The family of Possum Bourne has stepped in to help after heartless vandals desecrated the statue of the rally legend in the main street of his home town of Pukekohe.
The statue of the seven-time Australian Rally Champion and New Zealand hero was covered in offensive graffiti that included swasikas and gang symbols.
A local resident standing guard said the situation was no laughing matter.
The Possum Bourne statue was covered in a blanket to hide the damage. Photo: James Baker/stuff.co.nz
The statue of Bourne was covered in a blanket to hide the damage, before the rally champion's own adult children came to the rescue.
"So honestly proud of my kids for going down to Pukekohe to honour their father’s statue after it was defaced with appalling graffiti!" Bourne's wife, Peggy, said on social media.
"You are Possum’s kids and you have done him proud! Love you guys so incredibly much ❤️.
"Thank you to all who protected and restored his statue and his memory! — with Spencer Bourne, Possum Bourne, Jazlin Bourne and Taylor Bourne."
Possum Bourne at Rally Australia in 1997. Photo: Stuart Bowes
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