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Schumacher’s Taxi Drive Is Up For Sale

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007


Opel Mini-VanIt looks like the cab driver who let Michael Schumacher take the wheel of his taxi in order to get him and his family to the airport on time might be facing some serious charges. But that doesn’t seem to be stopping him from making something good come out of what happened.

The cab driver’s Opel mini-van was a normal car until Schumacher got behind the wheel and made a little bit of history. Now it has doubled in value and the cab driver is looking to sell it for the highest bidder. “More than ten people are interested in buying it,” the taxi driver, Tuncer Yilmaz, confirmed.

“One has offered 63,000 euros, and I need the money – because of the Schumi-Ride I could be in big trouble with the police,” he confirmed. Coburg traffic authority chief Kai Holland confirmed to Bild newspaper that he will meet with Yilmaz, because the story appears to be “an offence against the Personnel Transport Act”.

Schumacher, meanwhile, faces the prospect of a small fine. “It would be ridiculous to heavily punish the taxi driver after he kindly helped Michael. Wouldn’t we all prefer to have helpful taxi drivers?” Schumacher’s long time manager Willi Weber marvelled.

At the Race of Champions event in London at the weekend, Schumacher himself suggested that the tale had been blown out of proportion. “You just have to laugh about it,” he smiled. If only the poor cab driver could laugh about it too.

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