De­stroyed by ar­son­ists

Do­na­tions flood­ing in from clas­sic car com­mu­nity to help re­store ‘irreplaceable’ MGB road­ster

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents -

Clas­sic car own­ers are club­bing to­gether to help to pay for the restora­tion of an aa to MGB that was de­stroyed in a dev­as­tat­ing ar­son at­tack.

The 1964 road­ster was de­stroyed in a fire ear­lier this month in Ch­ester­ton, Cam­bridgeshire. Po­lice be­lieve that van­dals torched the car after a theft at­tempt went wrong. Charles’ late fa­ther left the car to him – the only pos­ses­sion he in­her­ited from him. Charles spent £25,000 restor­ing it to use as his wed­ding car in 2015.

An on­line cam­paign has now been launched to raise the £20,000 needed to re­store the car back to its orig­i­nal con­di­tion. At the time of writ­ing, the fund has reached £790.

MGB owner, Ben Matthew, do­nated £20. He says: ‘Ut­terly dis­gusted by some peo­ple that walk this earth. Only wish I could af­ford to give more as I can’t be­gin to imag­ine just how much it hurts to have some­thing so pre­cious taken away.’

MGF owner, Rachael Dyson, also do­nated £20. She says: ‘Dev­as­tated for (them) both. Very best of luck with the restora­tion.’

Si­mon Rug­gles is a friend of Charles, and set up the fundrais­ing web­page. He says: ‘ This special car can­not be re­placed, and its in­sur­able ‘book value’ pales into in­signif­i­cance com­pared to its value to Charles and his wife, Elizabeth.

‘ They in­vested count­less hours and most of their wed­ding bud­get to re­store the car from top to bot­tom. This MGB isn’t just a car. It has a special place in the hearts of Charles, Elizabeth, and all of their friends and fam­ily.’

Tara Dun­don, com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for the Cam­bridgeshire Con­stab­u­lary, says: ‘ The fire ser­vice has com­pleted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and it was started de­lib­er­ately. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.’

Adam Slo­man, gen­eral man­ager of the MG Car Club, adds: ‘We’re sad­dened to hear about the news sur­round­ing Charles Thom­son’s MGB. We’re of­fer­ing our full sup­port. We’d love to speak to Charles – if there’s any­thing we can do to help, we will.’

Do­na­tions are wel­comed at

Of­fers of help in restor­ing or sourc­ing parts via

in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent – call po­lice on 101 quot­ing cF0335200617 or visit con­tact­camb­spo­

The MG in hap­per times dur­ing charles and elizabeth’s wed­ding in 2015.

MG was torched fol­low­ing a botched at­tempt at steal­ing it.

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