By now, most of you have either read, heard, or seen video footage of the wild crash that caused considerable damage to the small-tire cars of Missouri’s Mark Woodruff and grudge racing star Tony Bynes on Saturday evening at the South Georgia Motorsports Park. Only now is quality footage of the accident making its way to the interwebs, giving us a better look at what really went down.
The horrifying accident came during Ronnie Brown’s 29’s & 28’s Shootout event, and according to some reports but unconfirmed, Woodruff, in his radial-tire 1967 Corvette — a real second-gen ‘Vette considered by many one of the most immaculate cars in all of drag racing — had paired up with grudge racing superstar Tony Bynes of Primetime Racing fame and his nitrous-fed “Hammer” Camaro for a good old-fashioned grudge match.
As the footage shows (seen in the final minute of the clip), Bynes, who was well out on Woodruff right out of the gate, drifted left out of the groove near the centerline at about half track and attempted to collect it, but ended up in the other lane, striking the right front of Woodruff’s charging ‘Vette. Woodruff went hard into the wall from the glancing impact, while Bynes’ machine, according to eyewitness reports, got upside down at some point in the melee.
Video credit: Detroithoodtv
Our friend Hans Pierre Jr. of Free Life Films was on hand and shared some photos with us of the remains of both cars, showing the destruction that each endured. The violent impact mangled the front of Woodruff’s beautiful machine, while the body was completely torn — sans one of the doors — from Bynes’ Camaro, leaving it virtually destroyed. And as you can see in the photo here, strange things happen in incidents like this, with the coilover shock penetrating the quarter panel of the Corvette illustrating that point.
Most importantly, and as the commentator in the video points out, both racers were uninjured in the accident, and both of these drivers — and quite possibly both of these very cars — are sure to return in short order.
All photos courtesy Hans Pierre Jr./Free Life Films