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Car cleaner to the stars raises over a thousand pounds for lifesaving charity

A Perthshire precision car cleaner whose expertise saw him entrusted with million dollar supercars owned by Steve McQueen and Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay has celebrated another milestone.

Callum Foster from Pitlochry marked a decade with company Spotless Detailing by opening up his Perth workbase to visitors – and raising £1330 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

Car aficionado Callum started the company in a garage of merely 27 square metres in 2011 but his talents soon saw him showcase his precision cleaning or ‘detailing’ skills worldwide.

He rejuvenated Steve McQueen’s 1963 brown Ferrari 250 which changed hands for $2.3 million in 2007, and also looked after singer Jay Kay’s £1.1m LaFerrari, one of only 499 made in the world.

Since 2011, Callum’s Spotless Detailing company has completed well over 1000 cars, using specialist techniques such as applying ‘self healing’ films and ceramic paintwork coatings.

Employee Janie Law joined the firm in 2016 and the company’s workbase is now six times the size of what it was when Callum set out, unaware if his passion would cut it in the business world.

He was delighted to recently welcome 150 visitors to the company’s Inveralmond Industrial Estate base for a ‘Cars and Coffee’ anniversary – and to raise £1330 for SCAA.

“When I started out I didn’t know how things would go,” he admitted. “I tend to get an idea and jump in with both feet, which is maybe not a bad thing.

“Stepping stones just seem to happen over time. It is good to get to the 10-year mark and it was great to get people down to see what we do and also to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”

During his decade in the car scene, Callum has witnessed shifts in consumer attitudes; the most prominent being the switch to electric cars for environmental reasons.

One of the company’s selling points today – unimaginable in 2011 – is offering new colours for Tesla cars as the electric vehicles produced by Elon Musk’s company only come in five different colours

“The main differences over the last ten years have been that people tend to change cars less often, maybe keeping them for five years instead of three,” said the 30-year-old, who recently worked on an Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato; one of only 99 in the world.

“However, the biggest single shift is more people buying electric cars. The Tesla Model 3 is in the middle ground price-wise and there are more people who can afford one.”

Spotless Detailing has presented their cheque to SCAA and is now targeting the next decade in business.

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