Flooded quarries seem to attract dumped vehicles and Vobster Quay is no exception. From the obligatory poorly-parked Ford Escort to a classic 1968 Humber Sceptre, Vobster has its fair share of motorised dive attractions...
Two of our vehicle wrecks were deliberately placed in the lake as dive attractions but the remaining vehicle has a far more mysterious past - lucky their occupants decided not to stay with their vehicles!
The two most recent additions to our growing collection of submerged motor vehicles is a Vauxhall Astra and a Ford Escort parked with its nose against the wall near the tail section of the aircraft. Although the doors and rear tailgates on both vehicles can be opened, we strongly advise against any diver attempting to enter these vehicles - look but don't enter!
For more adventurous divers happy to visit the deeper sections of the lake, be sure to visit our 'classic car' - a surprisingly well-preserved 1968 Humber Sceptre parked smack bang in the centre of the 25 metre area. Quite how it got there is still a mystery but you can get to it easily by following the line tied off to the 12 metre training platform near the Crushing Works.
1968 Humber Sceptre
INFORMATION FOR DIVERS
We'd be the first to admit that a rusty old car clearly doesn't offer the same level of interest as an ex-Royal Navy Sea King helicopter but they're fun objects to discover nonetheless.
By far the easiest car to find is the Ford Escort which lies in just 14 metres of water near the tail section of the aircraft. Anyone who has dived Vobster Quay has probably already stumbled across the Escort due to its proximity to the aircraft and its location - smack bang in the path of your route from the quayside entry point to the aircraft sections.
The Vauxhall Astra is equally easy to find as it lays literally just a few metres from the quayside entry point. It can be easily missed, however, as it lies at the bottom of the 26 metre pit located in front of the Jacquin II and the shallow Wheelhouse. Due to its depth and location, it's worth taking a torch down with you if you do plan to pay it a visit - not much light makes it down there and the viz is easily disturbed.
Last but not least, we have the headline act - the Humber Sceptre. Now this is a little more difficult to find as it lies near enough in the centre of the 25 metre area at the western end of the lake. The easiest way to visit it is to locate the line that's tied off to training platform 20 (near the concrete pipes) and follow it down and then out to the car.
Sharp, rusty metal
Loss of visibility
SAFETY FIRST: Only experienced divers with overhead environment training should enter any of these attractions. Movement inside is very restricted and the cold, darkness and depth can be very disorientating. DO NOT ENTER!