This is why we can’t have nice things.
Held annually every first Saturday of August at Koons Ford Lincoln in Annapolis, it’s a car show that brings the best out of people who want to give back to charity. Unfortunately all that was ruined earlier yesterday morning (Aug. 1, 2015) when the owner of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 decided to peel out of the dealership parking lot right into city traffic, losing control, and plowing into a crowd of bystanders. It looks like a couple of people got nicked but to our knowledge, no one was seriously injured. The worst part is that the owner drives off the sidewalk with his ego thoroughly deflated and continues on home. Technically, a hit and run.Check out the unfortunate display of ineptitude below.
This practice is usually reserved to muscle and exotic car owners who’ve practiced the move enough times that they can do it in their sleep. When done correctly, a high powered car will leave in a billowing cloud of smoke to the applause of people watching ( but glaring eyes from meet organizers.) The problem is videos of these parking lot heroes become immortalized on YouTube and suddenly Joe Shmoe in his Mustang thinks he can do the same thing. When the amateur muscle (or exotic) car owner starts laying the power to early and suddenly all his momentum from simultaneously burning out and trying to point the car in the right direction causes the car to lose all front traction, mayhem ensues. Then you’re in a situation where you can’t control the direction of the car and your brakes can’t scrub enough speed in time. In this case, you plow into a crowd of innocent bystanders. But then again, that’s kind of why people are lined up on the sidewalk in the first place as they know this stuff is bound to happen.
It’s best to leave this type of hooligan shenanigans to the professionals and even then, there should be proper barriers between the onlookers and the car. Until then, keep this practice away from others or don’t attend car shows at all.