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Artist Hilary Barker was left udder-ly stunned after being asked to turn a car into a four-wheeled Highland Cow for a 10,000 mile charity drive from Glasgow to Mongolia.
Super creative Hilary – who's run Highland Cow Art at her Perthshire farm for seven years – has transformed a Ford Fiesta supplied by Peoples Ford into furry beast Morag for our coo caper.
She laughed: “I think this is definitely the weirdest commission I've ever been asked to do.
“I love Highland cattle. I have 23 cows on the farm and I love painting them but I've never been asked to turn a car into one.
“I think my cows were quite surprised to see the car, who I've called Morag. They were giving her a good sniff.
“I didn't dare let my bull near the car. He was giving Morag a few admiring glances from across the farm.”
Busy Hilary says it was a real challenge turning a car into a Highland Cow.
She explained: “The whole thing has been sanded down. That was quite un-nerving taking a piece of sandpaper to a nice shiny car and scratching it all over so I can stick the fur on.
“When you are taking on a project like this, one has to check very carefully all round the car that you don't cover bits with fur that will affect performance.
“I've had to work my way around things like the little detector which tells you when it's getting dark, your windscreen scooshers, your radiator grill, lights, and number plate. all those.
“The biggest challenge has been fitting the horns on. They've been put together on my sewing machine then filled with material with fence wire up the middle so they are light in weight and shouldn't offer too much wind resistance. There's a roof rack fitted specially to give them a little bit of elevation.”
The busy artist was delighted to offer her services to help Team Jackie Moo-art fly the flag for Scotland in the Mongol Rally to raise money for Race Against Dementia.
She said: “Highland Cows are so iconic to Scotland so I was thrilled to be asked to help with this.
“It's really given me a spring in my step thinking that this car will be making people across a third of the world smile. I really hope they laugh when they see it.
“I'm really pleased to be doing something for such a good cause. I'm doing this as a tribute to much loved family members.”
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