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If you’ve seen the cult classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off you should know that nothing good ever comes of keeping a car still while revving the engine.
In the movie’s case, Ferris tries to take miles off the odometer of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California by jacking the rear wheels up on blocks and running the car in reverse. Pretty dumb. No miles come off the car and it rockets backwards out a display window to its doom.
You would think that people in charge of running an auto show would have enough sense to avoid such calamity, but you would be wrong. A privately-owned Lamborghini Gallardo got sacrificed to the car god of fire at this year’s Portland International Auto Show after someone gave an idiot the keys.
According to fire regulation, no car may enter the show with more than a quarter-tank of gas. When the Gallardo tried to go in with more than that, the fire marshal refused. A reasonable person might siphon the gas or better yet just cruise it off. After all, Lambos aren’t known for their fuel economy.
Nope! Enter Ferris Bueller’s real life double, someone stupid enough to pop the car in neutral and stick a wooden block on the gas pedal to burn off excess fuel. Well, as you might imagine, the car caught fire. We’re not sure whether to laugh or cry, but at least the otherwise nondescript Portland show got some unusual publicity.
Chalk this one up to ignorance.
[Source: Motor Authority]