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Auto writer smokes Porsche 917 and gets a very big bill

Posted By Tom Jackson On January 23, 2013 @ 2:10 pm In Construction News | No Comments

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A long time ago we got a big laugh out of an equipment journalist who sent a powered concrete trowel shooting off the edge of a slab. This is much worse.

Autoblog.com reports that British automotive writer Mark Hales borrowed a vintage Porsche 917 for a magazine article and tapped the gas a tad too hard, sending the tac to 8,200 rpm and blowing the engine. (7,000 rpm was the redline.)

Now Hales has been asked to pay $174,000 in damages and is facing bankruptcy. Details, including link to a website that’s trying to raise money for Hales, can be found here. [2]

Be careful what you let journalists operate. We’re dangerous around machinery.

If you’re not familiar with the Porsche 917, it played a big role in what’s arguably the best racing movie ever [3].


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[2] can be found here.: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/22/auto-journalist-ordered-to-pay-big-money-for-blowing-up-porsche/

[3] best racing movie ever: http://www.amazon.com/Mans-Steve-McQueen/dp/B00008DDRX/ref=sr_1_3?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1358957662&sr=1-3&keywords=le+mans

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