Being in a car crash can be scary enough, but doing it in a convertible at 130 miles per hour is simply terrifying. That's what the owner of a Shelby Cobra replica went through, however, during a track day at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California. As he was ending the front straight of the 2.5-mile course, something suddenly broke in the front suspension or steering. The car skidded on track for approximately 60 feet, then flipped sideways multiple times, flying off the track for more than 500 feet.

Fortunately, the driver of the Cobra came away from the incident unharmed with the exception of minor injuries to his knee and ribs. If you've ever wondered why that metal roll hoop is there on the driver's side of the Cobra, just ask this guy.

Of course, the owner of the Cobra also had a GoPro camera running on his car that day, and it captured the amazing footage throughout the entire crash. The video has now gone up on YouTube, and we've posted it for you to see after the jump.



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      haji
      • 3 Years Ago
      now you know how the roll bar works.
      dave and mary
      • 3 Years Ago
      My guess is a few hours later Target sold another new package of underwear.
      EricDJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing forces, the license plate sheared off before the roll and went past the camera.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      v6sonoma
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's lucky he didn't get killed. Car is toast. I don't think I'd ever race in a roofless car. Glad he was able to walk away.
      gerardo salinas
      • 3 Years Ago
      man you got an angel watching over your shoulder. seriously
      Hakthir Bloodystone
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did he have any sort of arm restraints? It didn't appear that he did, at one point his arm was straight above his head. Anyone that goes out on the track in any sort of open cockpit car with out arm restraints is crazy.
        Jack Beckman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hakthir Bloodystone
        Should have had a decent roll cage, too. That tiny bar behind him looked to be below the top of his helmet. That might have been the perspective, but it was still a pretty sad safety setup.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      this fool is LUCKY no arm restraints it seems..........
      Philly Phil
      • 3 Years Ago
      man...that is a goooood camera!!! can't believe it stayed on the whole time!
      dmtheteacher
      • 3 Years Ago
      What we learned is to build race cars out of "go pro" cameras, not license plates. On a serious note, a very lucky man. Another reason I prefer a roof.
      futuremetalfab
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very scarey ride, hard to believe he walked away unharmed,defenatly lucky to be alive.
      ajjones44
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fact that this guy survived the crash speaks volumes about the time and effort Factory Five puts into their chassis....if in fact this was FF.
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