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  •  True confession time (6+ / 0-)

    My old car was a 2001 Honda Prelude; lovely car though not terribly economical. Shortly after I bought it I drove to LA on I-5. Just to see how fast I could crank it up to I chose a straight section with limited traffic and very good lines of sight (for obvious reasons) and momentarily hit 130 before taking it back to about 80, which CHP will normally ignore. I'm not all that proud of it (okay the inner teenager is proud; the adult is more than a trifle embarrassed). I presume the statute of limitations has expired.

    •  I once had a Nissan Maxima, (3+ / 0-)
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      as a rental car. Early to mid 90's, I think. I was curious and it was around 5 AM on the 405. Freeway was deserted. Got it up to 125 on a slight downhill grade. Had no idea those could go that fast. Stand on your head skydiving in a "no-lift dive", and you can get to 200...SSK  

      "Hey Clinton, I'm bushed" - Keith Richards

      by Santa Susanna Kid on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:21:16 PM PST

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      •  A bit noisy. I could not hear myself scream (2+ / 0-)
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        The first time out.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:25:53 PM PST

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        •  Funny... (0+ / 0-)

          Many times before a jump, I have thought to myself: "Be conscious of your breath this time, and notice your breathing in freefall". Never did accomplish that, because, once you're out the door, you get too busy to remember to do so, whether you are on a formation dive or solo!...SSK

          "Hey Clinton, I'm bushed" - Keith Richards

          by Santa Susanna Kid on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:06:10 PM PST

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    •  oh, yeah ... so, it's this smooth at 3,500 rpm so (2+ / 0-)
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      ...at 3750 you're doing 90 in a properly-tuned 318 Dodge pickup with the "running" rear end instead of the "pulling" rear end, in top gear, so you add a little gas and then at 5K RPM you check the speedo and

      um. that's quick.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:23:45 PM PST

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    •  rental buick just at 135 last spring :> (2+ / 0-)
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      and then some engine speed limiter started shorting it out..it had room on northern 101 near Sonoma in early am..and then I got passed by a dually truck!!!

      My record tho is 140 in my mom's little Honda car, it was still climbing when I chickened out.

      Before that my speed record (except for airliners) was on a road racing motorcycle I had built out of parts, tubing, and junk, it was 125mph  about...and sooo dangerous, good thing poverty saved me there too.
          It handled better than the other bike I had which was the road racing standard of the day (Norton).
      ( I had to sell it, I blame Nixon, now it's worth 70 times what I sold it for, grrrr. )
         Poverty saves. Who knew?

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:09:13 AM PST

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