When the one-percenters crash, they do so in spectacular fashion. Looking like a scene from a Michael Bay movie, eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes-Benzes piled up on a Japanese freeway, in the most expensive automotive accident since a 28-car Hot Wheels orange-track massacre that occurred in my basement when I was 6.
See, this is why we can’t have nice things.
The victims include no drivers, but several Ferrari 355s, 360s, a 430 Scuderia, a 348, a rare 512TR in white, something presumed to be a Lamborghini Diablo, and a Mercedes-Benz CL600—as well as an errant Toyota Prius and an innocent Nissan Skyline. The group of owners had met on the Internet to coordinate a drive down Chugoku Expressway, and the 430 Scuderia spun out in the light rain while switching lanes.
Unsurprisingly, estimates for the damages are set in the millions: at least one cool mil, if not four as some other sources have reported.
And perhaps more unsurprisingly, speed was a factor. The 60-year old man in the 430 Scuderia may face charges for reckless driving that may culminate in three months of jail, as well as a hefty fine. And perhaps Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Expressway Traffic Police executive officer Mitsuyoshi Isejima summed it up—as well as the more obnoxious aspects of supercar culture—the best, when he said, “It was a gathering of narcissists.”