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Damian696
12-05-2011, 07:25 AM
Ferraris destroyed in costly Japan motorway pile-up

14 cars including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Mercedes were involved in a motorway pile-up in western Japan.

video at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/05/ferraris-destroyed-japan-motorway-pileup?newsfeed=true



Lamborghini and three Mercedes among sports cars involved in crash described as one of the most expensive ever

14 cars including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Mercedes were involved in a motorway pile-up in western Japan.

It is entirely possible that the drivers involved in a 14-car pile-up on a motorway in Japan on Sunday might just have been speeding at the time of the accident.

Eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini, three Mercedes, a Prius and a second Toyota worth a combined total of £2.5m were involved in the crash – making it one of the most expensive recorded.

Police believe the accident, on the Chugoku expressway in Shimonoseki, south-western Japan, occurred when the driver of one of the Ferraris tried to change lanes and hit a barrier on the rain-soaked road. The driver spun across the motorway and the other cars collided while trying to avoid hitting his car. The debris was spread over about 400 metres of the motorway.

The lead Ferrari was being driven by a 60-year-old self-employed man from the southern island of Kyushu, police said.

An unnamed witness told the TBS broadcaster that the convoy appeared to be travelling at between 85 and 100mph. "One of them spun and they all ended up in this great mess." The speed limit on that section of the motorway is 50mph.

Video of the crash showed several smashed red Ferraris cluttering the motorway. The drivers are thought to have been on their way to a gathering of supercars in Hiroshima, 80 miles away, when the accident occurred.

Even a used Ferrari in Japan can fetch £65,000 or more. One of the cars involved was said to be a Ferrari F360, which sell in Japan for more than £147,000. Reports said it took more than six hours to remove the wreckage. Another car was thought to be a Ferrari F430 Scuderia, which has a top speed of 200mph.

Police declined to comment on the total amount of damage, but said some of the vehicles were beyond repair.

No one was seriously injured, but police in Yamaguchi prefecture said 10 people – five men and five women – had been treated for cuts and bruises.

The automobile enthusiasts, aged between 37 and 60, were condemned by Japanese police. "It was a gathering of narcissists," Mitsuyoshi Isejima of the Yamaguchi prefecture expressway traffic unit told Bloomberg.

BriRedfern
12-05-2011, 07:27 AM
I just posted this story in the cool things thread.

http://www.bloomberg.com/image/iTRhpfEeBH_0.jpg

Stark Raving
12-05-2011, 07:35 AM
Suck it, 1%-ers!

HOOKS
12-05-2011, 07:40 AM
12/5. Never forget.

Damian696
12-05-2011, 10:02 AM
I just posted this story in the cool things thread.

http://www.bloomberg.com/image/iTRhpfEeBH_0.jpg

damn, you a quick one. :D

I had just seen it on TV, and made the thread.

and you still beat me. :-x :D

ShortStack
12-05-2011, 12:46 PM
Beat me to it, guess I was asleep at the wheel DURR HURR HURR