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Attention history buffs and antique-auto aficionados: get your gristly haunches in gear because a landmark Detroit-area automotive attraction is closing its doors.
The mayor of Lithuania’s capital finally had enough with fat-cat capitalist plutocrats parking their luxury cars willy-nilly on the mean streets of Vilnius. So he did what any rational Eastern European politician would do in times of crisis—he crushed one with a tank.
Mayor Arturas Zuokas drove an armored personnel carrier over a Mercedes-Benz W140 S-Class, a model known for its own tank-like toughness. The S-Class was parked in a bicycle lane, and despite the unstoppable-object-meets-immovable-force setup of the stunt, the Benz’s roof caved in rather neatly and sent glass shooting everywhere along the street.
“I wanted to send a clear message that people with big and expensive cars can’t park wherever they feel like and ignore the rights of pedestrians and bike riders,” said Zuokas. “It shows a lack of respect and won’t be tolerated. Of course, you have to have a sense of humour in my line of work and I thought this would be a way of drawing attention to the fact that the city intends to be proactive in its fight against illegal parking.”
The car’s “owner” comes out of the shop to find this bit of rearranged bodywork, while the mayor shakes his hand and merrily rides off on a bicycle. In actuality, the car was bought by the mayor’s office and the entire thing was a setup, lest you think the mayor’s choice of transportation to and from work is a Soviet-era, eight-wheeled BTR-70 бронетранспортер. Afterwards, the car was towed to a scrapyard and junked.
Click the jump to see the whole video. Call the man crazy, but he’s got a point: if only Boston mayor Tom Menino could do the same with a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and a wayward Lexus RX (in beige, of course) blocking traffic on Newbury Street, there could be some true justice in the world. Hazard lights aren’t a free pass to park anywhere, people!
[Source: Daily Mail]