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It's the steel belt wire to aviod (eom) (archive)

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Posted by Mark F on September 24, 1998 at 11:37:58:

In Reply to: Raining Rubber - a near miss! posted by Roger(uk) on September 24, 1998 at 03:29:13:

: Driving home last night, lovely evening, roof down, radio blasting (ok it was distorting slightly), motorway is pretty empty (M6 Junction 18 at 5:10pm - miracle!) Doing about 85 err I mean 70mph! Lorry in front, about 50yds, move over to outside lane

: BANG! wuba wuba wuba wuba - tyre blows on the lorry! it swerves away from me thank god!, but there is now about 40 pounds of rubber flying EVERYwhere, I manage to avoid most of it which flew across in front of me, avoided two more small pieces, then, I saw it, RAINING RUBBER, the remains of the tyre flew up in the air in hundreds of pieces and rained down around me in my topless car!!!
: Someone must have been looking after me 'cause it completely missed me! Not one piece touched the car or me, but there was chaos behind as the lorry sweved onto the hard shoulder.

: What d'ya think would've happened if any rubber would have landed in the car? Don't really want to think about it!! Wondering if I should wear a crash helmet in future!!!!!!

: Are soft tops SUCH a good idea?

: an older and shakier
: Roger!!

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