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Old 06-23-2010, 10:52 PM   #76
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I wonder how fast they were going. the damage doesnt seem THAT severe for a head on collision.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:01 PM   #77
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Originally Posted by fa5tcogt View Post
I wonder how fast they were going. the damage doesnt seem THAT severe for a head on collision.
There is a video on the autoblog link that shows the side view of the car after the accident. It was pretty mangled up from the a pillars forward. I tend to think it was something related to his health (heart attack, stroke, etc) that caused the accident and the impact finished him.

Really sad to hear, about, though. Always terrible to lose someone with his talents.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:15 AM   #78
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Originally Posted by Robbie_B View Post
Production cars, production test drivers, helmets, so what.

404 no motorsport content found.
They were prototypes... whatever, you got your way.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:23 AM   #79
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damn !


Last October I had the chance to shake hands with one of my heroes. I was attending the launch of the Lexus LFA in Florida, and after taking a few hot laps around Homestead, I was offered a ride with Hiromu Naruse, Toyota's "Master Test Driver" and the man responsible for the automaker's first and last supercar.

At 66 years old, he put me to shame. Smooth inputs, graceful slides and nearly imperceptible throttle inputs had him lapping the track seconds faster than anyone in attendance. Including one race driver. But the LFA wasn't his greatest work.

Naruse-san helped create my childhood dream cars. Stapled above my Countach poster and a cutaway of the Acura NSX was a small picture of the Toyota 2000GT carefully snipped out of my first issue of Road & Track. That was his first baby and there were many more to follow.

While most of my Valley-born peers were interested in muscle cars and pickups, I was fawning over the Sprinter Trueno and the original MR2. When the Lexus IS300 showed up in the late '90s, I scammed my way into one of the first manual models at the local dealer and racked up 30 miles on to the odometer during an elongated "test drive."

Naruse-san was responsible for all of them, and now he's gone. One of the few men left at Toyota passionate about driving has exited stage right, and the automotive world stands to be a worse place without him.

Click: autoblog.com/2010/06/23/seat-time-with-hiromu-naruse/
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:05 AM   #80
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So sad. RIP.
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:00 AM   #81
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.... At this point,
even I have lost track.


Very sad news. Such a loss for the car community and enthusiasts.
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:47 AM   #82
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In hibernation...


He did what he loved up until the end. RIP!
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:49 PM   #83
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That sucks RIP
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