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Old 01-28-08, 06:58 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I got chills reading through his last posts talking about how to make it shift better because when he was at 140 with the throttle pegged, it was kinda rough. Apparently, he posted right before they got into the wreck.

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Already have my son's first car scoped out and ready to purchase...

Its a 1972 pea-green Ford Pinto.

When I turned 16, my father gave me a WS-6 Trans AM. Needless to say, I had it for less than 6 months, had 4 tickets (3 speeding, 1 laying drag) and finally on Halloween I took her square down the middle of an oak tree trying to pass some elderly people on a corner. I don't blame him for buying it for me, some extenuating circumstances likely contributed.

I learned the hard way, just like so many before and after me. But the key is that I learned, and I'm still alive to teach what I've learned to my son.
Pinto FTL. You take a 10 mph "tap" in the back of them and the gas tank will explode into flames. I would rather give my kids a car that exploded if hit in the front than the rear because seems like if they hit something it's their fault, but that Pinto could blow up because some dumb broad was talking on her cell phone and didn't realize she was supposed to stop there...

We're all lucky at some point, or we're dead. I totalled my first car 3 months after I paid for 1/3 of it.

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Old 01-28-08, 07:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Sad sad sad....the parents have also sadly opened themselves up to immense liability...they will be suffering emotionally and financially for years to come
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Old 01-28-08, 07:21 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Damn, this really is sad

But for those of you saying how you'd never let a young guy have a car with some power as his first car, and to give him a beater powered by 3 hamsters humping each other, it really depends on what kind of person he is. I mean my first car was my GS, and i can safely say i haven't had the desire to peg the speedo just because it has a little bit of power. It's definitely no M5, but all young guys aren't exactly speed crazed idiots...
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Old 01-28-08, 07:31 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Im thinking the M5 Boards have exploded because I cannot view the kid's posts...
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Old 01-28-08, 10:52 PM   #21 (permalink)
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i feel bad for the familys, especally the parents cuz you cant really blame them for getting him that car, who didnt want their parents to get them a really nice car n hey they had money i guess but im sure they didnt expect him too be driving the way he was im sure they trusted him to be smart and responsible with it and it sad that he wasnt an also he wasnt alone
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hey me and that kid is the same age.when we are young we tend to have the need to speed almost all the time, to stop speed on the streets it's a learnin process. my first car is my current legend but the most i ever been in it was 120 not bad but i think speeding is some thing u take to the track and now and then the streets, but it's a total diffierent feeling on the streets it feels good and u think ur the man. but my dream car is this baby right below with 600 to 900 awhp. i hope that kid family is ok and my heart goes out to them and the passengers family.

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Im actually glad My tach only goes to 140.
Yeah I wish I had an M5... But I too Would probably be dead...
and umm, he probably figured out how to take off the stability control, because how else do you lose control on a wide open air strip? he turned it of and made a slight turn or was Bsing with one of his friends while driving fast and ended up losing it.
Dummy. atleast he was respectful to the fourm members... but then again when your a rich kid you don't have a care in the world.
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I wonder how they find air strips to ride on, cause the private one I see are too short for top end runs and public there is no access. I be looking tho.
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^^^ Yea I was wondering about that too^^^ Although I don't suppose his friends were there involuntarily. FWIW I gather they were on an airstrip and not a public street? At least they didn't take out any innocent bystanders/drivers/pedestrians.
yeah, after google earthing it, it seems that jumbolair aviation is actually the name of the neighborhood. they have a long stretch of road in teh neighborhood, but there are plenty of houses all around it. houses with HUGE yards.

the video of the cop explaining the whole wreck was worse than reading the reports and thread. he explained how they were traveling so fast that they actually flew into the tree...




google earth>florida>jumbolair aviation (comes up with jumbolair estates) > big long black road i believe is what they are referring to...

the end of the video is most grim:

"after we identify the kids, we will inform the parents that 5 kids will not be coming home today."
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It is the longest private runway in the country. 1.5 miles I believe. It was supposed to be secure but it was not and apperently the kids would hang out there. Just like we used to hang out at places we were not supposed to. My guess is that the driver was confused and thought he entered the runway at the end but actually entered in the middle.This happens in aircraft accidents frequently. He thought he had the full length to travel but in reality only half. Being night and low visibility he couldn't see the end coming up at 100+ mph. One golden rule I preach to my son is "never drive faster than you can see". Private runway lighting is activated by the VHF radio of the approaching aircraft. Clicking the mic a certain number of times selects the intensity. I'm sure the runway was dark.
From what I can tell the kids were top notch good kids. Just doing what kids do. They simply made a tragic mistake.
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It's sad. RIP to the kids. I don't know why the parents gave the kid the keys though. Bad judgement I suppose. My parents would never do that. In fact, my Legend is faster than both of their cars and I still dont get to drive it because theres a reason I have my own car. I f**k up, I pay for it. My fault.

It's another reminder that spirited driving is extremely dangerous. Although the adrenaline rush gained by it is so much fun, death is not. I like to drive spirited... thats just the gamble I take because im 19 and its in my DNA as a19 year old male to get my fix of speeding. But i recognize thats my decision and my risk to take. And i will never, EVER, do any of that stuff with other passengers in the car. I care about the safety of others way too much to even think about that. Stay safe folks
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