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.