• May 20, 2010
We'll admit it – one of the best parts about being an auto journalist is the ability to spend time with many different cars, most of which are in our possession for a week at a time. And while the automakers trust us to be extremely careful and avoid damage at all costs, sometimes the unavoidable happens. Usually it's a chipped windshield or a bit of curb rash, and even that's enough to make us wince and break out the apology pen. Peter Cheney, a writer for Canada's The Globe and Mail, had one such experience lately, but he wasn't behind the wheel. In fact, he wasn't even in the car.

We're very accustomed to the idea of friends and family members wanting to take a closer look at the cars we're testing, and when Cheney's 16-year-old son wanted to snag a closer look inside the Porsche 911 Turbo his dad was driving that night, Cheney thought nothing of it. That is, until his son came tearing back into the house, a look of panic in his eyes. When Cheney went to investigate what was up, he saw the unthinkable – the big-buck sports car had rocketed through his garage door, causing an reported $11,000 in damage to the car and an additional $2,700 in garage repairs. "Yikes" doesn't quite cover it.

Be sure to head over to The Globe and Mail to read the full account of what happened. It's an incident that we hope never happens to any of us, but most importantly, we're glad no one was hurt. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

[Source: The Globe and Mail]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey dad what's throttle response?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Down here in the good old US of A we had a Cheney who trashed the whole damn country. Count yourself lucky.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's go back in history; the year is 1985, and my very rare,very desirable '84 930 guards red ,which i had ordered,picked up driven around europe and had flown back to atlanta was safely parked in my garage. In front about 4 foot ahead of the front bumper I had my Big Wheel Yazzu
      lawn mower stored sideways,ready for the next lawn mowing. My 12 year old son decided to have a seat in the porsche and made the mistake of turning the key to on and then to start forgetting to depress the clutch and find neutral. You know what happened next---the beautiful red turbo lurched ahead into the lawn mower.Luckily, the damage was limited to the lower valance which had that undercoated crinkly finish from the factory.The lawn mower had a plastic cover over the drive mechanism and the circle of the shaft for the chain drive made it's impression on the valance....not penetrating it but definitely did the 1/3 of a hole punch look in the valance. I remember the look on his face when he handed the keys back and remember it cost me $400 to have it brought back to oem standards of course that was when $400 was real money! Over the years, i've told the boys It's little adventures like this that has given me the grey that is invading my once sandy locks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      well that's what insurance is for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nuive

        You should really try reading the article.. just for kicks you know.

        Actually you don't even need to read the source article.. or even AB's article... maybe just the title?

        ..

        haha that kid must of wanted to hear that 500hp engine ROAR. Too bad it was in gear lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is why having kids is not for the faint of heart.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One thing I don't understand is why the pic of this (assuming it's the genuine pic), and the story roaming the interwebs. Are they trying to show the world how damn stupid they are? So you damaged your car by garage door, well, join 2 192 835 other idiots who do the same thing every year. Lets now post a news article about every single time an owner does damage to their owner car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Later this summer, based on his schedule, my son will attend Apex driving school, where he will be trained in advanced car control and learn to drive a standard transmission."

      Should of done this sooner, so when his teenage son tries to rev the engine he knows how too!

      Or better yet

      Teach him what carbon Dioxide in a closed garage means.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Carbon dioxide is fairly harmless, it's the bubbles in your beer. Carbon monoxide, on the other hand is toxic and has killed many people. Just one silly little oxygen atom difference between good times and death.
      Luna
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe the title should have been Another Reason Not To Leave The Keys To A
      Really Fast Car Where a Teenager Can Get Them.

      Don't forget the accident that killed 18YO Nikki Catsouras in OC, CA.
      She took off in her father's Porche and ended up doing 100+ on a toll
      road before clipping a Honda and heading into a tool booth. Very sad.

      • 4 Years Ago
      lol.

      No clutch interlock on this thing, or what? :)
      lizzard
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is the $11,000 in damage coming from? It doesn't look like anything was broken or dented. Unless there are some major scratches? Then again, would a paint job cost that much for a Porsche? Looks like nothing major happened to the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Which is why moron kids should not be allowed anywhere near sports cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The pinnacle reason why kids should be beaten on a regular basis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes sir.Spare the rod,spoil the child.
        • 4 Years Ago
        HEY

        DON'T BEAT YOUR KIDS



        ...they got guns now a days -__-;
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Nuieve Seriously, Freaking read a article or go to Reading Comprehension 101 before making a comment, Otherwise you'll like a dumb ass the next time around like you do here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, I remember the first thing my dad beat into my head about touching a car is to check the brakes, and on a manual tranny, do the "OCD shifter wiggle" just to be sure it's out of gear. Now I can't even get into an automatic car without trying to wiggle the shifter.

      This is just a plain old accident though, it just happens to be a $150k car, though I bet we all can learn a lesson about teaching kids how to drive, and I'm sure this kid won't ever forget this. If I were his dad I wouldn't let him forget.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, my dad taught me the same thing. Some people look at me funny for it, but I think it's a good practice. Even if it is a little OCD.
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