May 22, 2010Sometime Saturday May 15th a custom built $300K Twin-Turbo 2003 Mustang Mach 1 Outlaw drag car was stolen from a storage facility in Ocala, Florida. Theives broke into the self storage facility where the Mustang was inside a 48-foot enclosed trailer. The thieves apparently hooked up a stolen truck to the trailer to move it forward to get the car out, all the while leaving the stolen truck behind making off with the car in another trailer they brought. Sounds like something you would only see in a movie but this really happend. The priceless car is completely custom built with one-of-a-kind parts made to run in the six-second range.
The owners of the Mustang put up StolenMustang.com to try and recover the car along with a Letter to the Car Thieves which I have posted below. Photos of the car are also below.
Letter to Theives
By now, you must realize that you can never own or race this car. The awesome power of the internet has put pictures of every inch of it onto every imaginable forum. This will only get worse with time.
There are yellowbulleters that are truckers, port authorities, cops, racers, track owners, shop owners, vendors, painters, tuners, mechanics, interstate camera guys, you name it. Your UPS guy just might have seen the car on his favorite Yugo forum, so itâ€™s just a matter of time before someone puts it together. Sooner or later, someone will notice you have an unfamiliar car under a cover somewhere, and that it doesnâ€™t quite add up. One day, heâ€™ll stumble across a website and bells will go off in his head.
Just about every part on that car is unique and custom. Every single part is high-end stuff, only used by cars with huge power levels. There are only so many people that use parts like these. We know most of these people, and our friends here know the rest of them. Even internationally. Our friends have probably already emailed your friends with pictures and information about the theft. The parts canâ€™t be sold, theyâ€™re worthless to you. They canâ€™t be repaired without being identified. Even if you sold them, one day those parts will need repair and the manufacturer will recognize them. They will then be traced back to you. Faced with stolen parts charges, your buyer will quickly roll over on you.
The engine is so custom that anyone capable of rebuilding it will recognize who it was built by, and red flags will go off. All it takes is one set of rods, lifters, crank, a needed valve job or whatever. How many race head shops are there? How often do Blue Thunder heads really come through? How many of them already got our email forwarded to them? Just on this site alone, there were something like 12,000 views within 8 hours of the original post. Thatâ€™s 12,000 people on day 1 that are now looking closely for you, or any part that comes off that car. And that was day 1, before it spread to every Ford, Chevy, Honda, Nissan, Dodge, Buick, Fiat, Volvo, and Yugo forum there is. Google â€śJosh Kluggerâ€ť and see for yourself.
The RacePak? Serial Number. Big Stuff? Serial Number. Heads? Serial Number. MSD box? You see what Iâ€™m saying? Need the converter rebuilt? It was custom built for us, and would be easily recognized. Tranny? Custom internal mods. Rear end & suspension? prototype from Alston Chassis. Wheels? Custom offset and beadlocks made just for us by our good friends at Holeshot. Turbos? Joe @ Precision will be watching for them. This car, and itâ€™s parts, are worthless to you. Even if you managed to sell some parts, every part you sell is a part that could later be identified and eventually traced back to you. The more you sell, the greater the risk of identification.
You certainly couldnâ€™t sell the car as a whole to a legitimate buyer. Title, VIN, recognizable car. Itâ€™s also a real Mach1. How many real Mach1 race cars do you think there are? And a sudden influx of high end parts to your car would certainly raise suspicion, wouldnâ€™t they? If you go faster, people will notice. So if the parts are no good to use or sell, the car is not sellable as a whole, keeping it around is a ticking time bomb, and every day the word gets spread even further and faster, your only realistic choice is to get rid of the car before you get caught with it. Just today, someone launched a website for usâ€¦ www.StolenMustang.com
Youâ€™re probably a car guy yourself, so donâ€™t screw up a beautiful race car and someoneâ€™s life dream. Hereâ€™s an easy way out: Park the car in a nice, safe church parking lot at about 5am. Write the words STOLEN FROM OCALA, FL on the windshield, and walk away. And consider thisâ€¦ when you do end up getting caught, whatever missing parts or damage happens to that car, you will be court ordered to pay for in restitution, as part of your parole conditions (after you finally get out of prison and break up with Bubba). Not paying your restitution on time every month is cause for violation of parole, and lands you back in prison, so you canâ€™t escape paying that back (probably at minimum wage at that point). And these parts arenâ€™t cheap. So itâ€™s in everybodyâ€™s best interest that the car just comes back safely and whole.
By now, you know you messed up. Please donâ€™t make this any worse for yourself, or Josh, who is suffering unbearably because of you. Do the right thing, before itâ€™s too late. Giving the car back will be a huge weight off your shoulders.