I wrecked the GT


tony h

GT Owner
Jun 16, 2010
75
United Kingdom
Glad to hear you are ok - testimony to how strong these cars really are.

Surprised that the ins co wants £60k. We wrote a black 600RE off (4 weeks old and 500 mls on clock) and I know that it was bought as a write off for £13K.

If you want to send me a PM maybe we can figure out a way to buy it - would be good for spares?

Thx - Tony
 

Mullet

FORD GT OWNER
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Oct 21, 2008
2,464
Houston Texas
don't sweat it, it's just a car and can be replaced. Get a new one and beat on it like you did this one.
 

Empty Pockets

ex-GT Owner
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Oct 18, 2006
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You're in good company as far as the circumstances are concerned, Matteo.

'Glad things didn't turn out anywhere near as bad as they could have. :thumbsup :cheers
 

roketman

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Oct 24, 2005
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Teo ,
You should email or call The Gt guys .They can fix any Gt that has had damage .And fix it right.It may be worth investigating that as an option.
Having crashed a few race cars.,I know how you feel.Glad to hear that only your ego is slightly bruised !!!
Wish you a speedy GT recovery….
Ron
 

Gierkink

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Oct 5, 2005
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Boston, MA
Teo ,
You should email or call The Gt guys .They can fix any Gt that has had damage .And fix it right.It may be worth investigating that as an option.
Having crashed a few race cars.,I know how you feel.Glad to hear that only your ego is slightly bruised !!!
Wish you a speedy GT recovery….
Ron
There may be a very big cost savings to this approach. Ship the car to Detroit, buy the parts in the U.S. without U.K. import taxes, pay U.S. labor ("labour" for you) rates and ship it back to the U.K. as a U.K. registered car thus no import taxes. I've just spent the weekend at Roketman's place where The GT Guys have been working on our cars. Great guys who know these cars as well as anyone and who have fixed many, many wrecked GTs.

Rob
 

BlackICE

GT Owner
Nov 2, 2005
1,415
SF Bay Area in California
There may be a very big cost savings to this approach. Ship the car to Detroit, buy the parts in the U.S. without U.K. import taxes, pay U.S. labor ("labour" for you) rates and ship it back to the U.K. as a U.K. registered car thus no import taxes. I've just spent the weekend at Roketman's place where The GT Guys have been working on our cars. Great guys who know these cars as well as anyone and who have fixed many, many wrecked GTs.

Rob
Sounds like a great plan other than the high salvage cost.
 

911teo

GT Owner
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Jan 5, 2007
628
Surrey, UK
Not to change topic at all - but curious why you didn't like the McLaren?
I don't know. It is difficult to put a finger on it. I do believe that a supercar needs to generate some emotional excitement at the mere sight of it. The macca left me really cold. A bit like a cross between an Evora and a Noble. When I was a kid I remember seeing the 911 Turbos with those impossibly huge wings at the back, or a Countach and my jaw would hit the floor. Later in my teenage years seeing an F40 or a Diablo would make my year.... Visual impact is the 1st element that distinguish a supercar in my opinion.

Plus I am not into collecting cars. I just drive them. So it would not make sense for me to have a FGT and a MP4-12C in the garage fulfilling the exact same need... So the Ford would have had to go... And there was no chance.

Even now that my Ford has gone I don't regret for a second having cancelled the Mclaren order.
 

911teo

GT Owner
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Sorry about your accident. You are obviously not an American. We are NEVER at fault for ANYTHING! We would be suing the tire manufacturer, the track, the race organizers, the sucker that created the sun that got in our eyes, Ford for making a clamshell out of tinfoil instead of 500lbs of solid steel as it should be, etc.

Super glad you are OK and hope to see you back in the GT saddle soon!
Thank you!

But you know one thing? the accident really made me think about the whole situation...

850hp belong to LeMans, with aero packages and a pro driving them.... Come on, let's be honest. The mighty Matech GT1 has 40% less torque, slicks, racing suspensions, 50% less weight.... Maybe I was a little naive...

So i have come to the conclusion that for the next car I will need a massive wing and a proper front splitter.... :biggrin:biggrin
 

RALPHIE

GT Owner
Mar 1, 2007
7,279
...So i have come to the conclusion that for the next car I will need a massive wing and a proper front splitter.... :biggrin:biggrin
Contact Martin Bartek at Matech Concepts in Switzerland. I'm sure he'd be happy to sell you one of the Matech Ford GT3's.
 

twobjshelbys

GT Owner
Jul 26, 2010
5,374
Las Vegas, NV
Would Matech do the repairs? Surely some of their guys wouldn't mind a little moonlighting money :)
 

2112

Blue/white 06'
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Sounds like a great plan other than the high salvage cost.
+2

That high salvage cost might be mitigated by beating out the tariff.
 

911teo

GT Owner
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The 08/09 championship winning Matech GT3 is for sale.... clearly a better track day car than a modded Ford GT... ;)
 

STUNTS

FORD GT OWNER & LITTLE TIMMYS DAD!
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Apr 5, 2006
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You know, my wife had a great idea... maybe..... buy your car back and part it out????? It could be a bad idea or maybe not ????
 

shesgotlegs

GT Owner
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Jul 20, 2006
1,138
Thank you!

So i have come to the conclusion that for the next car I will need a massive wing and a proper front splitter.... :biggrin:biggrin
Stormcat may be able to help you there not to mention his braking system!
 

STUNTS

FORD GT OWNER & LITTLE TIMMYS DAD!
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Apr 5, 2006
2,418
SoCal
There may be a very big cost savings to this approach. Ship the car to Detroit, buy the parts in the U.S. without U.K. import taxes, pay U.S. labor ("labour" for you) rates and ship it back to the U.K. as a U.K. registered car thus no import taxes. I've just spent the weekend at Roketman's place where The GT Guys have been working on our cars. Great guys who know these cars as well as anyone and who have fixed many, many wrecked GTs.

Rob
They just finished doing the exact same fix to my dads GT, he was rear ended by a little old lady doing 40+ mph while he was sitting at a RED LIGHT.... did I say RED????
 

Apollo

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Aug 5, 2006
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Even now that my Ford has gone I don't regret for a second having cancelled the Mclaren order.
That says it all right there. :thumbsup
 

AtomicGT

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Apr 12, 2006
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I think that is a felony in the US to crash a FGT???
 

Apollo

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Good luck with getting your new GT. Glad to hear you are in good shape. Did you go NASCAR on the Porsche guy in the pits? :lol
 

911teo

GT Owner
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Jan 5, 2007
628
Surrey, UK
Thanks guys for the kind words and support....

A couple of answers....

I was driving on Hoosiers and it was the 1st lap after a 10 minute red flag.... I know, I know... silly.... but you know how it is....

Regardong the McLaren I was one of the 1st on the waiting list, vut after having been to Woking and looked at the car up close I cancel my order. It may well be the fastest thing out there, but it just leaves me cold, and it is getting that type of press here in the UK now...

As per fixing the car.... Roush/Mountune would do a sterling job and the labour estimate is under $5k. The 2 big ticket items are the rear clamshell and gearbox....

It is fixable and my plan was to get her going... what spoiled everything is the insurance company asking $100k for me to buy it back, at which point it doe not make any financial sense.

I am sure the car will show up on ebay or else, and at that point we'll see how much they are really selling for, but right now I am stuck....
 

timcantwell

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Sorry for your loss Matteo!