Vauxhall names yellow paint Maddox after car colour victim
Vauxhall has made the bold decision to rename the shade of its banana-coloured paint option as ‘Maddox Yellow’ – in an act of support for a pensioner accused of spoiling a chocolate box village’s landscape.
Peter Maddox stood accused of ruining the picturesque views in his iconic Gloucestershire village with his bright yellow Vauxhall Corsa.
The carmaker – which was recently bought by the French PSA Group – also confirmed it will take part in a social-media organised charity convoy of 100 yellow cars to Mr Maddox’s home village of Bibury, on Saturday, ina sign of solidarity with the 84-year-old who was recently targeted by vandals.
Pensioner-pioneered paint: This shade of yellow on the current Vauxhall Corsa will now be called ‘Maddox Yellow’
For the last two years, Mr Maddox was the brunt of complaints from angry tourists who had travelled to the Cotswolds village to take photos of its 14th century houses that are the oldest inhabited properties in the UK.
The level of disdain for the yellow Corsa parked outside his home culminated in the car being written off by yobs, who keyed messages of disgust into the paintwork, it emerged last month.
Visitors had taken exception to the loud colour of Mr Maddox’s bright vehicle for more than two years, claiming it was an eyesore and was ‘photobombing’ their pictures of Arlington Row – a scene that appears on the inside cover of millions of passports.
Complaints turned to criminality, with images revealed last month showing that vandals had caused serious damage to the car, by scratching the word ‘MOVE FREDDIE’ onto the bonnet, keying all the other panels on the vehicle, and smashing the driver’s side window and rear windscreen.
As a result, mechanics told Peter – who had reiterated that he had nowhere else to park the yellow Corsa – that it would cost £6,000 to respray the car, making it a probable write-off.
Maddox subsequently opted to replace the sunshine-coloured vehicle with a toned-down grey Corsa, which blends into the scenery, in a bid to bring an end to the scorn he’s received from sightseers.
Maddox Yellow: Peter Maddox, 84, pictured with his yellow Vauxhall Corsas after it had been vandalised by yobs
Tourists come to the iconic village to take photos but some had claimed the yellow car was an eyesore that was photobombing their pictures
However, Vauxhall has said it was touched by Mr Maddox’s story, and has decided to rename the same yellow tone that brought him so much scrutiny after the retired dentist.
Denis Chick, director of communications at Vauxhall Motors said: ‘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’re renaming our yellow shade to ‘Maddox Yellow’.’
Before and after: Since his yellow car was vandalised, Mr Maddox has changed it for a ‘Satin Steel’ Corsa that blends into the pictureque scene better than his old yellow one
Vauxhall confirmed it will be taking part in a yellow car convoy to Bibury on Saturday – an event organised on Facebook to show support to Peter Maddox
Chick also confirmed that Vauxhall would take part in a car rally of approximately 100 yellow vehicles that will travel across the country to Bibury on Saturday 1 April – an event that will support a local charity selected by Mr Maddox himself.
Considering the date of the convoy, some may think that this is an April Fool’s stunt. However, Vauxhall says that it is genuinely changing the car colour name and taking part in the drive.
Commenting on the news, Peter Maddox said: ‘I was upset when I found that my Vauxhall Corsa car had been vandalised just because of the colour.
‘I am touched by the support I have received since. It’s great to see both Vauxhall Motors and the public supporting me and The Butterfly Garden, a charity close to my heart.’
You can find out more information about the convoy and donate to Peter’s charity by clicking here.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online