Hot race car comes home

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

THERE is a happy end­ing to the theft of a unique rac­ing car re­ported in Wheels last week.

A man from Pre­to­ria north who buys, re­pairs and sell clas­sic cars, bought the Sana RD11 F5000 race car days af­ter it was stolen in Johannesburg.

The unique car was towed away in broad day­light af­ter thieves had bro­ken the gate to the house of Dr Greg Mills, head of the Bren­thurst Foun­da­tion in Parkview, Johannesburg.

The Sana is worth more than R1 mil­lion. Mills bought the car in the UK in 2008 and re­paired it lo­cally.

Only two Sana RD11 F5000 race cars were built in the 1970s.

Spokesper­son for the Parkview po­lice sta­tion, Sergeant Lloyd Ramovha, con­firmed the car was re­ported found on Thurs­day af­ter it was re­ported stolen on Tues­day.

A friend of Mills went to the sta­tion on Thurs­day morn­ing to say he re­ceived a call from a clas­sic car dealer in Kameeldrift, north of Pre­to­ria, who said he had un­wit­tingly bought the Sana.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Timmy Rikhotso said the man bought the car from an un­known man, and did not know it was stolen. When he found out the en­tire rac­ing fra­ter­nity was look­ing for the Sana, he found Mills to say he had his car.

Ramovha said the man was co-op­er­at­ing fully with po­lice to find the thieves, but no one has yet been ar­rested. — WR.

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