I was out rallying my usual spot, however it had recently sprung up a lot of new grass due to the rain and it being Spring and all. This lead to some understeer. I was doing my loops, and one turn in particular was understeering every go-round. I was trying to feint into it with the momentum of the previous turn and this was working with mild success.
Next lap around however, I had no horizontal momentum due to coming out of the last turn slower than normal and with no sliding motion, so I went into the bad understeering corner with too much speed, causing me to slide into the surrounding forest. I managed to avoid the first tree (magically) however, once I had ABS'd down to about 5 miles an hour, I hit a low branch, and then the rest of the tree.
I got out and surveyed the damage, and saw this:
After freaking out, (which was entirely unnecessary, and unlike me) I popped open the hood, found it to be double layered, meaning I cant push the dent out from the inside, so I then decided to take a trip to AutoZone, and pick up a "pop-a-dent". I figured, hey cant mess it up any more right?
After some 45 minutes of scraping, I finally got all of the nasty glue stuff off. Out of the 5 applications I did, only 1 "popped" like it shows in the commercials, the 4 just stuck to the car as the dent began to return to normal. As you can see, when I went to remove one of the glue piles, it pulled off in a nice circle, WITH my paint.
Moral of the story:
Dont rally unless you are prepared to screw stuff up.
I suppose now my only options are buy a new hood (sexy CF maybe?) or go to a junkyard. If anyone could direct me to the address of an Austin, Texas area junkyard, that would be terrific.