Leo’s McQueen | Hyundai Coupe by Anthony Bindon

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Why do we modify cars? Some do it for love, some do it to win, some do it to step out of the crowd. None of this motivations pushed Mr. Anthony Bindon to transform his Hyundai Coupe into a very special machine. There was a much deeper, emotional, honorable cause. Dear petrolheads, take a minute of your precious time and read the following story:

Me and my wife Justine had our 1st son Leo, we had no idea just how much our lives would change. Unfortunately, within the first 48 hours of his life, Leo suffered multiple fits and was rushed to another hospital, in order to receive diagnostic CAT and MRI scans. The results revealed the cause of Leo’s fitting; three blood clots and bleeding across numerous parts of his brain. The shock that both me and Justine were subject to, was only compounded by the doctors inability to determine, both a cause for his illness or what the future held for the youngster. Fortunately, with constant medical attention and monitoring, the fits subsided and clots dispersed, meaning we were finally able to take Leo Home,  The trauma suffered, during Leo’s ordeal, had left him with brain damage with, again, nobody being able to state – definitively – how he would be affected.

Now 7 years old, and having been diagnosed with ASD – as has so does his younger brother Logan (4 years old) – Leo and Logan has found very little pleasure in the toys, programmes and interaction that, other children his age, might. He has however, become obsessed with Disney’s ‘Cars’. Ever since he first watched the animated masterpiece, the characters sparked enjoyment in Leo in a way that other entertainment hadn’t. Inspired by such a stark & positive reaction, I knew that i simply must create a real-life homage and help out charities all around the UK, anyone who asked I would try and fit in.

Inspired by the styling of the Lightning McQueen character, I initially purchased an RX-8 and transforming it with McQueen-esque livery. Sadly, this car didn’t last very long and was subject to a heinous attack of vandalism. Not to be beaten by an act of such mindlessness however, Anthony began saving again. Now, with the kindness and love of my friends and family, I began to transform a Hyundai Coupé into a piece of automotive brilliance, but I needed help. But who helps the helper I found my hope in a stranger a company called 1st class customs in Pontyclun.  I came to his door with a hope that he would help make McQueen become real again. What followed was a gift from God,  not only did they respray on an amazing red but they custom airbrushed the graphics that would normally be done in vinyl,  the finished result was that wouldn’t look out of place in Radiator Springs 🙂

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Owner: Anthony Bindon

Car: Hyundai Coupe V6

Modifications: full custom made body kit, tinted windows, custom airbrushed respray, DVD players, full induction, hydro dipped alloys, carbon fibre spoiler, twin side exit exhausts and more…

Vehicle use: “It’s all about charity for the Coupé. It’s been used for visiting children’s therapy units, to cheer up the patients, right to through to being used at large events, fundraising for national charities. No worthy cause too big or small!”

Special thanks: It certainly wouldn’t have been possible without the help and expertise of the fantastic guys at 1st Class Body Repair, Road Rebel,  Bang Tidy and Aquagrapix.






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