The car-mad dad broke his back trying to impress his son in a failed stunt

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A father was left with a broken spine after his vehicle crashed into a group of cars when a stunt went wrong.

Callum Mchale, 24, was suffering from “excruciating pain” after the crash at Buxton Raceway last week as he tried to impress his son with a 24-metre jump.

Footage showed Callum circling the oval circuit in his Ford Focus before launching off a ramp and plowing into the stationary cars below.

Callum, from Mossly, Greater Manchester, admitted he was “terrified” about the jump but wanted to show his two-year-old boy “what daddy can do on the track” and raise money for charity.

After landing 15 feet (4.5m) short, he spent 10 days in hospital, where he said he felt he had “let his family down” and now plans to give up racing for good.

He said: “I was scared because it was the first time my partner and son had seen me behind the wheel at a racetrack and I just wanted everything to go right.

“My two-year-old son is obsessed with racing and I figured I’d show them what Daddy can basically do on the track and raise more money for charity.

“Just before the car landed, I knew something was wrong. I drove onto the ramp and was literally in the worst pain I have ever felt in my life.

“I have decided not to go to a race track again because if something happened again in the future I would feel very selfish.”

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Callum Mchale with girlfriend Hollie Hulmes and their son just before the crash (SWNS)


Callum Mchale after the crash (SWNS)

Callum agreed to do the stunt on June 2 — four years after his first jump — to raise money for his grandparents’ charity EndResult Community Group.

Before the stunt, as he put on his racing overalls, Callum admitted he was scared because he wanted everything right in front of his family.

Callum said he couldn’t remember what speed he was going at as he rounded the last corner of the track and headed for the ramp.

He added: “I just remember coming around the corner to right the car and then gave my gas and saw what the result would be.”


Callum decided to give up car racing and stunts for his family (SWNS)

Callum realized something was wrong when the car blew up and later felt pain throughout his stomach and lower body when it hit the ground.

He said: “My girlfriend (Hollie Hulmes) came down the fence on the side of the track and I just looked at her and shook my head and she told everyone I wasn’t fine.”

Callum was unable to walk unaided when he got out of his vehicle and later spent six days in hospital, where doctors confirmed he had a broken spine.

Since the crash, Callum has agreed never to race again but said he was happy the stunt still raised £350 in charity donations to charity Foodbank.

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Justin Scacco

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