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    Racing driver and journalist Mark Hales is facing a £120,000 bill after he was sued for blowing up the engine in a £1.25m Porsche 917.


    The court case, in which Hales was sued by David Piper, the owner of the 917, concluded with the judge in the High Court finding that Hales had over revved the engine, causing its failure. The car, a replica built from genuine Porsche parts, was subsequently repaired and sold for £1.25m.
    Hales and Piper had a verbal agreement that the car needed to be kept under 7000rpm and that if the Porsche was damaged it would have to paid for.
    The case and the outcome has caused controversy as it could affect the way magazines drive and test rare and exotic machinery. Insurance against such mechanical failure is hard to come by and many valuable vehicles are not covered. With a successful litigation case against a journalist, others may be less keen to take the risk of potentially damaging a car while owners could now be more likely to pursue damages.
    A fund to pay for Hales’ costs has been started at www.savethehales.com.

    Source: www.autocar.co.uk

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    Default Re: Journalist faces £120,000 bill after blowing up Porsche 917

    wouldn't lend my car to anyone, especially if it was worth that much

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    Default Re: Journalist faces £120,000 bill after blowing up Porsche 917

    You break it - you pay for it. Isn't this how it usually works?

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    Default Re: Journalist faces £120,000 bill after blowing up Porsche 917

    I was always under the impression if you borrowed a car it was understood " You bend it you mend it", Colin

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    How does the court know wether he took it above 7000rpm ? Were there 2 people in the vehicle at the time ? Or is it a case of "he must have been doing 7k rpm for that outcome to have occurred" ?

    £120,000 ? Couldn't they have just stuck a 200tdi in there ?

    Either way, can't see me shelling out to the Save The Hales fund.

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    Always a "Bend it you mend it" with me and my friends. None of us ever have though
    Motors : 1980 Series III 109" V8, 2001 Mercedes E320Cdi.. I'm getting old and lazy

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    Default Re: Journalist faces £120,000 bill after blowing up Porsche 917

    like me though, you and your mates probably don't own a car that would cost 120k to fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zollaf View Post
    like me though, you and your mates probably don't own a car that would cost 120k to fix.
    Yeah £500 usually covers the whole vehicle lol
    Motors : 1980 Series III 109" V8, 2001 Mercedes E320Cdi.. I'm getting old and lazy

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    I had the blue Corgi version of the Porsche 917 when I was 8 - sadly I took less care of it than Mr Hales did the real thing otherwise it would probably be worth almost £12!

    http://chezbois.com/corgi/1970/Model_385.htm

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