Owner of classic car smashed in early hours collision 'sad to see her go'

Owner of classic car smashed in early hours collision 'sad to see her go'

Owner of classic car smashed in early hours collision 'sad to see her go'

Owner of classic car smashed in early hours collision 'sad to see her go'

First published in News

A CLASSIC car owner was left devastated when a taxi smashed into his car in the early hours of the morning.

Ben Locker’s 1975 Triumph Toledo, nicknamed Maggie, was parked in Bergholt Road beside another car when the cab smashed into them.

Mr Locker said an initial survey of the damage showed it would cost more to repair the car than to buy a new one.

He said: “It’s definitely hard to take.

“I’ve done a lot of work on it myself, so I know the scale of the damage and what it means.”

Mr Locker bought the car in November 2012 after the previous owner knocked back a number of people who wanted to modify it.

He eventually bought it for £950.

Mr Locker added: “To me, the cash value is immaterial - it's the love and work I've put into her engine and in keeping her on the road.

“I learned how to repair and look after engines as a result of owning her.

“I've taken her to Dorset, over the Pennines to Cheshire and many other places.

“She was part of the family really.”

Police were called to the incident at about 2.45am on Saturday morning when a cab veered off the road and crashed into the Triumph and a Renault Clio.

Fire crews were also called because petrol was leaking over the road.

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11:54am Tue 20 May 14

jammin says...

Someone crashed in to my classic car and blamed me yet I didn't get an article in the paper?
Someone crashed in to my classic car and blamed me yet I didn't get an article in the paper? jammin
  • Score: -13

12:00pm Tue 20 May 14

apec96 says...

I kept thinking to myself it was only a matter of time before this car got hit on that road :(
I kept thinking to myself it was only a matter of time before this car got hit on that road :( apec96
  • Score: 13

12:04pm Tue 20 May 14

sean.watson says...

speed, drink or drugs or the usual a dog ran in front of me.
cab drivers in general have a different version of the highway code than the rest of us.
speed, drink or drugs or the usual a dog ran in front of me. cab drivers in general have a different version of the highway code than the rest of us. sean.watson
  • Score: 22

12:23pm Tue 20 May 14

apec96 says...

sean.watson wrote:
speed, drink or drugs or the usual a dog ran in front of me. cab drivers in general have a different version of the highway code than the rest of us.
especially down bergholt road! :/
[quote][p][bold]sean.watson[/bold] wrote: speed, drink or drugs or the usual a dog ran in front of me. cab drivers in general have a different version of the highway code than the rest of us.[/p][/quote]especially down bergholt road! :/ apec96
  • Score: 16

12:23pm Tue 20 May 14

Jess Jephcott says...

I bet he was miffed.
I bet he was miffed. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -5

1:18pm Tue 20 May 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

I saw the Tolley in town the other day, bl**dy shame that.
Smack that man on the n*se.
Typical of the mad max cabbies.
Colchester Council & The Bill need to slow some of them down.
Jahbulon:
I saw the Tolley in town the other day, bl**dy shame that. Smack that man on the n*se. Typical of the mad max cabbies. Colchester Council & The Bill need to slow some of them down. Jahbulon: TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 9

4:27pm Tue 20 May 14

Ben Locker says...

Yes, it was the fox in the road story. How you can total so many cars when travelling at - cough - 30mph is beyond me. But I'm no accident damage specialist. Not a good start to the weekend, though.
Yes, it was the fox in the road story. How you can total so many cars when travelling at - cough - 30mph is beyond me. But I'm no accident damage specialist. Not a good start to the weekend, though. Ben Locker
  • Score: 4

5:09pm Tue 20 May 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Never mind Ben. Perhaps there will be some good news for you later this week at the polls.
Never mind Ben. Perhaps there will be some good news for you later this week at the polls. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -1

6:21pm Tue 20 May 14

Mr Honest says...

Slow news day?
Slow news day? Mr Honest
  • Score: -6

2:29am Wed 21 May 14

Boris says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Never mind Ben. Perhaps there will be some good news for you later this week at the polls.
Let's hope not. Sorry about his car though, a shame it was destroyed in such stupid circumstances.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Never mind Ben. Perhaps there will be some good news for you later this week at the polls.[/p][/quote]Let's hope not. Sorry about his car though, a shame it was destroyed in such stupid circumstances. Boris
  • Score: -4

4:49am Wed 21 May 14

AngryManNewTown says...

Black armband day for Maggie!!!
Black armband day for Maggie!!! AngryManNewTown
  • Score: 5

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