I'm 65 years old and have lived in the Akron-Tallmadge, Ohio area all of my life. For 10-years (1957-1967) I lived most summers at our home in Cook Forest, Pa. I'm a U.S. Army veteran (1971-1973). I collect many things such as: antique cars, antique firearms, movies, movie props, old newspapers and posters, Wyatt Earp items, Civil War items, John Wayne items, items from the old west including Native American items, just about anything historical. I've been married for 42-years. My wife and I have a son and a daughter and four granddaughters.
These are not "the" cars that were lost in the fire but they are the same years and makes.
Types of cars that were lost in the fire
1974 Jaguar Roadster
1959 Aston Martin (James Bond 007 car)
1978 Silver Anniversary Corvette
1988 Mercedes Benz 560SL
Also lost in the Fire
These two vehicles
2007 Chrysler Pacifica
1982 Kubota Tractor
Another Sad Story. From the Patriot Ledger Newspaper ~
WEYMOUTH — Dec. 3, 2008 The story goes that when Raymond Bean was 10, he coveted the 1929 Buick sedan a neighbor had bought and longed to own it. "He always told them whenever they got rid of it, he wanted it," said Dan Winters of Braintree, a longtime friend of Bean’s and fellow antique car collector. "They eventually sold it to him. He paid $1,000 back then for it. That was his pride." Bean, 89, cherished the car, which he bought as soon as a friend told him it was for sale 35 years ago. He kept it so pristine it could be considered priceless, masterfully nurturing the original paint and upholstery. He stored it safely with his 1915 Dodge Touring Car and 19641/2 Mustang in a garage behind his Weymouth home. The prized cars proved resilient until Wednesday morning, when fire officials say Bean turned on the ignition of one of the cars and sparked a fire that destroyed the structure, rendering the antiques little more than charred frames poking through a massive heap of blackened wood behind his Middle Street home, which was not damaged. Bean, who recently suffered a stroke and began using a walker in order to get out and tend to his cars, was not injured in the fire. "Physically, he didn’t get hurt, but emotionally he’s done," his son, Ray Bean Jr., said at the scene. "They were immaculate." The cars were kept in good enough shape to be featured in period movies. Bean’s 1929 Buick was featured in the 1974 film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," part of which was shot at the mansions of Newport, R.I., and 1978’s ‘‘The Brinks Job,’’ which was filmed in Boston. Bean, his wife, Shirley, and his automobiles were regulars on the New England antique-car show circuit. A former machinist, Bean dazzled others with his ability to restore antiques of all makes and models for a modest sum, his son said. But all that was gone on Wednesday after firefighters extinguished the fire, which sent thick smoke into the air. Bean’s son spotted the smoke as he was driving on the highway and raced to the scene. Bean’s neighbor Henry Laniewski said he was emotional as the fire built and emergency response arrived.
1976 Photo of Bean's '29 Buick
These are not "the" cars that were lost, but they are the same year, make and model as the lost cars.
1929 Buick Sedan
1915 Dodge Brothers Touring Car
1964 1/2 Ford Mustang
I really feel bad for these guys. They had some great historical automobiles in those garages. I hope, at least, they can get the value of the cars from their insurance companies. The money won't replace the cars. And if they are true car lovers, which they must be, they'll still feel a great loss. But, at least they will have something for these terrible events.
Have you ever lost an automobile due to a garage fire?