Wheelspin: Salina classic truck stolen

08/15/2014 7:49 PM

08/16/2014 2:02 PM

I never expected a phone call from Randy Miller would make me angry. Randy is one of the nicest people I’ve met in the 13 years I’ve been doing the Wheels page and I consider him a friend.

But what he told me Monday made my blood boil. He called to tell me that someone had clipped the locks on his fenced-in storage area in Salina and stolen his beautifully restored 1953 Chevy pickup, along with the trailer it was stored in.

Randy and his family have endured, and prevailed over, real tragedy in their lives – a motorcycle crash that left their son, Justin, wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. Whoever decided they deserved this truck more than the man who built it either doesn’t know that or is completely heartless.

Randy is devastated by this turn of events, saying although the pickup was insured, “It would just be hard to replace all the hours that went into her.”

The truck is almost completely stock, right down to its 6-cylinder engine, and was wearing the Kansas collector tag “1FINE53” when it was taken sometime between last Saturday night and Sunday morning. See more pictures of it in a story we did last year at Kansas.com.

I would take it as a personal favor if you would pass this information on to all your car buddies, and if you spot Randy’s truck, call your local law enforcement authorities immediately and have them get in touch with either the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210, or the Saline County Sheriff’s Office at 785-826-6502.

On a more upbeat note – BlackTop Nationals organizers are again looking for volunteers to help out with next weekend’s big event in downtown Wichita. There are all kinds of duties and shifts available for those who want to be part of the action Aug. 22-24.

If you’re interested, plan on attending a meeting of volunteers at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the connecting lobby of Century II. Or you can stop by the BTN offices at 230 N. Mosley, Suite E, or call for more details at 316-425-6767. For general information on the event itself, try: www.blacktopnationals.com.

Reach Mike Berry at mberry@wichitaeagle.com.

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