• Mar 13, 2006
Depending on your personality a 60-mile blitz at top speed on the highway might be a fun way to spend an afternoon, but for Kevin Nicolle, a 25-year-old UK gentleman, his experience at terminal velocity in a malfunctioning BMW 318 was anything but fun.

The accelerator pedal on Nicolle’s BMW became stuck to the floor while traveling on the A1 and because the engine kept bouncing off the rev-limiter he was unable to shift the car into neutral. The Bimmer’s brakes kept the car traveling at a reasonable rate of speed for a bit until they gave out under the stress and away Mr. Nicolle went.

Four police cars tried to keep up with the runaway 318 but couldn’t as a hysterical Nicolle tried to keep it together while swerving in and out of traffic. Unable to stop the vehicle he eventually rolled it trying to navigate a roundabout located nearly 60 miles after the ordeal began.

Nicole fortunately emerged from the wreck unharmed but severely shaken. Local police have decided not to charge the man (Gee, thanks) and BMW has requested to examine what’s left of the car.

[Thanks everyone for the tip]


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      Joe
      • 8 Years Ago
      ok so everybody is saying to just turn the car off, but some people are arguing that it would have locked the steering. well for you people, i don't know if you have ever driven an automatic, but when the car is in gear the key WON'T turn to the locked position. it only shuts down the ignition.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why not turn off the ignition with the key...
      • 8 Years Ago
      he didn't know what to do because his brain was in neutral.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "This guy's story is fishier than a bowl of bouillabaise"

      Love it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone asked why "miles per hour" are quoted in the story rather than "kilometers per hour".

      That's because the speedometers on cars and speed limits in the United Kingdom are in miles per hour, just like the United States.

      However, they do not sell "petrol" (gasoline) or "Derv" (diesel fuel) in Imperial Gallons (larger than US gallons) any longer, but in litres.

      Yeah, I know, it doesn't really make a lot of sense, does it? But it's true.

      And yes, the British still drive on the left side of the road as do Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and about 1/3 of the rest of the nations of the world (though, not 1/3 of the population of the world).
      • 8 Years Ago
      As he was sitting upside down in the car he says, "Don't cut my car, you'll damage it."
      Even if he didn't mean to be funny, this is classic Brit humour.

      Regardless of training, the sad fact is that some people are incapable of thinking straight in an emergency situation. Still, with all the fuss lately over here in the US regarding how to escape a car after plunging into deep water, maybe we need to teach how to stop a runaway car too?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I couldn't turn off the ignition because it would have disabled the power steering and made it even more dangerous."

      Yeah, riiigght. The guy's a friggin moron who should have his license taken away, after serving time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #54 you said it so nice
      • 8 Years Ago
      Somethings fishy with this story! Not only could he have shut the ignition off at 70MPH and used unassisted steering while slowing down on a highway, but he could have slowly pulled up the emergency brake as well. Either this guy is a complete DUMBASS, a joy rider, or he wants the publicity. " I would buy another BMW" Do I see an ad in the making?? What I find equally intriguing is that he is QUOTED as saying "70 MILES per hour" and "100 MILES per hour" Wouldn't he have said kilometers?? ...and they put me in jail for a weekend for 95 in a 50 zone at 3AM!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Somethings fishy with this story! Not only could he have shut the ignition off at 70MPH and used unassisted steering while slowing down on a highway, but he could have slowly pulled up the emergency brake as well. Either this guy is a complete DUMBASS, a joy rider, or he wants the publicity. " I would buy another BMW" Do I see an ad in the making?? What I find equally intriguing is that he is QUOTED as saying "70 MILES per hour" and "100 MILES per hour" Wouldn't he have said kilometers?? ...and they put me in jail for a weekend for 95 in a 50 zone at 3AM!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...And if that guy in the pic is 25 years old my 40 year old ass is an infant!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had a MG Midget ages ago and one day its accelerator cable snapped. You would think that this would shut the throttle and keep the revs at idle. BUT NO, the opposite happened. Now whether it was the "ingenuity" of the design, or a bad piece of wrenching by a previous owner, I don't know. But now I had a car that was basically on, or off. Being a lazy student, I couldn't be arsed to fix it myself with string and I didn't have any money to get it properly done, so I drove it around for six weeks with the throttle constantly open. The driving technique went something like this: 1) Check the road ahead, if there is abosolutely nothing for at least two block, start the engine with the clutch and first engaged. 2) Release clutch and hang on. 3) When the revs hit max, go straight for 3rd. 4) If speed limit exceeded, throw the car back into neutral and coast for a bit. 5) Ignore people shouting at you to change gear as you coast past them doing 30 at seven and a half thousand revs. 6) at stop signs, turn off engine, select first and start procedure again (remember MG Midgets have no synchromesh in first). Fun times.
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