Sports cars no match for North Carolina beach sand
Sports car drivers are finding all the horsepower they bring to the North Carolina Outer Banks does them no good in the sand
Thursday, March 14, 2019
COROLLA, N.C. (AP) — Sports car drivers are finding all the horsepower they bring to the North Carolina Outer Banks does them no good in the sand.
Sgt. Joey Davidson of the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office said the sports cars bottom out in the sand and get stuck regardless of how powerful the car is, The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports.
Soft sand is unforgiving to sports cars that are built low to the ground, said Kit Williams, coordinator for the Cape Fear Chapter of the Sports Car Club of America.
“We don’t do anything off road,” Williams said. “Sounds bone-headed if you ask me.”
A Challenger, a BMW, a red Corvette, a Dodge Viper and a classic Porsche were all recently stuck in the sand.
The long and relatively isolated beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Currituck Outer Banks are two of the favorite driving spots. The beaches aren’t as busy with traffic during the winter so the sand is not churned up and soft as it can be during the summer. Rain can pack the sand down.
People drive to the end of the paved road and onto the sand to look down the beach and check out conditions, Davidson said.
“They’re thinking, let me see where this goes,” he said. “Can I make it?”
Then they realize they might get stuck and try to turn around in the sand then it’s too late, he said.
A man driving his 1976 Porsche onto the Currituck four-wheel drive beach got stuck last month after driving around the sand for a bit. A friend in an all-terrain vehicle pulled him out, said Edward Ponton, a local who frequently drives the beaches and said he’s seen many vehicles sunken in sand in all kinds of circumstances.
“I didn’t expect to see a Porsche,” he said.
Experts recommend that people go onto the beaches with four-wheel-drive vehicles only, and the tires should be deflated down to 15 to 18 pounds per square inch.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com