Matt and Tyler Selden had planned to spend this weekend racing their beloved dragster.
The 17-year-old Omaha twins had been working since February on mechanical tweaks to the 2001 hard tail racecar in preparation for their first trip down a track in competition.
They hoped to go as fast as 120 mph during the race at Mid-America Motorplex in Glenwood, Iowa.
But when the Seldens went to clean the maroon-and-white car last Friday, they discovered it had been stolen from a fenced lot at Gregg Young Auto Plaza on Crown Point Avenue near the intersection with Blair High Road.
A piece of the broken padlock that had secured a trailer holding the car was left behind.
The theft of the car has left Matt and Tyler, who in the fall will be seniors at Burke High School, crestfallen. The family has posted notices on Facebook alerting friends to the theft.
“We're pretty much done racing unless it's found,” Matt said Wednesday.
The family bought the car in February, and the teenagers had been working on it since, said their stepmother, Anna Damgaard-Selden.
“This Saturday was going to be their first race,” she said.
The Seldens reported the stolen car to police.
In addition to the dragster and trailer, a golf cart and other equipment were also taken, said Damgaard-Selden, who estimated the total value was about $45,000.
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