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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Six-year labour of love for Cumbrian prom-goer

WHEN Aidan Gregory was aged just 10 his parents bought him a car and told him he had six years to revamp it in time for his school prom.

And after years of hard work, the 16-year-old was driven to his special event in style as the mammoth task of converting the 24-year-old mini was finally complete.

His mum, Lisa, said she was an “emotional wreck” when the Workington St Joseph’s School pupil was taken by his dad Mark to the Greenhill Hotel at Wigton last week.

“Aidan was always interested in Minis because his dad has got one, so we found him one that had been involved in a car crash and gave him the project to get it on the road in time for his prom,” said Lisa, from Westfield.

“He was ecstatic and got himself little jobs to raise pocket money to buy things for the car.”

Over the years the car has been completely stripped and has underwent extensive changes.

It has new heritage panels, interior, sports seats, door panels, spotlights, wheels and had a full respray.

Only the engine is the original, although it has been steamcleaned.

“It’s brilliant to see it all finished,” said Aidan, who will start driving lessons in the car when he turns 17 in September. “It has taken a lot of hard work and I wouldn’t change anything about it. I can’t wait to be able to drive it myself.”

Aidan wanted to personally thank his dad, Mark, who has helped him every step of the way, as well as Cumbria Classic Mini Club, of which they are both members .

Mark said: “I am extremely proud of Aidan. Everything we’ve done was his own ideas and it’s great to see it finished how he wanted it. For Christmas and birthdays he told people what he needed he needed for the car, rather than presents.

“The car hasn’t been MOT’d for nearly seven years and it passed first time last month.”

JBarwise@cngroup.co.uk

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