A 3-year-old Lakefield boy named Kaleb just received an electric car for his birthday three weeks ago. Unfortunately, his beloved white and blue BMW i8 Spyder was stolen last weekend and his mother, Amanda Townsend, is trying to get the word out as best she can to get it back.
"It's his favourite thing in the world and he will be devastated when he finds out it's stolen," Amanda tells PTBOCanada.
She adds to PTBOCanada: "This car meant the world to my son. He always said he was 'just like daddy' while he drove it around the block. I'm a student, working part-time, and cannot afford to replace the car [it cost around $300] before he finds out. Moms are always trying to protect their children from seeing the bad in the world and I don't want him to find out like this. He's just a kid with a kind heart that has never done wrong to anyone."
Please spread the word on your social media channels.
For more information on Kaleb's stolen vehicle and contact info for Amanda, please see the info sheet she is distributing on social media below...
Through amazing perservance, dedication—and help from others—Peterborough's Matt Stimpson might just have undertaken one of the longest (and furthest) car restorations in history.
Matt's Saab story begins in 1989 as an 18-year-old in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in the UK, when his father, Allan, bought him a 1971 SAAB 96 V4 in Tyrol Green colour.
"It was my first car—my father was a Motor Trader and found it for me," Matt tells PTBOCanada. "I drove it through my college years in the UK before rust got the better of it (they did suffer badly from underside rust), so the SAAB finally came off the road in 1994."
The car was stored away for a number of years there, and Matt started to slowly take it apart. He then began the arduous task of collecting hard-to-get parts to put it back together.
"Ebay was great for getting all sorts of parts," Matt tells PTBOCanada. "Ironically, the hub caps came from a Canadian whilst the car was still in the UK." Other parts came from all over the world—Sweden, Holland, Germany, Hungary, UK, and the US.
When Matt emigrated to Canada in 2005, he looked into how to get the car here. The Saab ended up being shipped in the rolling shell in the same container as their personal effects.
"The house we bought here in Peterborough on Weller St. didn’t have a garage so I had to build a 'new home' for it, so I could finish off the restoration," says Matt. "The house also needed a fair amount of work, so the Saab had to take a back seat whilst we knocked the house apart."
But despite the life stages adulthood brings—marriage, work, home, kids, etc.—Matt stuck with it over the years and slowly but surely the Saab began the transformation into its original self. A re-birth, if you will.
Matt tells PTBOCanada: "Every nut and bolt has come off this car—the body stripped down to bare metal and everything has been powder-coated, painted or replated."
Help came from all over in Peterborough to realize Matt's dream of restoring his childhood car.
"CCS Industrials and Part Source have been great at finding some of the more obscure nuts and bolts for it," Matt tells PTBOCanada. "Jack’s Autobody on Erskine St. painted the panels and did a fantastic job on the colour match. A friend who is an expert in historic rallying helped get the engine (a German Ford V4) fired back into life—after sitting for two decades."
The Saab's Headliner was remade by the very talented Leslie Menagh and the seat foam—Saabs are known for their super comfy seats—came from Restwell. "They were very helpful in getting the correct density foam so the seats feel 'original'," Matt says.
Matt just recently ran his restored Saab (an extremely rare find in Canada these days) for the first time on the road after 21 years—"it was a quick run around the block to make sure everything works," he says.
Nonetheless, it was a great ride. A historic ride. With his son. Everything has come full circle. And next up? Well, he's going to retire it to the garage for winter before getting it back on the road in the Spring—and becoming a regular at Bridgenorth Cruise Night.
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This beauty below was photographed by Andrew Root on Lansdowne Street.
"I'm not sure of the story behind it, but it had all the The Blues Brothers details, down to the black fedora in the back window and the Illinois license plate!" Root tells PTBOCanada.
Anyone know the story behind it? Tip us.
[***UPDATE: We are told the owner of the car is Stan Hammond. Stan and his brother, Bob, often perform at events as Jake and Elwood. Their Bluesmobile is a former 1974-440 RCMP police car. They had it shipped here to Peterborough from Edmonton and then had it completely done over to be an exact replica of the cop car in the Blues Brothers movie. Also, Stan and Bob and their Blues Brothers band will be performing December 19th at the Venue.]
Peterborough Police have released their list of the Top 10 Worst intersections for collisions in 2014. The Traffic Management Unit will, as in previous years, be concentrating on these intersections throughout the year.
Here they are...
In 1979, the starting point for Molson's Rally of the Tall Pines took place in Peterborough as part of the last stop in Molson's Rally Championship of Canada series that year.
Here are the cars rolling into Peterborough to begin preparations...
The racers come from all over North America and get their cars ready (some rocking trucker hats and plaid, like this guy from Rochester, NY)...
The official start area for the race is at Peterborough City Hall in the downtown...
And the race begins with the "transit stage" in downtown Peterborough...
Then the next stage of the race begins outside the city in a more wide open area for spectators...
Watch the full video of the race highlights here...
Peterborough Police remind citizens to slow down and drive the conditions. Please remember the following tips...
1. Be aware and be cautious. Weather conditions can deteriorate quickly or change as you travel.
2. Slow down and wear your seat belt. Posted speed limits reflect ideal conditions, but don't reflect wet or snowy conditions. Adjust your speed accordingly.
3. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. On slippery road surfaces, double the two-second rule.
4. Avoid sudden turns of the steering wheel, and sudden braking and accelerating that could cause a skid.
5. Avoid situations where you may have to break suddenly on a slippery surface.
6. See and be seen. Always clear ice and snow from all vehicle windows to maximize visibility, and turn on your vehicle's full lighting system when blowing snow and white-outs impair your visibility.
7. Make sure you know how to use your braking system in all weather and road conditions.
8. Allow more time to get to your destination. Extra time is required to negotiate snow-covered roads.
9. Your vehicle's tire treads should be in good condition and you should always have plenty of windshield washer fluid to assist with visibility.
10. Pack an emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle at all times.
11. Snow and ice are more slippery at 0°c than at -20°c or below.
12. Watch for black ice at temperatures between +4°c and -4°c where the road surface ahead looks black and shiny. It is often found on shaded areas of the road, bridges and overpasses long after the sun has come out.