Facebook appeal to trace modified car previously owned by Shoreham Air Show victim

Car enthusiasts on social media are searching for a Toyota Celica previously owned by a man who was killed in this weekend’s Shoreham Air Show disaster.

Ashlee Spooner posted a picture of the car on the Toyota Celica UK Facebook group, adding: “My mate was killed in the Shoreham Air Show this weekend. This was his car a few years ago, we’d love to get it to his funeral – or one that looks the same.”

The previous owner of the car is believed to be 24-year-old Matt Jones, confirmed by his family to have died in Saturday’s tragedy.

The picture has been shared over 20,000 times and the car has possibly already been found – with one Facebook poster replying with a recent snap of the Celica. Confirmation is pending on this.

Toyota GB has also responded to the Facebook post, saying: “We were made aware of this conversation thread and are sorry to hear of your loss.

“We will certainly see if any of our contacts are able to help if you have trouble finding a car. Likewise, if you would like us to put a message out to our fans and followers please let us know.”

Other posters responded offering the use of their similar cars for the funeral, while others suggested a procession.

So far, 11 people are confirmed to have died following the incident on Saturday when a Hawker Hunter lost control during a display at the Shoreham Air Show.

Not all of the victims have been identified, but a 76-year-old wedding car driver is the latest to be named.

Maurice Abrahams was on his way to take a bride-to-be to her wedding when the disaster happened.

In a statement, his family said: “Maurice is a well-respected and loved father and husband. He enjoyed his work chauffeuring his beloved Daimler car and he enjoyed gardening.”

Other victims are believed to include Worthing United footballers Jacob Schilt and Matthew Grimstone and motorcyclist Mark Trussler. Jones’s passenger Daniele Polito has also been missing since the disaster – with his family appealing for anyone with any information to contact police.