English authorities have ordered a farmer to get rid of his massive collection of East German-built Trabants. His neighbors in the Peak District National Park think the collection is an eyesore.
Graham Goodall, 58, loves Trabants and has been collecting them since 1990. He claims to have the world's largest private collection of the distinctive plastic-body cars, which once symbolized a divided Europe.
But his neighbors in the village of Middleton-by-Youlgreave don't want an outdoor car museum in a national park. The National Park authority has ordered Goodall to get rid of at least 40 of his 49 Trabants, saying the site is "untidy" and detrimental to a conservation area.
Goodall, president of the Friends of the Trabant UK club, is refusing and vows to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.
"I've only got 49," he said. "They are wonderful cars, so simple, their engines have only five moving parts -- and they do 70 miles to the gallon."
He has been collecting the smoky, two-stroke cars since the Berlin Wall fell and has been driving them back to England. After German reunification, most Trabants quickly disappeared from German roads.