Wow... my X finally came through, searching for old pics.
24?) and my first new car.
(I know there's a shot of the front somewhere. I'll post it if I find it...)
...amazingly... I had just installed the
Just past dusk, in the middle of a left curve, I was struck in the left rear quarter panel by a truck over the line on my side of the road. This sent me sliding to the right, and towards the outside edge of the bend.
road edge (country road) surface dropped off into an earthen rain culvert/channel about
1.5 foot lower than the road surface. The other side of the culvert, was an uphill
bank, about 10-12 feet high before hitting the tree line, thus creating a bowl on the
outside of the turn.
After being struck, the spin had the right rear wheel, drop off the edge of the pavement, first. This acted like a slot car rail, steering the rear of the car. As the front end caught up to steering into the direction the car was spinning/sliding, the front right wheel was now off the pavement. Since we were now steering into the slide, the car naturally...side first, slid into the culvert and slammed side first, down into the drainage ditch, up against the hill. Now the problem was the car's momentum not only, forced the car to roll onto it's side, into the culvert, but it carried it onto it's roof and up the hill. Since we on the outside of the curve, we were also 'inside the bowl' of the hill. The car's arch was interrupted by what was now the wall on the inside of the bowl. We rolled up the hill back onto the wheels, traveled perhaps three car lengths like a bobsled up on the wall, and finished off (of course), by nose-diving down off the wall back into the culvert.
I still remember thinking, the car had stopped moving. THEN...feeling myself being slammed hard, straight down into my seat.
"....the car stood on it's nose for about 2 seconds, slowly pirouetted and fell on it's wheels, facing us... ". So says the witnesses in the car right behind us.
.... seems that just over this last year, I've also come find,.... an old friend who bought what remained of this car, (after the insurance payoff and buy back, and what got stuck in my X's Spit, ) may still have it as part of an unfinished project, still sitting in his garage. I may be able to re-acquire it!
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