You hate to see it…
Rapper Snoop Dogg took to his Instagram account on September 5, after the mysterious outage was over, and posted a brief video of his crashed 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. You can see the man’s sunglasses stems in the frame as he bends over to inspect a damaged front wheel. As he moves the camera, it looks like the rocker panel is also crumpled.
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If I had to guess, and apparently I do since Snoop doesn’t offer an explanation, I’d say he slid and hit a curb. When going fast while turning your front wheels to try steering out of a slide, the exact opposite of what you should do, then running into the curb is enough to bend a wheel like that. If your car is low enough to the ground, the curb will also damage the rocker. It’s sad to see.
You may or may not be aware that in addition to his many other hobbies, rapper Snoop Dogg is a big gearhead. The man has quite the collection of cars which sport some pretty flamboyant modifications, which isn’t the least bit surprising. However, his 1957 Chevy Bel Air is perhaps one of the most conservative-looking vehicles in his garage.
While the gold trim pieces are a little flashy, for the most part the thing looks stock, until you pop the hood. It has a nice LS swap for modern, fuel-injected power. When you combine that kind of raw performance with a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive platform the result is something which can really scoot.
It doesn’t take much experience or imagination to understand how Snoop got himself into trouble. According to his short Instagram video, it was raining at the time of the accident. I can say living somewhere that doesn’t see much rain, people who aren’t used to driving in it seem to either drive as slow as a turtle when the roads get wet or burn rubber like everything’s dry. Both are dangerous approaches, but the latter is more likely to result in a bent rim like we see on this poor Bel Air.
Check it out for yourself, plus a video about Snoop Dogg’s ’57 Bel Air – skip to 14:15 if you just want to see the car (warning: language in both videos).