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Florida Ford GT Owner Crashes Because He's "Unfamiliar" With Manual Transmission
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Posted on 05/02/2022 3:41:57 PM PDT by algore

A Ford GT owner in Boca Raton, Florida crashed his recently purchased supercar into a tree Friday evening because he was "unfamiliar with how to drive stick shift," police say.

The driver, 50-year-old Robert J. Guarini, told cops he lost control after downshifting while leaving his housing development at around 6 p.m, a police report says. This led to a head-on collision with a palm tree. Guarini then told a nearby security worker that he did not have his phone and needed a ride back to his house, where he spoke to authorities via landline after leaving the vehicle unattended, the report says.

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Though the police report says Guarini told officers the crash was caused by inexperience with a manual transmission, the Ford GT owner told Road & Track over the phone that there was more to the event. Guarini claims old tires, muddy pavement, and a fresh detailing were all factors causing the 550-horsepower supercar to swing out and hit a tree. The driver also told R&T the crash occurred as he shifted up into second gear from first, not while downshifting, as the official report says.

“I don’t want people to think I was racing at 90 mph," Guarini says. "I was going 35 mph.”

From the police report, it's unclear if speed played a role in the crash.

Facebook user John Peddle's photos from the crash site show that the damage is limited to the front third of the car. The hit was substantial enough to trigger multiple airbags, disable the vehicle, and cause the GT to slide far enough after hitting the tree that it blocked a nearby sidewalk.

Though police say the car was not registered or insured when the crash occurred, Guarini claims the car was covered under an umbrella policy and that he just didn't have the documentation available when the crash happened.

The police report's listed VIN indicates the car was purchased at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach in early April for $704,000, about the going price for a 2006 Heritage Edition GT. That would make replacement a very expensive endeavor.

Guarini was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license and a warning for operating an unregistered vehicle. The 50-year-old claims his license suspension was due to an unrelated department of motor vehicles "clerical error."


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Stupid, and their cars will soon have parts cars, but I might offer 40k for that one
1 posted on 05/02/2022 3:41:57 PM PDT by algore
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To: algore
The driver, 50-year-old Robert J. Guarini, told cops he lost control after downshifting while leaving his housing development at around 6 p.m, a police report says.

50 years old and doesn't know how to drive a stick shift?

He should have practiced on something less expensive.

2 posted on 05/02/2022 3:43:48 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp ("of parents owing allegiance to no other sovereignty.")
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They say manual shift is the new antitheft security......I guess that’s right.


3 posted on 05/02/2022 3:44:08 PM PDT by V_TWIN (America...so great even the people that hate it refuse to leave)
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To: algore

Unfamiliar with brake.


4 posted on 05/02/2022 3:45:03 PM PDT by Babba Gi
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To: DiogenesLamp

I could’ve sold him my 1997 Tercel…..


5 posted on 05/02/2022 3:46:06 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: algore
A Ford GT owner in Boca Raton, Florida crashed his recently purchased supercar into a tree Friday evening because he was "unfamiliar with how to drive stick shift," police say.

LOL! Reminds me of a scene I witnessed at my Harley dealership one time. A gentleman had bought himself a nice new Sportster and had three near misses with the curbs and other traffic leaving the parking lot. The salesman said it's not his business whether or not the customer can ride / drive.

6 posted on 05/02/2022 3:46:25 PM PDT by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Suppo)
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They say manual shift is the new antitheft security......I guess that’s right.

My son deployed with his squadron to a base in Saudi TDY last year. There was equipment left in place, including trucks with manual transmissions. All those F-15 pilots and he was the only one who could drive a manual.

7 posted on 05/02/2022 3:48:24 PM PDT by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Suppo)
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To: V_TWIN

How many would know how to drive a car with three on the tree?

How many heavy equipment thieves would know how to start and run a old cat dozer with the pony engine start? Hand clutch, lever clutch steer with the foot pedal brakes?


8 posted on 05/02/2022 3:48:43 PM PDT by crz
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To: V_TWIN
They say manual shift is the new antitheft security......I guess that’s right.

In a few decades, a non-self-driving car will give you security from theft.
9 posted on 05/02/2022 3:51:17 PM PDT by Alvin Diogenes
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To: V_TWIN

Has been for a while.

Thankful that all in our immediate family are familiar. 😁


10 posted on 05/02/2022 3:52:35 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Miss you Rush!)
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It’s not my fault man. I think I tried that as a young driver, age 17, also. Not the inexperience with a shift excuse though. Just the not my fault excuse. It didn’t work for me either. 🙂


11 posted on 05/02/2022 3:52:45 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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“This led to a head-on collision with a palm tree.”

How fast was the palm tree going?


12 posted on 05/02/2022 3:53:57 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Apoplectic is where we want them)
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How the F* do you crash a car downshifting at 35MPH - In Florida? Wet or icy roads, possible. Florida?

And why the F* did you buy a $250K supercar with a stick if you can’t drive one?


13 posted on 05/02/2022 3:54:08 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: fishtank

:)


14 posted on 05/02/2022 3:57:52 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp ("of parents owing allegiance to no other sovereignty.")
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To: Rummyfan

I got a similar story from a used motorcycle dealer who wanted to be sure I could ride before handing me the key to a used R1; he said he’d had a couple of wanna-be test pilots bounce the bike over curbs trying to exit the dealer’s lot.

As to the driver in the OP, he obviously has far more money than sense. Most of those expensive supercars are expensive because of what’s under the hood rather than what’s painted on the outside, and the GT40 rehash from the mid-2000s is one of those. The guy should have bought himself a Bentley Continental or similar and left the real cars to people who know what they’re doing.

I’ve always lusted after the Viper GTS. If I ever manage to put the funds together for one, I’m putting one of those “Student Driver: Please Be Patient” stickers on the back to mess with people (for the non-car-savvy, the Viper is the *last* car an inexperienced driver should ever try to drive, no ABS, no traction control, no other driver aid, and manual transmission only).


15 posted on 05/02/2022 3:58:00 PM PDT by Little Pig
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To: algore

If he is telling the truth about not being familiar with stick shift then I would bet that he doesn’t know how to read an analog clock, either.


16 posted on 05/02/2022 3:59:42 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Land is simply a place I visit until I can return to the sea.)
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To: Rummyfan
My son deployed with his squadron to a base in Saudi TDY last year. There was equipment left in place, including trucks with manual transmissions. All those F-15 pilots and he was the only one who could drive a manual.

I have been hearing the term lately "Millenial anti-theft system."

17 posted on 05/02/2022 3:59:51 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp ("of parents owing allegiance to no other sovereignty.")
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To: algore

The man committed a crime driving a car like that with piss poor knowledge/experience of a standard transmission.

Everything is being dumbed down, including the vehicles we drive. I ride an Indian. I can’t imagine riding a bike with an automatic tranny. Boring.

Now that I don’t have to spend most of my time in city traffic, I would enjoy a car with a stick again.


18 posted on 05/02/2022 4:00:16 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there..)
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To: algore

It’s fixable.


19 posted on 05/02/2022 4:02:22 PM PDT by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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$704,000 is a steep price for a palm tree ornament.


20 posted on 05/02/2022 4:02:59 PM PDT by MercyFlush (The Soviet Empire is right now doing a dead cat bounce.)
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