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Default 'Birds are built like a tank, here's proof, from Rick DeSimone

Rick Desimone has recovered from his stroke & doing well. We went to Myrtle Beach last week. He & Jo went in their '77 & Rita & I followed in our '87.

On the way to the beach Rick was leading and in the left lane about 50ft from a truck in the right lane hauling Porta Potties when one fell off of the truck.

WHAM!!!! Looked like a prehistoric canary (yellow) flying through the air.

Good News:
1. No one injured.
2. No one in the "can."
3. The can was empty.
4. Very minor damage (5" crack in windshield--Pushed in screen in front of
radiator, little else).

We were traveling 60-65mph at the time. WIPED out that sucker--seat was in the middle of the road, both lanes of 29S parked while cleanup proceeded.

Rest of the trip was pretty much uneventful after that although Rita was a
bit uncomfortable from the ride (she had breast cancer surgery last month & is recovering well).

BTW Bus Conversions Magazine has an article on Complete Coach Works/Blue Bird in the August issue.
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Rick Desimone has recovered from his stroke & doing well. We went to Myrtle Beach last week. He & Jo went in their '77 & Rita & I followed in our '87.

On the way to the beach Rick was leading and in the left lane about 50ft from a truck in the right lane hauling Porta Potties when one fell off of the truck.

WHAM!!!! Looked like a prehistoric canary (yellow) flying through the air.

Good News:
1. No one injured.
2. No one in the "can."
3. The can was empty.
4. Very minor damage (5" crack in windshield--Pushed in screen in front of
radiator, little else).

We were traveling 60-65mph at the time. WIPED out that sucker--seat was in the middle of the road, both lanes of 29S parked while cleanup proceeded.

Rest of the trip was pretty much uneventful after that although Rita was a
bit uncomfortable from the ride (she had breast cancer surgery last month & is recovering well).

BTW Bus Conversions Magazine has an article on Complete Coach Works/Blue Bird in the August issue.
Bill,

That is great news about Rick and Rita too, but that accident could have been a very different experience if that truck would have just picked up his LOAD (literally) of Porta Potties from an event, sort of like what it looks like when the SH#! HITS THE FAN I'm glad there were no injuries and the DQ MAN came out smelling like a rose....sorry the devil made me say that
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Rick is lucky he was driving a bird. If it had been one of those stick & staple things that seat might have been hanging around his neck.
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Bill,good to hear from you.
and its good to hear Rick is doing well.
And,we are glad to hear Ritas doing better too.
see you at maxton,i hope!
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Randy,

We are planning on Maxton. I see your "93's for sale--looks like a lot of coach for the asking price. I'll pass the word around in this area.

Take care,
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Gardner,

The crack in the windshield was at the very top of the passenger side. The impact also knocked the enterior rear veiw mirror from its mount. Fifteen feet back from the coach no damage is visible. Built like a tank.

Take care,
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Pictures of smashed and burned SOBs can be found in the Reasons I Bought My Bluebirdforum. I'll attach a pic or two of the BB that crashed. I believe it was driven away from the accident scene after wrecker put it back on it's feet.
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Gardner,

The crack in the windshield was at the very top of the passenger side. The impact also knocked the enterior rear veiw mirror from its mount. Fifteen feet back from the coach no damage is visible. Built like a tank.

Take care,
Here is a photo of Rick's 'Bird after he hit the SH#THOUSE!!
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