100% Speeding (when safe)
Join Date: Aug 2001
Quite a days drive!
Me and a mate were driving back from Adelaide
I was enjoying some dirt roads near Penola SA, then i was bogged for 3 hours after driving over 1km of soft sand next to a pine forrest on the border of Vic and SA. Had to actually dig a track with esky lids and an esky right down to wet hard sand to get traction to get enough speed to get back to where i started on the sand! It took alot of trying and thinking before we got this idea!
To get out of there i had to be in 2nd on the rev limit for 2km! the car going between 20 and 70 depending on the softness of the sand. Tyres were absolutley ungripped after that effort! ;-D
When we got out of there it was too late for any tyre shops, so back on the main road, was driving a few km kinda expecting a flat, when, bangpssshht. Blowout!
I was in fact quite happy about that blowout, as i have never had one before and was quite interested to see what happens when one does go. It went at about 140 . It made a pop and hiss and was down on the rim in about 1 second. Was on the front. Just slowed down holding the wheel, no problem at all, didnt even make the car flinch.
No worries, put on the spare....
Got to the next town, had a beer and counter meal there at Casterton to relax. (of course while in the pub, a cop in a Jackaroo parked next to me, my tyres were wrecked! He didnt look though and came in for some bettin on the dogs in the pub)
a few hours later, 100km from home, BANG! another blowout! didnt expect that! that was an instant one, however still the air went through a hole about as big as a 5c coin, so was no trouble controlling it.
Was 1am in the morning now, tried to get one of the flats off the rim a bit to shove spinifex :-D! into it. couldnt get it off the bead, even by driving the car over the flat tyre. Tried jacking the disk brake down to brake the bead, no good either. So cut a small hole in the side wall, filled it with dirt and stones for some kind of tyre "pressure". Weighed a tonne! Worked well, but after a while it all started to escape, then the sidewall ripped.(if i couldve got the dirt in there without making a hole, as long as i stayed in the dirt and went under say 70, it would have stayed cool and worked!) I cut the sidewall right round, leavin just a little rubber, put the wheel rim on the back. Drove into the nearest town for the night (Lismore) on the rim, but there was no tyre shop, so no point stayin,so went for a slow drive along the dirt on the side of the road for over 100km back home doing 45 to 75. That destroyed the rim! The tyre bloke shook his head, the car wreckers, where i wanted a rim from laughed! Sounded like a train going through Geelong at 3am! So loud!(as there is no dirt shoulders in suburban streets!) I was convinced a cop would see me or at least hear me!
I was thinking
That was quite a day!
Anyone had an eventful day lately?
lets get sideways!!!