WTF? Strange, Crazy, Amazing, and Downright Stupid Things at SEMA 2018
You can pretty much see anything and everything automotive related at the SEMA show. From pure-bred muscle cars, wild exotics, monster trucks, and full-on race cars. SEMA has something for everyone to love. On the other side of that spectrum, there is a lot that may not be to your taste. From the crazy awesome to the crazy clueless, here you can find a bit of each.
Watch an Unbelievably Lucky Bus Cross a Bridge it was Never Meant to Cross
A 35-ton bus managed to cross the historic Beaver Bridge in Arkansas that had a 10-ton weight limit. The bus driver may be pumping his chest at his perceived achievement, but it really was more a case of outright recklessness that could have turned a lot worse had the bridge not collapsed. The bridge had been closed for inspection after the fact but has since been reopened. Kudos to the engineers of this bridge.
Tesla Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot’s Warning
This is the latest Autopilot crash; but it wasn’t the system’s fault. A couple, who was too busy engrossed in something else other than focusing on the road, rear-ended a Nissan SUV despite the system warning and chiming its brains out. How can one trust a machine blindly?
Driver’s Foot Gets Stuck Between Pedals And Results In A Freak Accident
Fail: Kiki Challenge in the Car Wash Gone Wrong
Unsurprisingly, Drake’s “In My Feelings” has claimed yet another victim. As videos of folks jumping out of moving cars to dance in the middle of the road continue to proliferate, it’s not unexpected than some of ‘em don’t exactly go as planned. Such is the case here, where the participants unwittingly create a suicide-hinged door in a car wash.
The video starts as you’d expect - a woman dancing outside a car, her friend cheering her on from the driver’s seat as she films. But there’s a twist - this is all taking place inside a drive-through car wash, and the car is moving across an automatic conveyor belt. Cue the drama.
The pair realize their mistake too late, and despite hopping back into the cabin, the car’s passenger door finds itself smashed against a big scrubber brush. As the car moves backwards, the door gets shoved forward by the brush, bending it at an unnatural angle.
Meanwhile, the idiotic passengers are left unharmed. Maybe a little sudsy.
The car in question is an unidentified Scion model, and we’re left wondering what happens next. Does the cabin fill with water? Do the idiots drive away? Does the carwash owner freak out?
We can only guess.
Continue reading for the full story.
A Chinese Property Developer is Offering a BMW If You Buy Its Property
A Chinese property developer is offering a BMW 3 Series or a BMW X1 to anyone who buys a three-bedroom unit or townhouse at its development property in Shanghai. The developer, China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings Co., is pulling out all the stops to lure buyers in the wake of lending curbs and funding constraints that have squeezed their finances. The giveaway is just one example of the lengths Chinese property developers are going to for the sake of boosting sales.
"Racing-Type Vehicles" Let Connecticut Police Pull Them Over for Going too Slow
Driving too fast on a highway will almost certainly get you booked. But driving too slow? That actually happens, too, especially when the offending party, or parties, in this case, thinks it can just get away with shooting a video of sorts in the name of YouTube clicks. That’s exactly what happened to a group of drivers that were allegedly rolling down I-15 in Connecticut with their high-powered exotics, except that they weren’t going too fast with their cars, but because they were going too slow.
Mustang Hooners In San Francisco Get Arrested For Being Rude And Stupid
Thousands of miles away from Connecticut, a group of reckless and rude drivers came face-to-face with the long arm of the law after intentionally stopping traffic on the San Francisco Bay Bridge just so they could hoon and make donuts with their Ford Mustangs and Toyota Supras. It’s unclear exactly what their intentions are, but a good guess on their motives would involve words like “stupidity, carelessness, and all-around douchebaggery.”
Off Topic – Watch A Pair of Porta-a-Johns Take Flight
Okay, we know it’s off-topic, but when the whole TopSpeed headquarters hits the floor laughing at a video, we can’t help but share it with our loyal readers. In this case, we’re talking about a video of two porta-a-johns take flight spraying their sweet, sweet mist into the air to grace the faces of those watching from the ground below.
The situation took place in the Denver Metro area, and despite the somewhat clear skies, the Gods decided to unleash what we can only describe as gale-force winds. Okay, maybe they weren’t that bad, but for a relatively clear day with no sign of a storm in sight, the wind kicked up enough to topple a massive tent and throw this pair of porta-thrones about like a couple pieces of paper. They bounce off the rear end of one SUV, then transcend into the heavens, blowing their lovely blue mist as if they were a Space X rocket venting before takeoff.
According to KTBS news agency in Denver, there was – fortunately – nobody in either toilet when the took flight, and nobody on the ground was hurt, either. That’s awesome and all, but there were certainly a lot of people who needed one hell of a shower and will probably be scared of ever entering one of these grey boxes of death ever again. Well, at least it wasn’t as bad as it could be, right?
Dummy Destroys a Car Wash Because They Can’t Follow Simple Directions
Going to an automated car wash should be about the easiest thing you have to do in life. It’s easy – you either pull up to a predetermined location, put the car in neutral, and let it do its thing or you pull up to a certain spot and remain there while the machine works around you. It’s not rocket science and it doesn’t take a fifth-grade education. But, not all people live in the bright row of the crayon box as you’ll see from this video below.
Simple catastrophe could have been prevented had the driver of this car just followed the instructions. Instead, they decided to drive forward and backward through the car wash, eventually getting hooked on the top brush. Instead of just driving out of the wash as common sense (hopefully) told them to do, they decided to back up. In doing so, the car pulled on that top brush and the machine came right down, crushing the back of the car.
Now, unless this was a mobster with someone in the truck, it’s unlikely that anyone was hurt as the machine hit the very rear of the car. But, this could have turned out much worse than it really was. The whole time watching the video my eyes couldn’t ignore that flashing light that says “stop” so it leads us to wonder just what the driver was thinking. The video is rather short and there’s no telling what happens after the machine crushes the car, but you can be sure there was an interesting conversation between the owner and driver. Check out this bit of craziness below and let us know what you think!
Drunk Concert Goer Gets Her Head Stuck in the Most Unbelievable Place
A young woman in Minnesota got her head stuck inside an exhaust tip, forcing the local fire department to cut the tailpipe off just to get her out of the strange predicament. The ordeal — if you can even call it that — took place at the Winstock Country Music Festival
Details are still unclear on how the girl’s head ended up inside the exhaust of a first-generation Chevrolet Silverado or why the girl was even in the vicinity of the truck, to begin with. According to reports, the young lady was reportedly intoxicated when the incident occurred, putting a lot of questions about the whole thing into perspective. Fortunately for her, the Winsted Fire Department was called in to help extract her head out of the exhaust pipe. A power saw was reportedly used in cutting the tailpipe, which led to the girl getting her head out of the exhaust pipe.
The McLeod County Sherriff’s Department also confirmed that the young lady was cited for underage drinking and was escorted out of the concert grounds once her head was removed from the exhaust pipe. To make this story even more unbelievable than it already is, the fire chief spoke to local media outlets and said that he had heard that it was the second time the young woman put her head in the tailpipe during the event. Apparently, she was able to get out the first time, which probably led to her thinking that she could do it again.
We had no plans to reveal the identity of the girl, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. She did it herself when she posted on Facebook, admitting that she was “the tailpipe girl.”
Make good choices, young lady. Make good choices.
Video of the Day: Best Supercar Show Off Fail Compilation
It seems like people don’t understand that there’s a time and place to play and that the road isn’t it. Sure, Mustang drivers come to mind (I know, it’s getting old, right?) but in reality, we see just as many supercar owners failing miserably as they try to showboat their precious, powerful cars. It’s nice to be wealthy, I’m sure, but apparently, it isn’t enough to be seen in your cool car, you have to show off what it can do. Well, in this video there’s a big handful of idiots who probably knew more about the money they spent than how to drive what they bought. And, it shows. For the record, not all of the cars shown here are “supercars,” but each one of them was served a life-sized piece of karma that will certainly hit the wallet, be it at the repair shop, with the insurance company, or in court after being sued or arrested for reckless endangerment. Anyway, the video is below. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Video of the Day: Idiots Overtaking Cars at the Worst Possible Moment
Here in the States, we don’t need to overtake other drivers via an oncoming lane as we have a huge network of highways. But it’s not like that in some places of the world, where main routes of long-distance transportation are more like country roads here – long, two-lane roads with bi-directional traffic. Naturally, you have to overtake someone from time to time but in busier areas of the road it happens a lot more often, and there’s always a turd in the punch bowl. In other words, there’s always some idiot that’s in so much of a rush; they can’t be bothered with waiting for a safe time to pass. That’s what this video of the day is all about – idiots who make bad decisions at the worst times. Not all idiots in this video cause car accidents but some do. The important thing to take away from this: Don’t be a retard and wait for a safe time to pass.
Some fails are funny and others; well, you just have to wonder how these people have managed to live as long as they have to end up in this video. Either way, give it a watch. There’s some good laughs here!
Oh, and by the way, if you must pull a car for whatever reason, make sure you don’t tie your pull strap a plastic bumper or the front fender!
Kansas Man Arrested Trying to Make Sweet Sweet Love to a Car
There’s something to be said about getting drunk and ending up in bed with a random stranger. It happens quite frequently. But, to get drunk and have sex with a car? Seems a little outrageous, right? Be that as it may, it actually happened just a few days ago. The police department of Newton, Kansas received a call about a naked man lying under a car. Upon arrival, the 24-year-old man wasn’t only naked but was attempting to have sex with the car. According to Lt. Scott Powell of the aforementioned police department, the man “was attempting to stick his penis into the tailpipe of the vehicle.”
To make matters even worse.. or ahem.. stranger, the man wouldn’t even respond to officers. He was apparently high on some kind of drugs, and he was drunk too. Drunk to the point that his blood alcohol level was registered at .35. The man was practically incoherent. In the end, officers on the scene tasered him and took him to the emergency room. It should also be noted that the man had a head injury that was apparently inflicted prior to his rather off interaction with police that night. In the end, the man will likely be charged with lewd and lascivious behavior which is a misdemeanor in the state of Kansas.
So that begs the question: How drunk is too drunk and how far will you go to get your jollies off in an inebriated state?