Villager with bright yellow car gives in to critics and buys grey vehicle

Submitted on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 13:00

Aretired dentist whose bright yellow car was written off by vandals for damaging a picture postcard village view has bought a grey motor to avoid being targeted again.

Peter Maddox's beloved three-year-old Vauxhall Corsa was written off when it sustained £6,000 worth of damage after someone scratched "MOVE" into the bonnet.

Some of the windows of the banana-coloured car were also smashed in last month following a row that erupted in 2015.

It centred on complaints from photographers and tourists, who moaned it was "photobombing" their photos of picturesque Arlington Row in Bibury, Glos - where homes date back to the 14th Century.

The damage sustained last month left the 84-year-old searching for a new runaround  - and yet again he opted for a trusty Vauxhall Corsa.

But to avoid detection and in an effort to enjoy a peaceful retirement, he opted for a grey model this time. 

He said: "Yellow is lovely but it doesn't matter."

His daughter-in-law Marie Kraus said: "Peter was absolutely thrilled when we got the car.

"He likes having his own car and drove it straight home from the garage. I took a photo of him and he had a big smile and a firm grip on the key.

"Vauxhall were able to get him a new car very quickly. Obviously, it is sad to lose the yellow one but he feels he does not want to antagonise anyone with a bright colour. He just wants to drive peacefully.

"He does like bright colours and he liked his bright yellow car but since he feels he was targeted because it was yellow, he doesn't want to attract the same sort of attention.

"He feels it's possible it would happen again."

Since the story of Peter's vandalised car, yellow car owners and people from around the country have shown their support for the 84-year-old.

A Bright Yellow Car Convoy has been organised to travel to Bibury on April 1.

Peter will be attending on the day as a passenger and will also be choosing his favourite yellow car.

Money raised from the event will go towards The Butterfly Garden, a Cheltenham charity chosen by Peter and his family.