[URL]http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Harley-shop-owner-devastated-by-1m-ramraid/2005/06/01/1117568231703.html[/URL]\n\nGiven nothing was stolen I think "Ram-raid" is a misnomer\n\nHarley shop owner 'devastated' by </body>m ram-raid\nBy Jano Gibson\nJune 1, 2005 - 11:50AM\n\n\nFiremen standing at the burnt out shell of the Harley Davidson business\nin Blacktown.\n\nFiremen standing at the burnt out shell of the Harley Davidson business\nin Blacktown.\n\nShocked staff were tight-lipped today about why a prime mover was rammed\ninto their Blacktown motorcycle showroom - destroying it and unique\nHarley-Davidsons.\n\nAbout </body> million worth of damage was caused when the prime mover smashed\nthrough the front of the Harley-Davidson and Buel of Blacktown motorbike\noutlet in Sunnyholt Road before 3am today.\n\nPolice say it is too early to speculate if the incident is related to\nmotorcycle gang violence, but it appears nothing was stolen.\n\nA crime scene has been established but workers at the shop were\nremaining tight-lipped as they inspected the ruins of their workplace.\n\nJohn "Tom" Browne, who has run the shop in Sunnyholt Road for 25 years\ntold smh.com.au: "I'm that devastated I've just got no comment."\n\nThe gutted prime mover was pulled out of the showroom to be towed away\nfor forensic examination. Its roof had been burnt off and its huge tyres\nhad melted.\n\nIt was stolen from Smithfield on Monday night, say police.\n\nThe entire shop, as well as most of its collection of antique and modern\nbikes, was destroyed in the blaze that followed.\n\n"A few bikes have escaped damage but most have suffered extensive smoke\nand heat damage," a police spokeswoman said.\n\n"The early estimations of the cost of damage are around the </body> million\nmark," she said.\n\nBill Meek, Seven Hills fire station commander, told smh.com.au it looked\nas though the prime mover had been driven into the shop and then set ablaze.\n\nHe said there was a smell of petrol when fire crews arrived, even though\nthe prime mover is powered by diesel. He said the original blaze melted\nthe truck's diesel fuel tank, spilling its content to further fuel the\nblaze.\n\nA security guard patrolling the street noticed the shop well alight and\ncontacted authorities about 3am.\n\nA number of people were seen fleeing the scene in a white Commodore,\npolice said.\n\nIt took almost an hour for fire fighters to extinguish the blaze.\nAdjoining businesses escaped damage, police said.\n\nThe shop contained bikes that were the only ones of their kind in the\nworld, police said.\n\nNeighbour Danny Van Praag, 36, who lives opposite, said he was woken at\n2.50am by a loud blast.\n\n"It was just an almighty voom," he said.\n\n"I came racing down to see what was going on and saw all these flames."\n\nHe said the flames were leaping about five metres over the roof of the shop.\n\nHe added that the shop was very popular with people who just wanted to\nsee the antique motorcycles.\n\n"It was like a museum," he said, adding that he used to take his\neight-year-old son to see machines that one would never be able to see\nanywhere else.