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Old Yesterday, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Continental Europe
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I don't understand people who kill themselves doing this sort of thing. What a waste.
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Old Yesterday, 02:56 PM
 
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I don't understand people who kill themselves doing this sort of thing. What a waste.

She was an expert at what she did. She loved cars. It was her thing. In a way, she's no different than astronauts. There's an element of danger to that as well. Especially the test pilots and the first few astronauts in the 60's. And yet, we call them heroes.
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Old Yesterday, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Riding a rock floating through space
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Well, I think it kind of cool that she went out doing what she loved. And thankfully, I doubt she suffered. Maybe she had a second to think "Oh sh**!" And that was it.
I'm sure a 400 mph crash is immediate lights out. This is the best way to die - having a great time one second then dead the next.
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Old Yesterday, 03:12 PM
 
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I remember her about a decade ago on one of those syndicated carcraft/rebuilding shows back in my car rebuilding horsepower seeking days phase (I had an old built vette I would drag race at the strip frequently) when she first started appearing on TV. I thought "OK kinda cute" then researched her biography and found this young lady was the real thing - quite accomplished, educated and skilled in her craft, impressive. Watched one show with her driving a 4X4 and these hillbillies really talking down to her because she was female. I thought to myself "dumb rednecks this lady has more knowledge and experience as a 26 year old then you will have in your whole life". She just brushed it off.

Lost track of her since then until I read the headlines today. She kept with her craft and died at least doing what she loves.
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Old Yesterday, 06:05 PM
 
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How could something like this come as a surprise - 400 mph on 4 wheels, what could go wrong?
She was shooting for over 600 mph..............not a huge margin of error at those numbers. Glad she had the opportunity to do it, sad she lost her life doing something so unimportant.
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Old Yesterday, 06:13 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Deaths from dangerous activities such as wingsuit flying, speed records, extreme mountain climbing etc get the Darwin award imo. Unless they have a secret death wish, then mission accomplished.
Sorry if I sound insensitive, just my .02 - which is .02 more than it's worth.

I completely agree!
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Old Yesterday, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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live dangerously - die young.


i have less than zero sympathy.


now, if she was walking across the street and got hit by a car, but she didnt.............
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Old Yesterday, 08:15 PM
 
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Life insurance companies definitely hate these kinds of hobbies!


Ive seen a jet drag car before, they are something to behold if youve never seen one!! You can feel the power and thrust of that engine a good 100ft away.


Id love to know who the first guy was whos brilliant idea was.."hey I wonder what it would be like if we took the engine out of a fighter plane and put in a car"?!!
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Old Yesterday, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I thought land speed records went out with disco and Evel Knievel. Nobody cares. May she did.
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Old Yesterday, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Micronesia
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Just terrible. A real loss to the auto community and the world. At least she went out with her boots on.
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