Monday, November 4, 2013

Enzo's Not Gonna Be Happy...

This sort of thing just makes me sick...

Ferrari catches fire on George Washington Parkway
(WJLA) - A Ferrari burst into flames on the George Washington Memorial Parkway early Friday morning after spinning out, fire officials say.

As first reported by ARLNow, a series of crashes began on the Parkway at about 9:30 a.m. where the southbound lanes go under Interstate 66. The driver of the Ferrari lost control of the vehicle and hit the bridge, after which it caught fire.

This is heartbreaking:

I can't even identify what that used to be. Now, there's a couple silver linings in this story: first off, most importantly, no one was hurt. Whatever other faults the driver might have had, he didn't hurt anyone else. Also, the replacement cost of that Ferrari is more than likely more that I paid for my last house - and at least I can live here!

I think we can all agree that a $200,000 Italian sports car is one of the many things that no one "needs". However, after stories like the above there's not some group out there looking to ban Italian supercars. There's no talk of "high capacity gas tanks". You need permission to operate this vehicle on the state roadways, yet can (if you have the money) have one delivered to your house where you can drive it at any speed.

When this guy's insurance premium comes due next month, though, he's going to be feeling a lot of pain...

That is all.


libertyman said...

I always wondered about the euphemism "the driver lost control" when in fact it should be "the driver was driving like an idiot" or "the driver was drunk as a lord".
It makes it seem so passive and harmless. Gee I had control for most of the drive, and "lost" it, just before the crash.

8Notch said...

I wonder if in a claim of this magnitude the insurance company can request his cell phone record?

Ted said...

Some people justify a car by the maxim ...... You can live in your car but you can't drive your house

Anonymous said...

Ferraris have a history of going up in flames even without a crash.

A quick search will bring up a number of cases. There is some flaw in the manufacturing or design.


Flubnut said...

To clarify, when the 458 came out, they had fire issues because a certain adhesive around the rear wheel wells wasn't fire-proof. Oops, but fixed via recall ASAP. And the burning Ferrari pictured is a 360, which can be replaced for ~$100k. Still a ton of money, but your top-end German sedan also costs that much these days. To each their own.

jed said...

I wonder whether this sort of thing is more prevalent now than it used to be. Seems the opposite should be true. But now, as with so many other things, we have the internet to deliver every bit of news to our digital doorstep.

Seems there's hardly ever a week goes by without a Lambo or Ferrari on fire at Wrecked Exotics.

Anonymous said...

I don't need a Ferrari, but I desperately want one, or an M5, or one of those new Alfa Romeo 4Cs.

Jay, when you say no one needs a Ferrari, you're agreeing with the gun grabbers who say that no one needs 'this (fill in the blank) type of gun'. Everyone has the right to spend the fruits of their labour on whatever they want no matter how unwise the someone else considers their purchase. Except for nuclear warheads, sarin gas or anthrax, of course. I know a few lucky guys who drive very nice cars responsibly on the road and turn them loose at the racetrack, analogous to taking a gun to the range.


Jay G said...

I do feel compelled to point out that "need" was indeed in quotes.

Also, there are two other significant differences:

1. I never mentioned that Ferraris should be banned; and

2. There's no constitutional right to a car.


Angus McThag said...

Your constitutional right to a car is covered in the 9th and 10th amendments.

When even the pro-rights people forget about them, how are we going to get anywhere?