A GARAGE owner has described his devastation following an arson attack on a hand-built wedding car last week.
Cavan Taylor, who owns Revesby Garage in Boston Road, is now offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the offender.
Mr Taylor was called by police in the early hours of Friday (August 10) informing him that cars were ablaze on his garage forecourt.
The target of the arson attack was a stretched VW Beetle limo but the fire also spread to the two neighbouring vehicles, causing £70,000 worth of damage.
Mr Taylor told the News: “I shot down to the garage panicking, thinking ‘What’s gone up?’. I never dreamt of it being these cars. I’m devastated.”
The stretched limo was adapted from an original 1972 Beetle and was built by Mr Taylor and his team from scratch over a period of seven months.
“We’d done everything ourselves, working on it seven days a week. We finished it three or four weeks ago and left it out to showcase our work.”
The vehicle was booked for a wedding taking place the day after the arson attack.
Mr Taylor said: “We called the couple and they were very understanding – they were more devastated for me. We let them use a VW Camper for their wedding instead.”
He added that the limo was unique to Lincolnshire and that the nearest one is now more than 100 miles away.
“I shall do another - this isn’t going to put me off. But it won’t be left outside,” Mr Taylor added.
Also damaged in the fire was a modified VW Beetle and a rare 1961 split-screen panel van from Australia.
The total value of the vehicles damaged was around £70,000, including £40,000 for the limo. Mr Taylor hopes that he will be able to salvage the van, but the limo and the Beetle are beyond repair and will have to be scrapped.
Mr Taylor added: “I want someone to be taken down for this. I want them to be named and shamed.”
CCTV footage from the garage show one person committing the arson attack and police are currently trying to establish their identity.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Lincolnshire Police by dialling 101 and quoting the incident number. Crimes can be reported anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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