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Video of the Day: Cars and Coffee fails

Every time you pull out of a car show, realize you too could become a highlight reel.


Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering photo

A few months ago, I wrote about the Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering in jeopardy of being cancelled by municipal officials because of “spirited exits” that have had the potential of causing mayhem. Just like that guy on TV in the insurance commercial.

YouTube is chock-full of videos of idiots pulling out of a myriad of car shows and destroying their cars – all in the name of impressing a group of people (who may have walked there or taken the bus) recording the festivities on their phones.

You just have to ask yourself, “What was he thinking?”

Of course, I was once young and stupid, too. But with dumb mistakes come consequences. The consequences are sometimes a hard pill to swallow.

Honestly, I think all of us can sit back and wonder how we have managed to live this long. Thankfully, when I was young, nobody was filming every move of every person.

That said, inexperienced drivers who rev their engines to the limiter and dump the clutch better be prepared for the wheel spin and for the balance to get wishy-washy. Otherwise, you can just chalk it up to “yet another moron with more money than brains.”

Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering photo

If some dummy wants to make a nuisance of himself in public, there are ways to do that without harming the rest of the population. A completely out of control car, leaving a show, is a missile on a public road. How cool will you be when you kill somebody and have to live with yourself in the aftermath?

Here’s the takeaway: If you want your 15 minutes of fame, try to not let it be from doing something hair-brained!

Drive safely, everyone…

Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the ClassicCars.com Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.


  1. I was at a car show in Jacksonville FL a few years ago when a 68 Corvette 427 left the show in a ‘spirited’ way and was promptly totaled within 3 seconds of leaving the properto. Why, people? Why?

  2. Been there done that Can’t talk to young people they’re gonna do it anyway but I lost one of my eyes doing that same thing

    • That’s a tragic story Vinny. If you would like to share your experience on something like that, it could have a positive “learn from my mistakes” impact on future generations of car people.

  3. Tom…. I’m in my mid 60’s and to this day I will admit to some Tom food rly behind the wheel in my youth. Back in the day we had a cop in town who used to let us do snow drifts in the school parking lot only when he was there. He would show us how to do it too. It was an exceptional gesture and his judgment was always good. He did ask us not to tell anybody about it and we didn’t. We just learned how to maneuver and handle a car. Kids will do dumb things


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