Chevelle Loses Grip On Highway, Takes Out Soccer Mom Minivan: Video34
Driving a muscle car can be a lot of fun, but having an excess of horsepower and torque available under your right foot raises the stakes as well. Unfortunately, the driver behind the wheel of this Chevy Chevelle gambled and lost, taking an innocent minivan out along the way.
Recently posted to social media by Instagram user @sasha_molodets_, the video was captured near Jacksonville, Florida. We see the cameraman cruising in the passenger seat when a red Chevelle passes in the lefthand lane. The cameraman angles to get a quick video of the muscle car, obviously admiring the old school lines and clean look. The conditions are overcast, and although there isn’t much traffic on the road, the moisture on the windshield suggests the pavement is likely a little greasy.
After a few moments, the driver behind the wheel of the Chevelle decides to accelerate – hard. Some blue smoke is seen around the rear of the vehicle, and the signature sound of a V8 at wide-open throttle can be heard.
Suddenly, the rear end of the Chevelle starts to squirm around, indicating the rear tires have lost traction. The driver responds by snapping off the throttle and tapping the brakes, sending the vehicle’s weight forward over the suspension, resulting in the rearend to completely lose grip. The car sways back and forth before the Chevelle spears to the right directly into a Toyota Sienna minivan cruising in the slow lane.
The Chevelle collides with the minivan’s front driver’s side fender, pushing it off the freeway and onto the grass. The van takes out a traffic sign as it barrels down an embankment, while the Chevelle narrowly misses a light pole as it slides sideways, its frontend crumpled in.
The minivan continues down the grassy embankment before the passenger-side wheels dig into the adjacent hill, causing the van to roll. The van turns over on its roof twice before settling on the driver’s side doors.
According to the video poster, all involved walked away from the incident with cuts and bruises. The minivan was carrying a husband, wife, and three kids.
Just goes to show, even a quick stab of the throttle can end in disaster. Be careful out there, folks.
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The Chevelle still wins, because the Chevy Chevelle barely has any damage at all, and the toyota minivan is absolutely destroyed, sooooo
Except the other rolled…
What’s your point……..
Wait, I thought only Mustang drivers ever lost control.
As I look at the video it appears the Chevelle driver didn’t try to recover by trying too steer out the it instead of going straight off the road.If I can’t control your ride,stay home and let the rest of us be safe on your road!!!
We all pay increased car insurance rates for these kind of acts by dumb drivers. All vehicle owners are in an insurance pool with rates calculated by actuaries using accident and damage information and costs such as from the stupid event here.
Thank God, Mom, Dad and their three kids survived. Very sorry and sad this innocent family sustained injuries.
Various drivers need a refresher course in high school physics and high school driver’s ed.
Years ago I had a bumper sticker on my 67 Chevelle SS. “Ban low performance drivers, not high performance cars” Some things never change.
45 thousand dollar car + $1.96 driving skill set = One wrecked classic Chevelle SuperSport coming to a Co-Part Junkyard soon……….
Would not blame the Dad in the mini-van had he choked out the dweeb driving the SS…..
21 dislikes? Must be the fordtard or dodgetard robots. NOT MY PROBLEM, sooooooooooo
No 23 dislikes for the level of class and maturity you show through your thread of comments! I hope you value your family as much as your preferred make and model of your vehicles.
Wow. you know SO much more words than me. You don’t. I have more maturity than you ever had in your life. And at least I have a family. And who are you to talk about maturity? You OBVIOUSLY don’t know a thing about maturity. And they are not preffered. GM is the best!
Too much car not enough driver ! What an idiot ! Hopefully he got sued and his license suspended !
Oh he’s gonna be sued all right, and his insurance rates will go thru the roof! The Mini Van Driver’s lawyer is gonna “love the video” soooooo…….
Chevy sucks soooooooooooo……..bad
ford and dodge suck soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo………………………………………………………………..
Don’t you have some homework to do?
At least I would have homework from school, because at least I have a life, soooooooooooo
That’s why I’ll take a car made from actual Metal instead of B.S. plastic EVERY SINGLE TIME!!! Screw your Vegan Vans.
Not me, that is a good way to die. New cars are so much safer it isn’t even funny. This is one instance where the other rolled, of course it would look worse off. Guess what the Chevelle would look like if the roles were reversed…
100% agree. Technology moves on and that is a good thing. The best safety device is still the driver. Building the cars is half the fun, and you need to be able to drive (that is a lost art on its own). In 40 years they will all be wondering why you would drive your 2022 death trap! LOL In the video, the 59 bel air is the last of the X frames and they held up very poorly in offset crashes just like they show, which brought on the perimeter frames. Also it looks like the body mount bolts and various hardware was original due to all the rust colored dust flying around…if you’ve ever seen an original 60’s body mount bolt corroded down to 1/8″ thickness (literally) then you can see why properly done restorations are a huge thing. Motor cycles and other sports/hobbies are way more dangerous than new cars, many people love/do them.
Why anyone would get on the throttle hard at highway speed in a light rain in any vehicle is beyond me.
To each his own….
Wanna race, go to drag strip. The video guy stopped to help. Good job. Wet pavement will get you all the time. Wonder if Chevelle can be repaired?
I hope he had a collector car insurance policy.
Hopefully someone gets charged with reckless driving, but I bet they don’t.
Just for the record, it is a 1970 chevelle, not 66 or 69 what the driver states in the video.
Good thing the family in the van was ok thank God
I grew up with these old muscle cars. Nostalgia drives the boomers to live their past…which means horrible handling, sh!tty brakes that lock up, big blocks getting 8 mpg around town, pushing 3500 rpm in the slow lane on the freeway. Very crude and visceral but only good for short drives to the car show.
Those notions are as old as the cars, handling, brake transmission, and engine mods are easy to do and the selection is limitless these days. Look up roadkill on youtube l they took a 66 Buick convertible and did a bunch of handling mods, upgraded the wheels and road tracked (ie slalom course) the same as a new camaro with 1/2 the engine power. Go figure. Not sure what your experiences are but must have been wild with 3500rpm on the highway (that’s some serious gearing!) and 8 mpg, my big block GS will knock down the same mileage as a newer crewcab if I drive nice, cruises effortlessly at 60 mph (2500rpm), has a/c and all the options, is a complete riot to drive around town. I generally stay off the highway just for the sake of the paint chrome and detailed to perfection undercarriage. Some guys will leave them 100% stock for authenticity or high end car shows in which case your comments do apply and driver ability is more demanding, but many many more will do mild upgrades and have a fun car to play with on the weekends and to enjoy with friends. That’s all it was ever about anyway.
You’re not wrong in many cases, you can’t argue with technology and knowledge, but when done right (even stock) they are surprisingly decent to drive. The problem is by now unless completely rebuilt most are worn out and crappy in every area so that is the experience many people have.
To each his own (and for the record watching that video look how the back of the car bounced on the expansion joint (or crack) prior to him getting on the throttle, the way it took that you know the thing is sloppy and worn out.
It looks like something was wrong with the suspension,pass side looked to be sagging..driver obviously has no place in anything over 85hp.. everyone complaining about mini vans are likely idiots or suffer from ED…
I own a handful of classic muscle cars and drive something other than those most of the time because idiots like the Chevelle driver being on the same roads.
It’s probably just sagging leaf springs which just contributes to poor handling, especially when you punch it. Remember “traction bars”?
A Chevelle has a coil spring suspension. Go back to your Ford site.
Sorry, I never had one, but I did spend the 70’s and 80’s removing and re-arching what seems like hundreds of GM leaf springs that all display the same suspension issues. Coil springs can sag the same way but despite being easier to pull out are a tad bit more difficult to properly regain their designed spring rate.
Regardless, springs don’t make people drive like asses, but I don’t have to tell you that.
Only an ass gives advice when he has no knowledge.
I hope that is a resto rod with aftermarket sheet metal and not original ..if it gets fixed it should look for a new driver…with a functioning brain and some driving skills.
Some details in this article are incorrect. This accident didn’t happen “near” Jacksonville on highway SR-115 (Southside Blvd) traveling northbound. It happened “in” Jacksonville on JTB (202) traveling eastbound at the Southside cloverleaf interchange. They literally pass the northbound exit for Southside and are heading east towards Gate Parkway exit in 1/2 mile.