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Video: Scrappage scheme classic car graveyard uncovered

Published 20 June 2018

Video footage has emerged of a site used to store thousands of classic cars that were confined to the crusher during the scrappage scheme.

The YouTube video was made by Exploring With Fighters, although the location of the storage facility remains undisclosed.

In the video, you’ll be able to see a huge number of classics, including Volkswagen Beetles, MGBs, Porsche 944s.


   on 20 June 2018

The location of these cars MAY be RAF
Thurleigh near Bedford...

John of Gloster    on 20 June 2018

Yet more evidence, if more was needed, of a Nation still excelling at getting far too many important decisions ... WRONG!

Vince Robertson    on 20 June 2018

What happens to these cars now? Surely they're not still destined to be scrapped? I'm sure that the classic car fraternity would happily take care of most of them and raise a considerable sum of money in the process.

A Daley    on 20 June 2018

What a waste. Is there a way to save these cars?

Dr Robert Taylor    on 20 June 2018

"that were confined to the crusher" - consigned is the correct word.

Chris C    on 20 June 2018

I thought that cars in a scrappage scheme had to be roadworthy/MOT'd - some clearly aren't - and if they are going to be scrapped why bother sorting them by marque or even waste time taking them to a storage area rather than just scrap them locally?

Doris & Boris    on 21 June 2018

Subaru SVX in the first section!!

Barsus    on 24 June 2018

It seems that it is a great waste, on the other hand nothing lasts forever. A logical move might be to open it up to the classic car fraternity to sort through, then anything left over can be recycled/crushed.


BMC Relic    on 28 June 2019

Reminds me of Woodham Brothers steam loco graveyard at Barry in South Wales during the 1970s and 80s. At least Woodhams was a legitimate business. How long have these cars been here? Why have they not been disposed of as surely the point of the 'scrappage scheme' was to, er, 'SCRAP them! Who is paying the storage and security costs? Why sort them into neat lines by make/model? Who is responsible for apparently dismantling many of them? Who is the legal owner now? Possibly somebody's future pension fund? It seems to me that yet again the population at large have been fleeced and not given the full facts behind what is going on here, it defies logic. FOI requests needed to answer this connundrum!

   on 16 September 2020

Why can't these cars be made available for the public to buy back rather than let them rust away on a desolate airfield?


Ferdie Ferret    on 19 December 2020

Or at the very least, make them available so owners of similar cars can strip required bits off them and keep their own classics on the road.

   on 25 February 2021

Parked for free for years on end, yet insurance companies pay around £30 per night to store your car in a recovery yard if you have a bump.. it just doesn't add up.

   on 12 March 2021

I'm assuming these were part of a Govt scrappage scheme therefore own by the Govt.

Simple answer should be that the Govt should get the DVLa to recind the scapped tag on the vehicle file and auction them off.

Got to be money in that which could go back into the Govt coffers.

Seems silly to scap some desirable classics just because the original owner didn't realise the interest in them.


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