Crash Number Two this morning. Totally my fault again of course, but as I wasn't actually in the car so I was never in any danger
She was sitting in the garage and my daughter-in-law's Citroen was
parked outside. I had put her in reverse to demonstrate the rear
sensors to my son, had a chat about the new exhaust pipe then I leaned in
to start the car to demonstrate the nice new idle and.........
She went smartly backwards straight into the Citroen. But here
is the incredible bit. Because of the angles involved the bottom of
the rear wing hit the rear wheel of the car and actually pushed
the Citroen about 3 feet sideways. When we separated them the ONLY
damage to the Citroen was a bit of blue GRP stain on the wheel,
which we wiped off. The bodywork was untouched. On the Tiger
there was some damage, the reversing light cover was cracked, the
rear light unit plastic cover was snapped in two and knocked off and
there was a lot of scuffing on the edge of the wing.
But amazingly, that was it. All the lights still operated
perfectly, I fixed the plastic light unit with superglue (as you can
see there is a bit missing in the middle which we can't find, so
will probably replace it next year for the MOT) and I already have a
spare reversing light cover I can fit. so I just need to get the
sandpaper, primer and paint out to tidy up the wing. I still have a
complete new body set up in the attic but I don't think it's time
for that yet.
If you had told me the GRP rear wing was strong enough to push a
Citroen 3 feet sideways without breaking I would never have believed
it. And how the wing completely missed the bodywork and just hit
the wheel is a miracle. Mind you, if they had been on concrete and
not gravel it might have been a different story.
So pride hurt, my daughter-in-law is never going to let me forget
the Tiger gets another war wound so she looks even more 'lived in'.
But good lesson learned so I won't do that again.