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Nov 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm #38194
Stolen from the North San Diego, CA area
Early Thursday, November 18, 2010.
Stolen GTO race car + trailer
White Haulmark or Pace enclosed trailer,
20 foot long with chrome mag wheels.
California license plate number 4DU2085.
On the back it has a logo for “Pirategrafixx” and a Harley Davidson logo.
Inside is a tube chassis 1964 GTO, primmered grey. New 400 CI engine.
Call the police or Dmac at 760-746-0111 or Marty at 760-591-9881
Family’s beloved drag-racer stolen from heart patient. Father, sons built 1964 Pontiac GTO
For seven years, Escondido resident Dennis Murty, 65, and his three adult sons have been working together on their dream car —- a 1964 Pontiac GTO drag-racer, built for serious speed with some serious money, said Dennis Murty Jr.
But in the past year, the family project has taken on a new urgency: the elder Murty’s health has been failing rapidly, and doctors give him a grim prognosis. The sons have scrambled to finish the car to make sure their dad realizes a long-standing dream of pushing it to top speed on a track, Murty Jr. said.
But Thursday morning, the car disappeared, Murty Jr. said. The family told police it was worth about $80,000, Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter said.
The car was inside a 22-foot trailer on the street in front of his dad’s Fieldcrest Place home, Murty Jr. said. Sean Murty, his brother, called police at 7 a.m. Thursday when he walked outside and realized someone had towed the whole trailer away in the night.
“It’s the biggest letdown ever,” said Murty Jr., a Canyon Lake resident who works on a San Diego-based fishing boat. “It was a dream that was totally annihilated; all my dad ever wanted in his life was to go 200 mph.”
Murty said his father is a retired mechanic who got back into drag racing, the sport of his youth, about 15 years ago after a divorce.
He races a 1972 GTO on tracks in the area, but the 1964 drag-racer is supposed to go much faster, Murty Jr. said.
The father and his sons bonded while working on the car in Escondido almost every weekend.
“It took us two years to build the chassis. It took us another two years to get the motor done right,” Murty Jr. said.
A little more wiring, and the car was supposed to be ready to go by December, he said.
In the past year, the sons have done most of the work. The elder Murty underwent a series of surgeries this year and is in rapid heart failure, his son said.
Last week, the car was finally ready to show off for the first time at a local car show in Vista. The ill man, who is usually bedridden and uses an oxygen tube, showed it off with pride, Murty said.
But perhaps it caught a crook’s eye, Murty said.
Lt. Craig Carter said anyone with information can call the Escondido Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 760-743-TIPS(8477) or the non-emergency line at 760-839-4722.
The Murtys’ prized 1964 Pontiac GTO drag racer was reported stolen Thursday from in front of their Fieldcrest Place home in Escondido.Nov 23, 2010 at 5:16 am #38195
That car would be hard to hide, unless parted out. What a shame. Car thieves should be delt with the way hourse thieves were delt with……….Shoot them.
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