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Old 06-06-2007, 10:50 AM   #1
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Summit Point in the Rain - Big OOPS !

This past Sunday, I left the hospital for a little while after visiting my Dad. He's doing well by the way and comes home tomorrow.

Several of our friends were instructing at the SCCA PDX event. It was POURING rain at the track. That shouldn't be a big surprise for people who spend time there.

The main circuit is EXTREMELY slick in the rain and the Lotus below found this out the hard way coming out of turn 10.

He put 2 wheels off on the outside of the corner, over corrected and well...

Good news is that the driver and the instructor were not injured.

I posted the picture not for the morbid factor, but rather I am AMAZED at the structural integrity of the car. There is no roll cage!


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Old 06-06-2007, 10:56 AM   #2
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Um... is he selling? :D
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Make him an offer.

However, I'm not sure that I would want it after seeing it get rolled right side up.

Aluminum doesn't bend, it crinkles.

Still, I am amazed that there wasn't more damage.
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Wow...that sucks.
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I'da hopped out flipped her back over and kept going.
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I'da hopped out flipped her back over and kept going.
hell ya from the pic it looks like you could have to. glad you dad was okay. Is he itching to get back on the track or is he wanting to take a little break? ya water and roads never seem to go together very well.
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hell ya from the pic it looks like you could have to. glad you dad was okay. Is he itching to get back on the track or is he wanting to take a little break? ya water and roads never seem to go together very well.
The car was in remarkably good shape. I suppose you could have flipped it over and kept driving, but I'm not sure I would trust what I couldn't see.

Pop is doing very well. At this point, he isn't really thinking about getting back to the track. He's more focused on walking around the block. By-pass surgery takes a lot out of you. However, he does want to run an autocross in Cumberland, MD later this year. That's his goal once he recovers.

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He got 2 wheels off on the outside of 10 and came back hard on to the track surface. With his nose pointing at the wall, he locked up the brakes and slid sideways down the track until he went off again. When he went into the soft stuff, the car just came over. Rolled at about 45 MPH.

The rigidity of that car is amazing. It took the tow truck acting like a brace and 3 guys to roll it right side up.

Pretty crazy...
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Noooooooooooooooooo. Why did this have to happen to a lotus.
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I love driving the Nuerburgring in the rain. it is like having the track to yourself.
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Woah, he rolled it on the inside of 10? I was expecting some nasty carnage on the outside. Was he 180 when he hooked the two tires on the inside?
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