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09/12/2013 09:23, Report by Mark Froggatt

Going the extra mile

United fans love an excuse to show off their colours, but Jody Machell has gone the extra mile by transforming an old taxi into his own motoring Reds tribute. 

Two years ago, the 38-year-old bought a run-down black cab to drive around Europe with friends. Then, once his trip was completed, instead of scrapping the vehicle, he decided to decorate it with his own design in celebration of last season’s 20th title success.

Understandably, Jody is delighted with the final product and regularly drives it to Old Trafford with his wife Lyndsay and their children Luey (pictured), Jonny-Lee, Brooke and Dallas. As he explains, it almost always catches the eye of other Reds on the road.

“I’ve lost count of the times I’ve driven down the motorway and noticed other cars slowing down, or speeding up, to look at the cab. When I park at the stadium on a match day, lots of people take notice of it and always ask to have their photos taken with it, which is great.

“It was my idea to do it up, so I came up with a plan and sent it to a company called Ormerod Designs who did the job in about a week. It was expensive, but well worth it because the kids love it and get plenty of enjoyment from it. It’s just a bit of fun.

“Going forward, I think it would be a great idea to auction it off and give the proceeds to charity. Or, it might be good to donate it to the Manchester United Foundation so that other kids can enjoy it. Hopefully, this is something we can do.”