A campervan owner is appealing to the public to be on the lookout for his distinctive vehicle after it was stolen on the public highway.
The vehicle was a classic 1979 Westfalia camper and was stolen after it broke down on the main road near the Cheshire Oaks roundabout near Ellesmere Port. The Campervan, which was just one of a number of campervans in the owners flourishing camper hire business, disappeared in the 90 minutes it took its owner, Nick, to bring a recovery vehicle. In the three years he has owned the van Nick had poured many hours of time and lots of money restoring it to its former glory. He said: “We called her Darcy and it is irreplaceable, it is my pride and joy. It took the best part of 18 months to kit her out to her present condition and this has been very disappointing and frustrating. Fortunately we have her covered with campervan insurance but we have still lost income and had the hassle of re-scheduling customers who had already booked her. She was booked throughout the summer and now we have to consider other options.”
The campervan was distinctive to say the least. It is the traditional mustard and pearl colour of many Westfalia’s but has a stainless steel wheel mounted on the front as well as a bike rack and sun shade. The wheels are all white and the number plate is FTL399T. The campervan has a bed, interior lighting, a twin cooking hob and a sink. Nick has already fitted the remainder of his campervans with tracking systems but is appealing for the general public to keep a look out for his beloved Darcy.