I agree with Lou's point. Tragic story, and in fact, I have generally
kept my kids out of my Healey (and will keep them out of my Triumph when
I get it -- hopefully the next couple of weeks) on the open road.
One thing I wanted to emphasize is that the Volvo driver must have been
going outrageously fast, in addition to running the stop sign. My
father restores classics professionally, and his baby (we call it his
first child) is a 1932 Packard Victoria. This is, by any standard, a
massive automobile. While certainly not in any way as safe as a modern
car, this also isn't a tiny wood-bodied car. To do any serious damage
to the Packard (even from the side), you'd have to be going pretty darn
fast. There's just a lot of mass there. Anyone nailing a '29 Duesie
hard enough to eject the passengers is a menace to everyone, even in a
modern car. Of course, this point was entirely missed by the reporter
in the article.
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