Firefighters called as classic car ablaze

CLASSIC: At the Waterways Museum Goole are East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club members Alan and Mavis Hunter with their Bond Bug. (BUY THIS PHOTO L6406TS) Picture: Tony Saxton
CLASSIC: At the Waterways Museum Goole are East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club members Alan and Mavis Hunter with their Bond Bug. (BUY THIS PHOTO L6406TS) Picture: Tony Saxton
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A classic car went up in flames after the engine caught light, firefighters have revealed.

A crew from Dearne Fire Station was called out to the scene at Barnburgh Lane, Barnburgh, after the concerned motorist called emergency services over the incident.

They arrived to find the Bond Bug three-wheeler car well alight next to the road.

A South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue spokesman said: “The car caught fire while the motorist was driving it.

“It was well alight when the fire engine arrived, but the driver was uninjured.”

He said the cause of the fire was thought to have been an engine fault.

Officers turned a hosereel onto the vehicle to put the flames out.

Bond Bug cars are often seen at classic car rallies all across the country.

The Bond Bug was launched in June 1970 and was specifically aimed at the younger motorist.

Although not cheap or particularly practical, enthusiasts say its styling that made it an instant hit and it turned heads wherever it went.

However, production of the car –built in Tamworth, Staffordshire – ceased in 1974.

One of Luke Skywalker’s landspeeders from Star Wars was built upon the chassis of a Bond Bug, the wheels hidden by mirrors.