Monday, 14 September 2020 21:50

Several Classic Cars Destroyed by West Coast Wildfires

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious


If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all, you know there are several wildfires raging in California, Oregon and Washington.

Many of the fires have started suddenly and spread quickly, destroying neighborhoods ruthlessly. Among the burned wreckage have been quite a few classic and collector cars, which is truly a sad sight to behold.


We’re first and foremost a collector car site, so our focus is always on the rare, desirable vehicles in any news story. However, it’s hard to not be astounded at the loss of life, homes and livelihoods from the fires in California, Oregon and Washington.


Many have driven through what can only be described as a hellscape with fire pushing in on both sides of the road and smoke obscuring their view. Others had to be airlifted out as the fire closed in on all sides. We can’t even begin to imagine the fear that causes, or the devastating feeling of returning to your house to find everything is gone.


For example, a couple in Vacaville, CA, were evacuated because of the approaching wildfire. When they returned, they found their garages, which housed more than a dozen classic cars, had been burned out. From the looks of things, the cars are pretty much done for now.


The husband said he feels “kind of numb” about it all, noting the insurance likely won’t cover all the damages. Not only that, he noted the personalized details simply can’t be replaced.


Video footage out of the Shaver Lake area near Fresno, CA, shows massive destruction. A first-generation Ford Bronco sits surrounded by ashes, the tires burned right off the wheels and the windshield frame warped as it lays on the front seat frames, the upholstery having also been consumed.

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