Gemballa : German tuning boss missing in Joburg

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One of the world?s foremost aftermarket speed merchants, Uwe Gemballa, has gone missing in Johannesburg.



Gemballa, who?s Leonsburg-based tuning company is globally renowned for its outlandish (and record breaking) supercar conversions, has not been reachable since his arrival in South Africa last week.

Under the radar or missing?

Since leaving his native Germany last Monday on a business trip to Johannesburg, the 51-year old tuning legend has gone missing.

As a man usually in perpetual contact with his various customers on a day-to-day basis with regards to their respective custom cars, his sudden silence has been particularly vexing.

Curiously, Gemballa does not have a well known presence in the local market. One can only surmise Uwe was hoping to initiate contact with local distributors for his range of supercar go-faster kits.

German authorities are in contact with local police in an effort to locate Uwe and establish his safety. Due to the serious nature of the case, authorities are not divulging any of his original local travel plans.

Petrolheads the world over hope Gemballa is on a wildlife spotting jaunt of epic proportions, where mobile phone signal strength is negligible in some rural parts of South Africa. The converse would simply be unconscionable.

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Obviously he's been turned into a half human, half alien freak and is on the run.

Kidding aside, I hope it's all dandy down there.
 

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We need more crazy tuners like him in the world. Hope its just a miscommunication or something.
 

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One of the things my ex (lived in SA til she was 17) told me was, steer clear of Jo-burg lol.

Mhmm, hope this guy is alright, would suck if he was murdered or something.
 

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Joburg isn't that dangerous if you avoid the CBD and the bad areas.
 

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Shrimps got him.
 

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Those sneaky fokken prawns, eh?

I'm sure he would never do anything pornographic with a fokken creature!
 

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Maybe his name is on a certain data CD from Switzerland? :think:
 

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How about a nice shrubbery?
 

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In a German forum there is somebody who lives close to Gemballa in Leonsburg and drove over. He spoke with sb who worked there and it is business as usual he says. As if nothing happened.

Well.. I'm not sure what happend.. but you can never trust a tabloid like BILD... !!!!!!

NEVER

They make things up all the time just for the effect of the news itself! I mean the authorities stuff...
 
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As of now no respectable German news website has picked up on the kidnapping. Google News shows only Bild and Focus with that story, and neither are trustworthy sources. We'll see how it developes, but if there's anything to it, the respectable news sites will pick it up. Then I'll believe it.
 

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Small update on the Gemballa case: still no sign of the guy. But the company has filed for bankruptcy a few days ago.

Sounds very dodgy to me. Might be Gemballa fleeing before the doors finally close and trying to suck the last money out of the company with a fake kidnapping case.
 
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