Rennie, Cole-Hamilton and a racing car. What could possibly go wrong?

When Willie Rennie and Alex Cole-Hamilton get together in a car, fun and mayhem usually result. Their General Election stunt in a De Lorean was just such an example.

Today they were both at the Scottish Parliament when double Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen, showed up with a racing car to launch a festive campaign to encourage Scots to never drink and drive known as #JointhePact. The initiative encourages people to make a commitment never to get behind the wheel if they’ve had a drink. In the 10 years it has been running, 14 million people have apparently signed up around the world.

Willie and Alex were quick to take over the car.

Alex was the official sponsor of the event and he said:

The anti-drink drive message is a crucial one all year round, but it is particularly important at this time of year as people prepare to celebrate the festive season. That’s why I’m delighted to support the Join The Pact campaign and to welcome Mika Hakkinen and Diageo to the Scottish Parliament to help encourage people in Scotland to never drink and drive.

Formula One is enormously popular and it is great initiative to use that power to reach as many people as possible throughout Scotland with the never drink and drive message.

They tell you never to meet your heroes, but I have to say I’ve yet to be disappointed. As a massive Formula 1 fan, I was thrilled to meet one of my favourite drivers of all time. Annoyingly, he hasn’t aged.

And before you all get on to me about racing not being environmentally sound, I would gently remind you that a lot of the green stuff currently in road cars was developed in F1. Also, I saw at least one starstruck looking Green MSP down there today.

My favourite moment, though was the photo at the top where Willie was trying to tell Alex how to drive a racing car. In front of a proper racing driver. In another life, he probably could have been….

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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