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post #1 of 25 Old 04-06-2011, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Turns out there was a April Fool afterall.

Long story short: I wrecked my Trans Am 4/2/11

Came down to opening day at Milan Dragway, conditions were iffy at best and to be honest many there were on their toes with rain on the forecast. Being a novice driver it never really occurred to me what could happen. I learned the hard way prior to them shutting down the track.

Apparently it had been 'spitting' on and off, but not so much as to really cause traction issues. At the time I was running pretty slow so I decided to turn my traction control off and allow the wheels to spin a bit. Hindsight says "WHY YOU DO THIS!?" but at the time nobody was having any issues and it appeared to be clearing up.

But those that live in Michigan or around it know the saying: Wait 5 minutes and the weather will change.

It did. At the other end of the track toward the timing sensors.

Tree was green and I launched. But around 3/4 of the way down the track my rear began to spin up and slide out to my right. Tried to correct but it was gone at that point and I was just sliding sideways from the right lane to the left, smacking the divider markers before the car began to skid backwards in 4th gear. Nose struck first with a glancing blow that smashed my rim, cracked it, and bent up my suspension. With the wheel cocked as it was the car immedately slammed into the concrete and twisted the frame. The door cracked and absorbed the impact as did the rear quarter panel. I was tossed around a good bit by both impacts and apparently my drivers seat was to the point of it snapping in two at the recliner joints The car continued to skid around 40-60 feet backwards before coming to a stop facing the tower.

Took them a good 20 minutes to a half hour to get her off the track since the rear end appeared to have exploded under the stress of skidding and the impact. I was fine, wore a non snell approved helmet so I guess I may have been lucky.

Took them a good 3 hours to finally shut the track down afterward (!?) and by then it was sleeting turning to snow. People just began to bail.

So now she rests at a body shop awaiting an estimate as to whether or not she can be saved and how much it will cost out of pocket since you all know the rules of the game..
















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Oh wow, I am sorry to hear that. I hope that everything can be fixed without costing too much for you. Im glad you came out unscathed though
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Oh wow, I am sorry to hear that. I hope that everything can be fixed without costing too much for you. Im glad you came out unscathed though
Twisted frame...unlikely it can be fixed at all.



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Twisted frame...unlikely it can be fixed at all.
I've talked to several body people and most say right off the bat being a Unibody with SMC all over the place makes it look worse than it is.

Honestly this crash showed me how SAFE GM made the Fourth Gens even if they may look/feel flimsy. Shoot we think the 5th gens are safe.. So it may not be as bad as I make it out to be (being the owner and cryin' the blues right now). Main issue right now with the shop is locating a matching GU6 3.42 G80 Limited Slip w/ traction control. if the Trans is shot it should be fixable via rebuild. The rear is another story if it's exploded under the stresses.

And there's a good chance it did the way it came off the track: acting like it was in gear or a brake was on and whatnot. Body, Paint, frame are easy. That rear end is the stickler along with the rest of the driveline aft of the clutch.

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Whoa, that was you?
I saw the pics of the wreck locally and did not make the connection.

Glad you are OK

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OUCH ! ....... So sorry to hear the bad news !
Wow-s-a at least your ok & the bird might be savable

Please keep us posted & I'll keep my fingers/toes crossed "things will be better !"



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Sorry to hear that, Glad Ur OK, the Car can be Replaced, U can Not be!!!!


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Whoa, that was you?
I saw the pics of the wreck locally and did not make the connection.

Glad you are OK
Huh? Where? Don't tell me it made some newspaper in Milan.

Someone caught the seconds after the wreck too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uyA9p6zrAU#t=10m0s

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Oof, Man sorry to see this.

You're right though, they are safe cars! Glad you're ok man.

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