Too Far? McLaren seized after driver refuses to ‘spoil’ bodywork with a number plate

Too Far? McLaren seized after driver refuses to 'spoil' bodywork with a number plate

Has this supercar driver taken his love of bodywork a little too far? A driver had his McLaren confiscated by police because he could not bear to screw a numberplate into its bodywork.

Tsao He, 37, refused saying the order by officers in Taiwan would spoil the bodywork of his £270,000 McLaren.

The MP4-12C, which does 0-60mph in just 3.1 seconds, was seized when police saw it parked in a street bay without its front plate.


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Mr He, 37, said: ‘The car looks so perfect, I just couldn’t bear to put holes in that beautiful body for something as ugly as a registration plate.

‘I told them it was registered and I showed them the plate, which I keep under my seat. I couldn’t believe it when they towed it away.’

Police in Taichung also gave him a £230 ticket for overstaying in the bay while they waited for a tow truck.


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Mr He can apply for the car’s return after he fits a plate but faces a fine to cover the cost of towing it away.

A police spokesman said: ‘The car failed to display the proper documentation and has been confiscated.’

He added: ‘When the owner is ready to obey the law and fit a registration plate he can apply for the return of his car but he will face a fine appropriate to the cost of towing the vehicle.’

Source: Daily Mail

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The London Building That Melts Cars

Walkie Talkie Building That Melts Cars

When he parked his Jaguar on Eastcheap in London, Martin Lyndsay never expected to return to a lump of melted metal just two hours later.

A new £200million 37-storey skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” due to its distinctive shape, is responsible. The sunlight reflected from this new building, currently still under construction, has been causing heat damage to the cars beneath.

Melted London Jaguar Bodywork

Mr Lindsay, director of tiling company Moderna Contracts Ltd, told the BBC: “I was walking down the road and saw a photographer taking photos and asked, ‘what’s happening?’. The photographer asked me ‘have you seen that car? The owner won’t be happy.’ I said: ‘I am the owner. Crikey, that’s awful.'”

The wing mirror, panels and Jaguar badge had all melted. On the windscreen there was a note that said ‘your car’s buckled, could you give us a call?’.

Melted London Jaguar Wing Mirror

People walking by often have to shield their eyes from the incredible glare and the building has been dubbed the ‘Walkie Scorchie’ by nearby workers.

The developers have apologised and paid for the repairs and the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected whilst the situation is investigated further.


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