Somewhere outside of the Prague is a police impound yard. Like thousands of other yards like it around the world, cars come and go in and out of that yard. Some are wrecked, others are stolen, some are impounded from drunks and druggies. And then there is something like this Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren which has been in the impound yard for six years and is not going anywhere fast.
The story is this. In 2009 famous Czech footballer, Tomas Repka, bought himself a toy car. That car happened to be this white Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. It was perfect – fast but relatively understated, exotic but not obnoxious. He bought it used which means he probably got a great deal on it. Except he did not.
Being a famous athlete with a new used SLR, he did the most obvious thing – he had a hot model do some kind of a photo or a video shoot with the car, because social media fame and all that. Everything seemed cool. The pictures and video went out to all the tabloids, internets, and obviously become widely shared. Because B-list celebs, bikini, and a supercar.
The pictures became very popular and were seen all over the world. One of the people seeing the pictures was a Middle East Sheikh who recognized the 617-horsepower SLR as his own. The vehicle was stolen from him some time before. It was then, supposedly, transported to Europe, laundered physically and legally, and was now in the hands of the soccer player and the silicone infused leggy girl.
Obviously the Sheikh was having none of that. The Sheikh’s people contacted the local police and an investigation was started. It was determined that the vehicle owned by Repka was indeed the same car that was stolen from the sheikh. The vehicle was then impounded. And this where things got really messy.
Because Repka financed or leased the vehicle, it is owned by a bank in Europe. The company that sold the car to Repka is obviously involved, too. The whole thing is a mess and it is moving at the snail pace of the Czech legal system. In the mean time the car is in a judicial custody and courts have yet to allow the vehicle to be released to the original owner. And so it sits there, slowly dying.
The vehicle has been in this impound yard for so long that it has become itself internet famous. Pictures of it exist in different stages of decay with various other, some exotic, machinery next to it. No one knows when it will be released, so the pictures will keep on coming.
Repka is now retired. But at the time of the photo shoot, sparks flew between Repka and the model, Vlaďka Erbová. They obviously banged, Repka got a divorce, and the two later got married. Repka, thankfully, has made enough cash to be able to afford many other exotics. I’m sure he now does more diligence in verifying his cars’ histories and probably skips on photo shoots, too.
Here is the SLR is in its better days.