Derbyshire lorry driver fighting brain cancer gets a dream ride in a racing truck

Dave Lynam
Dave Lynam

A Derbyshire lorry driver who is fighting brain cancer was given a surprise ride around Donnington in an American truck after the truck driving community rallied round to help him.

A Derbyshire lorry driver who is fighting brain cancer was given a surprise drive around Donnington in an American truck after the truck driving community rallied round to help him.

Dave Lynam

Dave Lynam


Kirk Hallam lorry driver David Lynam was devastated after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and told he could never drive again.


This weekend the big-hearted organisers of Convoy in the park - the UK’s ultimate celebration of trucks and drivers - gave him the chance to drive once again and experience trucking at its finest.


His wife Angela said: “Last year on the 24th June Dave was rushed into hospital the Royal Derby, where he had various scans.


“On the 13th July 2018 we was told he had a Glioblastoma Grade four brain tumour.


“The word cancer didn’t worry Dave but when he was told he could no longer drive this really upset him.


“The reason is that he was a HGV driver. He had to surrender his driving licence forever.”


The treatment offered was radiotherapy and later chemotherapy.


In July this year Dave was once again rushed into the Royal Derby hospital where we was told his Cancer had worsened.


Angela added: “I wanted to do something special for Dave while he is able to enjoy it. So I emailed various trucking magazines to try and get Dave a ride in a HGV.
Then I found out that Convoy in the Park was on at Donnington Circuit in August.


So I messaged Alex from Truck & Driver magazine. The editor Dougie Rankine kindly arranged for Dave to ride round the circuit in an
American truck.


The organisers sent us free tickets.“Dave had a great day out - he had no idea it was going to happen.”


Convoy in the Park is a brand that sits alongside the market leading magazine Truck & Driver publishes by Road Transport Media Ltd.
Dave’s day out was organised collectively by Truck & Driver, Truck Sport and MSV.


They received Convoy in the Park tickets and merchandise and the day was co-ordinated by Emma Tyrer. Emma said; “Angela made a Facebook appeal and contacted Dougie Rankine from Truck & Driver who promptly asked us to help with his wishes.


“He was able to actually drive an American truck arranged by Clive Shaw around Heritage Loop at Donington Park race circuit. “He enjoyed a VIP experience and was hosted by Stuart Oliver who drives a race truck and chatted at length about the industry and the sport.”