Jump to content


Up In Flames

  • Please log in to reply
78 replies to this topic

#1 casino


    Hamilton is a Pop Star

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,049 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Casino’s Drinking Den
  • Interests:ADVERTISING. F1
    Wrote and produced the VXT launch film.

Posted 09 July 2020 - 06:26 PM

Casinos VXT went up in flames Norman Long Boat style. Nothing left but ashes. 


From the time I smelt burning to the time it was fully ablaze must have been 3 minutes. Obviously I tried to put out the fire but the little water I was carrying and the awkward space behind the passenger front light didn’t help. Not sure an extinguisher would have helped either, I’ll never know. 

Fire engine turned up in about 10 minutes but all they could do was douse the flames. Had about 3/4 tank petrol and that went up too. Folks that owned the garden the other side of the big hedge were very kind and helpful blocking the road and diverting traffic. Police were very helpful too with some kind words. 

Wish I could say the same for Hastings Direct who have washed their hands of it saying they don’t pay out for spontaneous fires. Wish I knew that before handing over the £200. 

Had a lot of fun in the car. 17 years is a lot of ownership. First seeing the prototype in Hethel then making the launch film and microsite. My involvement has been quite deep over the years. I’m proud to have been part of the team that got the VXturbo on the road. It’s been a great little car, although underpowered it showed spirit and always turned heads. Photos of the incident but I gave up ages ago trying to post images on .Org.


Bit to early to be thinking about a replacement, but for now I’ve got to come to terms with its loss day by day.






#2 WrightStuff


    i am sheldon cooper

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,238 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Derby

Posted 09 July 2020 - 06:34 PM

Wtf. This is awful.  :(


I can't imagine having to stand there powerless watching your pride and joy go up in smoke.


What happened here was it come kind of electrical fire that started it ?

#3 coldel


    Need to get Out More

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,174 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Richmond

Posted 09 July 2020 - 06:57 PM

Wow. That’s a shocker. Any idea what caused it?

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#4 C8RKH


    Need to get Out More

  • 767 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 09 July 2020 - 07:04 PM

That's a shocker and from Hastings - I thought most insurance cover included Fire & Theft?

#5 allsteel


    Super Member

  • PipPip
  • 444 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:North Eastish
  • Interests:Winning lottery tickets,scantily clad women,real ale poured with a head,modified cars,great guitar playing.

Posted 09 July 2020 - 07:15 PM

That's bollocks. I'd be fighting Hastings all the way.

#6 chris_uk


    I Fancy Joe

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,039 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Leeds UK

Posted 09 July 2020 - 07:28 PM

so sorry for your loss man.. :( worst nightmare right there!


but, that seems bollox from Hastings.. how can you not cover spontaneous fires, do you need to book the accident into the calender and let them know it's going to set on fire..  bloody joke... 


do you have any idea what could of caused it ? 

#7 Cavturbo


    Super Member

  • PipPip
  • 354 posts
  • Location:Leamington Spa/Nuneaton

Posted 09 July 2020 - 07:43 PM

So sorry to hear this. Glad everyone us ok but really feel for you. Was it a light/hid issue? Good luck with the insurer sounds like they need referring to the ombudsman.

#8 coldel


    Need to get Out More

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,174 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Richmond

Posted 09 July 2020 - 07:54 PM

With Hastings it’s a case of reading your policy. Does it state they are not covered? Have you got third party cover only?

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#9 swast4


    Super Member

  • 414 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Heswall, UK
  • Interests:Trackdays

Posted 09 July 2020 - 08:04 PM

Shocking, gutted for you 😭

Sent from my F1 using Tapatalk

#10 myles



  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,077 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Knock, knock, knock, knock...........

Posted 09 July 2020 - 08:07 PM

Oh man, gutted for you. Keep on at Hastings, they are taking the p*ss.

#11 Wolfstone



  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,984 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Jordan (The country. Not Katie Price)
  • Interests:Northants Pedantic Crew global domination of the media.

Posted 09 July 2020 - 08:48 PM

Gutted for you Pete!

#12 PaulCP


    Whipping Boy

  • 6,057 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Suffolk

Posted 09 July 2020 - 08:49 PM

Sh!t Pete, I’m surprised you seem so calm about it & about the response from Hastings, I’d be bouncing off the walls with them.

I never cease to be amazed at how insurance companies compound the misery of a situation by trying to escape their responsibilities 

#13 Strugs


    World's #1 cheese fan

  • 2,999 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Farnham, Surrey

Posted 09 July 2020 - 10:06 PM

Sorry to hear, man..  :(

#14 Acidpopstar


    Scary Internerd

  • 3,547 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire
  • Interests:Playing and teaching guitar / driving

Posted 10 July 2020 - 01:12 AM

Well this is bloody awful. Fight the insurance company all the way.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#15 Sutol


    Well it's nearly a Lotus

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,109 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Billingshurst, West Sussex

Posted 10 July 2020 - 04:41 AM

Sorry to hear this Pete, really hope you get Hastings to pay up. I will be checking my insurance today.

#16 hairy



  • 5,755 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bristol
  • Interests:cars, beer, nature

Posted 10 July 2020 - 06:32 AM

Holy sh!t. Really sorry for you, hope you can sort something out.

#17 Rosssco


    Scary Internerd

  • 4,176 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Aberdeen

Posted 10 July 2020 - 07:31 AM

That's pish!

#18 GaryK



  • Pip
  • 168 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bury St. Edmunds

Posted 10 July 2020 - 08:34 AM

This is awful. Sorry to hear it. I've just been reading around regarding insurance companies and car fires, and it looks pretty common that they weasel their out of it. The common argument is that it's a mechanical failure. I guess the same could be said for the cause of loads of different types of accident - tyre blowout, toe link failure... A convenient way for them to shirk their duties. 

#19 Ivor


    Billy No Mates

  • 1,795 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:west Wales
  • Interests:Sheep & Ducatis
    and now bees

Posted 10 July 2020 - 11:03 AM

Don't suppose the wiper motor survived?

#20 Ivor


    Billy No Mates

  • 1,795 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:west Wales
  • Interests:Sheep & Ducatis
    and now bees

Posted 10 July 2020 - 11:04 AM

Gutted for you, I have 12 motorbikes and my VX in the shed, always assumed a fire in the shed would be covered, possibly not now I have to assume, time to check insurances.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users