WRECK TO RICHES?
It’s just over 10 years since the MSC Napoli lay stricken off Branscombe beach on the Devon coast, spilling its contents into the sea. Among the items salvaged were nappies, empty wine casks, perfume, and a few BMW R1200RTS and K1200SS. Most of those bikes were registered and made their way on to the private market, but one has been kept exactly as it was when it was dragged from the shore.
The bike is currently owned by a Devon business owner who stored it away in his garage. Although wishing to remain nameless, he said, “I put the bike away all those years ago. It has been covered over since then.
“On the night the first containers were washed up I went down to the beach straight from the local pub with some friends and found an open container smashed up.
“I couldn’t believe what I saw when I got inside. The container was on its side, so the bikes and other items were not easy to extract, but once we freed a bike I found the key, which was secured to the rear of the bike in a plastic holder. I pushed it in, pressed the starter and it roared into life.
“It is good to go on the road but I want to keep it in its brilliant original state, which I think must make this bike really rare. It is the only example of those bikes that is still in the same condition as it was 10 years ago.”
Salvaged goods need to be reported