Thieves Tried to Steal a Stick Shift Brabham Race Car and Failed Spectacularly

longfield, united kingdom july 03 martin anslow drives the 49 brabham bt21 during the hscc superprix classic racing cars race at the brands hatch circuit on july 3, 2011 near longfield, england, united kingdom photo by darrell inghamgetty images
Thieves Fail to Steal a Stick Shift Race Car Darrell Ingham

If you're going to steal a car, it's probably a good idea is to do your research first. Not only be sure you know where to find what you're looking for, but make sure once you're inside you're able to drive it. Hell, be sure you know how to start it. Some criminals in Australia decided not to do any research at all before attempting to steal a Brabham BT21 formula car.

Above: A Brabham BT21, but not the one that was stolen.

This BT21 was taken last week, and there were issues with this before the crime took place. First, the BT21 is rare, with about 100 built in the in the late Sixties. Stealing one would immediately make the news, whether the robbery was botched or not, and it'd be well known which chassis number was the one that was taken. It's not like the BT21 is made of rare metals that could be melted down and the smuggled, like Aurich Goldfinger's Rolls-Royce. It would just be known as the stolen BT21. Nobody would touch it and then the perps would be caught sooner or later.

The more shocking thing is that it appears these robbers wanted to drive the BT21, a formula race car, away from the scene, but didn't have any knowledge of how to start it and, it appears, how to drive stick. They were not well equipped for the job, which was obvious when the car was discovered a few blocks from where it was taken with a broken clutch.

What a poorly planned crime. The car is back home, and once it has a new clutch, hopefully it'll return to the track soon.

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