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first_imgA stolen Ferrari was reported in a daring theft in plain view. A 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, considered a “historic vehicle,” went on quite a test drive recently–one lasting more than 24  hours–until the stolen car was recovered, hidden in a garage in a small German town. The car is valued at more $2 million. It all began when a vintage car dealer was approached by a man saying he was interested in buying the Ferrari and over several weeks negotiated a test drive with the seller, Düsseldorf police said in a statement.The Ferrari 288 GTO is a limited edition, exotic variant of a production Ferrari car, the 308 GTB, reported CNN. Just 272 of the cars were produced between 1984 and 1987 to  compete in the Group B Circuit Race, a version of the popular Group B Rally circuit. “The series was canceled before it even started, but the 288 GTO is now one of the most sought after Ferraris from the 1980s,” according to CNN.Ferrari 288 GTO. Photo by 350z33 at en.wikipedia CC by CC BY-SA 3.0The owner of the 288 GTO drove the car for the first part of the test, and when the two jumped out to swap seats, the thief accelerated and drove off. “In the days after the theft, it was revealed that former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine previously owned the car, which inevitably adding to its value and desirability,” said Car Scoops.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsSimilar vehicles to the 288 GTO are frequently listed with prices of more than $3 million. They are often sold through specialist auctions such as Sotheby’s. This car did not have a large auction house overseeing its sale. The distinctive car– in bright Italian “Rosso Corsa” red–did not stay missing long. It was quickly found after police appealed for witnesses. The vehicle was discovered hidden in a garage in the town of Grevenbroich, not far from Düsseldorf.Peter Haynes, a spokesman for specialist auctioneer RM Sotheby’s, told CNN: “It is not a very sensible car to steal because it is a very difficult car to sell. It is like a famous painting — most people would find it quite easy to identify.”Ferrari 288 GTO. Photo by Peter Hoch.Co Down racer Irvine, the onetime owner, had a prominent career from 1993 to 2002. He finished runner-up in the 1999 World Drivers Championship after Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher’s season was cut short by a broken leg. Irvine lost out to McLaren’s Mika Hakkinen although Ferrari took the constructor’s title.The suspect who posed as a customer in the recent theft was still at large as of May 20th, 2019. A photograph widely circulated showed a middle-aged man with thinning hair.Related Video:This model of car has been featured in a number of 1980s Hollywood TV series and films, including Miami Vice, Magnum, P.I. and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and was also a favorite of James Bond. Less valuable cars have occasionally been stolen during test drives, but a stolen Ferrari is something very rare. To prevent this, sellers are urged to collect a deposit or in some way hold the identification or credit card of someone who is driving the car.Ferrari 288 GTO. Photo by GTHO CC BY-SA 4.0However, thieves have been known to make off with vehicles even after precautions are taken. A woman who took a Mercedes-Benz for a test drive alone in Kansas City last year never returned the vehicle. She had provided a temporary driver’s license, phone number, address and also signed a form that stated she would accept insurance responsibility should the car be damaged during her drive.The dealer called local authorities, who later said the woman’s driver’s license number was falsified, as was her name. according to the New York Post.Related Article: The Sexiest Cars Alive – Rare Corvettes Through the Ages“This has never happened before — she went the extra mile to take the vehicle,” an attendant at the dealership told Fox News. “She provided a drivers license with a picture, everything seemed legit.” The dealership was unable to track the vehicle because its navigation was not enabled at the time it was stolen. The car was eventually recovered, but police did not locate the woman.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

first_imgBerlin Wall, GermanyBuilt in 1961, the 87 mile (140km) long Berlin Wall encircled West Berlin, separating it from East Germany and came to symbolise the Iron Curtain that divided Western Europe from the Eastern Bloc. Berliners will celebrate 20 years since the fall with the “Festival of Freedom” during which thousands of 2.5m tall dominos will be set up along the former course of the wall and toppled to symbolise its destruction. Find cheap flights to BerlinGreat Wall of ChinaSurely the most famous wall of all, China’s monstrous construction stretches almost 9000km (6000miles) across the north of the country. Originally built to protect the Chinese Empire from the nomadic Xiongnu attackers, large parts of the wall have fallen into disrepair. However, huge sections have been preserved and it’s one of China’s most iconic attractions. Find cheap flights to Beijing Walls of Constantinople, Istanbul, TurkeyThis series of defensive stone walls were built to surround the (then) city of Constantinople. The impressive gates are castle-like in their mighty construction, and protected the city from attack from both sea and land. The walls proved their worth, saving the city and the Byzantine Empire from several sieges, although they proved less resilient to the advent of gunpowder. Find cheap flights to IstanbulWestern Sahara wall, Morocco/Western SaharaStarted in 1980, this 2700km sand and stone construction runs through Western Sahara and the south east of Morocco and was built to separate the Moroccan controlled areas from the Polisario controlled areas. Standing at around 3m in height, much of the wall runs through uninhabited territory and is dotted with fences, landmines and artillery posts. The wall is part of an ongoing dispute between Western Saharans who want independence from Morocco. Find cheap flights to MarrakechWestern Wall, Jerusalem, IsraelAlso known as the Wailing Wall, much of this construction is hidden behind and below other buildings built along its length. However, there is a 57m exposed section which is an extremely important landmark, and has become a place of pilgrimage for Jews. Its importance lies in the fact that the Western Wall is the only remnant of the Holy Temple, and it’s the closest accessible site to the most sacred spot in Judaism. Find cheap flights to Tel AvivHadrian’s Wall, EnglandThis 117km stone and turf fortification was built by the Roman Empire across the entire width of northern England in an attempt to keep those pesky northern barbarians out. Now a UNESCO World heritage site, much of the wall still exists and the Hadrian’s Wall Path is popular with hikers and walkers. Find cheap flights to EnglandBelfast Peace Line, Belfast, Northern IrelandThis series of barriers and walls were built to separate Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods in Belfast. Constructed of iron, brick and steel, they stand at over 20 feet high, stretch for several miles and are dotted at intervals with manned gates. Parts of the Belfast Peace lines have become tourist locations but the future of the barriers is under discussion, with the possibility of their deconstruction a hot topic. Find cheap flights to Belfast Israeli West Bank barrier, West BankCurrently the most controversial wall in the world, the Israeli West Bank barrier is a network of fences, trenches and concrete walls up to 8m high currently being constructed by the Israeli government to separate the Israeli and Palestinian populations in the West Bank. The barrier is an ongoing source of dispute and unrest between the two peoples. Find cheap flights to Tel AvivWalls of Dubrovnik, CroatiaThis series of stone walls that surround the city state of Dubrovnik have protected it from attach since the 7th century and have been considered amongst the greatest fortification systems of the medieval period – having never been breached by a hostile army. The old city of Dubrovknik is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and much of the city walls have been preserved and remain a popular tourist attraction today. Find cheap flights to Dubrovnik RelatedBerlin: weekend of the weekBerlin – Germany’s cool capital10 best free things to do in BerlinIn Berlin on a tight budget? Our local expert shares her top insider tips for the best free things to do on a Berlin break.10 incredible places to visit in GermanyGermany isn’t all about swigging beer and the Berlin Wall (although both should be on your holiday hitlist!). From cutting-edge art collections to fairytale castles, feast your eyes on these 10 must-visit German destinations and the top things to do when you get there. The 9th of November 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.It was one of the most important events in recent European history and paved the way for the reunification of East and West Germany after more than 40 years of division. From the Berlin wall to the Belfast Wall, it seems barriers and borders are constantly going up and coming down.Skyscanner introduces the longest, tallest and stickiest walls around the world.center_img Gum Wall, Seattle, USANot all walls divide people; some stick them together. Seattle’s Gum Wall was once just an average brick wall, but it’s now blanketed in chewing gum and has become one of the city’s stickiest sights. The tradition of placing used chewing gum on the wall was started by punters queuing for a nearby theatre; now the wall is plastered in gum several inches thick. According to the Seattle Times, it has even become a popular place for more quirky couples to take their wedding photographs. Find cheap flights to Seattle (image: Mademan.com)ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more