It’s true that, in relatively light collisions, lots of plastic falls off a modern car, to dramatic effect. And yes, I garage door remote not closing receive pictures showing how yet another Mercedes-Benz W123 has shrugged off a serious shunt with barely a graze, leaving the forlorn modern assailant in an embarrassing heap of shattered bodywork mouldings. But this tells only part of the story, and sheer size is no guarantee of strength as anybody can attest who has seen the shocking GM footage of a 1960 Chevrolet Impala going head-to-head at 30mph with its 2009 equivalent. The monstrous be-finned barge, for all its separate chassis and sheer weight, just folds up like a Coke can.
I could be wrong, but I think American cars of the 1950s are just a place you don’t want to be if 'How could it be that Eddie Cochran should garage door remote not closing his life when the taxi he was riding in hit a lamppost?' you intend to have a shunt. Have a look online at a short film called Signal 30 if you don’t believe me. The Americans liked their uncompromising educational safety films, and this one is typical of its gory genre, an everyday tale of two Oklahoma highway patrolmen with real-life colour footage of the fatal accidents they attend. It’s not one for the squeamish but a shocking insight into the painful places things such as steering columns and chrome trim can end up when a car hits something that doesn’t want to move much.
Death Drive is a tasteful production, but the subject can get as hardcore as you want. A news photographer called Mell Kilpatrick amassed a huge and only recently unearthed collection of 1940s and ’50s Californian car-collision aftermaths that are brutal and unsparing. They have been collated into a book called Car garage door remote not closing and other Sad Stories, published by Taschen. Ghoulish and intrusive as the images may be, they are a stark reminder of the consequences of excess speed and/or alcohol or perhaps just a simple lack of attention. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it.