Targa Wrest Point 2011 Longley stage - Holden Gemini - Mozz and Frenchy on the attack
Adrian Morrisby and Dave French 5th Quickest - 1975 Holden Gemini, End of day 1 oF Targa wp 2011, we attacked Longley stage with a bit of aggression, suffered from some left arm cramp, never struck that before. had a ball - and the bridge just after the pub has a bit on
13/10/12: Holden Gemini Project Series Begins Again!
Been a while, a lot has changed, and yet some things never change...
After another long hiatus (due to uploading issues), it is time to let you
guys in on what I've been up to lately. A few cars have gone, others have
taken their place, and I am now working from a new location.
Lots to do in the coming weeks, so I'll do my best to update regularly once
Accident at 180 KMPH - Brake Failure- Weldborough Pass - Targa Tasmania 2010 -Stephen Bradford
Caused by an ABS Brake failure, due to wiring snapping in half through a
dip in the road. We were running top 10 after day 1, a lot of cars had
accidents in Wet conditions the previous day. Car was running really well
and we were ready to start pushing with consistent top 10 times.
At 3:34 on the video the car bottoms out after going over a crest (wiring
to ABS is snapped), then into a dip in the road on a left hand bend --
there is very loud noise as the cat bottoms out. For the next 200 meters I
feel the steering and suspension still feels in check & then press on at
full pace. I drive for about another 2km at full pace with no sign that the
wiring to the ABS System had snapped in half when the car bottomed out.
Over the next few km's under hard braking the tyres don't lock up without
the ABS functioning. At high speed close to 200KMPH (4:14 on video) the car
gets light over a few bumps and locks up over a few reflectors on the
centre of the road under brakes. As a driver this isn't something you are
expecting to happen, especially with no warning light on the dash for the
ABS having had failed (explained below). After washing off some speed we
leave the road at close to 100 kmph, then the fence hooks underneath the
car as we get airborne and we pull out at least 30* posts -- this most
likely stopped the car from rolling and washed off a lot of speed -- a bit
like the hook on an aircraft carrier (we still ended up 200 meters into a
paddock). Luckily there wasn't a tree in the runoff area....
The workshop that re-wired the ABS ran it along the ridge of the internal
guard and when the car bottomed out it snapped it clean in half. Also the
previous owner of the car had removed the light globe for the ABS system
(which would tell you if it was faulty), when it was refitted the workshop
didn't mention the globe wasn't connected & nor was it tested by
them........ Ended up being an expensive exercise, but thankfully nobody
was injured. Cars can always be repaired or replaced.
Targa Tasmania 2011, TS05 Merseylea in our 1973 Mach 1 Mustang
We were really happy that we were working well together. Dad was doing a
great job on the notes, and I was working pretty well at the wheel. We
avoided a crash in this stage, getting through some very hairy corners in a
safe manner due to the team effort we put together.