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Crash at Jolly Rally 2014: Lucky spectators cheated death

Phillip Roberts 9. October 2014 Hottest news, Magazine No Comments

If something like this were to happen to you or me, we would probably start enjoying life a bit more. Eight rally fans  managed to escape death when driver Piero Scavone and navigator Diego D’Herin lost control of their rally special Renault Clio 1600 in the corner.

The car lost grip in the corner and slid right into an earth bank.  The car was now out of control and did the unexpected jump right into the fans. As they saw it coming, some of them were quick enough to get out of the way, however for those sitting down, they could only hope for the best.

The car rolled bonnet to boot straight at them and missed the small crowd by inches. They must have thought that that was the end. Fortunately, they were lucky. There is no other word for it. The driver and navigator were rescued from what was now a heap of scrap metal with only minor injuries. No one was seriously hurt.

Rallies are as dangerous as they are entertaining. We have seen a lot of `near death` accidents of at rallies. The greatest danger is that people have the tendency to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The INOPIAN advice is to find yourself a safe place to stand if you’re at a rally. How? Try to think what could happen and where the car would be most likely going if anything were to happen. For instance, if you have to stand in the corner, stand on the inner side of it. Though I hope you are smart enough to work that out for yourselves.

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As a little boy my Dad always told me stories about the glorious days of automotive pioneering and days when classics were common. This has influenced me in such an effect I have become a helpless petrol-head...

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…my driving license was still on it's way when I had bought my first petrol-smelling Italian stallion... No, it wasn't a Ferrari... It was Fiat Regata, twin choke Weber 1.5 in neat condition with bad attitude. It wasn't in any way quick by today's standards nor was it a good handler. More like an SUV actually. It was so high that my girlfriend at the time, (a little taller than a bucket,) almost needed a ladder to get into it. However, it was a good car till the first winter came and I wrecked it.

My next car was a BMW E30 1987 2.4d. It is still my all-time favorite. It just had a black metallic paint job done when I bought it and shiny chrome bumpers. As Steel Panther would say say, "that car was bitchin'." I had nice Alpina alloys that I kept getting nicked for. Apparently they were not marked in my documents so each time the police caught me I got a fine.

After about a dozen fines in 3 months I said `sod it` and had BMW amend my documents. This one wasn't really quick off the mark but once it was up to speed you could throw it into any corner and it would come out still alive and pointing the right way. I sold it eventually because I didn't have the time to get it back to original condition and I later found out that the guy I sold it to wrecked it couple of months after. What a shame.

I also had a BMW E46. I liked the look of it but it was useless. It had so many problems one day I wished someone would run into me so I could get rid of it and get some money back. Guess what... a week later a Spanish fellow in a borrowed company Skoda ran up the boot and parked on my back seat. My girlfriend got a panic attack and became so furious she would have beaten him up if I`d let her. However, I had successfully gotten rid of the car.

So this is the story of my beginnings. There are two things that I love other than music and my family. Writing and cars. Why not combine them? I figured there may be more people like me and so I wanted to participate in this amazing opportunity for everyone to share their knowledge, experience and passion, and build something unique while doing it.

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