Crashed the Portugal 360 spider today.

Discussion in '360/430' started by chaa, Sep 17, 2004.

  1. chaa

    chaa F1 Veteran

    Mar 21, 2003
    SH#T, was comming out of Loule tramming at great speed,sun shining all is well. Oh and the boss was driving. Hit a steady right hand corner than the bas#ard goes tight on us,dust on the road, quarry truck comming the other way. The tail went out and being a RHD the truck hit my side rear, as the whole car spun left i smashed my elbow on somthing truck i think and the front of the car hit the rear of the truck.
    As we sat there it seemed like hours, the boss turned to me and said i thought you were here to protect me, F#ck i said i did what i could but it was bigger than me. The truck driver must have thought us mad english men as he ran to the car and heard us laughing. Sh#t what a day. When the police came we never had our paper work on us and that was more ****.
    As for the car i had to jump out of the drivers side door becourse my side was caved in towards the rear of the door, and the nose corner and wing is not there. The whole car is a wright of i am sure.
    It was a good car and it will be missed, but he wanted another one anyways,LOL! I am typing this with only one finger on my right hand, i have hurt my elbow quite badly. Anyways i am still here, And the sun is shining.
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  3. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Glad you're Ok!
  4. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Dec 6, 2002
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    Hard luck, chaa!

    Glad you are well, or at least only slightly dented.......ha!

    That's why you make the insurance premiums, I suppose.......
  5. AJS328

    AJS328 F1 Veteran

    Apr 23, 2003
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    Augustine Staino
    Thank goodness you are okay! What a nightmare. Hey, at least you can laugh about it. That's a good thing. Hope you heal quickly.
  6. Theo

    Theo Formula Junior

    May 6, 2002
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    Cars are replaceable, people are not. Glad to hear neither of you are (seriously) hurt.

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  8. andrewg

    andrewg F1 Rookie

    Sep 10, 2002
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    Wow Chaz you really had a lucky escape, glad you OK and can laugh about it.
    I'm sure your Boss will get something better to replace it (how about a murcie spyder?)
  9. Tyler

    Tyler F1 Rookie

    Dec 19, 2001
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    Just glad to hear you are both OK!
  10. Ferrari0324

    Ferrari0324 F1 Rookie

    Mar 20, 2004
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    Glad you're alright. Any pictures? How big was this truck?
  11. scycle2020

    scycle2020 F1 Rookie

    Jan 26, 2004
    glad you are ok.. its ok to total a car, not a person!!hopefully your elbow will heal well..
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  13. Ron328

    Ron328 F1 Rookie
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  14. Simon

    Simon Moderator
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    Not as big as Chaa :D

    Go on admit it, the truck **** itself when it saw you coming towards it.

    Glad to hear you are OK, keep us informed on what the "boss" buys next
  15. chaa

    chaa F1 Veteran

    Mar 21, 2003
    Thanks dudes, the boss has two 360 spiders(one in the UK) and will be getting another one over here very soon, ( in fact he has already made calls about an hour ago). In the mean time we still have a 360 coupe in Portugal, but its so dusty becourse we never drive it, so for now it will be our pride and joy. The good news is he is down on the 430 list.
  16. LetsJet

    LetsJet F1 Veteran

    May 24, 2004
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    Damn Chaa,

    ....and to think I was going to consider your employ when I visit London shortly. You failed my "protect the left side of the car" test. I expect you to get out of the car and move the truck aside. It is a Ferrari after all, and a spider at that.

    Seriously, get better ................and get your boss some driving lessons!
  17. andrewg

    andrewg F1 Rookie

    Sep 10, 2002
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    If he doesnt want the 360 I'll have it!!!!!

    so whats going to happen to the wreckage, sounds like it would make a great spider based track toy?
  18. SrfCity

    SrfCity F1 Veteran

    Nov 1, 2003
    Orange County, CA
    Very close call, glad you guys are OK. Did you guys get a chance to take any pics? Get well soon.
  19. Cavallini

    Cavallini Formula 3

    Nov 2, 2003
    Superb attitude. Kudos to you.
    It reminds me of my first wreck in college. I was on the phone the next day from the hospital with my family asking for a replacement, and looking at the want ads in the local paper. LOL!

    Your experience is also a good reminder of how quickly things can go wrong. Best of luck and a speedy recovery.


  20. thecarreaper

    thecarreaper F1 World Champ
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    glad you are still with us CHAA, get to a doctor and get that arm looked at!! sorry you were hurt, but it could have been worse! :)
  21. dmcgill

    dmcgill Formula 3

    Apr 16, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    glad to hear your ok. to bad the 360 spider wasn't so lucky. gorgeous car.
  22. venusone

    venusone F1 Rookie

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    As my friend & the owner of a 250 GTO (3387) said to me after driving through the streets of Savannah to a F Club meet in his 4 million dollar car: “Its just a car.”
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  23. venusone

    venusone F1 Rookie

    Mar 20, 2004
    Glad you are ok.
  24. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

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    So how bad was the truck dented where it hit your elbow...? :D

    Glad you're okay, glad you and your boss can laugh it off... When it comes down to situations like that, it's just a car... Get well soon...
  25. amenasce

    amenasce Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Oh dude , im sorry.

    Good think is you re ok. Too bad for the little beauty.
  26. riverflyer

    riverflyer F1 Rookie

    Nov 26, 2003
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    NIce story Chaa and really glad you guys have such good attitudes and kept your sense of humor. Heal quickly and continue to laugh! John
  27. Chiaroman

    Chiaroman Formula 3
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    Apr 21, 2004
    New Jersey
    Hope you heal quickly.

    Your wit always brings a smile.

    Thank you.
  28. nwocorp

    nwocorp Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
    dam that sucks turn the wreak into some lawn furniture, bbq grill where the engine goes, glass the engine and make it a table, ice box under the hood, :)

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