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Folks, first I'd like to thank all who have expressed concern for my well being. Second I'd like to thank the gentleman that hit me for being a stand up individual. This was not easy for him. As bad as I felt, I became the celebrity. He damaged his car too, but became, "that guy"... I thank god that everyone involved is okay. Remember we had instructors in the cars too.

 

Anyway, here's what happened from my vantage point. On the 3rd session of the first day, we both were driving very well out of turn 9 and headed up the "bridge" straight into the final turn (10) before the front stretch. I was on the line heading from the entry and had crossed over the apex. As I started accelerating for the exit. I was stunned by a hit from my passenger side. It was surreal. Spun sideways to the right and then back to the left as I went into the grass in front of the paddock wall. I had too much speed to stop the car from hitting the wall. Most the damage was from the impact of the other car. The front bumper damage is from the tires stacked in front of the padock wall.

 

"That guy" told me that his breaks were gone and he couldn't stop from hitting me... So there it is. Shyte happens.

 

I had a blast and would do it again in a second. So many of us, me included, only drive these fine automobiles on the road. You can't appreciate the capabilities of these cars untill you turn them loose on a professional track. They are simply amazing! :worship: They belong on the track... Thank you Carroll Shelby! :superhero:

 

Here's the pics... Before the sigs.

 

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After the sigs... Thanks everyone! :rockon:

 

My local NJ Stangers signed the front bumper...

 

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Team Shelby and other celebs signed the door...

 

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Steve Davis (president Barrett Jackson). He even wants me to send him a pic when I get it off the car. He'd like to use it for a story on Barrett Jackson. B)

 

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Jim Owens (Ford SVT program)

 

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John Luft (President SAI)

 

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And yes... I got back on the horse! Got a tech inspection the next day and tracked her again. As my good friend Gary Patterson says, "I had some damn fun!" :shift:

 

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That is a great story. I had a couple of costly adventures in the past on the track (primarily Watkins Glen), but after the years past you'll forget the costs and feel great about the story you can tell...plus you have the added advantage of the Shelby and Barrett Jackson recognition - that's great!!

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Yeah baby! Was fun. I'm glad you took it on the track in the first place to experience the thrill and learn to be a better and safer driver on the street. There is no substitute for proper high speed driving instruction and track time. Best of luck. BTW, I think it'll buff right out.......

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So true.

 

Thanks Dan, Bob and Craig...

 

Yeah baby! Was fun. I'm glad you took it on the track in the first place to experience the thrill and learn to be a better and safer driver on the street. There is no substitute for proper high speed driving instruction and track time. Best of luck. BTW, I think it'll buff right out.......

 

 

Tony you funny man! :finger:

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Best part of it all was the example Pete set for the rest of us for the event since we still had the rest of Wed. and all of Thurs. to finish. If something like this was not going to discourage him, then everyone else had no excuse but to keep charging hard at the track.

 

So Pete, it was an honor to share the track with you.

 

-Tom

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Best part of it all was the example Pete set for the rest of us for the event since we still had the rest of Wed. and all of Thurs. to finish. If something like this was not going to discourage him, then everyone else had no excuse but to keep charging hard at the track.

 

So Pete, it was an honor to share the track with you.

 

-Tom

 

 

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Yeah baby! Was fun. I'm glad you took it on the track in the first place to experience the thrill and learn to be a better and safer driver on the street. There is no substitute for proper high speed driving instruction and track time. Best of luck. BTW, I think it'll buff right out.......

 

 

Adams must have something that will take that right out.

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Peter, your great attitude is inspiring and you have turned this mishap into a special memory for everyone. It was great to meet you and I will gladly share the track with you again anytime. Thanks for letting my sign your car. Here are a couple pics from the parade.

 

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Peter, your great attitude is inspiring and you have turned this mishap into a special memory for everyone. It was great to meet you and I will gladly share the track with you again anytime. Thanks for letting my sign your car. Here are a couple pics from the parade.

 

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Thanks...

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Hey,

Didn't anyone ever tell you that 13 is an unlucky #. Glad your ok ,parts can be replaced people can't!!!! Look at the bright side, look at the support you got from so many people in high places. Good luck with the repair. Ed

 

 

 

:rolleyes:

 

Thanks... I do count my blessings... Could have been much worse.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Updates from the body shop... Haldeman Ford in Hamilton NJ.

 

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Contemplating how to take the door skin off.

 

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The body guy. Bill 35 years of service doing body work for Haldeman Ford. My baby's in good hands...

 

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Starting to remove the skin...

 

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The skin is off!

 

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Taping off the edge of the skin...

 

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Done...

 

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Preping the garage wall for the skin...

 

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Let the body work begin!

 

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The door is hung!

 

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In honor of Carroll Shelby... I think he would be very proud. :superhero:

 

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Went and saw my girlfriend today. She's looking pretty dayum good! :happy feet:

 

They were spraying the hood!

 

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Painted and repaired the rear quarter panel... Looks new!

 

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New bumper, lights and splitter. Without stripes...

 

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Front Quarter...

 

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Side shot.

 

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Pete,

 

Got some great stories to tell, some great art for your wall in the Garage. Even better to hear that no one was hurt.

 

As my father said to me when I was 16 and got into my first accident. "Cars, equipment can be easily fixed, repaired or replaced; people cannot." It may be that I was driving a company car at the time (Dad owned the company), but he was a lot less mad about it than I think most would have been.

 

Take care, wish I could have made it this year, but had to move down to Hell’s Waiting Room (Sorry, Gulfport, Mississippi; still recovering from Katrina).

Pete

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Peter-

 

The garage, and now the car, are both looking GOOD!

 

Hope to see you at the Wicked BBQ.

 

Best.

 

Pat

 

 

Thanks Pat... :salute:

 

Lord willing! I'll be there.

 

Pete,

 

Got some great stories to tell, some great art for your wall in the Garage. Even better to hear that no one was hurt.

 

As my father said to me when I was 16 and got into my first accident. "Cars, equipment can be easily fixed, repaired or replaced; people cannot." It may be that I was driving a company car at the time (Dad owned the company), but he was a lot less mad about it than I think most would have been.

 

Take care, wish I could have made it this year, but had to move down to Hell’s Waiting Room (Sorry, Gulfport, Mississippi; still recovering from Katrina).

 

Pete

 

 

Hopefully next year... You should try to make it down to the Wick Nationals here in Jersey on Aug 4th.

 

 

Just saw this...sorry to hear about the mishap Peter, but you made a great thing of it and have a nice display on your garage wall now. It was great to meet you in Vegas.

 

Alex

 

 

Thanks Alex... Likewise my friend. Hopefully our paths will cross in the future.

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