Call it mad driving skills or a case of exceptional fortune, one thing is certain, that Stuart Bishop was one lucky man with the outcome of this wild ride that befell him during the 2006 Winternationals at Willowbank. Perhaps it was his history with yacht racing that gave the Chief Executive Officer of Wallace Bishop Jewellers the suave maneuvers to save his Diamond Doorslammer from doing more than just kissing the wall during this pass.
The Castrol EDGE Winternationals at Willowbank on June 9, 2006 was the competition first appearance for the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. And an attention getting debut it was, as Bishops’ car swerved into the opposite lane just pass the 60ft. mark and nearly completed two 360’s that did not end in catastrophe, but only a minor scratch as Stuart managed to keep the car from serious impact with the wall or from going into a tumble. Bouncing to a slowing roll, the Camaro cruises off down the track to the cheers and applauds of the crowd and exasperation of the announcer, and respectably so, considering Bishop reined in an out-of-control, 3,000+ horsepower doorslammer, that isn‘t designed to do donuts, and did so appearing effortless on his part.
For those that may not have been down a track before, don’t be fooled that such a impressive save is painless and uncomplicated. More often than not, an unruly race cars’ stumbles are only amplified as driver correction’s can sometimes lead to a increasingly out-of-hand waterfall effect, that does not end as nicely as seen in this video, despite the experience and competency of the guys and gals piloting these rides.
Many kudos and attaboys to Mr. Bishop and his extraordinary save in this video of the 2006 competition debut of his Diamond Doorslammer, making his first Doorslammer pass a very memorable one.