Let These Drifters Pushing A Flipped Car Back On Its Wheels Melt Your Ice Cold Heart

GIF via Jef Groff

Drifter Jef Groff encountered one of the worst-case scenarios in motorsport: his back wheel dropped off the edge of the pavement just enough that it dug into a shallow impromptu ditch that had formed there, flipping his car over. Luckily, a big group of those around helped push him back on his wheels again.

Groff’s roll happened at Andys Tires Slayday at California’s Grange Motor Circuit, where he had a pretty sweet drift going in his E36 until he didn’t. Groff says his tire debeaded, sending him wide and into the dirt around the track. the Here’s a very blurry, very shakycam video of a car following Groff that shows the roll from a different angle:

Nothing is worse than hanging in an awkward position in a race car after a roll. Gravity is going to drop you in a weird spot no matter what you do, and there’s always the nagging worry as to whether you’re really hurt if it was a hard hit.


While the fellow hopping out of the white car may have put himself at risk by running over to check on Groff as traffic was still coming to a halt on track, what happened next was heartwarming even to me, a callous, heartless internet-hole of a human being. Fellow competitors came together with the marshals to lend a hand pushing Groff’s car back on its wheels, so he could get out in a more dignified manner than through the side window.

Now that’s the true spirit of motorsports. Excuse me while I chastise my neighbors for throwing onions into chainsaws again.

[H/T Paulo!]

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Not sure if it was just an idea they were floating around or if it was something they actually put together but the Team O’Neil Rally School was talking about putting a shell of a car on a rotisserie so that they could easily flip it and train drivers and co-drivers on how to best get out of an upside down car.