SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) - Four car enthusiasts are arranging for alternative rides homeafter thieves stole their classic cars from a west side hotelFriday night. They were in town for the 25th Annual Hurst/OldsNational Meet.
Hurst/Olds owners from around the country travel to the annualmeets, staying at hotels and showing off the most prizedpossessions.
In the 17 years that Linda and Orville Hardy have been comingnothing like this has ever happened. They along with otherHurst/Olds car owners were excited to return their cars to thetrack for the annual meet.
"We are back at Indy where a lot of these cars were performedand ran pace cars here at the track," car club member Joe Spagnolisaid.
However the normally festive mood changed dramatically becausefour cars were missing, stolen in the middle of the night from aWingate Inn parking lot.
"I've had goose bumps. Every time somebody brings up even thesubject, I feel really horrible for these people. I really do,"said Spagnoli.
Linda and Orville Hardy woke up early as they usually do beforea car club meet to shine up their '79 Hurst Oldsmobile.
"They are fun cars to drive. They are very showy. You stop at astop light and people pay attention to you," Linda and Orvillesaid.
But the Hardy's car was missing,
"We came downstairs outside and it was gone," the Hardy'sexplained. "I was very shocked, very surprised."
Three other cars that look similar to these vehicles were alsostolen.
Car club members believe the thieves knew the club was in townand targeted these specific vehicles. The stolen cars could bevalued around 30 to 40 thousand dollars.
"A lot of these cars you can take apart individually and almostget more money selling parts than you can selling the whole car,"Spagnoli said.
To the owners, though, the cars are priceless.
Spagnoli is offering $10,000 to for the safe return of all fourcars, "But you took somebody's heart. You can go sell a shifter, aseat, a door or a fender and make more money than the car isprobably worth but you took people's family, you took their heart,you took their first born."
The hotel does have surveillance video however police are notreleasing it yet. It shows a group of people jumping out of a whiteextended cab pick up truck and stealing the vehicles in the middleof the night.
The car club organizer says the hotel has arranged from tightersecurity for Sunday night.
Call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS if you have any information.
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