Watch: Shocking footage shows charity car jump gone wrong
A car-mad dad was left with a fractured spine after trying to impress his son in a failed charity stunt.
Callum Mchale, 24, suffered a horrific injury at Buxton Raceway last week when he tried to jump 80 ft (24metres) over several cars.
Footage of the incident shows him circling the oval racetrack in his Ford Focus before launching off a ramp and ploughing into the stationary vehicles below.
Callum, from Mossly, Greater Manchester, admitted he was “terrified” before the jump but wanted to show his two-year-old boy “what Daddy can do on track” and raise money for charity.
After landing 15ft (4.5m) short, he spent ten days in hospital where he said he felt as though he’d “failed his family” and now plans to hang up his racing gloves so he doesn’t risk his health.
Callum, a fabricator, said: “I was terrified because it’s the first time my partner and my son had seen me behind the wheel on a racetrack, and I just wanted everything to go right.
“My two-year-old son is obsessed with racing, and I just thought I’d show them what Daddy can do on track, basically, as well as raise more money for charity.
“Just before the car landed, I knew there was something wrong. I hit the ramp and I just literally had the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life.
“I have decided to not go out on a racetrack again because if anything was to happen again in the future, I’d feel really selfish.”
Callum said he had agreed to do the stunt on 2 June - four years after his first jump - to raise money for his grandparent’s foodbank charity EndResult Community Group.
He said he couldn’t remember what speed he was going when he rounded the final bend of the track and headed for the ramp.
Callum realised there was something badly wrong as the car became airborne, and later felt pain throughout his stomach and lower body as it crashed to the floor.
He said: “I hit the ramp and I just literally had the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life.
He added:“My girlfriend came down to the fence at the side of the track, and I just looked at her and shook my head, and she told everybody that I wasn’t alright.”
Callum couldn’t walk unassisted when he got out of his vehicle and later spent six days in hospital where doctors confirmed he had a fractured spine.
He said despite the crash he was happy the stunt provided £350 in charity donations for the foodbank charity.