First a fire, now a tornado—this classic car dealership has the worst luck
A classic car dealership in Staunton, Illinois that had just finished rebuilding its facilities after a massive fire a year ago was this past week swept away by a tornado.
The dealership, owned by Russ and Anita Noel, was severely damaged in 2017 due to a large fire: some 143 classic cars dating back to the 1920s were damaged or lost in the blaze.
It seems the family-owned business can’t catch a break; last week a tornado came by to finish the job and damage another 100 classic cars.
“I’d be afraid to guess at this point how many cars are damaged,” Noel said. “There are parts of the building you can’t even walk through yet.”
Of the five buildings on the property, one of the additions was less than two weeks old. The it now lies in ruin.
After the first tragedy, Russ and Anita rebuilt the dealership, completing most of the restoration in February of 2018. It’s unfortunate they couldn’t have enjoyed the peace for a longer period, but they say the disaster won’t stop them.
“We’re going to rebuild,” Russ Noel told The Post-Dispatch. “We’re starting in the morning.”
It takes an incredible amount of tenacity to rebuild something after it’s been destroyed twice, but when you deal in classic cars, these stories start to become common.
Luckily nobody was hurt in either tragedy.