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For the month of April I will be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. Learn more about the challenge by clicking here. Each day (except Sundays) I will be posting a theme based on each letter of the alphabet. This blog is covering automotive topics for the month. To read my other blog posts for the challenge, click here.
Despite this fear of crashes, I find watching car crash videos to be fascinating. Maybe the reason why is that I've been in a few close calls a number of times and I feel the need to relive the experience. Or maybe it's a way to release tension after dealing with morons on the road who do everything but drive when they're behind the wheel. The following video of a driver smashing the cell phone of a guy who crashed into his car is a perfect example:
Of course, some of the most horrific crashes are from motorsports. The combination of high speed and racing fuel can make for some serious consequences when things go wrong. One of the most horrific crashes I can remember seeing is from 1998 at the JGTC race at Fuji. The short clip below shows Tetsuya Ota crash his Ferrari F355 into a Porsche 911 that had spun out. Ota's car burst into flames on contact, leaving him trapped into the inferno. What you can't see in the video is how a fellow racer, Shinichi Yamaji, used his own car's fire extinguisher to help put out the blaze and begin the process of extracting Ota from his Ferrari. By some miracle, Ota survived the ordeal, but it still underscores how dangerous motorsports crashes can be.