November 15, 2011
Over 60 Edinburgh cabbies swapped their cabs for go-karts as they took to the track to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The Scottish capital’s biggest taxi centre firms, Central Taxis and City Cabs, battled it out raising over £2,000 for their chosen charity.
The race came about after cabbie Michael Neri’s sister, Angelina, passed away under the care of the exceptional staff at Marie Curie.
Race organiser, Alistair Tait said: “My friend and fellow driver Micheal Neri’s sister recently passed away from cancer and the support from Marie Curie was invaluable.
“We wanted to give something back. People were suggesting fund-raising ideas such as spray tanning so I offered my organisational skills.
Taxi Skills go Go-Karting
“I chose go-karting because taxi drivers are always going on about how good drivers they are. I thought we should test their skills on the track.
“The drivers themselves put in a lot of their own money by paying over the odds to race, plus we’ve been given cheques by both Central Taxis and City Cabs. We’ll be holding an auction too.”
“We’ve already smashed our target,” added Alistair.
Scottish race car driver Marino Franchitti supported the event and was available on the day to give out some handy racing advice to the drivers.
Marino commented: “A friend of Alistair’s asked me to join in. I was very happy to come along and support it.
“I’m here to mentor the guys and give them tips. Whenever I’m in a cab and drivers ask me what I do and I say racing, they always tell me that they could race too and that they’re really good drivers. I’m looking forward to seeing them on the track!
“One bit of advice is to be smooth. It’s very easy to look spectacular and be slow but smooth is better.”
The atmosphere was buzzing as the competitive cabbies awaited their big moment.
One driver, Graham McGuire, joked: “No one had better put their arm out or we’ll pull over to pick them up.”
Central Taxi driver for ten years, Kevin Wood, said: “We’re here in support as quite a few families have been affected by this issue.
“I’ll be doing as many laps as possible. There is definitely a bit of competition between the drivers, but it’s all in good fun.”
Kate Stevenson, a palliative care nurse of 14 years, was there to represent the charity.
Kate said: “I was a general nurse but started working with Marie Curie after my mum died of cancer.