Man wins £10,000 after pothole damages Ferrari

It would have cost just £53 to repair the hole in the road

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A proud Ferrari driver has been awarded £10,000 from a council after a pothole which would have cost just £53 to repair damaged his sporty red "pride and joy".

Father of two Scott Nicholas, 44, was cruising along in his Ferrari 458 when he hit the dip in his £150,000 motor.

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Damage to the wheel, interior and suspension meant the speedy sports car was off the road for three months as parts were sourced from Italy.

Scott chose to take the issue to small claims court where he received the sizeable pay out.

He said: "It was a huge pothole. It could have knocked someone into the other lane of traffic and caused a crash. I was lucky nobody was heading towards me.

"When the airbags go off they go off like an explosive charge. It was a good job there was nobody in the passenger seat.

"I was driving along the road at about 10.30pm in May last year, when I hit something on the road. The passenger side door air bag went off and I nearly crashed.

"I thought I'd hit something and then I couldn't believe when it was a pothole.

"The car is my pride of joy. I don't take it out very often."

The bursting airbag ripped through the leather interior creating around £6,000 of damage and the alloy wheel was completely totalled which cost around £3,000.

The offending pothole 'could have caused a crash'

Work also had to be done to realign the suspension which had been impacted.

Self confessed 'petrolhead' and entrepreneur Steve of Great Casterton, Lincs, bought the car as part of his beloved collection of motors.

He has a Range Rover to use for the family day to day, a McLaren Super Series and Porsche 911.

He admitted himself he's obsessed about the care of his cars - often preparing to leave them tucked up safely in his garage than out on the road.

Previously he had taken his cars out on test days but chooses against it now as he is concerned over the wear and tear they cause.

He says the claim was never about the money but more about the principal.

Now when he receives the £10,000 he plans to donate it to an accident charity.

The pay off was confirmed in court last Wednesday (March 15) and the money should be paid within three weeks of that date.

He said: "In court I just felt they were obnoxious. They threw everything they could to try and get out of paying out.

"They even tried to say a super car shouldn't be on the road.

"All I claimed for was the damage and the repair costs, nothing else. I was very sensible about it.

"It was never about the money, it was the principle.

"When I was younger I had Porsche posters all over my bedroom. I always dreamed of having sports cars."

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Councils are handing out compensation to almost 90 motorists a week for pothole damage

He also explained how he pays around £800 in road tax each year for the Ferrari - more than enough to pay for the pothole ten times over.

After reporting the incident which happened around 10 miles from his home to Peterborough City Council made the decision to take the issue to court.

He had expected to be offered a settlement but this was not forthcoming.

A spokesman for the council confirmed it is the biggest sum they have ever paid out for pothole related damage.

He also defended the authority by pointing out it had repaired 6,000 potholes in 2016.

He said: "Knowing the damage potholes can do we have an active inspection and maintenance programme and over 6,000 potholes were repaired last year."

Last year it was revealed that councils are handing out compensation to almost 90 motorists a week for pothole damage.

Approximately £12million has been dished out since 2012 to repair cars that have been bashed by bumpy roads.

In 2015 a romantic husband spent £2,100 to hire a Ferrari for his wife to drive on her 50th birthday - only for it to be damaged by a pothole within minutes.

Dean Everitt, hired the spectacular Ferrari California for five days but his wife's dream became a nightmare when she hit a deep hole and ruptured a tyre - leading to repair costs of almost £400.

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