17 YEARS AGO

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Memory Lane -

Then-Ad­ver­tiser sports re­porter Bert James just missed out on re­al­is­ing a full-throt­tle dream back in the sum­mer of 2002.

For­mula 1 fan Bert got the chance to sit in the driver’s seat of Michael Schumacher’s Fer­rari car – but he was un­able to fit into the tiny space.

In­stead Bert had to set­tle for sit­ting out­side the car’s cock­pit.

The vi­brant ve­hi­cle was vis­it­ing a Shell petrol sta­tion in Bank Street, Coat­bridge, when revved-up Bert got in gear for his spe­cial af­ter­noon out of the of­fice.

Young­ster Calum Hay, from the Kirk­wood area of Coat­bridge, had much bet­ter luck than Bert, though, as he man­aged to fit in the car seat.

Calum said:“It was ab­so­lutely bril­liant to be able to sit in the same seat as Michael Schumacher.

“It was quite funny to see Bert wasn’t able to fit!”

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