­i­nitely the weird­est com­mis­sion I’ve ever been asked to do. I love High­land cat­tle. I have 23 cows on the farm and I love paint­ing them, but I’ve never been asked to turn a car into one.”

Hi­lary said it was a real chal­lenge turn­ing a car into a High­land Cow.

“The whole thing has been sanded down,” she said.

“That was quite un­nerv­ing tak­ing a piece of sand­pa­per to a nice shiny car and scratch­ing it all over so I can stick the fur on.

“The big­gest chal­lenge has been fit­ting the horns on. They’ve been put to­gether on my sewing ma­chine then filled with fence wire up the mid­dle so they are light in weight and shouldn’t of­fer too much wind re­sis­tance.”

I have 23 cows on the farm and I love paint­ing them, but I’ve never been asked to turn a car into one.

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