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Yesterday morning I left my house in my 89' 80q to run a couple
of errands. I'm cruising along at around 40-45 mph in the rain when I get
to an intersection where I have the right of way (or at least I'm supposed to).
Suddenly I notice the Red Cavalier to my left is not slowing down for the
stop sign, and is on a collision course with my door. I downshifted to
third, mashed the gas, and managed to steer abruptly to the right, and
then back to the left to get back on course. This all happened in less
than two seconds, and I have my quattro to thank for responding as well
as it did in such slick conditions. I know for a fact that my old 325is
would not have come out of that one so clean.
This whole scenario reminded of a time in 1986 where myself, nor
the 86' 4000s I was riding in, were as fortunate. In that case, my friend
decides she can pull across the 45mph road before that speeding Impala
could get to us. She was wrong and we were t-boned so hard that the roof,
and the opposite side of the 4000 were very badly warped. With that
amount of impact, I thought the damage would have been worse, however, the
entire passenger side only caved in about 14-16 inches.
The Impala wishes it would have fared so well (and so does its driver). The
front end of that thing was crushed to the windshield, and the engine
went through the fire wall, crushing the driver's legs. Aside from a minor
fracture where my head went through the passenger window, I was o.k, and
so was my friend. It later turned out (skidmarks I guess),
that the Impala was in excess of the speed limit; they determined it to
be somewhere in the neighborhood of 55mph. As far as who was to blame, I
stayed out of that one. That brings the number to two that I owe Audi,
and a bonus point goes to quattro for keeping the second incident from
becoming like the first. There will always be a space (or two) in my
garage for Audis. Anyone know when the AVUS comes out?
89' 80q-120k and still counting, thankfully
86 Snaab 900 (hers) 190k, all original and refusing to die. I think it
knows an Audi will take its place.