View Full Version : What's your fastest car ride
06-22-2006, 01:08 AM
I am not asking where or when . Just what was the fastest car you owned and how fast did you drive it, not someone else's Car, Just the ones you have owned and you were the driver.
I can say 2 experiences come to mind, of course years ago.
1. 1970 Grand Pri 120 Plus, blowed an oil ring:)
2. 1970 Super Bee 150 Plus, after 120 it felt like riding on air
Of course I recommend everyone obey the speed limit and be safe.
06-22-2006, 06:34 AM
I've driven lots of cars in the triple digits, including a Honda CR-V and a Mazda Miata! Probably the most fun was the Miata with the top down! 105, if the speedo was correct!
06-22-2006, 11:55 AM
Back in 1969 I took my 1968 Z28 Camaro to Summit Point (West Virginia) Raceway and ran their rad course with the Greenbriar Ralley Club. I pegged the Speedo on the straightway and had one heck-of-a-time getting it slowed down to make the next turn. Just about soiled myself!!!! It was so scary, I did it 12 more time around the track!!!!
06-22-2006, 12:08 PM
In my 1964 Dodge going across the newly opened (replacement) San Mateo Bay Bridge I put the speedometer needle past the 120 mark and it then showed up down in the oil pressure gauge.
I had my 1971 911E Porsche at 135MPH on the new I-5 near Red Bluff back in '71.
And...I've had my '02 Camaro up to 110 or so, it can get there in a hurry. 150 I've heard, but not with me driving it.
06-22-2006, 04:33 PM
Fastest ride for me was in my '71 Chevelle with a 355 SB and a 2.73 rear gear. Buried that swing speedo WAAYYY past 120 and was still pulling. That poor ol' girl was shaking so bad it felt like it was coming apart. The steering got scary a while after the needle disappeared, so I had to cut it back... :D
06-22-2006, 05:50 PM
Well i had my learners permit and was driving down a 2 lane farm-to market road, not exactly the safest place to be running 115-120 mph. But at 15 you`re not exactly the smartest one in the crowd. Oh and it was in a 1968 chevelle with a 307/ powerglide.
06-22-2006, 08:09 PM
I have waiting for Mikeky55 to post on this one, Mike I am sure you have some stories to tell.
06-22-2006, 08:30 PM
Not Mike. I bet he was a little angel......haha.
06-22-2006, 10:34 PM
Soild axle 62 Vette, 135PM on a fresh section of I-65, the guy who owned the Vette was in the right seat. At about 130 the car began to float and rock side to side. The guy in the right seat said he would never grab the chicken stick on the dash. He did that night.
Don't know for sure, but the car was a 69 Grand Prix the speedometer needle had gone all the way around and was climbing back up toward the zero. The car had a 400 cubic inch ingine and turbo 400 trans with 2.56 gear ratio in the rear, it would do 115 mph in second gear...
06-23-2006, 12:32 PM
My fastest ride while missing one wheel was in my old 55 chevy 4-door. I was on the Baltimore Beltway doing about 70 around midnight and my right front wheel and drum decided it wanted to go it alone. The right front dropped to the concrete and I rolled the car 3 times down a grass embankment. I did not have a seatbelt so I just rolled with it. It knocked me out and no one found me for an hour or so. A cop found my wheel laying in the middle of the road and he started looking for the car it belonged to. Gotta admit... that was the fastest roll-over for me!
06-23-2006, 12:46 PM
56nomad what year was that rollover experienced?
06-23-2006, 02:41 PM
Not exactly a car...
I've probably got at least 20 to 30 time slips for 11.3ish in the quarter mile at 120mph (top of fourth gear or mid 5th, it has a six speed trans). I would guess I have run it at 150ish a few times in various places, the speedo read about 160 but you have to figure in 5% optimism. I've never even been close to topping it out, I can't find anyplace long enough with appropriate surroundings. Last December I had it on a race track, but that's not really a high speed thing, more of a drag-your-knee thing.
06-23-2006, 04:14 PM
That was way back in 1968. I was on my way home from work (worked the 4 to midnight shift). The car sure saved my life. The roof caved in, the hood and fender tops were crushed and most of the windows were broken but my Dad towed it home and about a week later I started it and drove it too! Try that with a new car these days!!
06-24-2006, 09:47 PM
When I was a young lad I never had a fast car. I went with fast bikes, always seem to beat my buddies cars. This my last was this one. 147 with radar on a track
06-25-2006, 09:59 AM
Call me a scaredy cat, but I can't imagine going 147 on a bike! :eek:
That roll over on the beltway sounds pretty scary -- seems like even a 'reasonable' speed can be dangerous -- you never know what your equipment is going to do!
Of course, that doesn't stop us from going fast, does it! I remember doing 110 in my dad's 67 Buick Le Sabre convertible and thinking nothing of it!
06-25-2006, 04:24 PM
I'd have to say Roger has the wildest ride story so far :eek:
06-25-2006, 05:55 PM
It wasn't too long after my 55 chevy rollover episode that I bought a 68 Z28 Camaro. That thing was fast right from the showroom floor. I was on my way home from work on the baltimore beltway again, just after midnight and no one on the road but me and the salt trucks .. it was sleeting and the road was a solid sheet of ice. I wasn't going very fast but I hit the exit ramp and I started sliding so I did a really DUMB thing... I downshifted the M21 muncie... had no idea I was in for a wild ride by just downshifting and letting out the clutch... All I could do was hold on to the steering wheel as I had totally lost control of the car. I remember spinning around at least 4 times (we called them Donuts back then) and rolled right off the road and straight up a dirt embankment. Scared the crap outta me. After catching by breath, I slowly put it into reverse and rolled back down the slush-filled hill and back onto the shoulder. I got out and checked the car and it looked fine considering what it had just been thru. I slowly pulled it back on the highway, babied home and had bad dreams about what could have happened. I learned a valuable lesson that day. NEVER NEVER NEVER downshift on ice... the back end just comes flying around and passes you!!!
06-25-2006, 06:16 PM
Man Roger, A few more good storise like these we are talking a book, a good one at that:D
06-25-2006, 06:24 PM
I've got one more and it's about the 68 Z28 Camaro.... but that one will take a photo to go with it... it involves the Z28, a 55 MPH launch over a blind hill, a dog in the middle of the road and a 14 inch thick power pole...... I'll find the photos... I did some STUPID things when I was a kid...
06-25-2006, 06:35 PM
ouch! Sounds like that one could have a bad ending for the Z
06-25-2006, 06:46 PM
You're one lucky-to-be-alive guy, Roger! :)
06-25-2006, 08:26 PM
Yep... someone has been watching out for me thats for sure.... The 68 Z was fixed but it was never the same afdter the wreck. Luckily they have a front sub-frame that can be swapped out with just a few bolts... Sold it to a friend who knew all about the accident. He kept it a few years and sold it. I really liked that car....It was my first new car... Found the photos (before and after). I'll get them up on the board.... You will cringe when you see them...
06-25-2006, 09:01 PM
Lets see if these photos come up. The first one is when the car was brand new. I had been working since I was 12 at a military base commissary (bagger) so I had saved all my money for the down payment. The second photo is after I cut the wheel to miss a dog in the middle of the road. I hit a 14inch power pole with 2 transformers on it. I had 3 people in the car with me. I went to the hospital but they let me go that night with only a mild concussion after I hit the steering wheel... this was a fast ride with an even faster stop!!!
06-25-2006, 11:04 PM
Looks like all four of you were vary lucky
06-26-2006, 06:31 AM
Today the insurance co. would've 'totaled' the car and off to the wrecking yard it would go!
Yes, you and your passengers were quite lucky to be alive!
That sure was some nice looking car before you got your hands on it :)
06-26-2006, 10:26 AM
Yes... it was a beautiful car. It took the dealer 8 weeks to fix the car because they could not find a subframe from a Z28 so they had to find buy most of the parts new. When it was done it looked just like new but it just did not feel right. Since then I have owned several 1st and 2nd generation Camaros, including a 68 ss396 but none were as fast as the Z28.
06-26-2006, 01:52 PM
well i cand only think of two first about 1990 in a 71 camro about 150 mph west on i69. the other well as the cops said 130 + mph in a 81 monty carlo went airborn hit a house that was about 96-97 about 10 years ago next month we all walked away from that one well i walked a year later lol me and two brothers man what a ride 10 + miles of strail shot to one dead end lol thank god we missed the tree lol :eek:
06-26-2006, 03:53 PM
Roger, Did you say that was a 302 c.i car?
06-27-2006, 11:03 AM
Sure was.... That little engine would put 8500 RPM. It ran 12.2's with slicks and it did just as well at the road track at Summit Point. It was one heck-of-a-car....
06-27-2006, 08:10 PM
I recall a ride in one back in 74. I'd love to show my sons today what cars were rally like in the late 60's early 70's
06-27-2006, 08:22 PM
Bruce... it looks like the 55 you are building will out-do anything from the 60's!!!
06-27-2006, 09:56 PM
Thanks Roger. I hope it will at least handle and stop better. I'm getting pretty ichy to drive it!
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