Stop Attempting Tube Frame Cart Things, Because You’ll Die.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A man driving a modified, non street-legal car died Sunday evening after police say he was ejected in a crash.
Chesapeake police responded to Eden Way N. and Savory Crescent around 9 p.m. for a two-vehicle crash. Police initially said the crash involved a go-kart and a sedan.

Police issued a correction Monday morning that what was believed to be a go-kart was actually a “heavily modified” Honda Civic that was registered through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, but was not street-legal.

The driver of the Honda was ejected after being hit by the sedan and pronounced dead at the scene. Police later identified the driver as 24-year-old Anthony Dillard.

Dillard’s social media accounts detail his love for what he called the “Kart Lyfe”.

Police are still investigating to determine if the modifications or speed contributed to the accident.


Okay, a couple points I want to hit here…

First off, [assuming you watched the video in the link] I’m not sure why police who investigate auto accidents can be stupid enough to not recognize that this body-less Civic actually is a Civic, and not some elaborate VIN-stealing plot.  These people take home our tax dollars as “professional” accident investigators.  It’s not rocket science, guy, figure it out.  It’s a civic.

Update, after 45 seconds of “investigation,” I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a tube frame cart thing, build on top of a red Civic.  I’d like a salary for this shit, since I’m obviously doing a better job than the Chesapeake investigators:

Second and foremost, please, PLEASE stop taking your totaled cars and building jungle gyms around them.  98% of you are not engineers.  The physics of building essentially a tube frame car greatly exceed the know-how of even the good backyard mechanics.  You want to weld-in a roll bar?  Fine, but please stop there.  Don’t let your YouTube heroes influence you (see: Hoonigan; Cleetus McFarland).  This is literally your life.  And your life is more important than your Instagram followers.

My extremely limited roll cage knowledge from my drifting experience can immediately pick out some MAJOR design issues in this side shot.  And I don’t even know what I’m doing!

Side note: why waste your time building this elaborate disaster around a Civic in the first place?  Why not at least start with something right-wheel-drive?

This whole thing is very puzzling to me.

That is all..