This guy had the foresight to save his two E36 M3s from Hurricane Harvey
Jack stands and garden blocks were just enough to save the two performance legends
Over the past four days, Texas has borne the brunt of Hurricane Harvey, a tropical storm that has caused catastrophic flooding. Although people will have prepared somewhat for the onslaught of the storm, the flooding has had much more of an impact than suspected, leading to huge amounts of damage and property loss throughout the state.
A heartwarming petrolhead story to take from this tragedy has been the quick thinking of Houston resident Cody Crochet to save his two BMW E36 M3s from the car-killing waters. Cody had the foresight to position his beloved red E36 on jack stands propped up also by garden concrete slabs, giving his slammed and stanced creation a good metre or so of clearance over the water line.
His second M3 was also put onto its transportation trailer, again giving the car just enough room to escape a murky death. Speaking to Jalopnik, Crochet told them that the local authorities warned of around one foot of flooding which prompted him to jack his red M3 up and place his white M3 on the trailer. He also owns a BMW X5 which he imagined would be safe enough due to a lift kit he had installed previously.
Despite his initial quick thinking, the water started pushing past the proposed one foot mark, prompting him to take further action. Concrete slabs were used to hoist the cars a further couple of feet into the air. And thankfully that was enough to save them considering how high the water ended up reaching.
Photo via Jalopnik/Cody Crochet
Unfortunately, Cody's house has been infiltrated by around one foot and six inches of flood water. But once the floods have receded, at least he will have his cars to hand and to help in the subsequent relief effort.
Cody working on one of his E36 M3s on his YouTube channel 'TEXAS E36 Garage'
We can only hope that the worst of the flooding is over and that he doesn't have to move his cars further into the air, and we have full respect for Cody having the initiative needed to keep his cars alive during this torrid time for him and his fellow Texas neighbours.