Florida Ford GT owner crashes because he’s ‘unfamiliar’ with manual transmission: Police

The Ford GT owner in Boca Raton, Florida, crashed his recently purchased supercar into a tree Friday night because he “didn’t know how to drive a gearshift,” police say.

A police report said driver Robert J. Guarini, 50, told officers he lost control after changing gear as he was leaving his apartment house at around 6 p.m. As a result, his face hit a palm tree. Guarini then told a nearby security worker that he did not have his phone and needed to take it home, where he spoke to authorities via landline after leaving the car unattended, according to the report.

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Although the police report says Guarini told officers that the accident was caused by inexperience with a manual transmission, he told the Ford GT owner road track Over the phone there was more event. Guarini claims that old tires, muddy pavement, and new details were all factors that caused the 550-horsepower supercar to sway and crash into a tree. The driver also said R&T The accident occurred while he was shifting into second gear from first gear, and not while downshifting, says the official report.

“I don’t want people to think I was racing at 90 mph,” Guarini says. “I was going 35 mph.”

From the police report, it is unclear whether speed played a role in the accident.

Photos by Facebook user John Biddle from the crash site show that damage is limited to the front third of the car. The blow was large enough to trigger several airbags, disabling the car, and causing the GT to slid far enough after hitting the tree, blocking the nearby pavement.

Although the police say the car was not registered or insured when the accident occurred, Guarini claims the car was covered by an umbrella policy and that he did not have the documentation available when the accident occurred.

The VIN police report included in the police report indicates that the car was purchased at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Palm Beach in early April for $704,000, about the running price of a 2006 Heritage Edition GT. This would make replacement a very expensive endeavor.

A Guarini driver’s certificate was issued with a suspended license and a warning for operating an unregistered vehicle. The 50-year-old claims his license was suspended due to a “clerical error” in an unrelated automobile section.

Additional reporting by Chris Perkins.

Updated May 2, 2022 3:55 PM: Road & Track spoke with the Ford GT owner. This story has been updated with additional details.

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