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

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

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foxbody-87

2,148 posts

119 months

Friday 22nd May
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I definitely drove with less caution and without as much thought of "what if I come round this corner and xyz is in the middle of the road". I think a lot of people probably would consider their younger selves as a bit of a tool but you do become more cautious once you've had a few frights. Of course there are some people that never grow out of it.

littleredrooster

4,210 posts

149 months

Friday 22nd May
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I dabbled in Road Rallying back in the good old days of Targa timing back in the 70s, so definitely 'yes' to the original question smile

Zarco

13,100 posts

162 months

Friday 22nd May
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Fiammetta said:
Did 1100 miles in a 86 911 Carrara In 9 hrs inc pit stops returning from the Monaco GP .
That car was as tough as nails , at some points On French autoroutes sat @140 Mph .Slats on the whale tail face forwards ....so I guess quite a lot of air forced through the engine compartment at high speeds .

New 968 CS with few miles returned from Metz to Calais irrc 400 miles in less than 3 hrs touching 170 cruising @150 + mph in early hrs in June .
Next day home pools of oil under the rear transaxle ......both drive shaft oil seals had blown out .Warranty job , flatbed to the OPC
“ we have never seen theses go before sir “
Car had then 3000 miles and was 3 months old in 94


On a flat motorway straight 187 Mph in a Testarossa ....it bounces off the redline and goes like stink from 140 up .The Pork creeps up that last 10-15 mph .Not this .Steering lightens up above 140 bit too light tbo .

2008 December ( shorty after U.K. launch ) in a new X6 3.0 d on German autobahn 130 mph , slight crap to clean off the screen the headlight washers come on every 4 wiper sweeps or something.Got home to find the bumper covers had flown off .....just leaving the pipes / nozzles .
Warranty job ....aero dynamically as they rise up to squirt they resemble a x section of a wing and the excess lift @ high I presume must had ripped them off .
Again back in the U.K.
“ we have never seen anything like this sir “

I suspect they modded the part eventually as others round the EU would inevitably find out .


Theses days are gone , born in the early 60 ,s and roads caked in scam - cameras , I drive sedately now even on French autoroutes never really exceed 82 .In the U.K. theses days ...no chance
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Kawasicki

7,162 posts

188 months

Friday 22nd May
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No, I wasn’t faster back in the day. I been bouncing off the limiter for decades now.

Life is wonderful.

Fleckers

2,613 posts

154 months

Friday 22nd May
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I am a good boy I have never broken the speed limit by 131mph


Unlike someone


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

littlebasher

2,784 posts

124 months

Friday 22nd May
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Long time ago when my job moved to Sheffield, i used to come up on a Sunday night and back again on a Friday

Sundays - New Forest to Sheffield (210 miles), always did it in 2.5 hours, absolutely flat out in a Ford KA (cheapest car i could lease!)

These days (and as a grown up) its never less than 4 hours.

Mr Tidy

11,068 posts

80 months

Friday 22nd May
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Tannedbaldhead said:
Her patients are basically people who have not been placed in the likes of Broadstairs yet,
I think you may have mixed your "Broads" up!

Broadstairs is a pretty genteel coastal resort in Kent, Broadmoor is a facility for the worst criminal psychiatric cases just a couple of miles up the road from me, where they still test the alarm sirens at 10 am every Monday morning in case they need to warn the locals of an escape!

But the A3095 running past the back of it has a great NSL straight stretch a mile or so long that I used today. laugh

Anyway back on topic in the early 80s I picked my then girlfriend up from the hairdressers where she worked near Sloan Square in my Rover P6B 3500S and one of her colleagues got picked up by her boyfriend in his mid-70s V8 Corvette.

The A3 had a 70 limit then but the Corvette was still behind me when I turned off at Tolworth. laugh


csd19

1,024 posts

70 months

Friday 22nd May
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Back around 2005 ish I may have managed a run from my parents' house in Edinburgh to my grandparents' house in Glasgow in 40 minutes. On a Saturday (which those of you who use the M8 regularly will know is a tad busy at weekends). With the required urban driving bits at both ends as well.

Works out at an average of 68mph over the 45 miles... I remember casually strolling in the door just in time for lunch!

I was a passenger at one time in my mate's modified Saxo VTR, now for it only being the 8v engine we still managed to cover just shy of 12 miles of dual carriageway in 6 minutes. it was videoed as well, back in those days it was miniDV tapes and a load of faffing about to watch it on the PC hehe

On another stretch of empty, dual carriageway in the central belt I also may have noted a GPS measured 162mph in the wee small hours. Or off the clock as it was otherwise known in the car I was driving at the time.

So yes, I'd say I used to drive rather quickly "back then", but I agree with the sentiments regarding much lighter traffic volumes and the driving standards were better back then too. If someone was hogging the outside lane and you gave them a wee flash, they would normally move over - try that today and you'll get some dhead brake testing you instead.

PistonBroker

1,910 posts

179 months

Friday 22nd May
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Back in the early noughties I'd leave my Mum and Dad's in my clapped-out Mk2 GTI 8v and be at the future Mrs PB's parents' in around 15 minutes.

Nowadays, driving between my Mum and Dad's and the Mother-in-Law's takes us at least 25 minutes.

Almost twice the average speed by my reckoning and absolutely absurd to this 41yo married father-of-two.




castex

4,522 posts

226 months

Friday 22nd May
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Yes.

Sambucket

5,872 posts

14 months

Friday 22nd May
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I drive slower on motorways these days, so I can hear radio 4 properly.

Stick Legs

987 posts

118 months

Friday 22nd May
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My best man at my wedding included in his speech " I was in a pub and heard someone confidently say 'I know you can get from Southampton to Taunton in an hour and a half, because I have done it..." Looked across the pub and there was Pete & Alex sat there in neck braces..."

Pretty much says it all really.

Drawweight

543 posts

69 months

Saturday 23rd May
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Back in the day for me was Ford Angias and Mk 1 Escorts (okay I may have stuck a 2 litre into the latter) but making progress didn’t really amount to much.
Although it seemed quick at the time.

When I got into bikes it was a whole different story tho. Get a few mates together and it quickly becomes silly.

My best , although not as impressive as some on here Peterborough to Dunbar after a BMF rally 300 miles in 4 hours dead including 3 fuel stops.

Even now I’m happy pottering about in the car but I’ll do silly speeds on the bike.

John Locke

589 posts

5 months

Saturday 23rd May
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No, the car I had in 1967 could barely crack 125 mph in o/d top, the one I have in 2020 has just changed into 4th / 6 at that speed.

gareth h

2,276 posts

183 months

Saturday 23rd May
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Mr Tidy said:
Tannedbaldhead said:
Her patients are basically people who have not been placed in the likes of Broadstairs yet,
I think you may have mixed your "Broads" up!

Broadstairs is a pretty genteel coastal resort in Kent, Broadmoor is a facility for the worst criminal psychiatric cases just a couple of miles up the road from me, where they still test the alarm sirens at 10 am every Monday morning in case they need to warn the locals of an escape!

But the A3095 running past the back of it has a great NSL straight stretch a mile or so long that I used today. laugh

Anyway back on topic in the early 80s I picked my then girlfriend up from the hairdressers where she worked near Sloan Square in my Rover P6B 3500S and one of her colleagues got picked up by her boyfriend in his mid-70s V8 Corvette.

The A3 had a 70 limit then but the Corvette was still behind me when I turned off at Tolworth. laugh
Thread creep, I once did a heating survey at Broadmoor, walked past a serene looking bloke doing a painting, was later informed it was the Yorkshire Ripper, and he looked like butter wouldn’t melt......

Sportwomble

3 posts

8 months

Saturday 23rd May
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Back in the late 90s we managed Crystal Palace to Hastings in under an hour in a beat up 1.6 mk3 cavalier. Anyone who knew the a21 back then before the Pembury and Lamberhurst dueling will know that was not bad going. Looking back at it, was I a tit? Yes

cologne2792

1,447 posts

79 months

Saturday 23rd May
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West Dorset, 3.0S Capri, late eighties / early nineties.

I used to drive at the legal limit everywhere. The prominent thinking was 0-60 from every junction and how fast could I go up Chideock Hill?

But staying on the right side of the law I used to get everywhere so much quicker.

I used to work in Bridport and it typically took around 15-20 minutes.

In 2020 traffic volume, speed cameras and limits conspire to make that trip up to an hour - in Summer it can be two.

AAGR

856 posts

114 months

Saturday 23rd May
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Way back in the 1980s, when I was running a Ford RS200 (no, not a misprint - an RS200) as a road car, it wasn't the flat-out speed I enjoyed most, but the sheer agility of this machine.

In particular I liked going through roundabouts and such diversions at an unseemly speed, especially when some cowboy was behind me (often in a Sierra RS Cosworth or a Capri 2.8 Injection) trying to keep up - and failing. I must have left an awful lot of brown-trousered chasers in those situations ....

Johnnytheboy

19,884 posts

139 months

Saturday 23rd May
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cologne2792 said:
West Dorset, 3.0S Capri, late eighties / early nineties.

I used to drive at the legal limit everywhere. The prominent thinking was 0-60 from every junction and how fast could I go up Chideock Hill?

But staying on the right side of the law I used to get everywhere so much quicker.

I used to work in Bridport and it typically took around 15-20 minutes.

In 2020 traffic volume, speed cameras and limits conspire to make that trip up to an hour - in Summer it can be two.
You probably overtook my yellow Fiesta back then in Bridport.

Chideock (or more correctly, a vocal minority) stopped their planned bypass.

Bet they are thrilled with that decision now!

vixen1700

12,265 posts

223 months

Saturday 23rd May
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AAGR said:
Way back in the 1980s, when I was running a Ford RS200 (no, not a misprint - an RS200) as a road car, it wasn't the flat-out speed I enjoyed most, but the sheer agility of this machine.

Quality!

That's the sort of thing that would have been jaw-dropping to see on the road back then.