Wait, This Isn't Canal Street?

This was the scene yesterday when a pair of hoons decided to take a shortcut down a frozen-over canal near Winchburgh, West Lothian in Scotland, only to find that they literally were on thin ice. The 22 and 25-year old occupants managed to escape the Peugeot 407 before the captain signaled the order to rig for silent running.
When police arrived they discovered the hoons shivering canal-side, and the car in the soup. A police spokesman called the canal run an act of stupidity, and further stated: There is no doubt that these two individuals had a lucky escape, and had the canal been deeper, there could very well have been a different outcome.
While not condoning such acts, the thought of blasting down a frozen canal does have its appeal. And remember everybody – If it’s not Scottish, it’s crrrrrap!

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  1. blueplate Avatar

    The Rideau Canal in Ottawa is a good one too, and if you can get people off the World's Longest Skating Rink — I think you'd have about 18km of awesome hoonage.

    1. highmileage_v1 Avatar

      About 2AM should work. Check the heavy equipment ramp at Dow's Lake, you can get on there ; ) Seriously though, the maintenance folks usually put at least one truck through the ice every year. But you do have me thinking about the Hoonage potential of the venue. An 18km LeMons ice race, no studs allowed, would be an absolute hoot. You could bank off the Canal walls in the corners. Unfortunately the city fathers might be upset with the resulting scars and destroyed beaver tail shacks.

  2. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    It'd be sort of like a fan-boat tour, without all those pesky gators.
    Sounds like fun.

    1. engineerd Avatar

      You ever take a fan boat tour? Those things are a blast! Fun to drive, too!

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        Been on two.
        In both cases, the guides and staff were as entertaining as the ride itself.

        1. engineerd Avatar

          They are. Scared the crap out of my wife and sister in law. I was laughing my ass off the whole time. If I ever move to Florida, I'm buying/building one.

  3. DeadinSideInc Avatar

    And this is why Europeans shouldn't be allowed to have winter.
    Canada knows that you need 25 cm before putting a car on ice, 30 cm for trucks and I see what looks like open water…..

    1. Maymar Avatar

      You'd think we know that, but Lake Simcoe is littered with the remains of snowmobiles, cars, and trucks.
      To wit, I saw this Ram being towed out, about six months after it went in.
      <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4272619171_93bed2eb32_m.jpg&quot; /img>

      1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        Around here, we're finally getting around to thinking of charging people to have their trucks (for it's nearly always trucks) and snowmobiles hauled out of the lakes. About time, I say.

      2. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        Around here, we're finally getting around to thinking of charging people to have their trucks (for it's nearly always trucks) and snowmobiles hauled out of the lakes. About time, I say.

  4. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    Huh – my partner lives only a few miles from there. I'll ask him tomorrow if he's heard anything.
    Also, neds are stupid, and it comes as no surprise that the region is enjoying its first real winter in years.

  5. CptSevere Avatar

    Nothing freezes over here in the winter. No water to freeze. You just drive into the wash and hoon around in the sand. You might wreck, but you're damn sure not going to drown.

  6. blueplate Avatar

    I love that the local constabulary has to put up a sign reading "POLICE — ACCIDENT", just in case someone else might be driving by. Thanks for the warning.

  7. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Probably would have been fine if the car had a snorkle.

    1. superbadd75 Avatar

      Or if their ride of choice had been a Jeep rather than a Peugeot.

      1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

        I think my Jeep would take issue with that there hole…

        1. superbadd75 Avatar

          Aww, c'mon, your Jeep can handle that! I've seen ruts caused by 18 wheelers that were deeper!

          1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

            Maybe we can borrow Mad_Science's…

  8. engineerd Avatar

    Wow, these guys really screwed up. The car was a Lotus Esprit S1, not a Pug 407. Roger Moore — of London — was in The Spy Who Loved me, not the Scottish actor who had previously portrayed the hero. Finally, the trunk being open like that probably created enough wind resistance that the car couldn't maintain proper skipping speed, while also letting water in.

  9. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    I'm still impressed they made it that far….

  10. muthalovin Avatar

    I had no idea Peugeot was making submarines now. I guess those dude didn't know how to surface properly.

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