I was too depressed to post these last night. They’re not the best quality and don’t show the full extent, but they’ll give you an idea of how the car looked afterwards. Click on each to enlarge.
As near as I can tell, the accident happened after I gained some traction on the ripple strip with my wheels not quite pointing where they should have been when grip was applied. This sent me looping around and across the track, and up a dirt embankment on an awkward angle. It was this part of the trip where the right front wheel dug in, lifting the left side off the ground (hence the bang and bounce in the video). I’m pretty sure that when the right front dug in it ripped the front bumper off.
The good news is that the headlights and grille are undamaged and working fine. There’s no creases in the front guards or the hood, either. It’s just the bumper and foglights etc that have a problem here.
Here’s the rear quarter of the car. After the spin and bounce, the car backed up a little and came to rest with this quarter up against a tyrewall. I can remember looking at the tyrewall as it approached and wondering in a split second if our momentum was going to carry us into it and do some serious panel damage. Thankfully it didn’t happen.
You can see a muddy patch just below and to the side of the rear lights. That’s the only spot where there’s any minor dent from contact with the wall. The rear bumper also has a split in the corner and you can see near the wheel well where the bumper has come away from the bodywork. The rear lights are all intact.
Of course, the real worry back here is that view you get of my back wheel. You can see way too much of it because the axle’s bent a little and the wheel is now the Viggen equivalent of the leaning tower of Pisa. That’ll be getting assessed today.
It’s very sad looking at these and even sadder knowing that the car’s not there in the driveway. Hopefully, if the insurance company do the right thing, it’ll be back shortly. Otherwise, it’ll be back and garaged for some time. Either way, though, it’ll be good as new and back on the road relatively soon.
Other than this, I had the time of my life yesterday and I wouldn’t change a thing, except perhaps trusting my gut a little more about the condition of my tyres. If you feel like you haven’t got enough grip then please consider replacing them and drive to their capability. I’ve learned the hard way.