Tales From The Cooler: Who Stole My Ford GT?

Virgil Hilts
by Virgil Hilts
tales from the cooler who stole my ford gt

The city of Rancho Santa Fe is located in the rolling hills north of San Diego. It claims, like so many other burgs across this country, to have the highest average family income in the nation. Wherever they rank, the little town of 3,100 residents boasts some serious bucks.

And one RSF resident just lost his or hers 2005 blue-with-white stripes Ford GT supercar.

Authorities report that the $200,000 car went missing sometime before July 10 while the owner was away for three weeks. They will not identify the victim (could it be RSF’s most famous resident, golfer Phil Mickelson, long sponsored by Ford?)

Something is rotten in Rancho. The police have at least two stories: they told one news outlet that the car was stolen from a “storage area.” They told another it was taken from a home while it was being burglarized. Neither tale rings true. There is clearly more to the story and that is where you come in.

The local Crime Stoppers line has offered a $1,000 reward for the return of the filched Ford but TTAC is upping the ante. Please predict the story and outcome of this caper for a chance to win a cool automobilia prize. Will the car turn up in a Tijuana junkyard sans engine? Was it owned by a drug lord? More infighting among Carroll Shelby’s heirs? You tell us.

The winner will receive this neat glass-and-granite desktop display honoring the One Millionth Honda Accord rolling off the assembly line in Honda’s Marysville, Ohio plant. This gift was handed out to Honda dealers in 1988.

The winner will be based on whose tale is closest to news reports as of September 1, 2012. If their are no updates on the case by then, the winner will be determined by whose prediction makes us laugh the most. Good luck!

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jul 21, 2012

    The owner's kid "borrowed" it and took it to the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area southeast of the Salton Sea, west of Yuma. He was racing a dune buggy with it when it flipped over and became buried in the sand. The kid hitched a ride home and claimed no knowledge, saying he last saw it in the garage, then in the storage area, accounting for the two accounts. It won't be found until October, when a Santa Ana wind uncovers it and a dune buggy nearly crashes into it. The insurance company that paid off the owner will take possession and sell it at auction. Steven Lang will buy it, not running, for $1500, and get it running by replacing the sand-clogged air cleaner, and sell it to an elderly couple for $500 down and $50 a week. The couple will only use it for grocery shopping and to go to church. Eventually, repairs will cost too much and Sajeev will advise them to dump it and buy a Crown Vic. With no takers for it, the couple will junk it. Later, Murilee will spot it in a self-serve junkyard completely intact, and before Jack Baruth can get there to buy it, it will be crushed. However, Murilee will have salvaged the clock and installed it in his A100, so at least part of the car will live on.

  • Goggles Piazno Goggles Piazno on Mar 19, 2013

    Stolen by Dennis Rodman for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to keep the crazy nights a secret.

  • Scott ?Wonder what Toyota will be using when they enter the market?
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  • Roger hopkins Why do they all have to be 4 door??? Why not a "cab & a half" and a bit longer box. This is just another station wagon of the 21st century. Maybe they should put fake woodgrain on the side lol...
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