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Grand Tour fan horrified to see Richard Hammond destroy car he’d lovingly restored


A CLASSIC car fan was horrified to see a motor he had lovingly restored being wrecked on telly.

Stephen Renton, 66, watched as Grand Tour host Richard Hammond thrashed it and then almost crashed it.

Host Richard Hammond grins at the wheel of the restored Buick Riviera Boattail

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Host Richard Hammond grins at the wheel of the restored Buick Riviera BoattailCredit: TNI Press
Richard races the Buick Riviera Boattail through the water

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Richard races the Buick Riviera Boattail through the water
The Grand Tour host thrashed the motor on a racetrack and then nearly crashed while towing a caravan - which ended in a ditch

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The Grand Tour host thrashed the motor on a racetrack and then nearly crashed while towing a caravan – which ended in a ditchCredit: TNI Press

Stephen who sold the green Buick Riviera Boattail for £17,000, thought it was going to a fellow collector.

But it was souped up with a supercharger for an episode of the Grand Tour show on Amazon Prime.

He said: “It’s absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe it. The car has a lot of sentimental value. I was lost for words when I saw it on TV.”

In the show presenters Hammond, 51, James May, 58, and Jeremy Clarkson, 61, head to Scotland to drive classic American cars. Hammond’s Buick starts smoking in Edinburgh.

He thrashes it on a racetrack and round muddy tracks, then nearly crashes while towing a caravan.

Stephen, from Swindon, said: “I have spent a lot of time looking after it and it is just out of order the way it is being treated now.

“I had no idea who I was selling it to. I was told they were a collector and I thought they would look after it. I dread to think what state it is in now.”

Stephen sold the restored Buick Riviera Boattail for £17,000 but thought it was going to a fellow collector

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Stephen sold the restored Buick Riviera Boattail for £17,000 but thought it was going to a fellow collectorCredit: FACEBOOK/STEPHEN RENTON
Ex-owner Stephen said: 'It’s absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe it'

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Ex-owner Stephen said: ‘It’s absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe it’Credit: ANDREW LLOYD
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