Dads get chance to star alongside classic cars

Reporter:

Phil Robinson

DADS will have the chance to check out two of the world’s most iconic cars during Father’s Day on Sunday.

Del Boy and Rodney Trotter’s Reliant Robin, made famous by the BBC comedy series Only Fools and Horses, will trundle into Wrexham’s Eagles Meadow shopping centre where it will go on show for the day.

Sitting alongside the bright yellow Trotters Independent Traders three-wheeler will be Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle, which became a Hollywood legend after starring in a number of Disney blockbusters.

The two star cars are making an appearance thanks to Mike Barr, boss of Barr Cars of Ballygally, Northern Ireland.

He said: “The cars will be there all day and shoppers can have the photographs taken or simply reminisce as they look them over.”

There is plenty more going on as Eagles Meadow celebrates Father’s Day.

Centre manager Kevin Critchley said: “We will also have a Formula 1 simulator on site so dads can get a real feel of what it’s like to be Jenson Button or Lewis Hamilton.

“There will be kiddie cars so that younger lads can have just as much fun as their dads and artist Ian Cook will be creating a wonderful work of art using remote controlled cars.

“His paintings are absolutely sensational and I’m astonished he can create such fantastic work with remote-control cars.”

Ian owns more than 200 cars and likes nothing better than running his Ferrari 458 Italia through a pool of paint.

He creates incredible works of art using model radio controlled cars as his paintbrushes.

The first to put him on the art world map was a portrait of F1 champion Lewis Hamilton for Reebok.

It was the size of a three-storey building and hung next to Tower Bridge in the run-up to the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.

He said: “This is my first visit to Wales. I will set up about 8am and start painting about 10am and finish a complete work by 5 or 6pm.”

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