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letterman7
28-05-2009, 07:28 PM
Somewhere, on a site long ago, someone had photos of various Nova caught in accidents. One had another car perched almost on the canopy. The site was something like novakitcars or some such nonsense, though long gone from the net. Of course, I abjectly failed to copy any of those photos, and today I was basically berated for working on an "unsafe" and "not street legal" car from a mechanic. Being that those two phrases can be mutually exclusive, I wanted to show him that a fiberglass kit can be just as safe as a "regular" production car - to a point.

Anyone happen to have copies of anything?

jimcub
28-05-2009, 08:36 PM
Like these but for the life of me I can't remember the site.

http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv26/jimcub/eurekastack.jpg

http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv26/jimcub/ltauto.jpg

http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv26/jimcub/street.jpg

Top one demonstrates the body strength fully.

ChrisG
28-05-2009, 10:08 PM
Jim beat me to it with the pictures, but the link is http://www.novakitcars.freeservers.com/custom2.html

It's still there, but looks abandoned :)

CyCo
28-05-2009, 11:34 PM
There were a couple of photos of 'reeks that have been in accidents on the old ECCA forum, I should have them saved somewhere. I'll look when I get home if I remember.

From memory, that photo of the car on top of a blue car was a 'reek, but I could be wrong.

There were two 'famous' accidents involving 'reeks years ago. One was a 'reek driving through an intersection that was hit by a Charger (I think) coming out of a side road. The other car hit the 'reek on the side of the nose infront of the canopy. Ripped the front end off the car. That car was then shipped to Alan Purvis's factory and a new front end was grafted on and made roadworthy again.

The other accident involved a 'reek and a tram! The 'reek was written off, only because they had to cut the 'reek apart because the tram was on top of the 'reek! The occupants were not hurt by the accident other than minor cuts and abrasions.

I'll see what I can dig up when I get home.

letterman7
29-05-2009, 12:54 AM
That's the site, Chris!

Big Birds Car
29-05-2009, 08:02 AM
The mechanic wants to get out more and remove his head from up his @rse. I have photo's of Big Birds Quantum after she double rolled it and ended up the correct way up on a hedge after hitting a tree to start with. She got out without injury other than a headache (we did get her checked out at hospital but they couldn't find her brain even with a scan).
The thing is the doors still opened and closed as they should and apart from wrecking the car the impact was absorbed by the glass shell and not the occupants, the other thing to realise with her car is that it is a complete monocoque shell so the original suspension front and back are only connected to the glass shell by the original bolts. The only bolts to sheer through the glass was the front off side antiroll bar/stay bar where the initial impact with the tree happened.
It wasn't a slow roll over either and it skidded down the road on one side for a short distance as well.
Your welcome to some photo's if you want.

letterman7
29-05-2009, 11:33 AM
The mechanic wants to get out more and remove his head from up his @rse.
:laugh: Yeah. This guy and I have had rounding discussions before. He's an older gent with definate opinions on how cars should be. He works for a friend of mine, so I take his opinion with a grain of salt. But his mechanical abilities can't be beat, so I put up with him. The initial conversation started by asking how he liked the local kit show a few weeks ago at Carlisle, the largest kit show on the east coast. I know he was with a firend of his who was looking at the new CAV GT40 and Superformance Cobra replicas, as his buddy was having a GT built and was already four years and almost $100K into it. In Tony's mind, those cars shouldn't be allowed on the street as they aren't 'street legal' with no crash protection, crumple zones, etc. He continued his little tirade with bashing my cars - the dune buggy and the old Sterling - stating the same things that I'd be killed in a collision in one of those cars. I countered with that's probably true, but there's a difference between street legal and street safe. The buggy is just a thin fiberglass shell - I know I'd be seriously injured in a crash, but that's the risk I'm willing to take to have fun in it. The Sterling...I think I'd rather be hit in that than some of the new Kia cars.....

hildi25
29-05-2009, 04:10 PM
Does anybody know the origin of the last picture? the Please restore me pic... If its from El Dorado Hills, maybe.. That picture down to the original orange color with the black primer on the sides is how I recieved my car.

farfegnubbin
02-06-2009, 02:59 PM
Does anybody know the origin of the last picture? the Please restore me pic... If its from El Dorado Hills, maybe.. That picture down to the original orange color with the black primer on the sides is how I recieved my car.


Hildi,

No. I recognize that car. That car ended up being restored very nicely and was painted bright red. It's the one whose photos have come up on the 'net every now and then under "car" name of StreetFighter. I can't remember if he had any special engine in it, but he did some nice rear fender flares and mild reworking of the ground effects, which is what I recognize from this pic. I have the whole set (of five or so pics) from his project...errr...um...somewhere....? I'd have to look for them. But anyway, no that's not your car, unless you bought it as a bright red pristeenly restored car that the guy called a Street Fighter.

letterman7
02-06-2009, 03:28 PM
Brian Smith: http://www.nationalsterling.org/ownersp ... Smith.html (http://www.nationalsterling.org/ownerspages/BrianSmith.html)