Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Far end of the P pond
Ferrari Life Posts: 6,738
Indeed, not a new problem. It would have been great if my initiation was as nice as yours, Scott !!! Nice dinner, nice roads, nice partner, and beautiful sunset as always in LA.
Lviing in a congested metropolis as Tokyo/ Yokohama basin and used mainly for commuting, ...coming home from work, driving out of Tokyo on a tollway with heavy traffic, trailers, and trucks .....I was travelling south, soon after a toll booth heading into one of the long tunnels that run below the bay, ...it happened ! A tunnel like such is made in a way that as you enter it, it is downhill and at midway or so it turns uphill as you exit since you are travelling beneath the sea water.
As I passed a toll booth and entered the tunnel, going downhill ...soon I noticed a strange sensation in my right foot. Did my muscle snapped ? Could not feel the pressure ! Lo and behold, the pedal was flat, all the way down to the floor and noticed the car was simply moving by inertia. That may not be such an problem if you were happily going down Mulholland or some other open roads. It is a serious problem if you are in a tunnel, with heavy traffic, no hazard lights on board (this is an early Tipo L model ) and worst of all, you can see Big trucks behind you in the mirror, heading your way,...and it was evening.
Well, one lucky thing was that I was going downhill, which means that inertia was on my side, .... my Dino was "coasting down" , but slowing to a standstill also. I was desperately looking for somekind of emergency side lane or pocket to pull in !!! Mind you that all of this happening within 30 seconds or so. Luck was on my side. I located a tiny pocket (space) where I could stop the car for my life ! The only problem was whether the inertia would last that long as the car was decelerating fast. Whew ! Made it by luck as she crawled into that space as trucks and cars zoomed by.
If that cabled snapped as I was going uphill, the outcome would have been quite different and probably not a very pleasant outcome to say the least.
So there, as a Dino owner, it happens for sure, only a matter of when and where.
So Scott, think of yourself as a blessed soul for your predicament. I did not have such a nice massenger with me at the time !!!
Last edited by Italian Lover; 08-12-2012 at 12:57 PM.
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