A man who refused to remove the world's largest private collection of East German Trabant cars from his land has been fined £750.
The Trabants are in Mr Goodall's back garden
Graham Goodall, 58, was found guilty of failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the Peak District National Park Authority.
The 49-strong collection had been labelled an eyesore by some residents of Middleton-by-Youlgreave, Derbys.
Mr Goodall claimed he had been unable to comply with the earlier order.
The order had demanded he dispose of 40 of his vehicles by March.
Mr Goodall, who faced a fine of up to £20,000 for breaching the notice, served
under the Town and Country Planning Act, told a district judge at North East
Derbyshire Magistrates Court that he was in Germany at the time the enforcement
notice was served.
He said he returned after a holiday and religious conference in June last year
to discover it was too late for him to appeal against the order, which required
him to stop using the orchard by his home for vehicle storage.
But his former next-door neighbour, Jean Youatt, said she had seen the
58-year-old in May last year, when he claimed to have been abroad.
She described the retired engineer as a "loveable rogue" in court but said
his unusual hobby had affected their relationship over the 23 years they lived
next door to each other.
Mr Goodall's Trabants, originally built for workers in the former Communist
state and now traded for up to £7,000, are parked 400 metres from a public
footpath and have been condemned as an "eyesore".
Authority officials claimed that following complaints from residents they had no
choice but to act to prevent "harm to the character and amenity of the area".
Mr Goodall was also ordered to pay £250 costs.