Brain tumour Mexborough car lover has ride of his life

By Michael Upton | 06/10/2017

Brain tumour Mexborough car lover has ride of his life
Colin with (from left) niece Xenia Chivers, sister Gina Daily, niece’s husband Gareth Chivers and Mercedes owner Rudy Micallef.

A TERMINALLY-ill car lover was given the ride of his life thanks to business owners from his home town.

Former lorry driver Colin Lee was in the front seat of a more spectacular form of transport after funeral firm Respect organised a half-hour spin in a Mercedes supercar.

The 62-year-old from Mexborough, who was recently given weeks to life after being told his four brain tumours were untreatable, was asked by a hospice nurse if there was anything she could do to help and replies: “I have always had at the top of my bucket list a wish for a ride in a supercar.

“It was brilliant. The car didn’t just purr — it roared.”

Staff at Respect, which put on a supercar day for patients at St John’s Hospice in Doncaster a month ago, were called into action and arranged for a supercar owner to drop by to pick Colin up.

Colin is more used to driving a cement truck than being chauffeured around in a supercar so he was delighted when Mercedes owner Rudy Micallef pulled up in his wide-bodied AMG SL 550.

“It was absolutely smashing and a privilege to be in such a supercar,” he said.

“We got up a bit of speed but I can’t go into much detail about that!

“I can’t thank Rudy and Respect enough.

“It was just magical.” 

Colin said he had come to terms with his failing health, adding: “You can go one of two ways — you can go to piece or just accept it and get on with it.”

Colin’s sister Gina said: “He has always loved racing cars and watches the F1.

“He said he would love to be in a fast car and the hospice was able to arrange it for him.

“He had a huge grin on his face from the moment it pulled up to when he came back home.”

Asked if he had anything else on his bucket list, Colin said: “I have always loved cars and especially Formula One and sitting in an F1 car would be just awesome but the Mercedes was brilliant, too — it was such a gorgeous car.”


The fact you are here means you are interested in what goes on in your town.

We want to continue holding local authorities to account, attending court and council meetings, as well as providing breaking news, competitions and offers – but it costs money. Online advertising does not cover costs, therefore we feel the need to ask for your help in ensuring we can provide the best possible coverage, online and in our printed products.
For as little as £1, you can support the Rotherham Advertiser – and it only takes a minute.
Click here to support local news.

Spotted something we should know about?

Call our Newsdesk on 01709 768146
Or email
Message us on Facebook