Did you really drive *that* quickly 'back in the day'?

Did you really drive *that* quickly 'back in the day'?

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MC Bodge

13,209 posts

129 months

Friday 22nd May
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vixen1700 said:
So it's safe to say driving habits have changed over the past thirty years after reading through this thread. hehe
The people have also become older.


Red 5

631 posts

134 months

Friday 22nd May
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I remember 2008 being the turning point for me.

I left a friend’s house at 1am one summer night, for a 2hr drive home. I got on the empty motorway and maxed out the car after a few miles.
This was a modified 130i with no limiter. The speedo was pinned past the top for a little while.
(I later worked out from revs/ratios that is was 172 at one slightly downhill section)
The car felt great btw.

As I rolled off the throttle and cruised down, I remember thinking more of the consequences of my actions, more than the buzz of the run!

I was then twitching my cheeks for 2/3weeks, dreading any nasty looking letters.
(I realise this was no one handed RS6 M23 run I know)

I realised I was becoming too sensible for that kind of thing.
It was the last car of mine, that I’d hit top speed in frown

Back in the day, I’d maxed all my cars in the first week down the steepest hill I could find, in the first weeks of ownership. It was the law!




sawman

4,191 posts

184 months

Friday 22nd May
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In the late 80’s early 90’s i lived in norwich. Returning home after a weekend away was always a great drive on relatively empty roads, each roundabout on the A17 was an opportunity for a series of redline gear changes and unfeasible late braking. I loved my axgt it was awesome on these roads. Recently started making trips to norwich again as daughter is studying there, these same roads are not so much fun, too busy and speed cameras everywhere

TameRacingDriver

13,086 posts

226 months

Friday 22nd May
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vixen1700 said:
So it's safe to say driving habits have changed over the past thirty years after reading through this thread. hehe
Yeah mostly as said, people get older. Some people however are still a bit daft...

https://news.sky.com/story/police-to-investigate-h...

Megaflow

7,043 posts

179 months

Friday 22nd May
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cptsideways said:
Might have done knockhill to Dorset in 3.5 hours a good few years ago paperbag The doors were flapping the whole way biggrin
~460 miles in 3.5 hours is an average of 131mph... I find that very hard to believe.

gareth h

2,276 posts

184 months

Friday 22nd May
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Living in the villages a weekend wasn’t a weekend if you weren’t pushing a car out of a hedge / field on a Sunday morning! Normally with a hangover, in our defence it was the late 70s early 80s.

Zarco

13,100 posts

163 months

Friday 22nd May
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neutral 3 said:

In the early 1980s, this was the fastest 3 Litre Capri, in East London. We never did find out just who had “ tweaked “ its engine ( Broadspeed possibly as it was first registered not far from them ) or Uren or Lumo maybe, but it would pull 128 @ 5,800 rpm and was still pulling, but was diabolically unstable @ high speeds, it needed a spoiler.
I’ve lost count of just how many, tear ups I had in this car....the epic dice, with an immaculate 69 Shelby GT500 Mustang, through Chingford, in April 82, must be the highlight.
I ran a series of 3 Litre Capris and TR-6s, through the 80s and was a total hooligan.

Edited by neutral 3 on Thursday 21st May 01:13
Like the period continuous oil stain on the road.

Tannedbaldhead

2,560 posts

86 months

Friday 22nd May
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MC Bodge said:
Every man thinks that they can fight and drive with the best of them, without any training.
Never mind driving. The best "fighter" I know is my Partner's friend, a nurse, 5'5. slightly built and a woman.

I'll expand on the nurse bit by saying she is a mental health professional working on an acute psychiatric ward.

Her patients are basically people who have not been placed in the likes of Broadstairs yet, but given time, the opportunity, and sufficient neglect from the mental healthcare system, sadly, that's where they are likely to end up.
Some of these poor souls can be incredibly volatile and lash out. As such this nurse gets caught up in more incidents in a month than any of us will get caught up with in our lifetimes.
To deal with this the staff receive what they call "Escape Training"(self defence sounds too aggressive and violent).
Her primary skill is that of de-escalating situations and using her talking skills to persuade the clinically violently off their heads not to thump her and to constantly exercise a situation awareness and forethought that allows an escape route if the calming words don't work . She takes a professional pride not positive resolutions of incidents she has been involved with but the relative lack of incidents she has been involved with.

Thereafter the training is all about how to deal with rugby player sized foaming at the mouth nutters intent on tearing you apart without receiving injuries yet without inflicting injury deemed unreasonable in the given circumstances. In a best case scenario said nutter ends up asleep on the ground with a bumcheekful of medication that will leave him at peace with the world for a few hours to come.

I have a feeling that her training and general familiarity with violent interaction would give many a powerfully built company director type a fright were they ever to find themselves in a physical altercation.








daytona111r

445 posts

158 months

Friday 22nd May
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I drove pretty much as far as the cars I drove would let me

Blanchimont

3,870 posts

76 months

Friday 22nd May
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I'm only 26, but did drive like a cock when I was younger.

One occurrence that sticks in mind was when I was 22, with a fettled Megane 250. From memory I managed to do a 12 mile stretch of twisting B roads on a Sunday morning in about 10 minutes. Nearly every turn the rear of the car was on the limit of grip, with the rear end just starting to mobilise.

The car had Semi slicks on, and when I pulled over the brakes were smoking that much they were pretty much on fire, and the tyres were too hot to touch and had a lot of rubber shreds inside the grooves.

I drove down the same road a few months back and was shuddering at some of the speeds I entered the corners. It was comfortably into triple diggies in places.

MC Bodge

13,209 posts

129 months

Friday 22nd May
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Blanchimont said:
I'm only 26, but did drive like a cock when I was younger.

One occurrence that sticks in mind was when I was 22.
The world was a different place in those heady days of 2016, eh? wink

21st Century Man

32,924 posts

202 months

Friday 22nd May
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Some people are fast learners biggrin

Old Merc

2,563 posts

121 months

Friday 22nd May
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MC Bodge said:
vixen1700 said:
So it's safe to say driving habits have changed over the past thirty years after reading through this thread. hehe
The people have also become older.
And the roads have become so congested its almost impossible to go really fast for long periods. I expect the vast majority of speeding nip`s are for doing less than 70mph.

Fresh Air Ian

84 posts

199 months

Friday 22nd May
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A much higher number of drivers do not like being overtaken these days compared with years ago as well.

Driving faster has become far less acceptable in society. Probably due to the massive number of people that have been caught speeding.

Baldchap

2,701 posts

46 months

Friday 22nd May
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All the automated policing is what made driving fast a rarity.

Sure, they don't prevent drunk drivers, car thieves, cattle rustlers, but those absolute bds that dare to speed are going to get what they deserve.

MC Bodge

13,209 posts

129 months

Friday 22nd May
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Fresh Air Ian said:
A much higher number of drivers do not like being overtaken these days compared with years ago as well.

Driving faster has become far less acceptable in society. Probably due to the massive number of people that have been caught speeding.
More cars and the driving population has become much older too.

Buster73

3,878 posts

107 months

Friday 22nd May
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When as an apprentice mechanic we were on day release at College in Sunderland, we would visit a pub in South Shields for a bite to eat at lunchtime .

7 miles across a town centre at lunchtime, order a bite to eat , eat it and return to college within 60 minutes.

One of the lecturers didn’t believe what we got up to , so we took him .....once.

Joking apart , we’d probably be jailed now for the standard of driving , never mind being banned for years.

Never got caught, never caused an accident, never hurt anyone, looking back it was utter madness and I genuinely don’t know how.


Pan Pan Pan

6,176 posts

65 months

Friday 22nd May
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MC Bodge said:
Tannedbaldhead said:
Am sure there isn't a man alive who hasn't maxed their transport just out of curiousity on a quiet bit of motorway
That may have been almost true in the past, when normal cars could creep up to 100-110mph downhill and avoiding speed enforcement relied mostly on spotting Police cars or having an apologetic conversation at the side of the road whistle

Nowadays, even fairly normal cars can do 135-140mph, speed is monitored more stealthily and high speeds are punished harshly. Fewer people are into cars too.
Your last sentence seems to be spot on. A few years back, was enjoying the Christmas break at my sisters place, and we were watching a documentary on building an AC cobra. One of my sisters daughters boy friend came in, and started fidgeting and fretting, when my sister asked him why he said there was a fashion program on one of the other channels that he wanted to see, and could we change channels.
I think He learned quite a lot, on how to build an AC Cobra (Whether he wanted to or not! smile )
I cannot think of a single one of my mates who would have dared to do that when I was this kids age.
Not one!

blade7

9,442 posts

170 months

Friday 22nd May
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Tannedbaldhead said:
Never mind driving. The best "fighter" I know is my Partner's friend, a nurse, 5'5. slightly built and a woman.
Her patients are basically people who have not been placed in the likes of Broadstairs yet.
Broadmoor with sand?

markcoopers

343 posts

147 months

Friday 22nd May
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I don't suppose I was faster back in the day as cars were generally slower and put politely i was not that good at driving.......obviously believed differently back then, as evidence by returning to those same early driving roads and reminiscing of all the stupid and regular overtaking maneuvers/opportunities that today look frightening to even consider.