15 August 2012

"The resale value of this car is going to be nil..."

A spectacular crash by Jeremy Foley and his co-driver during the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2012.  Amazingly (and a credit to the construction of the vehicle), neither of those inside were critically injured.
The Mistubishi Evo 8 was ripped to shreds as it flipped continuously down the steep hill. Both men were airlifted to a local hospital and have since been released.
Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.  Post title quote by W.C. Fields in The Bank Dick, which also included this memorable exchange:
Egbert: Beer! Fishing in the stream that runs under the aboreal dell. A man comes up from the bar, dumps $3,500 in your lap for every nickel invested. Says to you, 'Sign here on the dotted line.' And then disappears in the weaving fields of alfalfa.

Og: Gosh! Do you think he was telling the truth?

Egbert: You don't think a man would resort to terra-diddle, do you? Why, he sounded like a child at the very thought of disposing of these shares. How does the bank make its money?

Og: By investing.

Egbert: That's the point. You don't want to work all your life. Take a chance. Take it while you're young.
To convince him and speaking with the voice of experience, Sousè relates the story of his Uncle Effingham Hoofnagle, who was also faced with a decision and took a chance, acting without hesitation.
Egbert: My uncle, a balloon ascensionist, Effingham Hoofnagle, took a chance. He was three miles and a half up in the air. He jumped out of the basket of the balloon and took a chance of landing on a load of hay.

Og: Golly! Did he make it?
Egbert: Uh, no...He didn't. Had he been a younger man, he probably would have made it. That's the point. Don't wait too long in life.  


  1. Actually, I'm thinking someone would very much want a car that could protect it's occupants after all of that. So maybe the resale value is better than we think (SMILE).

  2. Top Gear fanboys with large garages might pay just to have this on display.

    Is this a REAL race car or just an EVO with a cage? Much like the occupants, countless parts will be in very good and reusable condition... This is still worth at least 10 grand.

  3. Two things - 1) people were cheering and 2) they had positioned themselves with a clear view of that turn for a reason and I think I heard someone say "way worse than last year". They'd probably be annoyed if the state DOT put up a guard rail.

    If there were still public hangings, people would show up in droves.


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