Another day, another cruise day crash. This time, the incident occurred at a Rennlist board day in California over the weekend where a group of Porsche owners went out to enjoy a a few hours of seemingly fantastic roads. Things didn’t end well for Rennlist.com member Steve, aka ca993twin. Unlike the airborne BMW guy, Steve admits that he made a mistake, which led to the demise of his super sexy Ruf Turbo R along with some damage to another Rennlister’s 997 and a GM halfton pickup.
Thanks for all your wishes and concerns about me and about my beloved Rufus. I won’t get into details here about the accident… a blind right hander that looks like a gentle sweeper but becomes a very abrupt and VERY slow right hander.
I was forced into the ER by my family and GF, and I checked out OK. Besides the usual sores and bruises, I have a bruised and swollen ankle… but not broken.
Rufus was taken to Canepas shop, but there is little hope for saving it. It looks like there will be some great salvage parts when its taken apart. But that’s for another time. I really am devastated about this loss.
I had a great deal of help from Ted from Los Altos. He took great care of me after I was so shaken up. Everyone on that ride was great, and was driving in a safe and sane manner. Just one stupid misjudgement. Sigh. I’m not sure when I can stop kicking myself. I should consider myself lucky for walking away, but somehow… I’m not feeling it.
Thanks all for your considerate posts. And yes, I’m sobbing a little right now.
Steve sounds like a nice guy. It sounds like the truck turned left in front of him. Steve says that everyone was “driving in a safe and sane manner”. I call BS. Guys in sports cars on cruises like this tend to drive well above the posted speed limit. Hell, journalists on press trips tend to treat winding roads like their own personal race track, so I’m not throwing stones, but the reality is that guys on this type of drive are often above their own limits.
Don’t believe me? Well, if the guy in the 997 that was following the Ruf had been following a safe and sane (not to mention legal) distance behind the Ruf, would he have become involved in the incident? That isn’t a family car with inferior brakes, it is a 911. A sportscar known for having the best brakes on the road.
This is yet another example of just how important it is to keep your wits about you and to drive within your limits at all times, especially when taking part in a cruise event. It is all too easy to start enjoying a nice road and keep up with the flow of the group. You never know when the road will throw an unexpected curve your way, causing you to cross the line, or when an oncoming vehicle will cross into your lane.
Feel free to grieve while viewing the aftermath of the crash, as the Ruf is dead. Fortunately, all the humans involved were fine beyond the expected bumps and bruises.