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WINDCHEETAH KARL SPARENBURG

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote RussAnton Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 December 2017 at 4:17pm
 There are obvious parallels to the following story and the WC 4 part massacre.  For what it's worth.

Thomas Agarate was a 25 year old French engineering student.   A bit over two years ago he had a vision and dropped out of school, bought a one-way ticket to California and embarked on a start-up.  He was going to build a waterproof gimbal for GoPro action cameras.  None existed.  At the peak of his effort he and another engineer worked on this project, but mostly it was just him. 

A sizable group of us invested in Thomas’ idea.  We were to get early delivery of his 1st product for our investment.

Early delivery was to be March 2016.  January 2016 Thomas informed us that he was having problems and there would be a delay until August 2016. 

No need to contact him, we received regular, unsolicited updates on his progress, or lack there of.

August came and went.  Well before August we knew we wouldn't get a gimbal by August.  He kept us informed. 

Over the following months we received E-mail updates, video’s of his operation, even online realtime conferences.

I never was stressed  or concerned over a possible loss of investment.  Never E-mailed, texted or tried to call Thomas.  No need to, he kept us well informed of every setback, and every success.

Yesterday I took delivery of my Slick gimbal!

A $300 investment in someone who I thought had a good idea, 

a year and a half late, but I couldn’t be happier.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote trsnrtr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 December 2017 at 9:00pm
You hit the nail on the head, Russ.  ANY, correspondence would have been appreciated  I haven't heard anything since Mid January 2017 when Karl said, "I have your money."

Little did I know the full understanding of that comment.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mark aldridge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2018 at 5:00pm
Happy New Year to you all.
 
Just an update on the Windcheetah front.
 
I have just received a reply from Action Fraud. It looks just like a standard response with no specific details, just we are looking into and will keep you informed. I did not expect more at this stage but at least it is some progress.
 
Thinking dark thoughts and growling Sparenbergwards help me pass the time as I recover from a broken collar bone.
 
White van man wins again !
 
Ever optimistic.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote D.TEK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2018 at 5:21pm
I wonder if Action Fraud have joined up the dots and linked the other affected parties ?
Or has Mark had a standard 30 day message issued by valve powered computer rather than a human Confused
Sorry to read about you biff ....hope your on mend
....did you get an image of the driver ...did he have a red suit and white beard Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AlanGoodman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2018 at 9:48pm
Originally posted by mark aldridge mark aldridge wrote:

 
Thinking dark thoughts and growling Sparenbergwards help me pass the time as I recover from a broken collar bone.
 
White van man wins again !
 
Ever optimistic.
 
Mark
 
b****r.
I haven't heard anything on the grapevine Cry

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote trsnrtr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2018 at 10:56pm
I got the same canned response, twice actually.  :)

Anyway, I too wondered if the computer was counting AVD or Sparenberg instances.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Grum7630 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 March 2018 at 7:59pm
I have one for sale......https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/AVD-Windcheetah-Hypersport-recumbent-trike-857/183146013088?hash=item2aa45a61a0:g:X3oAAOSwCMtaZJw1
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AlanGoodman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 March 2018 at 11:27pm
Has anybody heard anything else or had any progress with Action Fraud? We can certainly assume now that sadly Windcheetah has gone I think.

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Originally posted by AlanGoodman AlanGoodman wrote:

Has anybody heard anything else or had any progress with Action Fraud? We can certainly assume now that sadly Windcheetah has gone I think.
Indeed it's time for an update.  Some very good news, some very bad.  It should be safe to say Karl has filed the insolvency papers for AVD Windcheetah.  Investigating authorities had asked all of us affected not to discuss matters on the forum a few months ago, but at this point it's likely ok to proceed.

The past couple months have been real nail biters for me.  Due to the amazing action and generosity of some key BPHC members and others, my FRO is finally safely in my possession.  It is likely the very last Windcheetah--at least produced by Karl.  I'm reluctant to elaborate, as I understand exactly how frustrated and disappointed those who paid and received nothing feel.  

Long story short, Action Fraud may or may not have helped us directly.  All our filed reports were critical evidence.  I finally contacted the Chorley police. An officer there located Karl and began investigating the circumstances.  

I am eternally grateful to DTek, Craig McCabe, Alonzo, Mark Aldridge and others who either encouraged me or did the legwork in rescuing my trike. Transporting it to the US was not easy or cheap, but it arrived safely this week.  It is indeed an impressive piece of machinery and truly unfortunate that Karl tried to salvage AVD Windcheetah, but fell short and a number of people were caught in the financial fallout.  

Clearly, the BPHC Forum has been instrumental throughout all this debacle!

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Thanks for the update!

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