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Thread: Bruce Meyers Whittington 935 K3 Seized by DEA

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    Bruce Meyers Whittington 935 K3 Seized by DEA

    Bruce Meyers' priceless ex-Whittington Brothers 1979 Le Mans 24-Hours winning 935 K3 was seized by DEA agents today at a private track day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

    The Feds had a Federal Court seizure order from the Eastern District of California describing the car as proceeds of a criminal enterprise. The car was always rumored to have been purchased from Erwin Kremer with $250K in cash that had been sewn into a driving suit when Kremer insisted that Klaus Ludwig was going to start the race unless the Whittingtons bought the car (which was normally only worth $175K at the time). Apparently Don never got over the recent multi-year federal court litigation with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and still feels that the car is his asset. Unfortunately for uber-collector Bruce Meyer, a federal judge seems to agree (for now)...

    In typical Government execution, the Feds simply drove up with a flatbed and dragged this year's Pebble Beach Concours class-winner away to the impound yard (probably some open-air affair in Salinas). Who knows what damage has already been done to Bruce Canepa's fabulous restoration? Oh, the humanity!
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    That's crazy!
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    Glad he can laugh about it.

    The Whittington Chronicles never seem to end. Amazing.

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    Oh man... I was just with Bruce a month ago, looking at his collection, and he was so proud of this car. I hope he gets it back quickly and safely.
    Bruce is one of the nicest guys around, and hugely passionate about cars.

    But what a story he has with the DEA seizing it! This photo, he in his race suit, should go next to the one of him selling back the speedster to McQueen.

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    Amazing that Bruce is cracking a smile. He and Jenner were just at Super Cars last Sunday in Woodland Hills with Bruce's 300SL Roadster.

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    This will work out soon. Doesn't take much to get a judges order like this unfortunately.

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    I smell a Rat (Fink)

    Justice will be served!

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    This action means that a lot of 935s are now at risk of being seized. A few 962s as well.

    Richard Newton
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    This article puts things into a larger context. Some jets seem to have been seized as well.

    Richard Newton

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    Crazy. Remember hearing many times that IMSA stood for International Marijuana Smugglers Association
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