Thieving wankers broke into the museum and stole some priceless trophies, some from the T.T. some world record ones and these are all irreplaceable, and I am sure they are going to be melted down for scrap- senseless thieves and i sure hope they get them back!
A sad day in the UK for the Motorcycle world.
Each of the Museums trophy cabinets was smashed causing substantial damage to the displays.
Many of the trophies and TT replicas have little “scrap” value but are unique and irreplaceable as part of this countries Motorcycling Heritage.
Because of the historical importance of these trophies the National Motorcycle Museum will be offering a substantial award of £20,000 for information which leads to the safe recovery of these important artefacts.
Anyone with any relevant information is asked to contact West Midlands Police or the National Motorcycle Museum on 01675 443311 or e-mail Museum Director James Hewing [email protected]
The Museum has re-opened as normal this morning.
He said: “We are desperate to have the trophies returned as soon as possible. The robbery was a rough job and a lot of damage was done.
“Although the trophies may not have much meltdown value in metal terms, they are priceless when it comes to the heritage of the sport and the rich motorcycle heritage of the UK.
“We will offer a substantial reward for information that leads to the safe return of all of the trophies.”
Many of the cups and shields were donated or loaned to the museum by leading motorsport figures.
Most were silver and inscribed with details of the owner, so it is thought the thieves targeted the haul to melt down.
Adrian Rogers, the owner of Stafford-based 21st Century Glaziers, was called to the museum just after midnight to board up entrance panels smashed by the raiders as they broke in.
He tweeted pictures of the ruined display cabinets in the hope of boosting the search for the stolen trophies.
Mr Rogers said: “Vast numbers of trophies from years gone by were taken.
“It appeared three or four cabinets were targeted.
These items were on display for people to enjoy and the people from the museum were distraught.
“I tweeted the pictures in the hope that the power of social media would help the trophies be returned.
“They may well be melted down but all motorbike enthusiasts would want to see them back where they belong.
“I feel for them – people enjoy these things and pay money to see them.
“They would be hard items to sell because they are one-offs.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said officers found windows to the museum shop had been smashed but the offenders had not been able to gain access to the main premises.
Forensic investigators are examining the scene.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.