THOU­SANDS OF SCRAP­PAGE CARS ‘STILL HAVEN’T BEEN DE­STROYED’

Cam­paigner bids to save clas­sics sen­tenced to death in 2009 cull

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

A new pe­ti­tion has gone on­line to try to save thou­sands of clas­sics doomed in the 2009 Scrap­page Scheme cull. They are said to be still wait­ing to be crushed.

Jake Dormer, from Princes Ris­bor­ough, Bucks, launched the ap­peal af­ter see­ing in­ter­net images of hun­dreds of Mi­nis, Jaguars, Porsches and Maz­das at a site in Thurleigh, Bed­ford­shire.

Jake says: ‘Many of these cars are a huge part of Bri­tish motoring his­tory. Cars such as Mi­nis, Tri­umphs, Rovers and Jaguars, among many oth­ers, are iconic and shouldn’t be scrapped. If we get enough sup­port we will be able to make a dif­fer­ence. Let’s save those clas­sics!’

So far, the change.org pe­ti­tion has ac­crued nearly 19,000 sig­na­tures in its first week, al­though trans­port sec­re­tary Patrick McLough­lin, to whom the ap­peal is di­rected, is not obliged to re­spond.

The 2009 Gov­ern­ment-backed Scrap­page Scheme al­lowed any­one who had owned a 10 year old or older car (and who had owned it for at least a year) to trade it in at a fran­chised deal­er­ship for a new car, and get £2000 off the ask­ing price. Un­der the scheme all cars traded in had to be scrapped. Af­ter nearly a year, 400,000 cars were sent for re­cy­cling.

Clas­sics such as Peu­geot 205 GTIs, Porsche 944s and var­i­ous Ford Es­corts (many of which will have in­creased ex­po­nen­tially in value) were all put in the pile. One typ­i­cal com­ment on the pe­ti­tion web­site is from Sheila Ni­coll. She says: ‘The ini­tial project was a dis­gust­ing waste in the first place. They must be saved.'

To read and sign the pe­ti­tion, visit tinyurl.com/ccwscrap

The pe­ti­tion’s sup­port­ers want the re­lease of cars still be­ing kept in stor­age years af­ter the Scrap­page scheme ended. Un­der the Gov­ern­ment-backed ini­tia­tive 45 clas­sic Jaguar XJSs, 655 Mi­nis and 572 MGs were scrapped.

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