A BMW which has been parked at Adelaide Airport for months is now at the centre of a bizarre mystery.
A worker from the airport named Steven Spry sent the ABC Radio Adelaide a picture of the grey BMW revealing its number plate: COVID19.
Mr Spry said staff at the airport were certain the car had been parked in the carpark since March, but it was possible it had been there since February “or even earlier”.
Coronavirus was only labelled COVID-19 for the first time in mid-February, one month before officially being declared a pandemic.
Prior to April the car had been covered by a tarp, but when winds revealed the car’s number plate, staff became more intrigued.
According to the ABC, the grey BMW is registered until late September this year, and cars can be registered for either three or 12 months.
Custom plates agreements are separate from car registration and are for a minimum of 12 months, according to the SA Government’s EzyPlates website.
Why does this car left at Adelaide Airport have the number plate COVID19 and who owns it? https://t.co/zNdZOTtQxj
— Eugene Boisvert (@eugeneboisvert) July 13, 2020
“We seem to think it might be a long-haul pilot who has gone overseas and can’t get back,” Mr Spry said.
Mr Spry also told the ABC the car was parked right near the terminal and staff usually only leave their vehicles parked at the airport for 48 hours.
Do you have a story tip? Email: email@example.com.