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Ads We Like: Esso's 'Daddy No Legs' tells the story of a double amputee-turned-racer

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By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

August 19, 2019 | 2 min read

Esso has backed a campaign to demonstrate "the difference a litre of fuel can make" – telling the story of David Birrell, a double amputee readying to compete in the Le Mans 24-hour motor race in 2022.

DADDY NO LEGS ESSO

The creative was led by ITN Productions, with support from Adam&EveDDB and Esso's in-house team / Esso

Former soldier Birrell lost both legs in Afghanistan. The documentary-style spot sees him reveal that his kids call him "Daddy No Legs" and highlights his passion for car racing, as well as his determination to overcome adversity and love for his family.

Launching on Facebook on Monday (19 August), the film was directed by Marcel Mettelseifen, best known for his work on documentaries following the Syrian Civil War such as Syria: Children on the Frontline and The Escape.

The creative was led by ITN Productions, with support from Adam&EveDDB and Esso's in-house team.

Birrell said: “I was overwhelmed to be asked by Marcel and Esso to be part of this film about overcoming adversity. Car racing has changed my life, and alongside my family, has given me the strength to carry on and be an inspiration to my children. I was proud to work with Marcel and the team on this extraordinary film."

DADDY NO LEGS ESSO

Esso: Daddy No Legs by ITN Productions & Adam&EveDDB

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