Rally driver careens off cliff, crashes dad’s classic car during race (video)
Flying around a tight corner at an estimated 80 mph, rally driver George Miedecke, a NASCAR driver who was racing his father’s classic 1970 Ford Capri Perana only because of his old man’s back injury, flew off a cliff and crashed into the water after being unable to navigate the curve.
Miedecke’s father, Andrew, a local racing legend, reportedly had two simple instructions for his son prior to the race held in Tasmania, Australia: “Don’t crash and don’t come in second.” Unfortunately for the younger Miedecke, he was unable to follow up on either of his father’s simple and explicit caveats.
Prior to Miedecke making his spectacular splash, the hairpin turn, part of the 124-mile course featured in the Targa Wrest Point rally, already had claimed one victim who was driving a Subaru WRX STI which the classic Ford crashed into following its plummet.
Amazingly, Miedecke and his co-driver, Daniel Wilson, were relatively unharmed and uninjured in the crash. Explained Miedecke (via Mail Online):
“It was a tightening corner and obviously somehow we got it wrong, either in the pace notes or I made a mistake, I’m not sure.
“We weren’t even pushing that hard, but when you go into a corner that tightens more than you expect it to, there’s not much you can do.
“Luckily Daniel and I are both ok.”
Sadly, the car was not. And while George and his co-driver walked away unscathed in the magnificent crash, I imagine that while relieved, Papa Miedecke could not believe what his son just did to his beloved car.