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What's the fastest you have ever driven a car?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by marc37, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior member

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    M40 London to Birmingham, I have seen people doing 100 in the middle lane, and it is hardly a rare sight.
    I can confirm that I am one of these people. When I make my monthly trip to London, and the sad drive to Birmingham I easily average 100mph. I get very annoyed when I need to slow down. I also don't worry about speed cameras. Â Since I rent, they never send you tickets that were caught on the speed camera. I figure they guess one would never pay it. Â I have been flashed, with no exaggeration, at least 50 times on the M25 this year alone, and have yet to receive a ticket. I also implement the following plan if I ever get pulled over, it has been successful twice so far. Â Firstly, act shocked that you were pulled over. Â When asked about your speed, claim that you thought the circle with the backslash meant "open speed" as it does in Germany. Â (It actually means national speed) Apologize embarrasingly and go on your way.
    See, Joe G. You do not know what you are saying.
     
  2. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior member

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    HRHAndrew, does that stand for HRH as in His Royal Highness? What takes you to horrible Birmingham, and the northerners.
     
  3. marc37

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    Thankyou gentlemen for participating in the topic. Please stick to the topic though. Kalra2411: l am pointing out you in particular. No waffle old son. Just plain juicy hardcore facts boy.

    Don't you dare hi-jack my thread [like you did the other].
     
  4. kalra2411

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    Okay sorry, I dont mean to do it, I just get carried away.
     
  5. Looking to improve

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    Are radar/laser detector/jammers legal in the UK or Europe? I can't imagine driving here in the States without my radar detector / laser jammer. Â It's paid for itself multiple times over in the cost of tickets and increased insurance premiums, and probably has saved my license on at least two occasions.
    I don't think that speeding is monitored in Europe as it is in the States.
    Here in The Netherlands the situation is the same as A Harris mentions: unmarked patrol cars, scores of speed camera's and a recent prohibition of radar-detectors. Get caught with a detector (whether it's working or not) and lose the detector. Dutch police use a radar-detector-detector. Just so you know when visiting... MtB
     
  6. kalra2411

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    On the subject of other drivers in the UK, in the westend people drive very well, they do not just stop at a junction or roundabout, in other parts of the UK (namely the NORTH) people will just stop at a junction even if they can see nobody is coming. Northerners also will not go through, or speed up if the light is orange, this is really annoying, and I have found myself overtaking on the wrong side of the road as a result of this when I am in the north. Another thing that really annoys me about the way northerners drive is that they expect you to give them way, this just takes me to the limit. For example on the Hagley Road going into central Birmingham from the motorway, there are often cars parked in the left lane, and I, driving away at 60 in the right lane have to slam the breaks every 2 seconds because people just keep pulling out without looking, because they expect that I will let them in. Northerners also get very annoyed if you overtake them on the left (in the UK that is not really allowed, as you are only ever supposed to overtake on the right, unlike the US where you can overtake in either lane). Well, for one thing, they should not be going so slow in the right lane, and for another, what does it matter.

    Traffic in London is probably so bad because of the attitude of most London drivers, we seldom give way, and this cause a lot of problems at rush hour, just take one look at the Hanger Lane approach, even the authorities encourage that people do not give way, they have put special diamond markers (instead of the usual white dotted line, marking the lane) on the exit lane for the North Circular from about a mile back, meaning that changing lane is banned after the diamond markers begin. I would think that if Londoners drove like Northerners, there would be far less traffic. But then again, that is a lot to suffer for just a few hours every day (rush hour).

    Actually, I have now realised that by not using the major routes going across the outside of the westend (Marylebone Road, Euston Road Pentonville Road, Park Lane, Piccadilly, Shaftsbury Avenue, and Charring Cross Road, you save A LOT of time)
     
  7. marc37

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    l am a pretty patient driver. However, these are the things that l hate: 1. Slow drivers in the overtaking lane. (That is my pet hate). 2. Drivers on mobiles. 3. Drivers who don't know the rules. l find that many females drive slowly in the overtaking lane; it is like they don't know the rules. l like to drive fast and efficiently. l tend to have a sixth sense about speed cameras. l never get court. l never weeve thru traffic though. ln Australia, we have only had serious speed camera action in the last 2 years. The traffic has increased alot over the last 15 years and the driving manners have gone down considerably. The furthest l have ever drove a motor-vehicle is 1,200 miles. A long boring drive with no scenery. [​IMG]
     
  8. Kai

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    I have a Valentine that I move back and forth between my Subaru and my Suburban, and I have a custom installed Escort SRX remote mounted radar detector/laser jammer in my Viper.  I love the directional arrows in the Valentine (wish the Escort had them), but the Escort jams laser and it's a lot more discreet than the window-mounted Valentine.  I've used both simultaneously and the sensitivity on both models is so close as to be practically identical.   If the Escort had directional indicators, it would be the perfect system.
     
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    (FIHTies @ 19 July 2004, 7:46) Are radar/laser detector/jammers legal in the UK or Europe? What do you use Kai, a Valentine One or something else? JJF
    I have a Valentine that I move back and forth between my Subaru and my Suburban, and I have a custom installed Escort SRX remote mounted radar detector/laser jammer in my Viper. Â I love the directional arrows in the Valentine (wish the Escort had them), but the Escort jams laser and it's a lot more discreet than the window-mounted Valentine. Â I've used both simultaneously and the sensitivity on both models is so close as to be practically identical. Â If the Escort had directional indicators, it would be the perfect system.
    Kai: Valentine has a module that you can have the lights cabled to a unit below the windshield and my brother uses that. In the valentine its especially important as the directional lights, a cool feature get very bright and if a cop is behind you he cant miss that. I use an escort 3500 and its OK but as you know it has no rear sensor. Only time I needed it I didnt have it on, heading up to visit my Dad in the hospital and my mind elsewhere. Lost the appeal as well. [​IMG] JJF
     
  10. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks for sharing [​IMG]
     
  11. Joe G

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    OK. I'm perfectly willing to buy into your self-identification as a reckless, dangerous punk. But that changes neither that you have some trouble with facts, nor that the skill of reading comprehension has proven somewhat elusive to you. However, the skill of backpedalling seems to be decently well in hand.

    I am well aware that motorway velocities across the Channel are often fairly high. And, had your reading comprehension faculties been more fully developed you would have noted that I wrote precisely nothing about your alleged motorway habits. Out of your alleged road conduct, going fast on the motorways is by far the least egregious. However, I maintain that, if you drove in the UK as you describe your driving habits in macro, i.e. "My average speed on the motorway is about 110mph. Average speed on Park Lane, 80mph (albeit late at night), Average speed on London roads 40-60 mph..." then you would probably have long ago lost your liberty, and would definitely not be allowed to legally drive or insure a motorcar.

    And as a matter of fact, I have spent a decent amount of time in Soho. And for some reason I've yet to have seen a single automobile doing anywhere near 100mph there. I've rarely seen an automobile going 100km/h there. (You do understand the difference between miles and kilometers, right?) Furthermore, I've never seen a Ferrari going exceptionally fast in Soho. (Perhaps if I kept the company of the boorish nouveaux riches instead of casting my lot with civilised people, I would have such tales to tell. I don't know.)

    But let's forget about England for the moment. Between the rickshaws, over-laden lorries, tractors, animal-drawn carts, and at the top end the tiny little tinbox cars there is only one way you could have possibly reached 90mph in Bangladesh: you must have killed several people in the process, and maimed scores more. A donkey cart cannot get out of the way of a motorcar bearing down upon it at 90mph or any velocity remotely close to that, nor can a person crossing an often unilluminated roadway do so. Recall that the only land more densely populated than Bangladesh is the illegally-occupied Gaza Strip

    So, please do let us know: are you a liar or a murderer?

    Peace,

    JG
     
  12. Mike C.

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    Joe, Kalra is a 16 year old kid. He probably dosen't even have a license. How old do you need to be to drive in the UK?
     
  13. marc37

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    Well done Kai: l am very glad to hear that. What's the harm in driving fast down the freeway when the person is driving with great care. Cops are revenue raisors: l get vexed with all these people who are out in a straight stretch [of road] but are too scared to go over the limit. l flout the law all the time and l think nothing of it. l am no robot. l always drive safely though. l have a truckie mate who has been using radar detectors for years; he has been busted by the cops afew times. l have ordered one from the U.S just recently. [​IMG] Â [​IMG] Â [​IMG] Â [​IMG] Â [​IMG]
     
  14. marc37

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    l only worry about speed limits when the cops are around. [​IMG] lf it is the middle of the night and no cars are around, why not go thru traffic lights. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    My cousins Ferrari F50, about 180 mph down I-95 between Sample Rd and Yamato Rd. This was somewhere in the early morning, I think around 4 am, if I can recall. I was in a McLaren F1 once, but I did not drive and was only taken for a joyride; the side seats are really uncomfortable and small. I usually average 80-100 mph on my daily commute (on 45 mph roads. Yeah, I'm a maniac&#33[​IMG], at the same time I always use my blinker and when there are accidents or ambulance / fire trucks need to go by, I drive very cautiously and follow all the road rules. Jon.
     
  16. marc37

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    Well done son. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] That is so fast. l hear that the new $1 million dollar 750 horse power convertable rolls royce can get up to 60mph in 2.5 seconds and can do 360 mph. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  17. imageWIS

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    Huh? Which RR? This is the first I have heard of this. Do you have a link? The only new RR convertible I know of is the 'new' Corniche based on the Bentley Azure (there are 2 in my neighborhood, lucky bastards&#33[​IMG]. Jon.
     
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    Wait; are you talking about this (see link)? RR 100EX Link The commentary at the bottom by RollerBean is hilarious. Jon.
     
  19. Brian SD

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    [​IMG] I am so jealous. That car is king.
     
  20. imageWIS

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    Contrary to popular belief, Ferraris are not as much fun to drive as everyone might think, especially the F50. It turns like an SUV and the seats are bolted to the engine, which means you feel everything...fun for a bit, but it gets annoying after a while.

    Although, at least the F50 does not corner like a Diablo...which is to say horribly.

    If you want performance, whilst still having a nice balance of amenities, either a BMW M3 / M5 or an Audi R6S is the best bet. Is it a Ferrari? No. Will you show off like in a Ferrari? No. But, also there is a very slim chance that you will find oil leaking all over the floor like many Ferraris (ok, so the new ones don't really have this problem anymore).

    He is supposed to get an Enzo soon (soon is relative when it comes to Ferrari's).

    Jon.
     

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