The Practical Classics team are currently at Beaulieu for the Spring Autojumble. It's peeing it down.
Last night, between 9 and 10pm, the Practical Classics latest acquisition - our beautiful Ford Granada Mk 1 (HEU 932N) in Roman Bronze, was stolen in Ringwood, Hants. The PC team had gone for a curry and when we got back she was gone.
Please keep your eyes peeled for a superb-looking Granny. I've posted a picture of her on the Retro Rides site before (next to a Datsun Laurel).
Sorry to hear that, I hope it turns up safe, as with the Plymouth on the other thread. See this is the problem in our disgrace of a society, everyone's so obsessed with getting what they want nobody's got any respect for anyone else, thus we have neds and the like going off with peoples' pride and joys just because it's what they want. Part of the problem is that the state doesn't send out a tough enough signal, they're so busy worrying about relatively innocent illegal immigrants and bullying road users that the people who're actually causing all the trouble in society get off with a quick slap on the wrists and an ASBO. Personally I reckon that when a car thief gets caught, if it can be demonstrated that the owner has a sentimental connection with the car, or has spent a time, money and effort on the car, i.e. it's a project, a cherished classic etc, that the sentence handed down to the thief should be particularly tough, not that it shouldn't be tough anyway, the same should apply if it can be demonstrated that the vehicle was necessary to the owner, i.e. it might be an abused old Fiesta but the owner needs it to get to work, or a van that the owner needs for their business, in which cases I reckon the thief should again have the book thrown at them. As it is, any car theft is treated as a minor inconvenience and the theif given a walk in the park, whearas the government and the legal system run around like blue ar*ed flies chasing motorists who went 75 on the motorway, drivers who were a week late with their car tax, or people who're doing a necessary job and generally being an upstanding member of society, but happen to have gotten into the country illegally. And if it is banger racers who're responsible, I sincerely hope their sport finds out, reports them to the authorities, and bans them for life.
The fact that another stolen classic is prime banger material keeps pointing the finger in the same direction. I keep trying not to jump to conclusions and keep an open mind, but the evidence seems to be making that harder each time a car 'disappears'.
I can't imagine any of the PC readership having a complaint about the next available issue looking like this (except properly done!):
Maybe a free poster too.
This is a real chance to find out where these cars are going?
It could be re tagged with another reg from an abandoned project. but i could never imagine a classics fan doing that but theres scope for someone doing it to sell, bit obvious stealing a magazine editors car, or is it?
I'd imagine they didn't know or care who's car it is, so long as they get an old motor for whatever purpose they use it for, whether to sell off the bits or race it or whatever it's probably all the same to them who they stole it from. Either way I hope they get caught and the car gets returned, but I doubt they'll get the punishment they deserve, as I said before the legal system doesn't punish this sort of thing nearly enough, the local neds who're into blagging motors etc always seem to get off with an ASBO and a relative slap on the wrists, despite the fact that the cars they blag quite often get burnt out at the end of the night, causing the owner a fair bit of strife and inconvenience in the process.