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Re: Another Reason Against Tracking Your Z... (lo (archive)

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Posted by Allan Wysmuller on October 23, 2000 at 21:08:32:

In Reply to: Another Reason Against Tracking Your Z... (long) posted by Joel Smernoff on October 23, 2000 at 18:19:42:

Coming past the right hander onto the straight before the front straight (flat out in a highly modified Datsun Z, 1977) I thought is was hot sh-t. Well, "when you spin, both feet in" was something I hadn't learned yet, trying to correct while in the heavy gravel I managed to get back on the track surface only to roll, then flip off the right side of the track. The only damage to me (other than ego, that is!) came when I released my harness and fell on my head (the car came to rest on its roof). hile the car was a total loss, I continued to race in SCCA and if I could afford to do it now, I would. Gotta keep trying...

Just finished up the 2 day BMW school at Summit Point this past weekend in my '88 M3 track car), and saw the most horrific crash I have seen at the track.

Novice student in a modded e36 M3 sedan on Rs entered Turn 10 (high speed righty), got loose, overcorrected and swapped ends. He went off into the gravel backwards/sideways, slid 30ft, until the tires planted. The car then pitched 10ft into the air barrel rolled 3 times and landed on the passenger door on a tire wall. The M3 was completely destroyed (8" narrower and 6" taller than before!), but incredibly, both driver and instructor walked away without a scratch. The driver's door was flung off, all windows shattered and trunk and hood blew open in the roll.

I have also witnessed a brand new Boxter S go off in the very same spot last month and rolled onto its driver's door in the gravel.

I too have a Z3 (even with a roll bar/6 pt harness for autox) that I desperately wanted to do a school with, but after witnessing a roll over at 80-85mph, you definitely do not want to be in an open car. Rollovers happen much more frequently than you would believe...

Please be safe out there!
-Joel Smernoff
'96 Z3
'88 M3

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