Journalist Damages Rare Porsche During Test Drive

He had borrowed the car from an ex-Formula One racer

By Christopher Freeburn, InvestorPlace Writer

A British journalist is facing a $174,000 bill after a 2009 photo-shoot went horribly wrong.

Mark Hales was driving an original Porsche 917, worth $2 million, on a racing track, competing against a Ferrari, while the cars were being photographed for a magazine feature, when he over-revved the Porsche’s engine, causing it to blow out, Yahoo Sports notes.

The Porsche belonged to former Formula One racer David Piper. Hales says he paid Piper $3,200 to drive the Porsche during the photo-shoot. After the incident, Piper sued Hales, claiming that the journalist had promised not to over-rev the car’s delicate engine.

Hales countered that the ex-racer had said he would cover the repair costs himself. But, the court ruled against the journalist, hitting him with $74,000 in damages to the vintage car, and $100,000 in legal costs.

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