One filled pothole could have turned the Bluebird's UK land speed record attempt from a disaster into a success. Looking to break the existing speed record for an electric vehicle of 137mph, driver Joseph Wales's vehicle struck a pothole in the sand.
The resulting jolt to the car damaged its bodywork, steering components and suspension. The Bluebird slid sideways going at 100mph, effectively ending the run and foiling the record attempt. Wales walked away uninjured.
But it wasn't just the pothole that messed things up. Poor visibility hampered Wales' vision; otherwise he might have avoided the pothole. An earlier run was delayed by a wayward dog that made its way onto the race path.