Ain't nothing gonna break my stride! Nobody gonna slow me down, Oh No!


While driving on I-84 in Hartford Connecticut  Redditor, throwerofpoo came across a car with its hazard lights flashing and when he got up to pass, this is what he saw. It seems granny had been traveling like this for some time, however all good things must come to an end and she was summarily pulled over by the Po-Po shortly after this pic was taken. Go granny, go granny, go granny, go!
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16 responses to “Ain't nothing gonna break my stride! Nobody gonna slow me down, Oh No!”

  1. buzzboy7 Avatar

    In driver's ed this was a question on the test to get your learners permit. "If, when driving, the hood comes free what do you do?" Looking under it was correct.

  2. Goingincirclez Avatar

    Gramma's got some balls. I say this because the one and only time a hood ever flew open on me, I certainly wasn't thinking of keeping my foot on the gas. Of course, did I mention this was in the Angstmobile – a '75 Lincoln Mark IV? Indeed, when your hood is a 300-billion-pound carrier deck of iron, it does two things when its "eject" trigger releases: 1) it puts the sails on the Cutty Sark to shame, and 2) thus becomes a giant airbrake… and you either stop, or die. Which means there's also the possibility of it 3) becoming an effective way to dye your driver's seat brown, but I can neither confirm nor deny that.

  3. joshuman Avatar

    That's noting a set of these won't fix. If they are too flashy, go for a few lengths of bailing wire.
    <img src="http://www.ogracing.com/images/products/1331-LONGACRE-HOOD-PINS.jpg&quot; width=300>

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Wow, even better than the stick-on chromed plastic kind.

    2. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      Oh hell yeah! The Killer ZomBee uses a combination of studs without pins, and bungee-cords!

    3. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      I was partial to the ones on UDMan's Corvair – it has that style of hood pins on the boot, but the bonnet's latches are closer to those you'd find on a gate.

  4. impfected Avatar

    On my old 79 VW Rabbit the hood flew open. It wasn't the original hood and the hinges were not attached. Both my friend and I in unison, watched the hood flop up, flyover the car, viewed nicely through the open sunroof, and land flat in the road in the mirror (well, he turned around to see that). Fortunately no cars behind us and it was dusk to conceal two idiots (us ) grabbing the hood and quickly throwing it back on.
    Ahh… youth.

  5. dculberson Avatar

    I passed a car on the freeway that was in the right lane going slow – once I got up alongside it was clear why. It was an older lady driving it, and her front driver's side tire had blown out. Instead of pulling over and calling for help, she kept going at around 35mph. I honked and motioned for her to pull over but she just kept driving, and clenched her knuckles even harder. The steel belts on the tire finally came loose, and it was like watching an industrial shredder hitting the front of her car. The hood bent up, the front bumper tore apart and came off, the fender liner was destroyed. She kept going!! There was an exit a bit down the road and she was making for that. I decided to put some distance between us since she wouldn't respond to my motioning, so I'm not sure what else ended up shredded.
    If she had pulled off the road immediately and called for roadside service, she would have only needed a new tire and maybe a rim. As it ended up, I would be surprised if her car was not totaled.
    That incident certainly made me respect tires more – they can do a lot more damage than you would think!

  6. Maymar Avatar

    She's driving a Hyundai Accent, that's got nothing to to with the hood.
    /owned one, suggested his fiancee bought one too

  7. Alff Avatar

    These young hoods, making the freeways unsafe for decent, respectable citizens. Get off my windshield!

  8. Tim Odell Avatar

    In our first LeMons, the Uberbird had hood…issues. We were one failed hood pin away from such an event.
    The solution was obvious: pull the hood.

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      After our second Lemons, so did the Killer ZomBee. It now sports 2 industrial sized hood pins secured with a bungee. What's the worst that could happen?

  9. dukeisduke Avatar

    I once looked at a '69 Bonneville for sale on a Toyota dealer's lot. It was in decent shape, *except* that the hood had flown up on it, tweaking it out pretty good.

  10. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    Growing up we had an RL411 Datsun just like my current car, except that the hood had flown up on it so many times it no longer surprised anyone. Shutting the hood usually resulted in the lights flickering out, which was fixed by banging on the dash. That in turn would cause the glovebox door to pop open, revealing 20-30 parking tickets that would start swirling around inside the car.
    It was a constant battle between the hood going up, the lights going out and the glovebox popping open in rapid succession. Bang, bang bang, "Damnit". Bang-bang bang, "Damnit".
    The last time the hood flew up was on the SF bay bridge just before Treasure Island, where after popping up it finally let go and flew over the roof.
    True to form, crazy uncle just kept driving with one less thing to worry about.

  11. discontinuuity Avatar

    Is someone else a Matisyahu fan?

  12. rocketrodeo Avatar

    I have been smacked on the head, hard, by the hood of an MGB. When it flew open, it folded across the top of the windshield. Good thing the top was up; it probably reduced the impact quite a bit. Hard to tell how hard it would have hit me otherwise.

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