1966 Corvette Rolls Off a Trailer on a Highway at 70 MPH

1966 Corvette Rolls Off a Trailer on a Highway at 70 MPH

1966 Corvette Rolls Off a Trailer on a Highway at 70 MPH

After 34 years of marriage, Corvette Forum member “Sonny557” and his wife probably thought they had seen everything possible. But then on their way back from their anniversary trip to San Antonio, they passed an older man in a Lincoln Continental towing his 1966 Corvette on a trailer.

They passed each other back and forth for at least 20 miles through congested traffic, and then finally as the couple was driving past the trailer once again, he said to his wife that the tie-down straps on the car looked awfully weak.

No sooner than those words had come out of his mouth than the man looked in his rearview mirror and saw a 1966 Corvette rolling down I-35 North at about 70 mph – with no driver behind the wheel!

Somehow, the car finally rolled onto the shoulder of the interstate and came to a stop in a concrete drain. The only damage was a major scuff mark on one of the tires, but the car escaped unharmed!

Here is the full account of the runaway Corvette from Corvette Forum member Sonny557:

Me and my wife Dianna took a weekend trip for our 34th anniversary to San Antonio. On the return trip we passed an older gentleman in a Lincoln Continental towing a trailer with his ’66 ‘vette on it. Well, traffic was stop and go for at least twenty miles, so we passed him, he passed us, no big deal. BUT, we finally got past the congestion and passed him again, I mentioned to my wife his straps and chain seemed kinda flimsy. As I was saying this we just passed the front of his car when I look in my rear view mirror to see his ‘vette is unloading down hwy I-35 North at approximately 70 mph !!! So I’m watching in my mirror as his ’66 is rolling along the highway with no driver!!! It slowly reaches the grassy part of the shoulder and slows down somewhat before going into a concrete drain and goes on for several more feet before coming to a stop. Miraculously only the whitewall had a major scuff mark on it, the car had no scratches or rash!!

All ended well he jumped in started her up, drove to the next off ramp, a passing policeman had stopped to assist brought him back to get his continental and trailer.

Talk about your miracles!

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Mitch Talley
Mitch Talley has loved Corvettes since he was just 8 years old. He's owned 10 Corvettes since 1983, including examples from the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth generations. His goal is to own first, second, and seventh generation cars someday. He and his son, Chris, also a Corvette enthusiast, served as Captains of the 2014 Georgia Corvette Caravan.


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