I came through this 70-80 mph section with thousands of people lining the roads. We come around a corner and there's a bridge that somehow got missed in the notes. But it's a flat piece of concrete like 15 feet wide and our trajectory is right off the side. Slocum says into the mic, "We're done," stops reading notes, and braces for impact. The river below has boulders the size of Volkswagens. Sand and gravel in corner, almost as if spectators filled it. Can't get to apex, four feet off, sliding way wide, exit of corner is entrance to bridge. I pitch the car and floor it. 35-45 mph. Half the car falls off the bridge. We are looking at daylight and I am full throttle hoping the left tire and diff can put the power down. We fell so far over the bridge it collapsed the inner leg of the trailing arm by an inch or two. Almost the entire right side of the car hanging in the air. ... Trailing arm has a one-inch dent in it from where we hit the bridge. That's what saved us — it popped the car back up onto the bridge. The car smacked the bridge two inches from the bolt that attaches the subframe to the body.
I hope he enters his car in a 24 Hours of Lemons race next.
The parent company, Motorsport Marketing, Inc., based in Holly Hill, Florida, holds an annual competition, "the $200X Challenge," wherein contestants' entries cannot cost more than the year in dollars (i.e., $2005 in 2005). The competition consists of an autocross course, a ¼ mile (0.4 km) dragstrip time trial and a concours d'elegance.
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