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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Neil Young's Warehouse Fire Traced to 'LincVolt' Hybrid 1959 Lincoln Continental

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 8:15 AM

click to enlarge The damage done...
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Innovative musician Neil Young has apparently found the most eclectic manner yet of triggering a million-dollar warehouse fire. An aircraft carrier-sized 1959 Lincoln Continental the singer hired a team of experts to transform into the world's largest hybrid vehicle apparently burst into flames in the wee hours Nov. 9, sparking a blaze that destroyed reams of Young's rock memorabilia.

Young has been documenting the creation of the "LincVolt" vehicle on film -- and the car even has its own website.

Young believes the fire may be traced to "an operator error that

occurred in an untested part of the charging system ... We are investigating the components involved with plug-in charging."

Around 70 percent of the contents of Young's San Carlos warehouse was saved by firefighters -- but he still suffered around $850,000 in property damage and a quarter of a million in structural damage.

Young had just delivered the above keynote speech at the Specialty Equipment Market Association car show in Las Vegas earlier this month.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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