Star gazers were amazed but divided in their opinion today following the appearance of a White 1968 E-Type Jaguar on the surface of the Moon late last night.
The car, Reg No. MGT 243, discovered by scientists using the Hubble Telescope, has boffins across the globe scratching their heads in bewilderment, and just how the classic set of wheels got there is becoming a hotly contested mystery with two possible explanations being offered, both causing considerable debate within the scientific community.
The first points the finger of suspicion at waste disposal rogue trader, Reg Trinder, from Tonbridge Wells in Kent. Trinder, the target of a sting operation set up by blokey Matt Allwright, presenter of consumer affairs programme, Watchdog, is widely believed to be 'at it again', despite having been 'named and shamed' by the programme in 2007, as the mastermind behind the illegal dumping of a specially micro-chipped settee in a lay-by just off the A23. A neighbour who did not want to be identified told the Tonbridge Bugle, "Dumping a car on the moon is just the sort of thing he'd do if you ask me."
An alternative view, and one more based upon science, is offered by Prof. Barney Lingholm of UCL who told reporters earlier, "Illegally fly-tipped? I can't see it myself. There's so much junk and detritus up there already; stuff that we've abandoned following various space missions and experiments and so forth. In my view it was only a matter of time before something like this happened. This car, left floating around in outer space for who knows what reason, has simply been lassoed by the Moon's gravitational field and has been drawn to its surface. It's that simple."
But either way it's an ill lunar wind, because in a surprise move Camden Council has laid claim to The Moon, arguing that it is closest to them, and that it therefore falls within the borough's road traffic legislation. Its parking department is believed to be sending a specially appointed Astro-Warden to the moon in a radically adapted clamping van to tow-away and issue the E-Type with a fixed penalty notice for parking in contravention of the relevant bye-law. One that was hastily drawn up to cover the extraordinary circumstances.
Jeremy Clarkson described the news as "a total bombshell" and is understood to have put in a bid for the vintage car, should no-one come forward to claim ownership of it from Camden's car pound, after the statutory three month period has elapsed.