Family and friends rally together to complete Rugby man's dream car project in time for his funeral procession

The completed Nissan Micra.
The completed Nissan Micra.

The friends and family of a Rugby man who was stabbed to death last month rallied together to see his dream car project finished in time to join his funeral procession.

Car enthusiast Reece Ottaway died as the result of a stab wound in Northampton on February 1 and his funeral was held in Rugby today, March 22.

A horse and carriage carrying Reece's coffin led the procession.

A horse and carriage carrying Reece's coffin led the procession.

Friends and family joined together to transform Reece's incomplete car project, a 1992 Nissan Micra, into a show-ready specimen in time for it to lead mourners in his funeral procession through the streets of Rugby.

His mother Charlotte Marshall said: "Reece’s Dream is his Nissan Micra project car that was sitting in a garage as a bare shell with no wheels when Reece died.

"Reece had so many hopes and dreams for his car but they didn’t materialise, so we decided to make his dream come true and have been working on his car since the day after he died with the help of friends and family.

"We have also had help from local and national businesses donating parts or services.

"It has had a full respray, new wheels and memorial seats amount other things.

"We hope we are making him proud by doing this for him."

Reece's coffin, transported by horse and carriage, was at the front of the procession as it set off from Rugby Funeral Home on Hillmorton Road and made its way through the town centre, ending at Rainsbrook Crematorium for the funeral - where the family were expecting up to 500 people for the service and wake.