Jay Leno, driving a $500k Porsche, loses control at ~165mph at Talledega

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  1. Nils Luehrmann

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    Back in September while attempting to break speed records driving Porsche's latest supercar, the Carrera GT, Jay Leno had the ride of a lifetime when he lost control of the car while entering turn 3 at Talladega Superspeedway.

    The Car immediately went into a high speed spin after Leno lost control of the car in turn 3, and continued to spinout beyond the camera crews view which was now obstructed by the pit wall. Sure that Leno was going to crash, the crew and fellow driver David Donohue rushed to the end of pit lane to lend aid. To everyone's surprise Leno and his Carrera GT appeared from behind the pit wall as he drove it back to the pit area without even so much as a scratch on the car. Leno had managed to keep the car on the track and never touched the wall despite doing five full rotations!

    Like a seasoned pro, Leno brushed off the incident and went right back to work driving a different Carrera GT and broke three Grand American speed records and David Donohue broke three more.

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    The entire event was captured on HD cameras by the production team for TLC's Rides and is currently being shown on Discovery's HD Theater channel on cable and satellite. You can also get this on DVD, but it wont be in HD which is really the way to see this as it is shot beautifully!

    (Be sure to check out the skid marks Leno left behind on the track from his wild ride through turn 3.)

    The show isn't just about Leno's & Donahue's speed record attempts, but also discusses Steve McQueen's LeMans Gulf Porsche 917, and includes a wonderful look at and story behind Legend Automotive's hand built replica of Porsche's 1955 550 Spyder immortalized forever by its association with James Dean. The replica is a true labor of love from Wil Cashen & Russ Rodriguez and if I had room I'd place an order for one myself. It is a truly beautiful car and an amazingly accurate representation of the original.


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  2. Jeff Gatie

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    Does it come complete with Dean's, uuuhm ... distinctive nickname stenciled across the rear deck?
     
  3. Nils Luehrmann

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    It is an option, as are several other features depending on how precisely you want the car to emmulate the original, and/or how close you want it to emmulate James Dean's version. [​IMG]
     
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    Sweet!
     
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    I was wondering what Jay and Kurt Russell were talking about...

    I'd want to emulate James Dean's car up to but not including the part where he wraps it around a tree.
     
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    Man, that Porsche that Leno drove is hot! Much nicer than my bicycle. [​IMG]

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    I'm just surprised no one has made any "skid marks left behind" jokes yet![​IMG]
     
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    He didn't wrap it around a tree. He hit a Ford coupe driven by Donald Turnupseed broadsides at a crossroads. According to recent studies, he was not even travelling that fast, 70 MPH instead of the 90 MPH originally thought. Of course, the lightwieght Porsche 550 was demolished, breaking Dean's neck in the process.
     
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    There was an hour program on one of the discovery channels about Dean's accident, complete with forensics and a computer reenactment of what was theorized to have happened up to and including the accident. I found it pretty interesting when I was watching it. Don't remember what the program was called though.

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    I just wonder if Jay Leno ever got in an accident, what would happen when the airbag and his chin collide....


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    Hmm, you & your recent threads on racing & the drivers with prominent chins.

    Actually, Schuey in 20 years and a load of wurst.

    Beautiful cars though.
     
  12. Nils Luehrmann

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    I took some shots from the show for those that may have missed it and were curious (click on any to enlarge it):

    (Leno's last words before his wild ride)

    Interviewer: How fast do you want to go?
    Leno: I Just want to be right under crashing.
    Interviewer: When will you know you are at right below crashing?
    Leno: Just before I crash.

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    So do you think the guy from Porsche on the right was freaking out because he was worried about Leno, or seeing his half a million dollar car spin out of control? [​IMG]
     

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