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Old 26 Mar 2018, 11:14 (Ref:3810885)   #1
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STOLEN MGA

Gerard sent me a message to pass on that a FHC MGA race car regn no RSV895 was stolen, along with 4 wheel trailer, from the Paris area on Sunday morning. The car is pale green, and trailer red. It’s a very striking colour and if you google the number there are lots of pics available.

Hopefully we can get some more info, but in the meantime, keep your eyes open!
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Old 26 Mar 2018, 11:23 (Ref:3810889)   #2
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Thank you Mike. As to the color I dont have the precise code but it looks like the Big Healey one of our american visitor posted a while ago. Any help appreciated.
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Old 26 Mar 2018, 11:48 (Ref:3810898)   #3
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Thank you Mike. As to the color I dont have the precise code but it looks like the Big Healey one of our american visitor posted a while ago. Any help appreciated.
It’s the distinctive ‘works’ pale colour, think it was ‘Ash Green’ in period? If the owner is able to give any more detail, that would be good. Old pics show black race roundels and wheels....

Used to be the case in the UK that a lot of thieves just wanted the trailer, and would dump the car somewhere. Hope that is the case here, although more common now for the car to be stripped and parts sold on.

Just found this- https://easygram.club/p/BgwKhhjAKZB
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Old 26 Mar 2018, 22:05 (Ref:3811093)   #4
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If someone with the details has a Facebook account, the much maligned site is pretty good at spreading this sort of information quickly.......
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Old 28 Mar 2018, 19:09 (Ref:3811578)   #5
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It was Ash Green. I built the car. There some *******s about arent there???

I do have some detail photos if anyone needs them. I dont know who the current owner is.

For info the steel wheels were Saab,alloy standard type fuel tank, alloy mounts on the anti roll bar, bendix fuel pump.

Hopefully there will a sucesfull outcome, but I doubt it!

It was a sweet car.

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Old 29 Mar 2018, 08:21 (Ref:3811695)   #6
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Hope it still is a sweet car. Mike posted a link giving more details like engine number. As suggested probably the huge trailer was stolen no matter what was sitting inside. French season starts this weekend at Paul Ricard, the almost new for us pre66 grid will be missing one. Sad story. May be worth having an electronic device helping in location (dogs, cats, bicycles, etc…).
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Years and years ago we had trailer stolen with a brand new radical inside . This was the end of the world for me and team Delta . One of the worst moments I’ve had running race car team. Reported to police and then later in the day plucked up courage and told the owner of the car . Doom and gloom until later that evening an off duty police man ran me and asked why was one of my racing cars parked upina lay-by some 20 miles away . Never saw the trailer again but the radical was unmarked and in perfect condition . I can only hope and pray that the MGA is found in same way . Fingers crossed
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[QUOTE= May be worth having an electronic device helping in location (dogs, cats, bicycles, etc…).[/QUOTE]

Just a thought.... it will have a transponder on. I wonder if that can be tracked somehow?

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Just a thought.... it will have a transponder on. I wonder if that can be tracked somehow?

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Colin, if you mean a timing transponder then I think the short answer is 'no'. I'm not involved in time-keeping anymore but as far as I'm aware they are only detected in very close proximity, normally of course that's close to the 'timing loops' laid into the track. But it would be possible to pick it up if you were very close to the car but again you would need the equivalent of hand-held timing equipment.

However, I recall that on the odd occasion a previously reported 'missing' transponder has appeared on timing screens. So if someone knows what it is and sells it on then it may crop up at sometime at a race meeting with the possibility of tracing back the source. Long shot though.
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Tracking devices are far more affordable nowadays, and a self powered sim utilising version well worth considering. You can see the location via your phone, so none of the complication and expense of a contract with a monitoring service.

I’ve got a couple of monitored ones fitted but will be getting battery powered magnetic attachment units when the contract expires! They can be swapped to wherever needed very quickly.

Only thing I have seen when reading up on them is that if using a ‘sim’ tracker it doesn’t necessarily work in all countries in Europe......
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I caught sight of an article headline about trackers on Caravans whilst passing over a camper web site.

Didn't read the detail but the suggestion was that with the devices available today to those with nefarious intent, tracking devices can be relatively easily found and disabled.

I have no idea whether this is correct but one might assume that technology moves on and some older devices might not be as useful as they once were.
If so some investigation of the state of play might make sense.
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I caught sight of an article headline about trackers on Caravans whilst passing over a camper web site.

Didn't read the detail but the suggestion was that with the devices available today to those with nefarious intent, tracking devices can be relatively easily found and disabled.

I have no idea whether this is correct but one might assume that technology moves on and some older devices might not be as useful as they once were.
If so some investigation of the state of play might make sense.
I’m sure that many dedicated thieves will have the technology to find trackers. Best that can be hoped for is that a ‘casual’ thief won’t have the ability, or the location can be ascertained before they find it......
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On the subject of trackers, a mate of mine has them fitted to all his vehicles and heavy plant machinery and has worked in his favour several times with things going for a "walk" from off of sites. He can track them on his smartphone and normally goes and finds them with a couple of "heavy" mates.
I saw a program about trackers and the police were in a helicopter flying above a main road in South Africa, The bleeper went off about every mile !!!
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I’m sure that many dedicated thieves will have the technology to find trackers. Best that can be hoped for is that a ‘casual’ thief won’t have the ability, or the location can be ascertained before they find it......
Right, we use to say "Ce qu'un homme fait un autre homme peut le défaire". Some trackers are pretty smart and you can asign them in case of any movement or when the device is moved further than a said perimeter. But ok with you all, nothing is perfect but I like Gordon"s suggestion, heavy mates can do a lot…
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saw on fb just now that it's been found and with police involvement is on its way back to the owner !
brilliant result and great example of the usefulness of social media.
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