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Nemadji Trail Rally 3A and 3B: Ziptie rally car rolls
Posted 26 July 2009 - 07:55 PM
But, some overconfidence, and a couple other mistakes meant that carl went into a corner way too hot, less than a mile into the first stage of the event, and rolled the car 3 times. you could see, clear as day, the indents where the tires hit each time. our Crew chief paced off the distance from the last tracks to where the car landed (the car was definitely not on the ground at the time....grass wasn't even pushed over), and it was about 30 feet :shock:
Thankfully, the car is equipped with 10s of thousands of dollars worth of safety equipment (full FIA-legal cage, harnesses, HANS devices, helmets, etc. etc.), and they walked away with minimal injuries. both the driver and co-driver are a little sore, and the co-driver got a little scraped up by some shattered glass, but nothing even remotely severe!.
At the time, we had 2 video cameras recording. one suction-cupped to the driver's door (we had a string tied from it to the door handle, just in case. you'll notice in the video when the suction cup fails and it starts flying around on the string). the other mounted to the roll cage, and plugged into the intercom. the sound on the external cam sucks, so turn down the volume until the footage from the other camera starts.
most of the damage was cosmetic. will need lots of body panels. but the roll cage wasn't even touched, the pillars supported the weight entirely. frame rails are in-tact, suspension is straight. we got lucky!
a good friend of ours, Mark Utecht, also rolled his mustang. similar problems. just came in too hot, little co-driver mistake, etc. and rolled. Mark was not as lucky, he landed upside-down, crushed the body of the car onto the cage, which left him trapped in the car. his car is not worth repairing.
more pictures from the event
Posted 26 July 2009 - 08:34 PM
Glad to hear they're okay and best of luck with the rebuild.
Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:31 AM
timing looks to have jumped a bit. hopefully no engine damage - it wasn't making bad sounds when we turned it off so fingers crossed
Posted 24 August 2009 - 12:21 AM
just in time for Ojibwe Forests Rally next weekend
Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:37 PM
Be glad you didn't skip anymore teeth.
Good luck next weekend!
Posted 28 August 2009 - 09:01 AM
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