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Things Go Wrong Quickly At Triple Digits

Posted in Bizarre, Cars, Crashes, General, Pontiac by Kurt Ernst | August 24th, 2010 | 7 Responses |

I’m not even going to get on the soapbox here, since I’ve already said that inexperienced drivers and high horsepower cars are a recipe for disaster. The driver of the Firebird in this video, Brendan Edan, is currently listed in critical condition, which is simply amazing given the severity of the impact. Edan passed several cars in the median before his Pontiac launched off a berm, spun in mid air and impacted the bridge support hard enough to split the car in three pieces.

If you want a lesson out of this, here it is: go take a track day event and learn what it’s like to drive, at speed, on a racetrack. Learn how quickly (and violently) things go wrong at triple digit speeds. Learn that, no matter what you see in the movies, you won’t recover a spin north of seventy miles per hour or so without years of training and practice. Most of all, learn that there’s a time and a place to get your freak on, and rush hour traffic on a Monday morning isn’t it.

Source: WDTN, via Gawker

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7 Responses

  1. DaveMofo says:

    You know, I do have some sympathy for that kid. I did some really stupid stuff behind the wheel, and I’ve known others that died from it. I was lucky, I guess. I hope he makes it, and I hope the police refrain from laying heavier charges than misdemeanor on him. Make it class B or A, sure, but as no one was hurt but himself, and instead of yanking the wheel one way or another and endangering others even further, he took the guard rail hit up the middle instead. That said, it was really, REALLY stupid to pull that kind of shit. But, I like what you said about the soap box, Kurt. And I’ve no room to judge, cause I’ve been this dumb. I was lucky, and stopped playing before the odds bitch slapped me.

  2. Shahroz says:

    ditto here buddy, I’ve done some STUPID shit….STUPID shit, in fact, i just got pulled over doing 85, on a 50kmph zone( was lucky to get away with just a expired insurance ticket!)
    messed up my 07 g35 sedan in dubai and THANKFULLY wasn’t hurt. Lost a really close friend, and my other friends are/were bigger maniacs.
    But lessons are learned everyday on the road i guess. And hopefully they’re learned fast enough

  3. Kurt says:

    You guys reinforce my point very well – if you got all of that stupid shit out of your system on a racetrack, before you were even licensed to drive on the street, the roads would be a whole lot safer. Until you’ve experienced how violent and sudden a loss of control can be, you really have no idea what you’re messing around with.

    Shahroz, I still learn things every time I get behind the wheel or get on the bike. It’s when you think you know everything that mistakes happen.

  4. DaveMofo says:

    Mandatory track time for all! Now THAT would be a nation of good drivers.

  5. Kurt says:

    Oh hell yes. I’d even go back to being an instructor, assuming it paid money.

  6. DaveMofo says:

    why do all the cool jobs pay jack shit? :/