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Dad takes incredible pics of son’s toy car at scenic spots every day of lockdown

A doting dad and toy car enthusiast has completed his task of taking his son’s Hot Wheels to scenic Scots spots every day for a year.

In a bid to beat the lockdown blues, Ross Burns began posting a photo on Instagram of one of Daniel’s wide collection last year.

The 41-year-old has now posted more than 250 of Daniel’s cars to the Scot.Wheels account for each of the last 365 days.

His pictures were taken at settings in and around the capital including Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Bridge.

And the Edinburgh Napier University worker made sure to use the full extent of his five-year-old son’s collection with Lambos, Volvos, Land Rovers and more.

Ross Burns with his son Daniel

Ross said: “I used to love Matchbox cars when I was his age and I soon began to become obsessed with his growing collection.

“To make sure I took a walk every day, I started taking a car out and just taking some pictures on my phone.

“After a few weeks, I set myself the challenge of doing it for a full year and I’m delighted to have now completed it.

“It’s been great for my mental health during the various lockdowns, particularly the one early this year – getting out and taking a picture of a car gave me a purpose and a creative outlet each day.”

Posting a photo a day on Instagram under the handle Scot.Wheels, the images chart the four seasons and a city in and out of lockdown.

Ross’ most popular image is of a Land Rover Defender 90 reflected on the Water of Leith.

He said: “I’ve done a couple of pictures where the car is reflected in the water and people love them.

“The Land Rover in particular is popular as it is one of the most realistic looking cars.”

Due to the restrictions of lockdown, the vast majority of photos are of Edinburgh but Ross and his family did escape to Fife last month for a holiday in Lower Largo.

Ross used backdrops such as Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Bridge
Ross used backdrops such as Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Bridge

He added: “We had beautiful weather and the beach made such a great background for the cars.

“A rugged blue Ford Bronco looked fantastic on the rocks by the sea.”

Now that he has achieved his target of a photograph every day for a year, and run up more than 20,000 “likes” in the process, Ross intends to carry on but take his foot off the accelerator.

“I’ll continue taking car pictures but not pressurise myself to do it every day.

“I’ll aim for quality over quantity and hopefully as we become able to travel more, I’ll explore some fantastic new settings with some wonderful new cars.”

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