Social Media Rallies Behind Plea To Retrieve Stolen Honda C100
News of a stolen 1960 Honda C100, otherwise known as the Super Cub has caught the attention of netizens in the UK, causing a firestorm of social media attention spurred by attempts to retrieve the vintage machine.
The online campaign to find the missing bike began after Angela Wesley-Dicken, the daughter of pensioner Terry O’Brien, posted a photo of the moped on her Facebook account detailing the events that led to it being stolen over the weekend.
Her post, and subsequent campaign to recover her father’s prized Super Cub, received an incredible social media response with over 120,000 netizens already sharing the story. Unfortunately, the bike has yet to be retrieved but responses have been growing since Wesley-Dicken’s post of people offering their services to help her find her father’s stolen bike.
If anything, Terry O’Brien has good reason to be sentimental about his prized Super Cub. The model itself has become a commodity in the motorcycle collector scene, but what makes this particular C100 is the mileage - or lack thereof - it has since O’Brien purchased it years ago. Turns out, O’Brien’s moped only has two miles on its odometer, which means that it’s never been ridden other than for test-riding purposes.
A 1960 Honda C100 is an incredible bike by any standards, even more so if its never been used before.
I live nowhere near the United Kingdom, but I do understand why this bike means so much to Terry O’Brien. So if anybody’s reading this who just happens to be across the Atlantic, keep your eyes open for a Honda SuperCub with a license plate “TOB123B”.
It’s not much, but it’s the least I can do. Hopefully, the bike is returned to its owner sooner than later.
Continue reading to read more about the race to find a stolen Honda C100 in the UK.
Why it matters
I fully support any and all efforts being made into retrieving Terry O’Brian’s stolen 1960 Honda C100. First of all, stealing is bad and even if there’s some way the thieves can justify their actions after stealing O’Brian’s prized moped, it’s still stealing. They deserve to go to jail for that.
To make it worse, these scoundrels didn’t just steal an item that the O’Brian can easily replace. They stole one of the earliest examples of the Honda Super Cub and one with just two miles on it! Even if the bike is retrieved, it’s not going to be the same if the thieves used it for whatever purpose. Part of the appeal of O’Brian’s Super Cub was its veritable mint condition status so if it was used in the past few days, it loses that distinction. My head’s boiling just thinking about it.
For those who don’t know, an unused 1960 Honda C100 is the closest thing to a prized Honda motorcycle you can get. I’m not even going into the fact that Honda has produced close to 70 million units of this line, earning it the status of being the most produced motor vehicle in history.
A mint condition 1960 Super Cub can probably sell for six figures today so you can understand why O’Brian’s daughter, Angela Wesley-Dicken, is trying to move heaven and earth just to see the moped returned to her father.
I really hope that they recover the moped, even though a part of me is afraid that whatever essence it had has been ripped apart by these crooks.