• Nov 17, 2009

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The case of the ill-fated Bugatti Veyron versus the invisible pelican has had the Internets buzzing for the past week. First we saw footage of the $1.6 million supercar as it was being pulled out of a Texas swamp. The story behind the dastardly crash was that a low-flying pelican caused the (at the time) un-named driver to swerve off the road and ultimately land in over two feet of watery muck.

Then, as if by some sort of miracle, a video appeared of the actual crash, and, quite frankly, we didn't see any pelican. Then we found out that the car was being driven by Andy House, the owner of Performance Auto Sales in Lufkin. PAS, as it turns out, fixes wrecked exotics, making the crash look all the more suspicious. Now, less than a week after the crash, one very patient viewer watched the video frame by frame, and there looks to be some evidence that something white was floating near the Veyron right before the accident. We don't know if the image was doctored and there is no definitive way to verify that the white smear is a pelican, but it certainly has the size and shape of the large and awkward-looking bird. Take a look at the picture above and tell us if you think there is a chance in hell that white blur is a pelican – or perhaps a bit of Photoshop magic.

In the meantime, it appears as though the Internets are beginning to have some fun with Mr. House and his ill-fated Veyron joy ride. First is a can of pelican repellent on sale at the Car Guy Garage website. Price tag? Only $2 million greenbacks. Of course, eBay isn't going to be left out of the sunken Veyron sweepstakes either, as one pioneering auctioneer has come up with the Apple AquaticAvoidanceSystem system for avoiding lakes, marshes, channels, bays and any other body of water. AAS.... very clever. The starting bid price is a far more manageable $800, but you're buying a pair of Apple ear buds so that next you don't blame a hapless bird for dropping your iPhone and driving into a marsh. Happy bidding, Veyron owners!

[Sources: Car Guys Garage; eBay Motors]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      So until the white blob is identified, it can be considered a UFO I guess?
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are so many possibilities with this story.

      1: Publicity stunt. A most likely failed publicity stunt at that. What exotic car owner would bring his wheels to a guy who pulls stuff like this? He just drove one of the most expensive pieces of modern engineering into a tub, with what looks like very little resistance or avoidance moves whatsoever. What an insult to the hobby in the all together. It's actually quite sad if you stop to think about what extent people go to to market themselves.

      2: Driver is the owner of the car. Can't afford it. Drives it into the tub to try and stupidly collect insurance only to realize that his story will fail utterly because he did not notice that his one in a million Bugatti was attracting some video attention in the other lane.

      3: Guy reached down to grab something, or look at something and drove into the water. Used the pelican story to mask the entire ordeal as he was most likely completely embarrased.

      Whatever the case may be, and I really don't care, it's just sad to see such an engineering masterpiece sitting in 2 ft of water like that, while some fat ass apathetic tow truck driver takes his sweet as time to get it out.

      It's an insult and embarrasement to exotic car owners around the world and I'm sure Bugatti isn't pleased.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "I'm pretty sure that's a lambo dude"


      Wow....
      • 5 Years Ago
      That doesnt look anything like a pelican. Pelicans are like the size of a 10 year old child. If there was a pelican it would be extremely obvious since it would be much bigger than the wheel base. There is no pelican.
      157MPHourly
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay, here is how I look at it:

      (a.) His cell phone fell down on the floor and he was reaching over to get it, only to oversteer straight into the lagoon.

      (b.) This is a publicity stunt to get attraction on what he does for a living. The guy rebuilds wrecked exotics for a living and sells them in Texas. His website is as generic as it gets (with misspellings too).

      Hmmmmm, something smells fishy (and it's not the Bugatti)! :)
        157MPHourly
        • 5 Years Ago
        @157MPHourly
        Whoops, it would help if I read the entire article. Apparently, we are all already in agreement with the two scenarios. My bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      and now the video is removed for copyright ownership?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, no pelicans. No way.

      Pelicans are big birds. The smallest weighs about 6 lbs, but 42" long with a 6ft wingspan! So, yes, if one was swooping in low right in front of your car, you'd probably freak out and swerve. But obviously, something that large would be completely visible in this video. The wheels of the Veyron are nearly 2ft in diameter, that's smaller than any alleged pelican.

      Very convenient that there was a smooth cut off the road, and the car went in at probably the most accessible place in the whole lagoon...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Either it was another ridiculously stupid GPS mishap or I call shananigans...
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yyKrS8jwSY
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone actually placed a bid on the Bugatti Veyron Aquatic Avoidance System ! It's now at 800.85$
      • 5 Years Ago
      FAKE.
        • 5 Years Ago
        arkz wrote: "So, in my mind, there are only two possibilities here: either he is an extremely bad DIVER"

        LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just a piece of white paper, lofted by the wind just at the moment the driver took his eyes of his blackberry. Fail
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes...in the face of all of your vote downs, I stood alone and asserted that a bird was, in fact there. A big fat I TOLD YOU SO to those who doubted my visual acuity. Atonement via vote ups is acceptable...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Damn, that's what I get for not proof-reading my text. Maybe I should keep it shorter next time. Oh well...
        • 5 Years Ago
        lmfao
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL at the guy who thought it was a lambo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really can't tell what the hell that is, but I was thinking about something. Even if that really was a pelican, how on earth could the guy tell exactly what kind of white bird it was. In the explanation he gives, he talks about the bird appearing so suddenly, that he had to take such an extreme evasive maneuver that he ended up in the lake. First off, I don't think he would be able to identify the bird in the split-second that it happened, secondly, I don't see any evasive action, I just see him driving straight off the road. I'm not even sure he used the brakes. So, in my mind, there are only two possibilities here: either he is an extremely bad diver and should have never been let near the Bugatti, or, there is something fishy going on here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The story behind the dastardly crash was that a low-flying pelican caused the (at the time) un-named driver to swerve off the road..."

        I thought it was a low flying...driver had caused the un-named...pelican to swerve off the road.


        • 5 Years Ago
        They called the person that discovered the "bird" patient, unless this person works for the insurance company I call him without a life.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm torn on how to rank your comment... on hand, you're actually posting a relevant comment to the discussion at hand (unlike me, admittedly). On the other hand, you're whoring out your site with your comment.

      I think you may be the best spammer in the world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If he was trying to avoid something there would have been a jerk in the wheel. There was nothing of the sort. He just wondered off the road slightly and into the water.
      Very suspicious....
      Are the police investigating this?
      What a shame.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To bring in some "what if"...

        What if he was driving, minding his own business (on the phone of course) and saw a Pelikan sitting on the curb. He was talking on the phone when suddenly his brain goes:
        "Awww, look there is a pelikan, how cute" and looking at it he drives by just to swerve unnoticed into the direction his head is turned to, looking at the bird.

        That's one of the first lessons I learned in driver ed, your hands will turn the steering wheel almost automatically to the direction you're looking at, not brisk or immediately but exactly how he was driving into the pond, just a slight turn on the steering to follow your eyes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agree, he just drifts off. in a place that looks like you can drive in, kind of a naturally occuring ramp into the water type area.
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