An Alberni Valley man is devastated by what happened at a weekend car show, and hoping against the odds that someone out there can help.
David Russell was showing off his prized 1964 Red convertible Chevelle that he’d wanted since he was 16 at a Washington State car show, when thieves saw their opportunity and took it.
Walking out to the garage where he’s spent a decade polishing and tinkering with his prized 1964 Convertible Chevelle, David Russell has a sinking feeling.
“It’s empty,” says the Sproat Lake resident.
After a weekend car show he’d driven his red convertible to in Puyallup, Washington
“It’s just a hoot. Just a short 3 day goodtime, and when its over you go home and live your regular life,” says Russell.
But Saturday night, in the parking lot of this Puyallup Holiday Inn, thieves changed that. Stealing the car, that Russell had poured 10 years of work and his boyhood dream of owning one, into.
“This was like fulfilling the midlife crisis wish early on in life,” says Russell. “And in the morning there it was gone… my goal in life was that car and I pretty much got there ”
While police there investigate, Russell and his family are trying to get the theft out to as many eyes as possible through CHEK News and social media, hoping against the odds he’s already had to consider.
“The reality is Seattle and Tacoma are sea ports and there’s containers and container ships coming and going daily and that’s what happens to a lot of these cars. They get sent off to another country and nobody ever knows,” says Russell.
Thieves taking an irreplaceable automobile, Russell has spent his life working towards owning.