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Offline Bearcuda

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28 rare mopars destroyed
« on: May 26, 2009 - 07:21:59 AM »
Anyone else read about this or post on this yet? How awful, and what a moron whoever the perp is.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
ARSON FIRE DESTROYS 28 RARE MOPARS
 




Submitted by Paul Wilson:
 A horrifying arson fire in Harnettsburgh KY. devastated the Thunder Road restoration shop and destroyed 28 rare and precious Mopar's in the blaze. While information and details are not being released at this time, due to the on-going criminal investigation, it has been determined that arson was no doubt the cause of this horrific fire. The ATF as well as the FBI are launching a full investigation in to this crime.THe 55000 sq. ft. shop was a total loss as were all of the contents.
Cars lost in this blaze include a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, a 1 of 2 heavily optioned 1969 Charger RT/SE, three GTX convertible's, a 1963 Max Wedge Plymouth with only 3700 miles, a 1970 Road Runner Convertible, a Lil Red Express as well as numerous 6 pack and other rare Mopar cars.
While none of the cars were customer cars, three were owned by Thunder Road's owner Mike French and the other 25 cars belonged to his partner's Todd Reiter and Dolf Keller.
As more information is released on this un-thinkable crime, we will keep you posted here. Watch for more details and a full story in the up-coming issue of Mopar Collectors Guide.
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28 rare mopars destroyed
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2009 - 07:25:05 AM »
 :wow: :puke: :faint:


wadda d***!!!!!!!

thats a shame.
i hope they catch him/them.

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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2009 - 07:47:49 AM »
Terrible, right now words don't seem to actually describe the feeling. Imagine how the owners of these cars are feeling.   :pullinghair:
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009 - 08:25:51 AM »
What a jerk! Hope they catch him! :villagers:
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2009 - 08:32:37 AM »
Bummer..... :walkaway:    But hey, it's a resto shop.  Perhaps they can salvadge some of these or parts of these.    :dunno:
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2009 - 09:22:01 AM »
Off with his head!! :villagers:

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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2009 - 12:51:00 PM »
Im surprised with the down turn in car values that it took this long , in the past years like the early 90s several collections burnt even the ball player lost two groups of cars during tough times . i try and take bad deals and  and find an up side in this case no loss of life and someone now has a 1 of 1 car .it does seem odd that no customers lost cars and yet arson is involved . :clueless:
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2009 - 01:58:12 PM »
 :bricks1:  That is not good I hope they catch them.
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2009 - 02:25:47 PM »
Tons of insurance fraud cases come out in bad times. This may be one of those cases. Unfortunately someone burned some unreplaceable cars.
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2009 - 03:41:07 PM »
None of them were customer cars. They were all owned by the owners of the shop. I can't see car guys doing this do their babies. That'd be like killing their children. Who knows though.
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2009 - 03:52:56 PM »
It does seem odd that no customers lost cars and yet arson is involved . :clueless:

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Smells like fish to me also. Time will tell... :popcorn:
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2009 - 04:52:49 PM »
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wait a minute, so we're thinking its a stimulus fire?  :money: that would be pretty rediculous to burn a Superbird for....
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2009 - 04:59:55 PM »
Thats just terrible.
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2009 - 11:33:26 PM »
I know the guy. Dealt with him in the past on parts. A real stand up guy. He ran a Mopar junk yard for years called Thunder Road. He used to advertise in Collector's Guide years ago. For the past few years he was doing soda blasting for people. I personally can't see him doing this, but who knows. He lost a '63 Max Wedge that he's owned for years. I was just up by there a few months back. The cars in there was nothing short of awesome. Most all were in need of restoration. Here is a nice 70 Charger 500 that was in the storage lot behind the building. I was told it was damaged due to the extensive heat.
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2009 - 08:32:13 AM »
That really stinks!  I hope they get whoever did this.
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Re: 28 rare mopars destroyed
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2009 - 08:32:13 AM »