Man steals Aston Martin DB11 from factory after night out with friends

Man steals Aston Martin DB11 from factory after night out

Man steals Aston Martin DB11 from factory after night out with friends

A man walking home from a night out with friends stumbled across Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire – and managed to walk straight into the factory without being stopped by security.

Forty-five-year-old Jason Boon says he found himself in ‘heaven’ when a fault with the factory security system meant he was free to walk around the firm’s futuristic HQ. He then took it a stage further, finding a stash of keys and an unattended DB11 – which he decided to borrow for the journey home.

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“The facts of this case are highly unusual,” said record Alastair Smith during Boon’s sentencing at Warwick Crown Court on Friday.

“Having been left by some friends following an argument, you walked towards some buildings. These, it transpired, were the Aston Martin factory where, due to an error in their security system, the doors were opening independently. You were able to go inside to an area where cars were being given final adjustments before sale.

“There was no-one around, and the keys were readily accessible. You drove one of the vehicles around, and the doors of the warehouse opened, allowing you to drive out of the factory and out of the compound.”

Although Boon had previously lived in the United States and driving the left-hand-drive DB11 caused him little difficulty, the car was found to have to have minor damage to its bodywork and wheels when it was rescued from his home five miles away in Southam.

“Had I come to the view that this was a targeted operation to steal a valuable vehicle, you would have been facing a substantial custodial sentence,” added Smith.

Instead, Boon was given 10-month sentence suspended for two years after admitting burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance.

Your car's horn could be replaced by the sound of a QUACKING DUCK

Your car's horn could be replaced with the sound of a QUACKING DUCK

Researchers in South Korea have discovered that many find the sound of a beeping car horn too stressful – and suggested it could be replaced by the sound of a duck’s quack.

Around 100 volunteers took part in the research, with the majority concluding that the sound of a quacking duck was the best method for alerting pedestrians of an approaching car without ruffling too many feathers.

Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea, carried out the research – looking at the development of the car’s horn since it was first introduced on a motorised vehicle nearly 100 years ago. In the early 20th century, many cars used the traditional ‘ah-oo-gah’ sound before it was replaced by the more conventional sound we’re used to today.

“In our study we used the existing historic klaxon sound source, but made some modification concerning its volume and rhythm with duration time by adding a power controller,” said lead researcher Professor Myung-Jin Bae.

“Our new Klaxon sound can immediately alert the pedestrians of the danger while also reducing the unpleasantness and stress of the sound.”

The research participants were asked to rank potential car horns on a scale of one to five in areas such as stress and loudness. A duck’s quack was found to fit the bill, with the best combination of low-stress while also being attention grabbing.

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Red cars called Mick Hucknall - and other best and worst car names

Red cars called Mick Hucknall – and other best and worst car names

Red cars called Mick Hucknall - and other best and worst car names

Apparently we’re a nation who like to name our cars – with more than half of young adults aged between 25 and 34 admitting to the dubious act.

That’s according to research by Fiat – makers of the 500, the car the most likely to sport eyelashes over its headlights. Probably.

Weird and wonderful names discovered by the car manufacturer include Thor the Thunderbolt, The Anti-Christ and a red car named after Simply Red singer, Mick Hucknall.

Other bizarre names include Turtle, The Mummytruck, Stig, Sexy Rexy, Keith, Mudslick, Hedwig, Kim John Brum, Popeye, and Marv.

The survey found that 27% of adults name their car, while one in 10 men describe their motor as “like a person.” That’s a trifle worrying.

Fiat UK’s brand communications manager, Toni Gaventa, said: “Our cars take us on wondrous journeys and enable us to have unbelievable experiences – it’s little wonder we have such a close bond to them and name them. Cars are more than just transportation – they are extensions of ourselves and represent our personality and there are no cars on the market that have more personality than a Fiat.” Er… OK then.

He goes on to say that celebrities are the biggest source of inspiration for car names, and one in five cars are given a ‘gender-neutral’ name. Apparently this anthropomorphism goes as far as not wanting to offend non-binary vehicles.

Dying to know what the top names are or perhaps looking for inspiration for your own set of wheels? Here you go:

  1. Betty
  2. Percy
  3. Alfie
  4. Fred
  5. Herbie
  6. Matilda
  7. Bumble
  8. Optimus
  9. Harry
  10. Florence
Accidental thief returns stolen car with a note and petrol money

Thief returns stolen car with a note and petrol money

Accidental thief returns stolen car with a note and petrol money

A Subaru owner in America was gutted to find her car missing from her driveway on Tuesday night – only for it to be returned the next day with a handwritten apology and $30 to cover the fuel used.

Erin Hatzi, of Portland, Oregon, posted the escapade on her Facebook account. It started when her car went missing, with CCTV showing a lady slowly opening the Subaru with a key and driving away.

Police were confused by the theft, as CCTV footage suggested the thief wasn’t in a hurry to get away with the car.

“She actually spent seven or eight minutes in the car texting before she drove off,” said Hatzi.

The next Facebook update came a day later, when Hatzi announced the car had been returned – along with a picture of a note that had been left in the car.

It said: “Hello, So sorry I stole your car. I sent my friend with my key to pick up my red Subaru at 7802 SE Woodstock and she came back with your car.

“I did not see the car until this morning and I said, ‘That is not my car.’ There is some cash for gas and I more than apologise for the shock and upset this must have caused you.”

The letter also provided the writer’s name and phone number.

“So so sorry for this mistake,” she added.

The car’s bemused owner says that police have confirmed that keys for some older Subaru models are interchangeable.

Chucklevision: pedal-powered Vauxhall Corsa for sale on eBay

Chucklevision: pedal-powered Vauxhall Corsa for sale on eBay

Chucklevision: pedal-powered Vauxhall Corsa for sale on eBay

A Vauxhall Corsa converted to run on pedal power is for sale on internet auction site, eBay.

Described by the seller as a ‘BikeCar’, the Corsa is advertised for £1,600 and has attracted 130 curious watchers since it was listed on Monday.

“I have a history of making unusual bikes and cars,” explains the Sussex-based seller. “This is this year’s project, and now I offer it for sale to anyone who is into interesting, unusual stuff like this.

“The idea behind the project was this: Make a four-person pedal-powered car, except instead of starting from scratch, fit all the cycling mechanicals into an existing car normal car, keeping elements of the original car such as the lights, electric windows, horn, doors, mirrors, etc.”

He adds that a Vauxhall Corsa was chosen because they’re small and light, with plenty of space inside for all four riders. A number of challenges had to be overcome, meaning the project took longer than expected.

“I was originally thinking of using BMX wheels and brakes with MTB suspension, but the reality of that was they would not be strong enough,” he says.

Chucklevision: pedal-powered Vauxhall Corsa for sale on eBay

The car’s chassis has been replaced by plywood, while the seats are foldable steel camping chairs bolted to the floor.

The suspension uses dampers from a Honda CBR motorbike, while the wheels are heavy-duty steel pit-bike wheels with Michelin tyres.

An electronic control panel has been installed on the dash, controlling the LED headlights, electric windows and horn.

The seller doesn’t suggest how road legal the pedal-powered Corsa is. With no number plate, it could attract the attention of the police – but, with no engine-power, you could argue that it’s no different to riding a bicycle. Good luck having that conversation.