The humble Vauxhall Corsa, it’s not really a car that you would think that would bring people together but you’d be wrong. You may be aware of the story of Peter Maddox, the 84-year-old was the proud owner of a yellow Vauxhall Corsa.

Ruining My View – It’s Only A Car

This normally would not be an issue, but Mr. Maddox lives in the picturesque village of Bilbury, thought by some to be one of the prettiest villages in the UK. Tourists have complained that the yellow Corsa ruined the view and spoilt their photos. More recently the yellow Corsa was damaged by yet to be caught vandals who scratched the word ‘move’ into the bonnet and damaged the windows. Due to the level of damage, the car was deemed a write-off.

Thankfully Mr. Maddox was able to buy a replacement Corsa with his insurance payout, this time in less offensive gray. However, the car community in the UK was touched by Mr. Maddox’s plight and decided to organize a rally through Bilbury in his honor. The only rule, all cars entered must be yellow.

Turning Bilbury Yellow

On Saturday 1st April, 100 yellow cars made their way to Bilbury in the world’s biggest ‘Bright Yellow Convoy’. Cars of all sorts took part, everything from the humble Volkswagen Fox, Ford Mustang, and even a Lamborghini Gallardo turned up to the parade.

All proceeds from the run will go to Mr. Maddox’s chosen charity The Butterfly Garden, which is an educational and therapeutic outlet for people of all ages dealing with a variety of disabilities.

Vauxhall Honours Peter Maddox

Now, the other great piece of news to come out of all this is that Vauxhall has decided to rename the shade of yellow to ‘Maddox Yellow’ in honor of Mr. Maddox.

Denis Chick, Director of Communications at Vauxhall Motors comments: “When we heard Peter’s story we were inspired at the way it captured the heart of the public. We wanted to show our support for Peter, which is why we are intending to rename our yellow shade to ‘Maddox Yellow’. 

Good on you Vauxhall, also the company has given Mr. Maddox a service package free of charge to ensure his new Corsa remains in mint condition.

So, proof that the car community can do great things when they come together. Here’s to hoping that the vandals are caught for what was a terrible and cowardly act.

 

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