Classic cars versus tree
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Heavy branches falling off a number of oak trees in and around the property operated by JLP Motorsports in Dade City, Florida, were the cause of much heartache for classic car lovers this month.
It was reported by Tampa Bay Online, that a number of classic cars which were parked outside underneath the trees while being extensively restored by the team at the business, ended up with extensive damage after limbs dropped over 75 feet onto them.
Several tons of wood is believed to have had an impact on a 1977 Ford LTD, a 1967 Buick Skylark and a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air, the latter of which was actually parked up in a shed at the time, a structure which proved no match for the detached branches.
It took several hours to rearrange the classics, which had so far avoided damage, to make sure that no harm would come to them if more branches fell. This included an unscathed 1964 Ford Falcon and a number of classic Chevrolets.
The owner of JLP Motorsport is hoping that insurance claims will be able to cover the cost of the damage, although staff are currently struggling to work out where they should begin, when it comes to getting back to work on the cars.