In Belgium, Châtillon in a nearby small forrest is a well known vehicle cemetery. The cemetery got a lot of attention when Vtm or Vlaamse Televisie Maatschappij a Flemish television company did a tv-program about abandoned buildings and forgotten things. The program did a lot of damage because it draw a lot of people to the forrest from urban explorers to thiefs. The mayor didn’t like all that attention going to that graveyard instead of his town. So they sued the owner claiming he was destroying nature and was forced to remove all the cars. There were once 4 car graveyard in those forrest today they are all gone.
The history of this locations has 2 different stories let me tell them both so u can decide which one to believe.
The Internet Story:
These cars once belonged to US soldiers who were stationed in this region. How and where they obtained those cars is not known. Fact is that after World War II, all military troops were sent back to the US including this corps. It was common use of boarding all goods & stuff by ship back home. But the cost of having all those cars shipped to the US was way too expensive. We’re talking about shipping 500 or more cars. As a result the ranking officers decided to leave all the cars in Belgium. The cars were driven up a hill, one by one, nicely parked and somehow hidden from the outside world. Once back home in the US, the soldiers who wanted to retrieve their car had to take personal responsibility for all costs of the shipping. Not a single car was retrieved.
The Real Story
The graveyard was just a scrapyard for a local car business men that exist since 1920 till 2010. There’s even a museum about it in the town with the whole history. For collectors this graveyard was a gold mine with brands like : Opel-Rekord, Opel-Kapitan, Volkswagen-Kever, Volkswagen-Transporter, Ford-Taunus,Simca, Renault, Citroen-Traction-Avant, Fiat, Austin, Mercury, Studebaker, Vauxhall, Chevrolet, Plymouth, Buick en Panhard.