A classic car enthusiast has been left devastated after his collection of vintage cars worth almost £500,000 was badly damaged after the barn they were kept in was flattened by Storm Eunice.
Nottinghamshire Live reports that owner Ewen Sergison, a Formula 1 racing engineer and high-speed driving instructor said that the 100mph-plus winds had caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage to his collection.
An Alfa Romeo GTA, worth £350,000, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, worth £30,000, a Mini Marcos, worth £15,000, a Triumph Stag, worth £10,000, and two TVRs, worth £20,000 each, were all inside the open-fronted barn when it collapsed.
Mr Sergison, who operates AVIT Motorsport, said he was glad that no customers or staff were in the barn when it collapsed.
He said that he and his fiancé Rachel had been home for around half an hour when they noticed that the wind had picked up. As they were thinking about moving the cars for safety, the entire courtyard filled with dust as the barn’s roof and walls came down.
“Luckily everyone was safe. None of my staff, customers or animals were in there, it was mostly my own cars damaged and not customers,” Sergison said.
“We also got away with a lot when you think about it. The valuable customers’ cars just had some windscreen damage and dents to the bonnets and roof.”
Sergison told how he and his partner had already suffered the effects of the storm, after a ‘terrifying’ landing at Heathrow Airport, after flying back from New York. He said despite driving F1 cars for a living, the landing a Heathrow was ‘the most scared I had ever been’.
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