1966 - Night racing a Consumer's Gas (blue flame) VW bug flat out
on a very dark unlit (but well practiced) cottage road. My copilot
is on the stop watch and clipboard. Both of us are trying to pin
down when that unmarked but inevitable right hairpin turn is
coming up. After two or three false alarms, copilot says - "we're
OK for a bit, I can see a parked car tail lamp reflector up
ahead" - and I keep the gas pedal at full max.
As we whizzed by it turned out to be a parked car alright - parked
at the end of a long residential double driveway that happened to
line up perfectly with the road, just as our 90 degree hairpin in
a flash disappeared to the right at 70 mph.
Veered hard to starboard, missed the house and plowed through the
adjacent mature woodlot complete with VW sized boulders. Both
pilots came out the other end alive (but severely humbled) and the
VW sans hubcaps and missing much of its floorpan (but still
My best ever summer job didn't last too much longer - that's
----- Original Message -----
From Larry Macy <macy at bblmail.psycha.upenn.edu>
To: Allen Hefner <Ajhsys@aol.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Spridgets <email@example.com>
Sent: July 20, 2000 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: Floating a VW
> Well there was the time I was out with a bunch of friends in a
> Kammback. We were cruising down back country dirt roads about 3
> was December in WY. THere was a snow drift, about 3 feet high
and all the
> way across the road and it was about 30 or more miles to back
> guess what I decided to try?
> Yep you guessed it. Took about 3 hours of digging and pushing to
> The good part?? we didn't freeze to death and we got to see the
> What can I say, I was 17.
> At this exact moment in time 7/20/00 12:59, Ajhsys@aol.com made
> profound statement:
> >In a message dated 7/20/00 12:05:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> >firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> ><< Once were in the front yard doing about 20 MPH imagine our
> >when we
> > saw the large in the ground swimming pool. Off the shallow
end we went.
> > We came to a stop in the deep end in about 5 feet of water.
> > VW had holes in the floor it sank quickly. To make matters
worst the pool
> > was filled with about 5 feet of black water, leaves, and it
had a really
> > bad smell. >>
> >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> >My vote goes to Bill Gilroy for best auto story of the week
> >Thanks, Bill. I was ROTFLMAOTIMEPRDML!
> >Geez, what we get ourselves into! C'mon, Larry M., you must
> >to compete with that story.
> >Allen Hefner
> >SCCA Philly Region Rally Steward
> >'77 Midget
> >'92 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport
> Larry B. Macy, Ph.D.
> System Administrator/Manager
> Neuropsychiatry Section
> Department of Psychiatry
> University of Pennsylvania
> 3400 Spruce St. - 1015 Gates
> Philadelphia, PA 19104
> Ask a question and you're a fool for three minutes; do not ask
> question and you're a fool for the rest of your life.