Fitting tribute for car club member’s funeral

County Crematorium .'Funeral of Mike Mewies, member of a local Ferrari owners' club, Ferraris were on display to celebrate his love for the car.
County Crematorium .'Funeral of Mike Mewies, member of a local Ferrari owners' club, Ferraris were on display to celebrate his love for the car.
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A DOZEN Ferrari sports cars turned out for the funeral of a Long Buckby man.

Michael Mewies died on New Year’s Day from prostate cancer, aged 64.

Friends from Three Shires Ferrari Owners’ Club where Mr Mewies was a member, turned out in the cars as a special tribute at the funeral on Tuesday.

His son David, who also lives in Long Buckby, said: “Dad never owned a Ferrari himself, but used to be a marshal at the club’s track days. The other members just wanted to pay their respects.

“He did own 300 model Ferraris, but before he got really ill he decided he’d enjoyed them enough and sold them on.”

Mr Mewies worked at the Hopping Hill car garage in Duston – now owned by Allen Ford – where he met his wife Judith and went on to work alongside his son.

Son-in-law Leon Mangan said: “Mike’s great passions were collecting model Ferraris and model trains.

“He had hundreds of Ferraris, and used to be a steward at the Ferrari Owners’ Club track days along with his friend, Fred Marriott.

“He loved everything about Ferraris, and Fred thought getting a lot of them together for his funeral would be a nice way to give him a send-off.”

The family are also keen to make others more aware of prostate cancer, and to encourage men who think they might have a problem to get it checked out.

Mr Mangan said: “We are saying ‘Don’t be shy, if you think you have a problem go and see a doctor. Don’t leave it until it’s too late’.”

Mr Mewies is survived by his wife, son, daughter Sarah and two grandchildren.