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Ever rolled a car?
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Casino Royale the James Bond Aston Martin rolled no less than seven times. It apparently is a Guinness World record.

Many years ago I shared lodgings with a guy whose face was badly scarred. He was quite severely disfigured with no hair on one side of his scalp. He told me he had been involved in a road accident. He was driving an Isetta 300 along a dual carriageway and was clipped by a lorry. The car left the road and rolled down an embankment. My flatmate told me that according to a witness the bubble car overturned 12 times!...

Anecdotal maybe but the guy was lucky to have survived. No seat belts back then!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twice: Once in a Wolesley 1500 when it leapt a bank rolled over and back onto its wheels some distance from the road and in a field of turnips.

Neither of us were hurt, but the roof was damaged and the windscreen cracked. Apart from that the slave cylinder for the clutch was damaged, so the owner had to drive home with a permanently engaged clutch. Remarkable really.

Next time was in a brand new Triumph 2000 MK2. I was a passenger and we were in the process of turning off a main road when a Commer Walkthru van doing fifty five hit us in the rear offside. It was the most terrifying accident I’ve been in, in that we seemed to roll and slide for ever and I kept landing on my friends head. I was sure I’d injure him terribly, but not so, the car was smashed to bits, we were okay with just bruises and cuts from broken glass, but needing to get fifty five miles home and have the wreck removed to safety. The van drive was dopey but unharmed; "I was flat out and never saw you", he said "probably going 55-60mph".

Lucky escapes both.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not yet achieved a roll but remember years back there was a tricky little corner at the end of my suburban road in North East London. A Morris Commercial ice cream van tried to take it a little too fast and ended up on it's side - the local kids had a great time helping themselves to free lollies that day...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my dad in late 60's ,



i have not rolled yet
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never a car, but I did manage to tip this truck onto its side many years ago. I had been driving on narrow farm tracks in mountain country without any problems, but tipped over trying to corner on a good gravel road in flat country.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I have, a Humber Super Snipe in a country lane due to my driving too fast (up to 80mph at times) for the road conditions. The car rolled & slid down the road for about 50 yds. on it's roof taking a telegraph pole out in the process… I got out without a scratch, which was more than I deserved especially as it wasn't my car Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many years ago I was a passenger in a friend's Mini Cooper S. A car pulled out in front of us and my friend swerved to avoid it and hit a kerb. The Mini rolled about 4 or 5 times. When it eventually came to a rest, I was in/on the rear passenger shelf and the driver was under the driver's seat ! Neither of us had even a mark.
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may have not overturned a car myself but I take a certain amount of pride in having been able to prevent it from happening.

Years ago I was following a colleague in my Austin A30. He was driving a Maxi 1750 at about 60 mph when a car emerged in front of him from a road on the left. The collision was inevitable and at that speed very sudden. The road ahead was blocked and I had only one way of avoiding it. I had to take a fast left into the road which the car had come out of. I felt the A30 lift and it looked as if I would go over but somehow, God knows how, I managed to hold it on two wheels until it dropped back onto all four. There followed an alarming rebound as the right hand side lifted. Then followed a series of bounces but I managed to keep going down the road.

I remember being both shocked by my close shave but also desperately worried about my colleague. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1968, new job, so new(to me) car, a 1963 Vauxhall Velox. Driving into work, only two months from purchase on the A48 into Cardiff. Traffic stopped, a Ford Zodiac didn't, hit me in the back and flipped me twice, to finish on the roof in a garage forecourt on the other side of the road.How I missed oncoming traffic at 8.30am on that road, I know not.
I came out of the rear window, saw the mangled Ford in the middle of the road. I was fuming, and dashed across the road through the traffic, intent on murder! I wrenched the door open, and the driver held up his hands and screamed "please don't hit me!". I should really have killed him, as he was dictating a letter into a dead modern piece of equipment called a dictaphone. The police took no action.
Fortunately, I had fitted seat belts in the car just the week before.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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Ray White



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like the Prince was on his way to Wood Farm; a modest farmhouse where he and the Queen spend most of their time when at Sandringham. The intention would have been to cross the main road into the lane opposite. He may possibly not have been able to stop if his leg gave out which could be what he was referring to.

No doubt as a result of this collision there will be a clamour to push old drivers off the roads. While I don't think unfit drivers should be on the roads, I can't help feel that the same argument could be laid at the door of boy racers. They tear up our lane, sit huddled together outside our house passing drugs from one car to another, get stoned then tear off again with no regard for people or pets.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peter scott wrote:


He's driven some interesting stuff over the years ...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6607421/How-Prince-Philip-enjoyed-getting-wheel-cars-tanks-motorbikes-BUS.html

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Ray White



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prince Philip owned a black MG TC from 1946 to 1948. Reg HXD 99. Chassis number TC 1362. Engine number 2024. It would appear that the car has not survived.

The Prince also had an Isetta 600 at one time which he used to get around London without being recognised.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever really happened, it's worth noting that ANY ordinary motorist in this situation would be facing a rap for driving without due care and attention - at the very least. Somehow I doubt Phil has anything to worry about, one rule for them...
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bitumen Boy wrote:
Whatever really happened, it's worth noting that ANY ordinary motorist in this situation would be facing a rap for driving without due care and attention - at the very least. Somehow I doubt Phil has anything to worry about, one rule for them...


What do you think should happen to him? Perhaps he should pay for a roundabout at the junction. It would be good PR and it's not as if he would notice the cost is it?

It is not just the Royals who use that road; there is the caravan park. ...(Presumably a nice little earner for Her Maj. Wink)
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