Video: GTO Driver Loses Control On Mulholland, Takes Out Motorcycles

Editor’s Note – You might want to turn your volume down before watching the video, as there are a couple of shouted F-bombs. Fairly warned ye be, says I.

Mulholland Highway, in Los Angeles’ Santa Monica mountains, is home to one notorious section of twisted pavement called “The Snake.” One curve in particular has been called “the most crashed corner in Southern California” for good reason – the hairpin U-turn dubbed “Edwards Corner” sees so many incidents that photographers, including YouTuber Ken Snyder, better known online as RNickey Mouse, routinely camp out there waiting for the inevitable.

The guardrail at Edwards has claimed many a sportbike...

The guardrail at Edwards has claimed many a sportbike…

Mulholland’s challenging tarmac draws hordes of motorcyclists, drivers of exotics and sports cars, and pelotons of bicyclists year round, with the two-mile stretch of The Snake a prime attraction. In Snyder’s video (one of dozens he’s shot at Edwards) from 2010 shown above, we see what happens when the driver of a LS2 GTO gets in over his head on the 180-degree, constant-radius, on-camber turn.

Here's the textbook definition of, 'that went sideways...'

Here’s the textbook definition of, ‘that went sideways…’

From the very start, he’s in trouble, running wide at the beginning of the turn and almost brushing the guardrail, but after correcting his line and getting out of understeer mode, he stomps on the gas and ends up oversteering on the exit, sliding across the opposite lane and off the road to the left.

Unfortunately, a group of parked motorcycles sheltering in the lee of a photographer’s pickup truck are in the path of the careening Pontiac. Cut to a shot of the aftermath, with bikes knocked down the hillside, and very NSFW words being shouted by one of their riders.

The poor GTO got off easy, with just some damage to the front fender. The bikes, on the other hand...

The poor GTO got off easy, with just some damage to the front fender. The bikes, on the other hand…

At least nobody was physically injured, and perhaps the GTO driver learned a lesson about not getting into a situation when you run out of traction, talent, and ideas on public roads. If you have an hour or six to kill, Snyder’s YouTube channel is full of videos from Mulholland – some that don’t even feature crashes!

About the author

Paul Huizenga

After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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