So here are some left over pieces of automotive information, that didn’t quite make the cut but are far too interesting or peculiar to disregard.
Massive Macungie Mural – The operators of an auto repair shop in this one square mile Pennsylvania borough applied for and got a $3500 beautification grant to paint a mural on the side of their building. The total cost of the project which depicts a 1950’s era garage was nearly $20,000. The town fathers intervened when the inclusion of the shop’s name in the completed painting became an issue. After months of wrangling the project was allowed to stand, but not after thousands of dollars were spent in legal fees. The decision was hailed by the community which had supported the shop owners.(The Morning Call)
Thief Digs Out Audi A4 – A British stockbroker returned home from work to find that someone had dug out his Audi A4 from the snow. The trouble was the helper also stole the car as well. How did the owner know this? It seems the culprit held extended conversations with neighbors while he was excavating the vehicle. The perpetrator, described as “smartly dressed, boiled some water on the stove to assist in de-icing the car. He had broken into the victim’s home where he had also stolen a laptop.(Metro)
Vinsetta Garage – The oldest family owned auto repair facility east of the Mississippi closed out a 91 year run. The shop started out servicing horse drawn carriages and Model T’s in the early 1900’s. Located in Berkley Michigan, the shop was located on Woodward Ave. known to some as America’s First Highway. At one time the garage played a role in the Woodward Dream Cruise which is the country’s largest one day automotive event drawing 40,000 classic cars from all over the world.Flat Tire Equals $12500 Theft – In Clifton New Jersey a man transporting receipts form a business sought help at an auto repair business and had a money bag pilfered form the front seat of his 2002 Honda Odyssey. Upon inspecting the tire, it was determined that it was cut with a sharp object. This method of incapacitating and diverting victims is said to be used to target business managers and jewelers that might be moving cash or valuables from one location to another. (North Jersey)