Wonder if it was a blowout due to the bulge being a weakpoint?It is thought the couple had changed the tyre on the BMW Z3, after noticing a bulge in it, but that Capt Wilcox was holding it because the boot was full of luggage.
Some years ago I worked for WY Passenger Transport Executive, who had a similar ring give way on one of their buses - in the middle of Leeds. Several kilos of steel flew across the pavement and demolished a plate glass window, the shop front display and quite a bit of the interior. They were very, very lucky that no-one was in the way.ComedyPilot said:I used to inflate army wagon tyres, the type with split ring rims. Before the days of cage inflation we used to stand on the rim, so if it blew it just threw you off. If you didn't stand on it you risked the rim flying off and smacking you in the teeth.