I’ve taken my VW Camper, the Patchbus, to a few cruise nights and car shows in the area. It’s a great place to meet up with other car enthusiasts and drool over some fantastic machines. It also presents the opportunity for some pretty expensive crashes to happen. Fortunately there have not been any incidents at any of the cruise nights I’ve attended personally. I was recently at Cruise Night @ Craftworks, and one of the guys on his way out decided it was a perfect opportunity to show off and peel out, squealing his tires all the way up the road. There wasn’t a crash, but that has led to a number of crashes at Cars & Coffee events down in the states. More on that later, but first – the latest big crash to happen at a Cars & Coffee event, this one in Virginia.
I know, what the hell is happening here?
Evidently, the woman behind the wheel of that old Benz convertible with the kids in it was trying to parallel park. How you get from parallel parking to being up on the hood of a Ferrari is beyond me, especially considering the amount of room ahead of the Ferrari for her to use. And as you can see, the owner of the $400,000 Ferrari is understandably dumbfounded at the situation. “At least nobody got hurt!” I thought for sure someone was about to get hurt when someone in the crowd said that.
For any lover of cars, it’s painful to see a supercar like this get damaged. And sure, the damage doesn’t seem all that severe – but it’s a Ferrari. That’s easily thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage. On top of that, you need to bring it to the ultra-expensive Ferrari mechanic to get it all fixed up. And with a car this rare, they tend to keep track of what happens to all of them. This one’s value just plunged!
The vast majority of accidents you see at Cars & Coffee, though, are single vehicle accidents, caused by hotshot drivers deciding that leaving the gathering is the perfect time to showcase their cars’ (usually Mustangs) balls. In fact, I can show you a few videos of that very thing happening:
This one’s not a Mustang, but a not-too-distant cousin in the Ford Focus RS:
This one, however, IS a Mustang:
And another one, witch exceptional timing:
And another, which nearly took out some bystanders:
The problem is so rampant that Jalopnik contributor Doug DeMuro took it upon himself to create a video outlining how NOT to crash while leaving Cars & Coffee:
Don’t worry, though, Mustang owners out there. There are people out there making drivers of other types of muscle cars look bad too. Example with a classic Camaro drag car:
And a couple Corvettes in action too, both of which come pretty damn close to taking out some people watching:
American cars aren’t the only ones to get victimized by this recklessness, though. I mean, BMW drivers do tend to have a bit of a reputation, and this could be one reason why:
Going back to the first video in here though… As much of a bummer as that is for the Ferrari owner, it could have been worse. Given the tendency of Ferraris to burst into flames, it could have easily turned into a scene similar to this parking lot fire at a festival in Portugal this week:
Until next time, keep the shiny side up!