• Dec 1, 2006
The New York Post is reporting full details of the Porsche Carrera GT crash story, the details of which are markedly different than what we initially received, reported and ultimately retracted yesterday. According to the Post, Port Chester, NY body shop owner Chris Numme had performed minor repairs on the silver GT and was transporting it back to a Greenwich, CT Porsche dealership (presumably New Country Porsche, though the article doesn't name them specifically) on November 24 when the accident occurred.
While on the way to the dealer, Numme was forced swerve to avoid a truck that was creeping through a stop sign. While maneuvering, he upshifted to second gear and the car lost traction, jumped onto the sidewalk, and hit the utility pole. He was not speeding, according to the report. An eyewitness described the crash as being very loud, and was shocked to see Numme and a passenger exit the car. Numme, as was widely reported earlier in the week, did suffer a broken foot. His passenger, who is not named, experienced neck and back pain. Local police did not cite Numme for any traffic violation.

The car's owner is investment banker Robert Greenhill of Greenwich, former chairman and CEO of Smith Barney. As for the replacement of the car, it is being handled by Numme's insurance company. The report we were initially given that the car was replaced the following day appears to be wholly inaccurate.

[Source: NY Post]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      To Peter - Nummes body shop is about 3miles from New Country Porsche and Miller - where this car was probably headed. You see a lot of affluent investment bankers test drive these 6 figure machines up and down close to the road where the porsche crashed.

      Also, I am pretty sure Numme also knows how to drive stick pretty well - considering the number of dinged up exotics that are dropped of at his shop. If its any validation - he has backed my Mazda 6 MTX into the garage - not that it is the same as a Carerra GT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Steve, I don't doubt you know what you are talking about, especially owning a 911 Turbo!

      He probably did panic and screwed up! Under normal - nonpanic - driving conditions, I don't see the reason for upshifting in this situation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Uh, so, the Carrera GT doesn't have traction control?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doesn't the CGT have stability control? And why would you upshift to slam on the brakes? And why did he have a "buddy" in the car- thsi was a business deal- I could see having a buddy follow you to pick you up, but not as a passenger *unless* you were planning to show him what it could do.

      This story is crap.
      Ray
      • 8 Years Ago
      Numme,I am not sure what happen but I can tell u one thing.
      Driving a Carerra Gt takes skill. !!!!!!!!!!!!
      Thats all I have to say.
      Its not your everyday 5 speed car !!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm surprised the replacement will be covered by the mechanic's policy...when I worked for Mercedes-Benz, I had a Mercedes-Benz insurance card that would cover any damage to a vehicle I was driving on the job.
      • 8 Years Ago
      First off, as mentioned before, it is most definitely possible to lose traction while up-shifting. Also, from what I've read from various sources, the CGT is a pretty difficult car to drive. It has a bottom hinged clutch pedal for one thing, making it a lot tougher to get a feel for if one is used to the normal drop down mounted pedal. It also has the insanely uber grabby Porsche Composite Ceramic Clutch set up crazyness, which probably makes the driver envious of F1 paddle shifters. [For the first day or two :)]
      • 8 Years Ago
      It seems obvious to me that the reason he crashed the Porsche is probably that he "downshifted" to 2nd, not upshifted. If he had upshifted to 2nd, that would mean he was cruising around in 1st gear. It's more likely he was in 3rd, saw the truck entering the intersection, then simultaneously swerved, downshifted, & braked which could definitely cause the car's rear end to break loose.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mike,

      One of my buddies was driving an old VW bug in the rain. He was making a left hand turn, shifted into second, and lost traction and spun out into a ditch. He wasn't driving crazy fast either. So, it is possible to upshift, lose traction, and wreck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      First off, why not transport a car of this stature via flatbed as most body shops will do?

      Assuming there's no worry that the flatbed process would cause some damage].
      • 8 Years Ago
      i always thought that telephones poles and such were now designed to be break-away in the event of a collision like this so the severity of the impact could be reduced... is that not actually the case??
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mike says:
      "Second, upshifting should not cause him to loose traction! If he down shifted or gunned it while still in 1st, then I might believe his story!"

      Of course upshifting can loose traction. The wheels are still going to spin at a different speed, faster or slower is irrelevant, especially if you have a powerful car like that with a proper manual.

      No doubt he could have done it, I've been able to slide my 911 Turbo while upshifting. You just panic, shift up a gear, but end up flooring the pedal rather than matching rev's. The wheels then spin, it's why you can chirp the tires going UP gears in any good car.
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