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360 Modena crash in Irvine!

Discussion in 'California (Southern)' started by Tipo815, May 12, 2004.

  1. Tipo815

    Tipo815 F1 Rookie

    Nov 1, 2003
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    Jeffrey
    Just heard from a very good friend of mine. A very good friend of his (who I have met twice) was coming back from his office the other day/night and was going through the tunnel from the 241 to the 133 at about 140mph. Evidently the car started to push and he found himself drifting into the outer lane towards a car doing 65mph. He had no choice but to hit the brakes and once that happened he lost control of the car and hit a pole. The car ricocheted off the pole and flipped over twice and caught fire. If he had been knocked unconscious he would have died in the impending fire. Fortunately, he was conscious and was able to kick open the door as the car was burning. He is now in the hospital with 40% of his body burned and requiring skin graphs. The Modena is completely burned and charred beyond recognition. It is unrecognizable as a Ferrari. Thank God he survived! I will find out more later and will probably have pictures of the car shortly. As a fellow enthusiast I know all of us hate to hear stories like this. It makes us realize that we are not invincible even though we may often feel that way in the type of cars we own and drive. Anyway, sad to hear this but glad it did not have a worse ending.
     
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  3. zsnnf

    zsnnf Formula 3

    Sep 11, 2003
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    So sorry to hear this. I wish the driver a speedy recovery.

    It is so easy for us to drive into triple digets, yet can be so dangerous.....

    Rick
     
  4. Jimmy540i

    Jimmy540i Formula 3
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    I'm so sorry to hear about this. Hope for a speedy recovery.

    by the way, may I ask the color of the 360?

    BEST WISHES!!!
     
  5. Tipo815

    Tipo815 F1 Rookie

    Nov 1, 2003
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    Jeffrey
    Red. It was actually for sale and was at Phillips Auto on Coast Highway in Newport for a few weeks. He pulled it out of there last weekend to use it.
     
  6. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

    Oct 31, 2003
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    So sorry to hear this Jeffrey. I'm glad the car wasn't a spyder. Scary to hear this.
     
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  8. jordan747_400

    jordan747_400 F1 Veteran
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    Dec 9, 2002
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    This is why I dont speed when I drive. No reason to...

    I wish the driver a safe recovery!! Terrible accident :(
     
  9. Senna1994

    Senna1994 F1 World Champ

    Nov 11, 2003
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    Jeffrey, I was looking at that car. It was a 99 Red/Tan Daytona seats with about 15,000 miles. Very clean car but it never worked out. So sorry to hear about the driver. I wish him a speedy recovery.
     
  10. JaguarXJ6

    JaguarXJ6 F1 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2003
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    Thank god he survived? Thank god he didn't hit anyone else. I can't remember the last time I was going 85mph faster then other traffic. 30mph separated by 3 lanes of nothing in San Diego, sure, we've all been there before. Eighty-five miles per hour with other traffic nearby! E-i-g-h-t-y f-i-v-e. Say it with me.

    Thank god he didn't take out David (Ferrari Boy), or Eric (Darth550's little one). Makes me want to jump right out and bring my g/f's little one Damien to meet the group because he's bonkers about cars and Ferrari's.

    40% down, 60% to go next time he feels the "itch." Blast me if you want, but he was a ****ing moron. If any of you want to do this near me, so long, its been nice knowing you (or the group).

    Sunny
     
  11. TheScarletStang

    TheScarletStang Formula Junior

    Feb 7, 2004
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    Glad to see the guy is ok......when going in the triple digits reality REALLY kicks in and you either kick it aside and go for that speed or u think about it first......thats why i find it a waste of gas and sometimes life to go that fast....Keep it for the track
    Poor Modena :(
     
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  13. superyota

    superyota Formula Junior

    Mar 29, 2004
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    So sorry to hear about this...we have all done 140 mph at one point in our lives so lets just support him for a speedy recovery.
     
  14. Ferrari Boy

    Ferrari Boy Formula 3

    Oct 25, 2003
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    Man it is really sad to hear this. All I can say is good thing it was a Modena. Hope he heals quickly.

    -David
     
  15. tubeguy

    tubeguy Formula 3

    May 21, 2003
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    Sh*t...that sucks. I would never go through a tunnel that fast...crazy. That car was at the auction at Nationwide. Usually they auction tax lien, repos, and I wondered who really owned it. It had Philips dealer paper plate on the back.
     
  16. JaguarXJ6

    JaguarXJ6 F1 Veteran

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    Your right. Just the other day I was doing 140mph through a tunnel and I started to drift towards a motorcyclist in the outer lane who was doing 65mph. I hit the brakes to avoid crashing into him and lost control myself and wrecked bad. I didn't hit him, and will eventually recover, so its ok.

    He has joined the ranks of the elite in the bottom right. Congratulations. Lets wish him a speedy recovery.

    http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/2003/html/table_02_28.html
     
  17. Dom

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    Nov 5, 2002
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    1) I'm glad he survived, and I hope for a speedy recovery.

    2) I agree with Sunny, though. Save those kinds of speeds for the track. There are plenty of events in the socal area where you can really let your car go. Track time should be mandatory for all ferrari owners.

    Dom


     
  18. tfazio

    tfazio Formula 3
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    Apr 20, 2004
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    I couldn't have said it better myself. Obviously the guy made a mistake that he will have to live with for the rest of his life (body is 40% burned). Thankfully he still has a life though.
     
  19. Admiral Thrawn

    Admiral Thrawn F1 Rookie

    Jul 2, 2003
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    Exactly!

    Although doing 100mph + speeds out in the country or desert I don't mind so much. It's just this wild driving in cities and other urban areas that strikes me as crazy and reckless.
     
  20. silverf1modena

    silverf1modena Formula Junior

    I wish him a speedy recovery.
     
  21. SAF1

    SAF1 Karting

    Jun 26, 2003
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    I wish him speedy recovery too!

    I have seen the car at Phillips. Paul was going to buy it. Nice 360. Cars can always be replaced but human can not.

    Take care.
     
  22. 575Mike

    575Mike Formula 3

    Mar 11, 2004
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    So sorry to hear about this...we have all killed someone at one point in our lives so lets just support him for a speedy recovery.
     
  23. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

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    huh? Being sarcastic? :)
     
  24. 575Mike

    575Mike Formula 3

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    Yes Jerry.
     
  25. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

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    lol

    Sarcasm is tough to pick up sometimes on the written word. Plus, I'm real dumb. :)
     
  26. WFO_Racer

    WFO_Racer Karting

    Nov 5, 2003
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    Newport Beach Ca
    To those of you that think your cool by slamming this guy when he's down , what a bunch of prlcks. None of you were there ,you don't know what happened but it didn't stop a few of you with your holier than thou attitude. Why are you on a sportscar board if you don't drive the way Enzo had intended. He had a problem and he crashed . He didn't take out others . When That guy in Europe crashed his 360 and MURDERED his passenger because he was on a race track without appropiate gear , a bunch you guys wanted to make him a saint. The ad you guys placed in that fluff magazine took the cake. This guy also crashes ,hurts nobody but himself and you prlcks slam him . A few of you should be real proud of yourselves.
     
  27. Hubert

    Hubert F1 Rookie

    Jan 3, 2002
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    So , going 140 mph on the street is okay b/c no one else, luckily, got hurt?? You too should be real proud, because your post takes the "ridiculous hypocracy cake," once & for all. Enjoy "driving like Enzo intended." I just hope a cop gets you going a 140 before you murder someone I love.
     
  28. SrfCity

    SrfCity F1 Veteran

    Nov 1, 2003
    9,842
    Orange County, CA
    C'mon you guys. This guy f'd up and everyone can feel his pain. It's a good lesson to us all and we're lucky no one was killed. Speedy recovery to this guy.
     

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