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Fastest you've ever been?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Drewid, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. 140+ in an old FL Highway Patrol Car (69 Plymouth with a 440) back in 1976 on Alligator Alley somewhere between Naples and Miami. Heading home from other traffic seen for miles.....curious what it would do. Buried the Certified 140 mph speedo and it just kept going. Looking back at it now, not the brightest bulb in the pack that day. Had we had a blowout or hit something on a two lane road with swamp on both sides, we'd have been gator bait for sure. Still brings a smile to my face when I think of it, tho.
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  2. coilover
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
    Posts: 624

    from Texas

    When people tell me where a speedometer needle was pointed I just yawn, blink, and change the subject. What a GPS indicates I believe. Did see 168 on Garmin in nephews Viper with the Venom conversion. Guy I bought my 46 Ford coupe from had slips showing 196 on some kind of Jap bike in the Texas mile and was butchering a pristine 53 Studebaker coupe to make it into the 200mph club. Do a search on The Texas Mile which is exactly one mile with a STANDING start; street legal 235mph Camaro and 300mph Ford GT come to mind.
  3. The fastest I've ever been? I guess between 500, and 600 MPH in a Jet. :rolleyes:
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  4. Dave G in Gansevoort
    Joined: Mar 28, 2019
    Posts: 281

    Dave G in Gansevoort
    from Upstate NY

    Warp 9.9. But in a car, don't really know. Didn't want to look away from the road, cause I was afraid I was going to either die or get arrested.
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  5. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,385

    Marty Strode

    Must have had a "Cop Motor, Cop Tires, and Cop Brakes" !
  6. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,338

    from Arizona

    Was going about 105 on my old Harley Lowrider when I backed off because my eyes were watering so bad I couldn't see anymore. That thing was just waking up at 70. You could roll on the throttle in high gear at 70 and it would just grab you. Dam I miss that bike.
  7. 440, Hemi Torqueflite tranny, 2.73 rear end and massive discs. Speed rated tires too. And the speedo was the kind the cops used to write tickets in the days when they followed to match speed(hence the “certified” designation on the face).
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  8. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,385

    Marty Strode

    Yeah, Like Elwood and Jake had in the "Blues Brothers".
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  9. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
    Posts: 530


    135 in my uncle's former 3000GT VR4, and I wasn't in sixth gear yet...yikes! Did 90-95 in my 1960 VW hotrod through the tunnel in Hartford CT on the way to a car show in Terryville once. Speedometer goes to 80, but the needle was pointing towards the generator will go faster, but I don't dare to find out how much faster.
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  11. kevinrevin
    Joined: Jul 1, 2018
    Posts: 79

    from East Texas

    145+ one night in my '71 Javelin.
  12. Bobby38
    Joined: Feb 2, 2020
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  13. Bobby38
    Joined: Feb 2, 2020
    Posts: 17


    Around 140ish in my first car:a 64 impala with a warmed over 283 pg with 3:08 gears. Wasn't smart enough to be scared
    another time I woke up in the back seat and I could tell we getting it. When I told the guy driving that the cords were showing on the front tires, he turned white as a sheet and slowed down gently
  14. Lil32
    Joined: Apr 4, 2012
    Posts: 1,634


    I am a bit slow compared to you guys
    way up in a mining town in Aussie I drove a E Type Jag at 120mph,I was about 20Y/o in 1971
    on trips to USA the most I have driven at would be 100mph in a rental Chev Impala
    up in Nevada . did get caught doing 80mph in 70zone, in Nevada but it was a work zone doing repairs
    cost a few dollars that did
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  15. Still, one of my favourite movies.
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  16. Guy Patterson
    Joined: Nov 27, 2020
    Posts: 40

    Guy Patterson

    155 in a 1970 duster hit a bump an left the ground an decided time to slow down an realized didn't have much in the way of brakes . yes an oh shit moment
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  17. mcmopar
    Joined: Nov 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,590

    from Strum, wi

  18. Marcia
    Joined: Feb 27, 2009
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  19. Fabulous50's
    Joined: Nov 18, 2017
    Posts: 112

    from Maine

    145 in a turbo VW 14psi of boost, factory was 8psi. Interstate, no one for miles. Then had that tires are only 120mph rated, and if I have a blowout I'm pretty much dead! Dont think it had much more, 160mph speedo for whatever accuracy it actually had.
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  20. woodyTom
    Joined: Jan 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,142

    from canton MI

    My 63 was 127 mph, my son's dragmaster front engine dragster with a 327 he gos 145-147 every time down the strip---we race them both all the time--see my avatar
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  21. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,214



    There has to be some inkling about speedometer calibration and going fast. We had our 58 Impala calibrated with the stock tires and rims. It turned 98 in the quarter mile and the speedometer needle was pinned to the right side of the gauge. Past 120mph. No burning rubber at the start, only good traction and shifts throughout the ¼ mile run.
    We realized that the tires spin, making the speedometer relatively useless in the quarter mile races. We mounted a small aircraft tachometer on that side of the dash gauge, under the lip, but covering the 110 to 120 listings on the speedometer. If we accelerated at any time, the needle went over and we knew we were going fast, but at that powerful acceleration, who cared? It was the end game that was exciting and fun.

    There was never a statement as to how fast we ever got in the Impala. It was just a "throw you back in the seat back" upon acceleration type of powerful car. A neck snapping shift during our C&O Stick Hydro days made you hang on, not look away from the prize.


    One time on our way to Davis, California to see my brother, my wife and I were in her small sporty car and we were on Highway 395 through the deserted, inland portion of California. Mountains on one side and the desert on the other. The road is very straight and the passing lanes have a great sight line to safely make a pass on a slower moving car. She had the sporty car in 5th gear and passed several cars, flying by at a high rate of speed. Who looked, other than down the road for any oncoming obstructions. The wind was blowing past quite fast and we were moving along, passing those cars like they were standing still.

    The top speed was useless as the needle was over to the right side. So, for those that think they have gone fast, think again, unless you have a top speed timing certificate. Like Bonneville, El Mirage, or those silly 200mph speed runs on a Texas airport track that actually allow going as fast as the car will go.

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