California fires devour classic cars, including Norman Timbs Special

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California’s raging wildfires have forced emergency evacuations, and as people look on hoping their houses escape the blaze, many classic cars have suffered irreparable damage as well.

The streamlined Norman Timbs Special, built in 1947, is among the dozens of cars from the Cerveny collection that were lost to the Woolsey fire, reports AutoWeek. We heard through a mutual friend that owner Gary Cerveny and his family were OK, but the collection, which included dozens of cars that ranged from from muscle cars to ‘60s Indy cars and one very cool drag car powered by half of a Hispano Suiza aircraft engine, appears to be gone.

AutoWeek discovered Cerveny’s collection through an Instagram post by the Old Crow Speed Shop.

As memorable as the collection is, first responders are focusing primarily on saving lives and protecting homes. The fast-moving brush fire has claimed two lives so far and firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which has consumed more than 90,000 acres and is only 20 percent contained as of Monday.

If you’d like to pitch in, the Red Cross has been helping evacuees and is accepting donations. Also the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which helps equip firefighters, could use your support as well.

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