It was the tabloid press at its worst - cheating, lying, swiping
booze - and all in aid of go-kart glory.
Fleet Street’s bruisers showed their true natures at a Jackie Cooper
PR-organised go-karting race, marking Foster’s Grand Prix
Virgin Radio press officer Russell Millard says it was terrifying: ’It
all started off as a very orderly occasion, with lots of networking
’But then, as soon as the suits went on and the race started, the
testosterone levels rose by 1,000 per cent and everyone started behaving
Not least of the antics, was a pretence by members of the Daily Star
team that they were from the Sun. The dastardly Star journalists then
encouraged unwitting race stewards to wave the Sun car into the pits, so
slowing it down.
The action didn’t stop at the end of the race’s 200-plus laps,
After Virgin Radio was mistakenly placed third - thus winning a cup, a
special Grand Prix Foster’s four-pack and a place on the podium - the
Sun, which was legitimately third, piled in.
’The Sun team leapt over the barriers, whipped the cup out of our hands
and said we were cheats,’ says Russell Millard indignantly. ’We were
reinstated in the end, although only in seventh place. But we did keep
the Sun’s beer.’