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    The Abandoned Vehicle Thread

    I seem to run across a lot of old, abandoned vehicles in the boonies, off trails that would be impossible to drive on... and I always ask myself, "how did that get here in the first place?"

    Here are a couple pix from the Sierra foothills (I need to dig up a few more). I have no comprehension on how the Nissan got where it is (near Georgetown, CA).

    Whatchoo got?
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    Here's one from back home in near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada:

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    On the Long Trail in Vermont, just south of Killington Ski mtn, August 2005

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    maybe flooding?

    I was on a high country ride one day and saw a vw bus down the side of the hill off the trail...

    how is this possible? hippies are way to lazy to drive that far.

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    Lol. Great thread. I've thought it before too...and not just about cars..."who the hell brought an old clothes dryer way off into the woods and why?"

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    Ha. Saw another one today.
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    Well remember, much of the trails we ride on today might not always have been just singletrack or double track. Many are along old farm roads, logging roads, fire service roads, etc. Plus the reason for washing machines is to avoid dump service fees at the local landfills. Many towns put limits on curbside trash collection, and if you try and take a washing machine to the landfill yourself they charge you a price to do it, so that's why you end up with stuff dumped in the woods.
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    I believe these are both Pontiac's. One is for sure.







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    here's a car I found on a trail in Northern California. In the Shasta County area. Seems to me anyways to be a 30-40's chevy and it had a shovel on the front. atleast it looks like one to me in the picture.

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    Cool Thread...

    ...great idea.....will search my pictures for a few to post up.....I agree with one of the posters that alot of the single tracks we ride today were formally farm , logging, hunting camp roads......now grown in into trails...so some cars get stuck out there....some are stolen cars for sure.....when i was a kid a friend in the neighborhood took his older brothers car and hid it in the woods for us to drive....a Morris Minor....we had fun for about 6 months and then it broke down....well we next used it for target practice....you get the idea.....not much of it left after 30 years.....
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    There used to be an old 57 chevy bel air rusted out right off my property next to my backyard trails...wish I had a picture before they removed it. It was so cool

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    There is a car off Rt 50 in the woods just inside the Beltway in Northern VA. It is an incredibly weird spot for a car to be, I'll take pictures next time I am back east.

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    Fairland in P.G. County MD. It is a better man than I that got this where it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    what area is that first one from? is it near the ocean or something?
    At first I thought it had been burned the way the rust covers everything but then I noticed the tires are still on it ?
    Not close enough to the ocean for it to have any effect on it. It's in Big River Management, Rhode Island.

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    Here is one on one of my local trails. Its been there a really long time and its just the past couple years that someone started painting it.
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    great thread, keep em coming!

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    Have seen MANY abandon cars along my local trails but here where im stationed in AL buddy of mine & myself find all kinds of old Military stuff back in the woods hiking/biking. mostly abandon training sites with random stuff left behind, but the coolest thing to date was an abandon chopper fuselage. ill dig up the photos and post them up later.

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    Awesome pics

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    One of those cars may have been driven by these dudes.

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    Here is my buddy "driving" an old wreck at the hydrocut near Waterloo Ontario Canada

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    Interesting.

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    Great thread. Here are a couple of abandoned cars from my local trails.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31944482@N05/5557480312/" title="Lost3 by RD300S, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5029/5557480312_27e0ba0019.jpg" width="500" height="332" alt="Lost3"></a>

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    Great thread, there is an old corvair in Chapel Hill high school trails in NC, i haven't ridden there in years, i'll have to go back to take a picture of it. same thing, i've always wondered how on earth an old corvair could have made it back into the woods so far.

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    everytime you see a really old car like this dumped in the trees... ask yourself how old the trees actually are. The car was probably there before the trees.... takes a lot of mystery out of some of the dump locations.

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    There used to be about a dozen abandoned cars between Santos and the land bridge before the bridge was there. I have no idea how but most have been removed. There are only a couple left now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeakJones View Post
    everytime you see a really old car like this dumped in the trees... ask yourself how old the trees actually are. The car was probably there before the trees.... takes a lot of mystery out of some of the dump locations.
    yeah but it also takes a lot of the fun out of it. i prefer imagining a crazy scenario involving a shoot out.

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    I have seen some while snowmobiling in some way out areas, And wondered the same. We do some riding in Quebec where there are no roads in at all and have seen cars left out there. Like someone posted above the flying car.

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    Heres an old Buick near Ringwood NJ and for kicks (NBR) an old Mustang from deeeep inside the earth in Monroe NY. The mustang must've been driven into a vent hole in an old mine to get to where it was.
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    Found one....in my pics from...

    ...last year....this is off one of the trails at Millstone Vermont.....my guess is there are many more vehicles at the bottom of some of the quarrys....although underwater.....
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    I think some of the older ones were just a handy dump spot, newer ones around here are often insurance "jobs".


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    The mustang in the mine... does that area ever experience severe flooding?

    Anyone who watched the news reports of the japanese tsunami last spring will recall all the boats and cars and everything carried WELL past where they started from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lumber825 View Post
    Fairland in P.G. County MD. It is a better man than I that got this where it was.
    There are a few other cars at Fairland, that really make you wonder how they got there.

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    Nah, no flooding like that around here. Just severe drinking I think. Probably came down a vent shaft like this one. Also another car further down but no telling what kind. Oh and there actually was a bike down there too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbr View Post
    On the Long Trail in Vermont, just south of Killington Ski mtn, August 2005

    give you fifty for the wheels.
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    oh oh oh I got a new one !

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    uhg never mind my phone is being b!tchey...

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    Top of Flagstaff Mt., above Folsom Lake.... with the snow capped Sierra in the way background Sactojesse reminds us that its a Fiat X1/9.
    This one was simply driven or dumped at the top of this mountain... just like a whole bunch of other garbage. But, it points you towards the best outlaw trail in the area
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    Them thar holes look like they came from bullets!

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    Found a few old vehicles left by themselves while exploring dry canal beds.
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    Three cars in San Diego. The first two from Sycamore Canyon area were exposed because of fires. They are probably all overgrown again. The third foto is from Mission Trails park.
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    Came across this on 6 Mile Run in NJ.
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    A women I know did a whole body of work (photography) based around cars abandoned in Leanyer Swamp (Darwin)--a place I used to ride until I got sick of all the dog packs roaming around.
    Link here for anyone interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Top of Flagstaff Mt., above Folsom Lake.... with the snow capped Sierra in the way background Sactojesse reminds us that its a Fiat X1/9.
    Its about time you posted that one up Mr Beer
    I am searching for a pic of the same car but with an amusing twist

    I found a nice group of cars down in Bakersfield this week. I will take a camera out next time and get a few shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Top of Flagstaff Mt., above Folsom Lake.... with the snow capped Sierra in the way background Sactojesse reminds us that its a Fiat X1/9.
    This one was simply driven or dumped at the top of this mountain... just like a whole bunch of other garbage. But, it points you towards the best outlaw trail in the area

    From another angle -


    The amusing part is the DRIVER behind the wheel
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    Here's one that may look familiar . . . its sorta been "abandoned."

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    this is an awesome thread.

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    I love how when someone sees an abandoned rusty vehicle their first thought is "let's shoot the sh*t outta it! Yeah!" Every abandoned vehicle I've seen in person and most on here have many bullet holes in them. I actually used to shoot bb guns at one when I was a kid

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    Bakersfield finds -

    There are three cars in this one -


    Close up on the two on the right -
    Its all Shits and Giggles until somebody Giggles and Shits

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    Love this thread.

    I'm from NH. Most of the parties I went to when I was in high school involved bonfires at remote "get here if you can" locations. Almost always involving alcohol, fire, guns, and four-wheelers/dirt bikes.

    Now I mountain bike by the same kinds of places.

    Awesome.

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    outside downieville-


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    Northwest Territories of Canada, a couple of hundred miles from the nearest gas station.

    These trucks and the associated fuel drums were abandoned in 1943 after being used in the construction of the Canol Road. I saw them during my 1984 bike tour there.
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    nice

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    This is along one of the local trails I frequent. Cars, I kind of understand. Boats, I just don't get it.


    Monster Mongoose! This truck didn't stand a chance. haha
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    Ha! Saw this one this evening on a boring fire road climb in the 'burbs of El Dorado Hills, above Empire Ranch. I'm guessing some teenage dude was looking for a quiet, secluded place with a lake/city view to take his girl to "neck" one night and didn't see the drop off Or, it's stolen
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    love the bullet holes in the second car in the thread...

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    From Otis a few weeks ago, I've ridden there numerous times, but this was the first time I came across this car. Engine still intact and everything.
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    We have a trail in Tally called the "Cadillac Trail" Guess why. I will not be home for another week or so, but I'll have to take some pictures when I do. Hope this thread will still be here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Bakersfield finds -

    There are three cars in this one -


    Close up on the two on the right -
    full of bullet holes, no doubt...

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    The real question is whether someone could make $$$ recycling the metal? At least the wrecks near roads. New business opportunity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dexetr30 View Post
    This is along one of the local trails I frequent. Cars, I kind of understand. Boats, I just don't get it.


    Monster Mongoose! This truck didn't stand a chance. haha
    say, isn't that boat just right up the highway from colfax where the railroad trestle passes over interstate 80?

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    This IS a pretty cool thread.

    When we were little kids the trails we used to go on had burned up and abandoned cars in the weirdest places. These days it's a park and all cleaned up.

    But here's one from a hunting trip in Ohio. It's next to a "road", but the road hasn't been used by anything but 4-wheelers for the last 20 years at least.
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    Note that the rear wheels had been removed and replaced with sheaves - prob'ly to run a sawmill. This truck was born with a very specific purpose.

    ...and not one bullet hole!

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    Don't have a pic but whenever I visit my parents the first ride I usually do with my Dad is what he calls the "Rambler Loop" in DuPont. I've always wanted to put a fake skeleton in the driver's seat.

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    empty beer, is that windshield shotgunned or broken out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb View Post
    empty beer, is that windshield shotgunned or broken out?
    Definitely not shotgun. Rocks most likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    From Otis a few weeks ago, I've ridden there numerous times, but this was the first time I came across this car. Engine still intact and everything.
    Is that on Otis ANG grounds? If it is, cars are the last thing you should be looking for! Unexploded ordinance (tank shells/bombs) are all over the place! My dad worked up there for a few years so I know a few of the trails...

    On my local trail there is an old '64 Chevy Impala that had slid off a fireroad and down a several hundred foot cliff... It's been there long before I found it. Probably some dudes giong into the woods to drink and got stuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb View Post
    say, isn't that boat just right up the highway from colfax where the railroad trestle passes over interstate 80?
    I took that photo in Duryea. PA.
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    i too love this thread. i have always loved this kind of photography as a matter of fact

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    Ok well I got some pics of the '64 Impala on my local mountain...
    It's pretty hard to see since it's like 150ft down a rockslide and its all rusted away.

    Well here it is!


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    ahh, I hate that I don't have pictures, but my bro and I plus friends used to ride an area between two roads that had power lines and a railroad line running through the middle during the 90's.........the is a major creek (Suwanee Creek) cutting across this area with a serious quicksand pit at the bottom of one hill - for a full month, every time we rode by, there was a new vehicle stuck over the wheels there........it became a running joke as to what we would see each time we rode - Jeeps of all sorts, all-wheel drives of every type, and even a motorcycle or two - whoever guessed right, the others bought him dinner and beer.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by autumnbringer View Post
    Came across this on 6 Mile Run in NJ.
    This one is cool but there's no mystery to it since the farm field ends about 20 feet away. I also like the one in the ravine off of Newman's Ln in Chimney Rock. That looks like an old school DUI, the kind where you got a $200 ticket and a ride home. That's if anyone actually survived that crash...

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    Bump...

    ..bump....like this thread and hoping to see some more old cars, boats, traincars, ect.....
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    Thinking this is an early 60's Chevy Impala ...

    ....Deluxe.....it is in pieces....we took the hood and 2 front fenders and put them along one of our trails...the chasis is off the trail maybe 20m.....
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    Came across this on 6 Mile Run in NJ.
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    thinking none of these cars are going to pass inspection.

    anyone noticed all the pristine bikes that happen to be also abandoned next to the cars? i mean what the hell, i'll take em?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSkisMontana View Post
    ....Deluxe.....it is in pieces....we took the hood and 2 front fenders and put them along one of our trails...the chasis is off the trail maybe 20m.....
    An Impala that is definitely not. More like a 1950's ride.

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    Another one, near Folsom Lake. Kinda sketchy place to ride... private property and lots of abandoned vehicles. I didn't feel comfy stopping to snap photos of the other wrecks.
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    And how about a plane, or parts of one anyway...

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    They arent they any more but about 10 years ago when I first started riding, my uncle and I went out to what are now really nice manacured mt bike only trails. They used to be just riding paths cut through random trees out by the lake. There was an old 80's raised top conversion van that had obviously been seriously wrecked in the front end. Someone had taken an old toilet and set it in the back of the van along with a roll of tp. I was never brave enough to use its services but it was definately a conversation piece.


    OT (Sorta): Not a mountain bike trail. But a few years ago a friend and I were unloading my boat into the lake off the boat ramp. I was backing my truck down the ramp as he guided me from inside the boat, the next thing I know hes yelling stop and theres an EXTREMELY loud scraping noise (metal against metal). I stop and pull back up the ramp and get out. We look just off the drop off of the boat ramp to see a reflection. We called the park rangers, they called a tow truck. We stayed long enough to see the tow truck pull the car out of the water, a recently dumped 1998 Mustang Cobra Mystic. The tow truck driver said the vin number came up as stolen and involved in an armed robbery.
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    A really rusty abadoned vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Another one, near Folsom Lake. Kinda sketchy place to ride... private property and lots of abandoned vehicles. I didn't feel comfy stopping to snap photos of the other wrecks.
    Looks like bullet holes!

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    Old locomotive near my city

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    Colorado junker

    Outside of C-dale.
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    In the middle of NF on the Vortex trail. wheel-chair
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    this thread makes me insanely happy... I'm not sure why...

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    Military cargo plane that crashed in 1958.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache rider View Post
    Military cargo plane that crashed in 1958.

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    Incredible!!!!

    .....the locomotive! ...that has got to be worth some $$ in scrap metal.....and the airplane!!!.....cool.

    Somebody has to have pictures of abandoned snowmachines or golf carts.......maybe more traincars out there too....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache rider View Post
    Military cargo plane that crashed in 1958.
    impressive how the chrome on the oleo is still shiny

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    this reminds me of abandoned Themeparks. Just not as creepy Great thread!

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    Cool Thread.

    Old subie off our local stash:

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    There's a whole bunch of old cars in The Landlocked Forest in Burlington, MA. Can anyone identify this one?



    There used to be a ton of them in Big River, RI, some covered in animal bones, along with an old motorcycle and an abandoned snowmobile. Unfortunately they got 'cleaned up'.

    Oh, and by the way, anyone ever heard of the actor Brad Pitt? He and I bike together sometimes and that's him in the above pic checking out the car. Nice job, Brad.

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    Great Thread... Really love some of these pics. They just make you wonder what the back story is.
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    Cool thread. When I was a kid (mid 1980's) my friends and I would find older abandoned cars all the time in the area trails. One of my friend's neighbour was a cop, and one time we wrote down a license plate number and a few VIN's that we found and had him check them out. Every single one was reported stolen many years earlier (like, 10-20 years). So, I assume that they were all taken by joyriding kids who took them out for some fun and left them wherever they ended up getting stuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Ha! Saw this one this evening on a boring fire road climb in the 'burbs of El Dorado Hills, above Empire Ranch. I'm guessing some teenage dude was looking for a quiet, secluded place with a lake/city view to take his girl to "neck" one night and didn't see the drop off Or, it's stolen

    Looks somewhat new. With the back windows busted out, my guess stolen and taken for a joy ride. I would report it to the local authorities if you haven't done so already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dexetr30 View Post
    This is along one of the local trails I frequent. Cars, I kind of understand. Boats, I just don't get it.

    Maybe we should start an abandoned boat thread. Here's mine off of Centennial Trails in Lemont, IL...
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    I saw this thread yesterday and ran across this today. Thought I would contribute but had to use the cell for a pic.
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