Classic cars destroyed by Midwestern tornadoes - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Classic cars destroyed by Midwestern tornadoes

Posted: Updated:
A man loses most of his dream car collection when a twister hit a storage barn in Wisconsin on Tuesday. (Source: WISC/CNN) A man loses most of his dream car collection when a twister hit a storage barn in Wisconsin on Tuesday. (Source: WISC/CNN)
  • Most ReadMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Meridian's Bonnie Blue Dulaney crowned Miss Hospitality

    Meridian's Bonnie Blue Dulaney crowned Miss Hospitality

    Sunday, July 27 2014 12:42 AM EDT2014-07-27 04:42:42 GMT
    A Senior Mississippi State University biochemistry major from Meridian has been crowned Mississippi's Miss Hospitality for 2014. Bonnie Blue Dulaney, 21, won the Miss Hospitality Pageant in HattiesburgMore >>
    A Senior Mississippi State University biochemistry major from Meridian has been crowned Mississippi's Miss Hospitality for 2014.More >>
  • Sex allegations lead to investigation at PACE Head Start

    Sex allegations lead to investigation at PACE Head Start

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:52:45 GMT
    An interim agency will take over operations of the Forrest County PACE Head Start Program due to the failure of properly reporting sexual abuse allegations. The Administration for Children and FamiliesMore >>
    An interim agency will take over operations of the Forrest County PACE Head Start Program due to the failure of properly reporting sexual abuse allegations.More >>
  • Victim of Jackson gang rape sends warning to metro area women

    Victim of Jackson gang rape sends warning to metro area women

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
    The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
    The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off.  And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again."
    More >>

VERONA, WI (WISC/CNN) – A Wisconsin town continues to pick up the pieces after an EF-3 tornado tore through town early Tuesday morning.

No one was seriously injured, but the emotional journey is just beginning for residents like for John Mathews.

"This is just heartbreaking, this is my dream car," Mathews said.

For Mathews, collecting and fixing up classic cars isn't just a hobby, it's a passion.

"The thing about these cars [is] there was nothing altered," Mathews said. "I kept them pristine because it's a part of history. They don't make these anymore."

Tuesday's tornado displaced all six of the cars he had in storage. Surveying the damage makes Mathews emotional. Mathews is now seeing what, if anything, can be saved from his beloved cars.

"Like this car here – there is nothing on the shell or the body of this care that is salvageable," Mathews said. "You have to understand this care went through some hellish force because the steering wheel is missing."

Jane Knudsen owns the house and the property where the barn that stored the cars once stood. She watched the storm from inside her house, and she said she will never forget the image of the cars flying in the air.

She hopes to rebuild the bar she loved.

"I was actually crying because the barn was gifted to me. The owner of it gave me the barn and I just cried," Knudsen said. "I cried a lot because I loved that barn because I am a farmer's daughter."

This setback has not stopped Mathews from loving cars and their place in history.

"The way I believe is that the car should be the way it came from the factory," Mathews said.

He said he lives about two miles away from his storage garage, and he still has two classic cars from his house that were not damaged.

Copyright 2014 WISC via CNN. All rights reserved.