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Watch This Classic Mini Accidentally Pull Terrifying ‘Italian Job’ Stunts On An Ohio Freeway

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Everything about this video feels a little too bonkers to be real, but so far we’ve no strong evidence it’s been faked, though I suppose it’s always possible, here in our era of New Math and silicon chips and fax machines. But, for the moment, let’s take it as a genuine dashcam video, recording a scene that took place  a bit over a month ago, on the four-lane blacktop of I-75 around Dayton, Ohio, where an unusual little car (for the middle of America, that is) — an original, Issigonis-designed Mini — somehow pirouetted across three lanes of highway, spinning around multiple times like a drunk dreidel until control was finally wrested back. Incredibly, no cars made contact, and, aside from what is likely an absolutely obliterated pair of underpants, no one seems to have been hurt at all. Holy crap.

Here’s the video, complete with a soundtrack from what I think must be Joe Rogan playing in the background, and some surprisingly low-energy in-car reaction shots after the action, in case you needed that element to fully appreciate the experience:

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Did I already say holy crap? Because holy crap. What happened here?

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Is there something going on with how the wheels are turned there, as the Mini merges? It looks like the wheels are pointed to the right, which, as you seasoned highway-mergers know, is the wrong way to turn to merge to the left. It’s tricky to tell, but there’s not much else to go on. Wrong steering input, and an overcorrection?

The car itself is actually one that is known for good, nimble handling, and as a FWD, front-engined car, oversteer is not something I usually associate with the car, though it sort of looks like some extreme version of that may have happened here, as the Mini was merging onto the highway?

Truth is, I’m not clear at all why this happened. The road looks pretty dry, I don’t see any obvious ice, but I suppose it’s possible there was a patch of something slick on the end of that on-ramp? Or the owner had just finished buttering those tires?

The Mini looks to be a pretty late original Mini, if I had to guess a mid-to-late ’90s Mini Cooper, based on the big fender flares and slightly larger (but still quite small) wheels. Something like one of these, sans stripes and the extra lights:

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They’re fantastic little cars, with long and rich racing and rallying pedigree, but that doesn’t mean they can’t end up spinning out of control like in that video. Amazingly, the little Mini manages to spin both clockwise and counterclockwise as it whips across the road.

I’m happy no one was hurt, and, I suppose perversely, happy it was all captured on a dashcam, because it is a remarkable, almost balletic, event to witness. If anyone has decent, or, hell, indecent theories about what could have caused this, I’m all ears. Or, I guess, eyes.

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BigThingsComin
BigThingsComin
1 year ago

How did the white Chevy not react harder to that. Driving on brain fuzz.

Dean's Mini
Dean's Mini
1 year ago

Ok, I’m just an old, analog, gearhead so if someone can tell where and how to develop a build thread, I will. I have tons of pictures of not only this build but several other unique builds.

BigThingsComin
BigThingsComin
1 year ago
Reply to  Dean's Mini

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/build-projects-and-project-cars/
The Grassroots Motorsports forum is your tribe.

BobWellington
BobWellington
1 year ago

It’s amazing seeing how small those things are compared to a highway lane and modern cars. So cool.

Black Peter
Black Peter
1 year ago

I performed the exact same maneuver, in the same circumstances (merging onto a 4 lane) with the same result (damp trousers, no other damage), in my Mk1 MR2. I’m assuming (because it was cold) I hit black ice. You haven’t truly lived until you have faced oncoming traffic, not once but twice.

Chris D
Chris D
10 months ago
Reply to  Black Peter

It could also be the Sailun brand tires on the Mini.

Toobs-N-Stuff
Toobs-N-Stuff
1 year ago

so, are we missing the real tagline for this video?

“Juggalo witnesses insanity”?!??

given the giant tattoo on the arm of the guy who caught it on film…

Duffman
Duffman
1 year ago

Small cars get a little wacky with the least amount of input. A puddle mixed with a bump in the road will easily turn my Abarth from a fun little go-kart into a pants-crappingly terrifying carnival ride faster than Torch can identify an obscure tail light. I can only imagine a VTEC swapped rear engine Mini on a wet road. That would be the second most fun you can have while wearing pants.

Iwannadrive637
Iwannadrive637
1 year ago

That was something to see! I’m sure most of us have a story about our car going into a weird spin and by the grace of God it wound up going in the right direction without hitting anything.

Lightning
Lightning
1 year ago

That’s the first +/-360 I’ve ever seen.

William Domer
William Domer
1 year ago

Has anyone suggested that it was staged?

Mike Nicholas
Mike Nicholas
1 year ago
Reply to  William Domer

Definitely wasn’t. I talked with him later that day. It scared the crap out of him.

Dean's Mini
Dean's Mini
1 year ago

The Mini isn’t my only J-series swap. I also have one in a Miata, an Element and trying to finish one in a Porsche 914. Needless to say, I love these engines.

Dean's Mini
Dean's Mini
1 year ago

I’m sorry to say I have never done any kind of thread on any of my builds. This Mini was a project done in conjunction with Minitec out of Royston, GA. The body is stock but everything else is custom. It is a cross between a tube frame design and a full cage. The drivetrain is from An 03 Acura CL Type S. 3.2l V-6 J-series engine and a 6 speed manual transmission with a LSD. Around 300hp weighting in at 1650 lbs. 0-60 mph in as quick as 3.9 sec. The car handles awesome…usually. I am the only driver of it with the acception of BJ Hudson of Minitec, Al Unser, Jr and Brian Johnson from AC/DC.

ADDvanced
ADDvanced
1 year ago
Reply to  Dean's Mini

Called it. When I saw it accelerate I knew it was swapped. 3.2 is wild tho, most are just honda 4 bangers.

PaysOutAllNight
PaysOutAllNight
1 year ago

That was an amazing display of not losing control. Well, losing, then regaining control, actually. It was an amazing display of not losing composure, that’s for sure.

Watching the video, those are exactly the stereotypes of people I would expect to be listening to a podcast like that. The beard, the cutoff sleeves, the sunglasses, the tattoos, the beard…

PaysOutAllNight
PaysOutAllNight
1 year ago

Moderators, please mod the parent post out of existence. Or at least the second paragraph, please.

The top paragraph is fine, but the second is one is an incredibly stupid attempt at humor. I’m not a fan of stereotyping anyone for any reason and let my guard down while looking for a quick and easy joke.

And on second listen, I noticed that the content of the podcast seemed merely cautionary about dealing with Chinese IP thefts and wasn’t anything outrageous, inflammatory or extreme.

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