Destroyed by arsonists
Donations flooding in from classic car community to help restore ‘irreplaceable’ MGB roadster
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 gofundme.com//cTMGB
Offers of help in restoring or sourcing parts via firstname.lastname@example.org.
information regarding this incident – call police on 101 quoting cF0335200617 or visit contactcambspolice.uk
The MG in happer times during charles and elizabeth’s wedding in 2015.
MG was torched following a botched attempt at stealing it.