What if your stolen classic car ends up in a demolition derby?
What if someone stole some classic cars in your town? And then what if the same make and model of cars, spray cans painted in wild colors, ended up in a demolition derby a month later in the same city? This is apparently what happened at Ringwood Raceway in St. Leonard, UK. A 1985 Ford LTD Country Squire and a 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix met an inglorious end this way.
Both cars competed in the Ringwood Unlimited Bangers Farewell event. Someone noticed that under the teal paint spray the two unusual (in the UK anyway) cars roughly matched the reported stolen cars taken from nearby Andover and Salisbury. The LTD had the classic woodgrain sides and a 5.0-liter V8. The Grand Prix has classic mid-1960s GM styling and the big 6.4-liter V8.
Could the two stolen cars be recovered?
His Ford wagon had only arrived in the UK in December last year. He just recorded it. Granted, it’s not a Ferrari Lusso, but it seems to have been a pretty clean example of the LTD wagon. It is similar to the “Family Truckster” station wagon in “National Lampoon’s Vacation”.
You can see by the pictures that the demolition mutilated the cars beyond being repaired before the demolition. Shortly after, the police confiscated and then seized the cars. Mark Wright told the Conduct he thinks it’s his station wagon. “They left things on the car that were recognizable, there was no doubt it was my car,” he said.
Could there be other cars like this in the UK?
Confirming what Wright is saying is that going by UK car registrations, this is the only 1983 Ford Country Squire in the country. He also said police told him they would let him know what their car theft investigators find. “The people who run the banger run venue and the regulars who attend have been horrified by the whole thing,” Wright said. It was the last race at the hippodrome. The track will be demonstrated for installation in housing units.
Attesting to the mood of the world at the moment, the Drive asked him if he would receive another Yank tank soon. “I doubt I’ll ever go down this path again, you’re losing faith in human nature a bit.” If this had happened to your pride and joy, we’re sure you’d probably feel the same way. Let’s hope the police find the thieves, and Wright sees justice, on a sterling silver platter.
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